Vegetarian Wheat Berry Chili

vegetarian wheat berry chili recipe
Prep: 2 hrs
Cook: 2 hrs
Total: 4 hrs
Servings: 8 servings

Wheat berries add healthy whole grains and texture to this filling vegetable chili recipe. Never cooked with wheat berries before? This easy vegetarian and vegan wheat berry chili recipe is a good place to start, as chili is a familiar and easy to cook meal.

Vegan wheat berry chili recipe and photo courtesy of the Wheat Foods Council.


  • 1 cup wheat berries
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 tsp chili powder, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 28-ounce can tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 15-ounce can white beans, drained
  • Salt, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Cook wheat berries in 3 cups of water for 1 hour until tender; add more water if necessary, drain. Rinse wheat berries with cool water and drain thoroughly.

  2. In the microwave on medium heat, cook onion, green and yellow pepper for 1 minute, or until desired softness.

  3. In a 4-quart pot, combine remaining ingredients with microwaved vegetables. On the stovetop, bring to a boil and simmer uncovered 1 hour or until desired consistency is reached, stirring occasionally.

This vegetarian wheat berry chili recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Information

Each serving provides approximately: 220 calories, 13 g protein, 45 g carbohydrates, 11 g fiber, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 19 mcg folate, 4 mg iron, 845 mg sodium.

With just over 200 calories per serving, this vegetarian wheat berry chili recipe is also a low calorie, low-fat and high-protein vegetarian recipe.