Saturday, December 7, 2013

Wendy's Chili

I found this recipe in one of those emails with a pdf file of copycat recipes. They claim it as the Wendy’s Chili recipe. It is really close to the chain’s recipe, maybe better. I have changed it a little over the years. They used ground chuck, half an onion and 2 tablespoon of celery. I use lean beef and whole vegetables. I really dis-like left over nubbins of veggies left around. It is a really great recipe. I have made it with beef, turkey and venison all wonderful. I even used this recipe as the base for my Smokey Beef and Vegetable Chili. Growing up we always used a chili seasoning packet. I don’t think I could ever go back. This recipe is just as easy and so very good. I hope you will give it a try one day.

Wendy's Chili
Serves 4


Drizzle of olive oil (about 1 Tbsp.)
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 (15 oz.) can of diced tomatoes (liquid included)
1 (15 oz.) can of red kidney beans (liquid drained)
1 (15 oz.) can of pinto beans (liquid drained)
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 small onion, diced
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies (with liquid)
1 rib celery, chopped
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 Tbsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. kosher salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup water


Heat a Dutch oven to medium high heat. Drizzle with olive oil and crumbled ground beef into the pot. Brown beef over medium heat breaking into small pieces with a spoon. When beef is brown, add the remaining ingredients stirring to combine thoroughly. Over medium heat, bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, and continue simmering covered 50−60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve and enjoy!

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  1. Yum! Wendy's chili has me hooked. I love it on cold days. I will be saving this recipe. Thanks for sharing! 'm stopping by from Marvelous Monday link up & I'm a new follower through Bloglovin. I hope your having a great day!

    1. Thanks for coming by Leslie and for following. Have a wonderful week!

  2. My dad always gets chili and a baked potato when he goes to Wendy's. But I've never had their chili! Your description of nubbins of vegetables made me laugh...good description and yes, kind of annoying to have those hanging around. Thanks for sharing--way better than seasoning packets!

  3. I can't wait to try this! I'm not a fast food person so I can't compare it to Wendy's but I bet it's good! Thanks so much for sharing.


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