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Wendy's Chili Copycat recipe is hearty, versatile and full of flavor! Adjust it to your taste and enjoy it at home with your favorite toppings! #chili #chilirecipe #wendyschili #sweetandsavorymeals #copycatrecipes

Wendy's Chili Copycat Recipe

Wendy's Chili Copycat recipe is hearty, versatile and full of flavor! Adjust it to your taste and enjoy it at home with your favorite toppings!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Wendy's Chili Copycat Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6 bowls
Calories 674 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

Chili:

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cans 10 ounces each - diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 2 cans 14 ounces each - stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can 14 ounces - tomato sauce
  • 1 can 14 ounces - kidney beans not drained
  • 2 cans 14 ounces each - pinto beans not drained
  • 1 cup water optional
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

Seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste

Toppings:

  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Diced avocado
  • Diced jalapeno peppers
  • Chopped green onions

Instructions

  1. Place a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add oil.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the ground beef and cook it unmoved for about 5-8 minutes, until you get a nice sear on it.
  3. Use a wooden spoon to break the ground beef into crumbles and cook it until no longer pink, about 5-7 more minutes.
  4. Stir celery, onion, and green bell pepper and cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  6. Pour in stewed tomatoes, diced tomatoes with green chiles, tomato sauce, and water (only if you want a more brothy chili).
  7. Stir in the Seasoning ingredients.
  8. Add kidney beans and pinto beans, season with salt and black pepper, and bring to a boil.
  9. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.
  10. In the end, mix in the vinegar into the chili, taste and adjust for salt and pepper.
  11. Serve with your favorite toppings.
Nutrition Facts
Wendy's Chili Copycat Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 674 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 2367mg103%
Potassium 2018mg58%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 16g67%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 1547IU31%
Vitamin C 50mg61%
Calcium 238mg24%
Iron 11mg61%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.