"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!" — tjy99
Watch video tips and tricks
green bell pepper, chopped
3 (14 ounce) cans
1 (10 ounce) can
diced tomatoes with green chiles (such as RO*TEL)
1 (14 ounce) can
2 (1.25 ounce) packages
chili seasoning (such as McCormick® Mild Chili Seasoning Mix)
1 (14 ounce) can
kidney beans, undrained
1 (14 ounce) can
pinto beans, undrained
salt and ground black pepper to taste
white vinegar, or more to taste
Made it last night and it turned out SUPERB and just like Wendy's!!! Will mark it as a favorite Recipe!
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.
Exactly like Wendy's chili. It was great!
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.
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 =)
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.
This was a terrific chili!! I did add a little more cayenne for heat, but other than than, I loved it! Thanks for the recipe :)
This was perfect! It tasted just like Wendy's chilli or even better. The other copycat recipes I've tried don't even come close to this. Very flavorful. I cut the recipe in half but still used the full amount of kidney beans, pinto beans and vinegar...besides that, I followed the recipe exactly. Also, I think the vinegar was a nice touch; it really gave it a nice but subtle kick. I'm not a regular cooker, so I wasn't sure if I should simmer with the lid on or off, so I simmered it for 30 minutes with the lid off and then put the lid on for the last 30 minutes. The consistency turned out perfect.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Just Like Wendy's(R) Chili
Serving Size: 1/10 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 133
Holiday cookies, cakes, pies, and breads. Get recipes and inspiration.
Get time-saving recipes to save your busy life.
Find just the right recipes for your holiday get-togethers.
This homemade chili is hearty and meaty, and is very quick to make.
See how to make a hearty beef and bean chili with lots of smoky flavor.
See how to make a hearty, flavorful chili in your slow cooker.