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Wendy's Chili

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Rating: 5/5 5 stars
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ready in: 2-5 hrs
serves/makes:   8
  

recipe id: 12636
cook method: stovetop
Wendy's Chili Recipe
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ingredients

2 pounds fresh ground beef
1 quart tomato juice
1 can (29 ounce size) tomato puree
1 can (15 ounce size) red beans, drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/4 cup green bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin (if you like real flavor, add more)
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

directions

In a frying pan, brown the ground beef; drain.

Put the drained beef and the remaining ingredients into a 6-quart pot. Cover the pot; let it simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.

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nutrition

436 calories, 25 grams fat, 29 grams carbohydrates, 27 grams protein per serving.
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I would just like for everyone know that according to the manager of the Laurens,SC Wendy's that Wendy's changed their chilli recipe about 6 weeks ago and I bought some yesterday and it taste and looked like slop. It tasted like condensed tomato soup not watered down and the beans the consistency of refried beans. I didn't even see any meat in it or chunks of green peppers like the great original recipe did. Please don't waste your money like I did if your Wendy's has changed over to this new recipe. It is just horrible.

CDKitchen Staff Reply:
All the more reason then to make the chili at home with this copycat recipe! (also, I removed your negative rating because you clearly are complaining about the restaurant, not this recipe, and this website has no affiliation with the restaurant)




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Couldn't tell you what Wendy's chili tastes like but this is a great chili recipe overall.


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I brown the ground beef then put all the ingredients in the crock pot on low for the day. Great chili recipe! We make this quite often now.


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Excellent chili. You can let this simmer longer or simmer it for a while then throw it in the crock pot to cook all day.


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I have made it several times now, my husband said stop looking, this is our go to chili.
I do use hot and medium Bushes red chili beans.


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This recipe was delicious. It was EXACTLY what I wanted. The flavors were there and the consistency wasn't too thick. My only comment is this. Seriously, halve the recipe. It says 8 servings but that would be if I were feeding giants. I ended up with a ton of chili. all great stuff but my 4 qt. crock pot couldn't hold it all. it's alot. :)


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I made the recipe with the following modifications. I used ground turkey instead of beef. I browned it and then cooked it for 10 minutes in a pressure cooker. Then, I opened the pressure cooker, added the remaining ingredients and cooked it for 15 minutes under pressure. It came out great, and I think it tastes very close to Wendy's. Sometimes, Wendy's oversalts their recipe.


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Make it easier use 4oz can chopped green chili and Can chopped tomatoes.

DEGAS the pinto/kidney beans by rinsing them in water. Oh, and discard the liquid from the beans, instead add 32oz beef or chicken broth.
I threw a can of manwich(original) in and that really added to the flavor.


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aimee

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We just got 8" of snow in Athens, GA, so I put a big pot of this on about an hour ago! Haven't had it yet, but it smells delicious. Can't wait!


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I have been having a major craving for Wendy's chili. I went 3 times in two weeks just for the chili. Saw this recipe and decided to try it. Ok, YUM! Smells, tastes and looks just like Wendy's! Will make it over and over again till the craving is gone! I halved the recipe and it came out just fine.


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Pretty darn close.........I used Hunts sauce and it was really close to what I get at Wendy's...It was even better on day 2 ! This is my new "Go To" Chili recipe.


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Taste JUST like Wendy's :)


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I bought a book with different recipes from chain restaurants in it. One of the recipes was this one for Wendy's Chili. However, I have misplaced the book, (probably loaned it out and it wasn't returned!) and needed to find another recipe for it. This is the exact same recipe for Wendy's Chili! As you can see by all the positive comments, it really is a wonderful recipe. My family loves it and wants me to make it so often that I get tired of chili. With the cold, damp weather it's a great way to keep 'em warm from the inside out. Left overs are even better the next day! This also freezes well.


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I drained the beans, subsituted mild chili peppers for jalapino's and added 2 teaspoons of coco powder. My best chili I've made.


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I made this chili for a party I had last night. It was a huge hit. It's very mild, so if you like heat, spice it up. I just put out some jalopeno peppers and hot sauce for people to add themselves. Top it with cheese and sour cream....so delicious!


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I've made this chili several times a year for 4 or 5 years now. Everyone always loves it. Couple of easy corners to cut: Just use two cans of diced unseasoned tomatoes and a small can of diced green chiles instead of chopping yourself. Also, this is the PERFECT chili to top with sharp cheddar, Fritos, and a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!


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ate this chili in Wendy's in Amarillo,Tx last Friday, it is simply awsome! I will use this recipe always!


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I used this recipe for a chili cook-off we had at work today and everybody absolutely loved it. I had never made chili before so I was kind of iffy about it but it turned out great. I ommitted the pinto beans and celery and made it in the crock pot. Delicious!


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This awesome chili. I have been making it for a about 5 years now and my family loves it!


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Wow..Very easy to make... Tastes very good... very similar to Wendy's.
Which is my favorite... Tastes better than my own chili recipe... Instead of fresh tomatoes I used a small can of diced tomatoes. Will be using this recipe from now on...


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I've made this several times cutting the recipe in half, and in the crock-pot. Today was the full recipe, on the stove top using 1 fresh Serrano chili. To me it is better than Wendy's and I will only make this recipe anymore and on the stove top!! :)


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Add some saltines and Wendy's "chili sauce" and its almost perfect.


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I've never made Chili before and I'm a huge fan of Wendy's Chili. This recipe was so easy and tastes just as good, if not better than Wendy's chili. I LOVE it!!


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Suz

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This is a pretty good chili recipe but be warned - it does not taste anything like Wendy's Chili. (I am referring to the fast food chain restaurant known as "Wendy's®". )It is best when first made, it was not that good the next day. I am going to keep looking for a Wendy's Chili recipe.

CDKitchen Staff Reply:
What did you find different about this recipe from the stuff you get at the fast food chain? More information is helpful to other visitors




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Mmmm.. I must say, this chili turned out pretty good! Its very simple to make and easier to enjoy if you make it in a crock pot... BUT... THE BEST chili I hae ever tried would be J Alexander's Red River Chili.. very tasty! Very good!


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This recipe is fantastic! I halved everything since I made it for just 2 people. I also changed the fresh tomatoes and green chiles for one 15 1/2 ounce can of diced tomatoes with chiles. I also omitted the salt since when I cooked the ground beef I added salt, pepper and garlic at that point. I will definately make this again. In my opinion it tastes almost identical to Wendy's chili. Whomever created this recipe got it right on the target!


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Outstanding! I did not use the cummin or chili powder, but instead put in 2 TSP of McCormicks Taco Seasoning. Also, my crock pot was too full to add the water so skipped it, but the consistancy was just fine due to the bean liquids. Cooking time in crock pot: one hour on high, then switch to low and cook until celery is at desired tenderness, another 3+ hours. The chili was fairly mild as cooked; family members later added a little chili powder to taste and everyone was happy that way!


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My beau made this chile dish to take on a fishing trip. It was wonderful. Appealed to all because it is not too spicy for the kids and we added hot sauce to ours. Got better each time it was heated and we froze it to take fishing!! Better than Wendys!!


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Easy to do and turned out terrific! Tastes just like the real thing!! Well done!!!


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OMG!!!!! Can't beleive how GREAT this turned out. After adding all the ingredients it looked and smelled just like Wendy's chili BEFORE simmering!! Out of all the chili recipes I've prepared in the past this has got to be the BEST and ONE I have been looking for. I did cut the prep. time short by doing the following:
substituted onions, green chili, celery, and diced tomatoes w/ 2 cans (14.5 oz) Hunt's diced tomatoes w/ green pepper, celery, and onion (yes this is an actual product found in the same aisle as tomaato products) ). I also used ground turkey to cut down on the fat.


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bettercook

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In last review of this recipe I also omitted the pinto beans (Wendy's chili does NOT have these kinds of beans in it). STILL TURNED OUT GREAT!!!!!!


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Try this as a crock-pot! After frying the meat in a skillet add all ingredeints to the crock-pot and cook 4-6 hours on low. It's our weekly winter meal! It's great and easy!


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I was very disappointed in this. I followed the recipe exactly and it does not taste like Wendy's chili!

CDKitchen Staff Reply:
Why? What is different about it? Was it good otherwise - despite not resembling what you think it should taste like?




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My daughter-in-law made this for me and I could not believe how good it was. It is just like the one from Wendey's. Thanks for the receipe.


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My daughter-in-law made this for me and I could not believe how good it was. It is just like the one from Wendey's. Thanks for the receipe.


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This was a great recipe but my son would acutally prefer it with out beans. I took the bean (juice and all) and put them through a blender until they were liquified and then added them and he never new....but still got he protein!



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This is such a great recipe. I have made it about 10 times over the past year. We always double or triple and then freeze in meal size containers. Perfect for a lunch that you forget to make something for just pull out of the freezer and by lunch it is defrosted.


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I have made this recipe a couple of times already. I always come back to it. It's basic, its simple, its cheap to make and its DARN GOOD.
there have been several times when I didn't have an ingredient. (green chili or pinto beans.) and it came out great.
must have for quick meals for kids/family/self.


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My mom LOVES Wendy's chili. She literally will get it many times a week and a few at a time. When I told her I ran across this recipe she made me go to the store immediately and get the goods we didn't have. She about died when she tasted it. This is the BEST chili she or I or anyone else who had some, has ever tasted. It's worth your time. I must say it did feed more than 8 people. It made a huge pot. Just FYI!


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I never thought I could make great chili until I tried this recipe. I actually think it's better than Wendy's Chili!


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I would have picked 2-1/2 stars but that wasnt available. It was just OK, however I am hoping it will be better tomorrow, left overs are usually better the second and third time around.


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Great!!!Tasted just like "Wendy's Chili". I used only 1 teaspoon cumin and two tablespoons of chili powder.


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This recipe was great!!! Tasted just like the Wendy's Chili. It was so easy to make and very quick for a chili recipe, i would highly recommend trying this recipe if you're looking for a quick, easy and delish recipe!!


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Quick and easy and delicious! Make extra for the next night or to freeze---it's that good!


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This is a very easy recipe t follow. It turned out great! Wll make this again for sure!


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Fabulous! Almost like Wendy's and so easy too!!! Will make this again for sure!


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Stupendous! Just made this tonight to take along on a camping trip tomorrow...can't wait until everyone else tastes it! It will be even better al fresco! Never made chili without garlic before...it doesn't need it!