Vegetarian Smoky Black Bean Chili with Wheat Berries recipe. Easy, delicious, hearty and thick black bean chili recipe perfect for the cold season!
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Smoky Black Bean Chili with Wheat Berries
The first winter storm of the season moved into town this week bringing freezing temperatures and snowflakes flurrying down. While I am not winter’s biggest fan, I do appreciate the change of season’s impact on food. What could be cozier than wrapping your chilly hands around a steaming bowl of chili? Don’t you just love bringing the bowl close to your nose and deeply inhaling the scented steam?
I am so in love with this chili recipe! It is full of black beans and wheat berries (more on these in a minute) which makes it a super satisfying. The addition of mushrooms also lends meaty texture to the chili which may keep the carnivores at the table from grumbling. The smoky flavor comes from chipotle chili powder. If you like extra heat and smoke, you could add a chopped up chile and some of the sauce from a can of chipotle chilies in adobo sauce. The chili is a meatless which is perfect for vegetarians or if you are trying to add a few vegetarian meals into your weekly menu planning.
If you aren’t familiar with wheat berries, I encourage you to give them a try. You boil the whole grains in liquid, usually water or broth, until cooked through. The process is similar to cooking rice. They have a chewy texture and a nutty flavor. You can find wheat berries in the bulk section of many super markets or packaged in the grocery aisle with other whole grains. Wheat berries are sometimes referred to as hard red winter wheat.
How To Make Smoky Black Bean Chili with Wheat Berries
Making a big pot of chili on the weekend means having a warm, hearty meal for dinner and most likely, a leftover bowl or two for lunch the next day. But, this Smoky Black Bean chili is easy enough to put together on weeknight too. If you want to cook this chili on a weeknight, I would recommend cooking the wheat berries ahead of time to make dinner prep even faster. Chili is also a wonderful addition to any potluck meal. I like to make the chili ahead of time and then warm it up in my crockpot the day I plan to serve it.
One of the best things about chili is the toppings or garnishes. For this recipe, I like to add shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese, chopped green onions, avocados, and squeeze of fresh lime. You could also add crushed tortilla chips, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, or sour cream.
Smoky Black Bean Chili with Wheat Berries
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 1 red pepper diced
- 225 grams or 8 oz mushrooms (cremini or button), diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 400 g or 14 oz cans black beans drained and rinsed
- 2 400 g or 14 oz cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 400 g or 14 oz can vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 300 grams or 1.5 cups wheat berries cooked
- Garnishes: avocado, green onions, lime wedges, grated cheese (optional)
- Heat olive oil over medium heat in Dutch oven. Add onions and red pepper. Sautée until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and mushrooms, stirring regularly for another five minutes taking care to not let garlic burn. Add chipotle chili powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir for 30-60 seconds.
- Add black beans, tomatoes, broth, brown sugar, and wheat berries. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Garnish with chopped avocado, green onions, grated cheese, and lime wedges. Enjoy!
Wheat berries can often be found in bulk bins of your grocery store or in the aisle of packaged whole grains. Wheat berries are also referred to as hard red winter wheat. They possess a chewy texture and a nutty flavor.
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