Smokey Barley Chipotle

Snappy Grains Chipotle

  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup white onions, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 2 oz tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1-15 oz can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1¾ cup uncooked Snappy Grains
  • 1¾ cup chicken broth
  • ½ tbsp honey
  • 1 tin kernel corn
  • 3 tbsp cilantro, chopped rough


1. Heat the olive oil until hot. Add the onions and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until soft and translucent. Add the green peppers and garlic and cook another 2 minutes until both the garlic and the peppers are soft, being careful not to brown the garlic. Once the vegetables are soft, stir in the Snappy Grains.

2. Add the chipotle chili powder, tomato paste, salt, cumin, oregano, chicken broth and honey. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly to mix the ingredients thoroughly. Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil over medium high heat stirring frequently. Once the mixture is at a boil, reduce to a simmer, add the corn, cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. After 15 minutes, check for doneness. The Snappy Grains should be “al dente” to the tooth, not mush but not crunchy, should have a firm bite.

4. Remove from heat and cover 5 minutes. The Snappy Grains should be fully cooked, with some moisture in amongst the grains of barley (if necessary add a little stock). It should not be a firm mass. Garnish with cilantro.

Serves: 4-6


1 thought on “Smokey Barley Chipotle”

  1. This Snappy Grains Chipotle was delicious and satisfying. I added a 19 fl oz tin of Black Beans during the last 10 minutes of simmering and garnished with grated sharp cheddar, sour cream and Italian parsley. The barley gave the dish a nice chewy texture. Served with a loaf of quality sourdough bread and a simple garden salad made a lovely meal.
    Thank you for this recipe.

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