Think barley is just for soup? While it is awesome in soup, today’s barley can be used for every meal. We encourage you to try it in your breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes...and even dessert! We suspect you’ll fall in love with this flexible and nutrition-packed ancient grain.

Snappy Grains quick-cooking barley cooks up in just 10 minutes, thanks to our unique process! It has a neutral taste and will absorb any spice or flavor that it is cooked in. This ancient grain is a great alternative to rice, potatoes and pasta, plus adds a greater health profile to your meals.

Quick and easy barley recipes ready in minutes...

Barley Hot n' Chili

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Snappy Grains Chili

  • 1 tbsp canola or olive oil
  • 1 onion, fine chopped
  • 1 tbsp chili powder*
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander, opt.
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded, chopped
  • ½ cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 14 oz. red kidney beans** drained
  • 5.5 oz. tomato paste
  • 19 oz diced tomatoes, tinned
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 cups beef stock or broth
  • 6 oz dark or amber beer
  • 1½ cup Snappy Grains
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Sour cream, guacamole, onion, cheese for garnish.
  • *May adjust amount of amount and type of chili powder depending on personal taste
  • **Chili style beans recommended
  • Note: If substituting small cubed beef, the cooking time will be approximately 3 hours. Other meats may be used, such as turkey or pork, or you may make an all bean chili.


1. In a large saucepan, heat oil and sauté onions for about two minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin and coriander and sweat 1 minute.

2. Add beef, garlic, jalapeño, and mushrooms. When meat is cooked, remove most of the fat.

3. Transfer to slow cooker; add beans, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, red pepper, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, stock and beer, if desired.

4. In the last half of cooking time, add Snappy Grains.

5. Cooking time 1 to 3 hours (tastes better cooked longer).

6. Finish with lime juice.

7. Serve with sour cream, guacamole, diced onion and shredded cheese.

Serves: 6

A word about storing Snappy Grains quick-cooking barley...

Like most barley, our products have a long shelf life. To always enjoy Snappy Grains barley products at their peak, keep them away from the enemies of whole grains: air, moisture, heat and light. Once opened, squeeze the air out of the re-sealable product pouch before storing your Snappy Grains barley. For optimum quality, store our barley in the refrigerator for up to 6 months, or in the freezer up to 1 year.