Wheat Berry Chili

Wheat Berry Chili
Makes: 8 Servings
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Wheat berries add a unique texture to this flavor-packed chili recipe. This hearty, colorful one pot meal is sure to be a crowd pleaser.


1 cup wheat berries
3 cups water
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
4 teaspoons chili powder, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 can 8-ounce tomato sauce, unsalted
2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
2 cups beef broth, 99% fat free, reduced sodium
1 can 15-ounce kidney beans, unsalted
1 can 15-ounce white beans, unsalted


1. Cook wheat berries in 3 cups of water for 1 hour until tender; add more water if necessary, drain.
2. Rinse with cool water and drain thoroughly.
3. In the microwave on medium heat, cook onion, green and yellow pepper for 1 minute, or until desired softness.
4. In a 4-quart pot, combine remaining ingredients with wheat berries and microwaved vegetables.
5. On stovetop, bring to a boil and simmer uncovered 1 hour or until desired consistency is reached, stirring occasionally. 


The "Grain Chain," a group of MyPlate National Strategic Partners committed to promoting and supporting grains, offers a series of recipes featuring whole grains. Members include American Bakers Association, Wheat Food Council, Grains Food Foundation, National Pasta Association, USA Rice Federation, General Mills, and Kellogg's.

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