Just Like Wendy's® Chili Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Just Like Wendy's(R) Chili Recipe

Just Like Wendy's® Chili

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"After trying several clone recipes and adjusting them to my tastes, I've concocted what I think is the best clone. Serve topped with finely diced white onions and/or shredded cheese. Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 20 mins

    1 hr 35 mins


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Press ground beef into the hot oil to form one large patty; let the bottom brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir and break the ground beef into crumbles and cook until no longer pink, about 5 more minutes.
  2. Stir celery, onion, and green bell pepper into ground beef and cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes; pour in stewed tomatoes, diced tomatoes with green chiles, tomato sauce, and water. Break apart large chunks of stewed tomatoes. Stir in chili seasoning.
  3. Mix kidney beans and pinto beans into chili, season with salt and black pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Mix vinegar into chili.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • To adjust the heat, feel free to add cayenne pepper. The real chili has more beans in it, so you could just double the amount above.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 11, 2013

Made it last night and it turned out SUPERB and just like Wendy's!!! Will mark it as a favorite Recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 02, 2014

OMG ! this is not chili.........not sure what it is but it tastes like sweet celery and chili soup. It might do for hot dog sauce or possibly sloppy joes but don't try to pass this off as chili anywhere in the southwest

Jan 21, 2014

Great recipe! My go to..why people have to be so rude is beyond me..IT IS Chili..Chili is made differently all over the country, and liked many different ways..if you don't like "Wendy" style Chili, why on Earth make the recipe and then leave a bad review?

May 21, 2013

My entire family LOVED this chili and they never agree on anything. I didn't have the packets of chili seasoning so I used 1 rounded Tbs Cumin, 1 1/4 tsp salt, 1 1/4 Tbs Chili Powder, 1 tsp Oregano, 1 tsp basil. This will be my go to chili.

Feb 18, 2013

Made this recipe tonight. Customized it a bit by seasoning the ground meat before cooking, used Mexican Style stewed tomatoes, HOT McCormick Chili Seasoning, and RO*TEL with habanero for extra spice. Was delicious and will definitely make this recipe again.

Jun 30, 2013

My 9yo, 7yo, and 5yo made supper for their grandparents last night. They decided to cook chili but it couldn't be too spicy for their grandparents. We selected this recipe and they cooked it with minimal support from me. Everyone enjoyed the chili and it did remind me of Wendy's chili (It would have been an almost perfect match if the kids had cut up the stewed tomatoes but they missed that step.) When we cuddled in bed last night, my 7yo son asked that I write a good review for this recipe. We will make it again.

Jun 07, 2013

I can't tell you how many chili recipes I've tried in the past. This is hands-down my favorite and will definitely be part of the "regular" meal planning rotation. Perfect for my busy-wife-and-mommy life! Great for the slow cooker - I browned the ground beef for about 8 or so minutes on the stove and dumped everything into the pot w/out sautéing anything else - super easy! Freezes perfectly, tastes even better the next day, feeds a crowd for company and potlucks. The only thing I'd suggest is to rinse your beans. The frothy stuff you see when rinsing is what causes the "musical" part to your postprandial experience so rinsing definitely cuts that down if it's ever been a concern for you. My husband likes his spicy so he will be adding more chili powder and cumin to his helping; if you like spicier chili you will need to do the same as the way it is written here gives you a mild, ever-so-slight kick. Or, when you purchase the chili seasonings packets, pick "medium" or "hot" (I chose the 30% less sodium, mild spice option). Love that it's also way more economical than running to the local food chain when I have a hankerin' for some of that famous chili =)

Mar 05, 2013

Exactly like Wendy's chili. It was great!


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  • Calories
  • 326 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.8 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 55 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 14.8 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 7.8 g
  • 31%
  • Protein
  • 22.6 g
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 1506 mg
  • 60%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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