Just Like Wendy's® Chili

Just Like Wendy's® Chili

tjy99 4

"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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1 h 35 m servings 326 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 326 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 14.8 g
  • 23%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.8g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 22.6 g
  • 45%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 55 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium:
  • 1521 mg
  • 61%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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.


  • 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.


  1. 169 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

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

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 ...

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

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 C...

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...

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 s...

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 w...

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...

Exactly like Wendy's chili. It was great!

Excellent recipe! Going to make it again and again. Chili is very diverse and everyone has there taste preference when it comes to chili. If you do not like the flavor of Wendys chili do not ...

Great, as written but easily tweaked to your preferences. To the person who said it isn't chili, look beyond that and rate it for great flavor. Over 90 percent of the reviews are excellent, mayb...