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Smoky Black Bean Chili with Wheat Berries

Vegetarian Smoky Black Bean Chili with Wheat Berries recipe. Easy, delicious, hearty and thick black bean chili recipe perfect for the cold season!
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword smoky chili, vegetarian chili, wheat berry chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 365kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 316mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1230IU | Vitamin C: 41.9mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3.4mg