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Wendy's Chili

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recipe is ready in 2-5 hrs time: 2-5 hrs

serves/makes:   8


recipe id: 12636
cook method: stovetop

Wendy's Chili Recipe
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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


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.


436 calories, 25 grams fat, 29 grams carbohydrates, 27 grams protein per serving.
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Member since: October 26, 2009
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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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Jan 10, 2011

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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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Member since: January 26, 2009
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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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