How to Make Wendy's Chili

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Wendy's Chili

Full of meaty goodness, Wendy's Chili recipe offers a nice blend of ground beef, beans, tomatoes, and spices. You can learn to replicate this filling and inexpensive dish in your home kitchen. The dish is simple to prepare and can often be made from ingredients found in most homes. As an added benefit, chili is high in fiber and low in fat.[1] Copycat Wendy's chili can be made ahead and reheated in a microwave or on the stove. Leftovers store well in a refrigerator for about two weeks and the mixture can be easily frozen.

Offered by Wendy's
Customer service phone 614-764-3100
Served as Main meal or side dish
Main ingredients Ground beef, beans
Cooking method Boiled and simmered
Similar to Texas Roadhouse Chili
Author Laura Acevedo

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Wendy's Chili Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground beef or grilled hamburger patties[2]
  • 1 - 15 oz. can kidney beans[3]
  • 1 qt. tomato juice
  • 1 - 29 oz. can tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup diced green peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/8 cup chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder or 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt[4]

Wendy's Chili Recipe

  1. Brown 2 pounds of ground beef in a medium pot. Stir and cook until no pink remains. Consider using a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.[5] If you are using cooked hamburger patties, crumble them up to resemble ground beef.
  2. Drain beef and place into a dutch oven or 6-quart pot. You may need to adjust the size of your pot if you increase or decrease the recipe.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients into the pot and stir to incorporate.
  4. Bring ingredients to a simmer, then cover pot.
  5. Stir approximately every 15 minutes for 2 hours.
  6. Serve warm and enjoy.[6]

How to Brown Ground Beef

Browning ground beef is an important step in crafting a perfect copycat Wendy's chili at home.


  • Consider adjusting the heat by modifying the amount of black pepper, cayenne pepper and chili power added.
  • If you like a more hearty chili, cook uncovered to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.
  • You can also adjust the amount of veggies or meat used.
  • Consider making a vegetarian chili by exchanging the ground beef for vegetarian crumbles. You can also use vegetarian baked beans as the base and add diced green bell pepper, chopped celery, and a can of corn kernels.[7]
  • In Wendy's restaurants, the chili is often combined with baked potatoes and is a key ingredient in their Baja "taco" salad. Consider making extra chili to use for other dishes, such as Wendy's Taco Salad to minimize the number of times you need to cook.
  • If you prefer "Texas-style" chili, leave out the beans and increase the amount of meat used.
  • You can also make the chili in a slow cooker instead of on the stovetop. After you brown the beef, place it and the other ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir well and cook on low for six to eight hours.[8]
  • To cut down on the amount of calories in this chili, replace the ground beef with lean ground turkey. You can also increase the protein by bulking up the chili with more beans such as black beans or pinto beans.[9]
  • Try topping each bowl of chili with shredded Cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream.[10]

Also See: How to Make Texas Roadhouse Red Chili, How to Make Texas Roadhouse Chili, How to Make Wendy's Frosty, How to Make Saltgrass Steak House Baked Potato Soup, How to Make Chili's Sweet Corn Soup, How to Make Olive Garden Minestrone Soup