Wendy’s Chili

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This copycat recipe brings the iconic flavors of Wendy’s Chili to your kitchen. Discover the secrets behind this ultimate comfort food.

Wendy's Chili in a bowl topped with cheese, onions, and chives
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  1. Ingredients in Wendy’s Chili
  2. What to Serve with Wendy’s Chili
  3. Recipe Tip
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
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  6. How to Make Wendy’s Chili
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Wendy’s Chili is a historic item. It’s been around since the fast food chain opened in 1969. So, I think we can agree that Wendy knows what she’s doing. From using multiple types of beans, to the various aromatics used in this chili for smell and taste, this chili is goood. But the secret ingredient? It’s love. Wendy’s loves you, and so do we. This recipe comes straight from the heart.

Ingredients in Wendy’s Chili

  • Ground Beef
  • Celery
  • White Onion
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Minced Garlic
  • Stewed Tomatoes
  • Tomato Juice
  • Rotel Tomatoes
  • Water
  • McCormick Mild Chili Seasoning
  • Kidney Beans
  • Ranch Style Beans
  • Salt and Pepper
Wendy's Chili in a bowl topped with cheese, onions, and chives with a spoonful taken out


What to Serve with Wendy’s Chili

  • Baked potato
  • Sweet cornbread
  • Saltine crackers
  • Doritos or Fritos
  • French fries

Recipe Tip

Wendy's Chili in a bowl topped with cheese, onions, and chives

If your chili is too thin, take the lid off and let it simmer to cook off more liquid.

Frequently Asked Questions

How healthy is Wendy’s chili?

Although slightly high in sodium, a bowl is loaded with protein and has a decent amount of fiber, which makes it a great meal!
Protein in this Wendy’s copycat chili recipe comes from the lean ground beef and the pinto beans and kidney beans.
The fiber comes from the pintos and kidney beans, and the various vegetables chopped up in the chili.

Why kind of meat is in Wendy’s chili?

Their recipe is made with ground beef. It is said that they boil their beef to remove excess grease from it to keep their chili lean.

How long does chili keep in the fridge?

You can store your chili in an airtight container and enjoy it for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Store your chili in the freezer and it’s good for 4 months.

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How to Make Wendy’s Chili

Wendy's Chili in a bowl topped with cheese, onions, and chives

Wendy’s Chili

5 from 4 votes
This copycat recipe brings the iconic flavors of Wendy's Chili to your kitchen. Discover the secrets behind this ultimate comfort food.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 2 cups white onion diced, plus more for garnish
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 tablespooon minced garlic
  • 2 14 ounce cans of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 10 ounces Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • packets of McCormick Mild Chili Seasoning 3-4 tablespoons
  • 14 ounces kidney beans undrained
  • 2 14 ounce cans ranch style beans undrained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • shredded cheese for garnish

Instructions

  • Brown ground beef in a large pot. Drain excess fat.
    Ground beef in a large pot
  • Add celery, onion, green bell pepper, and garlic. Cook until vegetables are soft – about 3-5 minutes.
    Ground beef and diced veggies in a large pot
  • Add all other ingredients. Cover and simmer for 2-3 hours until it reaches desired thickness. Stir occasionally. Serve with shredded cheese and diced onions.
    Wendy's Chili in a bowl topped with cheese, onions, and chives

Notes

  • Spice your chili up with red pepper flakes or Tabasco sauce.
  • Have a full Wendy’s inspired meal and serve this chili with a baked potato topped with butter and sour cream.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.  

Nutrition Information

Calories: 459kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 40gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 881mgPotassium: 1439mgFiber: 13gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 2166IUVitamin C: 41mgCalcium: 131mgIron: 8mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I decided to try this recipe last night and it was a huge hit! Served it with french fries and dorritos and wow everyone at home loved it! Thanks for this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Wendy’s chili has to be one of the best!! This recipe tastes just like, but even better!! It’s so nice when you can make it at home & have the same results! So much flavor in this soup!