clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Wheat Berry Chili

A hearty beanless chili made with wheat berries and ground beef. 

  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Units Scale


1. Start warming up your pot.

2. Finely chop your yellow onion and dice your fresh garlic.

3. Add olive oil to your pot and let the oil heat up for just a bit

4. Toss in your onions and garlic. Saute for a minute or two.

5. Add your lean ground beef. Cook the ground beef until most of the meat is browned through.

6. Strain and remove any grease from the meat and leftover oil.

7. Add your beef stock and whisk in the tomato paste.

8. Add your diced tomatoes and stewed tomatoes. Do not drain either of these.

9. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt, and ground black pepper.

10. Add the uncooked wheat berries.

11. Bring the chili to a boil and then reduce to simmer and cook for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

12. Check and stir every 20 minutes or so. 

Depending on the wheat berries you purchased, it could take more or less time. But the key will be to test them, and if they’re still a bit chewy – cook them for longer.

13. Serve with your favorite chili toppings (sour cream, green onions, shredded cheese) and sides (homemade buns, tortilla chips).


The equipment section above contains affiliate links to products we use and love!

This is a soupy chilihowever, it will thicken up when you store leftovers in the refrigerator overnight. I add more beef broth when heating up any leftovers. 

If you’re not a fan of stewed tomatoes, you can add an extra can of diced tomatoes.

For a spicier chili – add red pepper chili flakes or hot sauce. 

  • Author: Northern Yum
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Category: Soup, Dinner, Main Dish
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 225
  • Sugar: 10.2 g
  • Sodium: 940.6 mg
  • Fat: 6.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.2 g
  • Protein: 20.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 45.2 mg

Keywords: chili, soup, wheat berries, ground beef, no bean chili, best chili

Recipe Card powered byTasty Recipes

Recipes delivered straight to your inbox.