Wendy’s Chili

Low in carbs and high in protein, Wendy’s Chili is famously delicious! Now you can create this hearty bowl-full at home!!

Wendy’s Chili is best served with topped with cheese or sour cream, and a side of Sweet Cornbread or in a warm bread bowl! It’s simple and perfect for any chilly night.

A white bowl of Wendy's Chili topped with shredded cheese and Frito chips.

a spot on copycat recipe!

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE chili. We love to whip up batches in the fall/winter, and trust me I have no shortage of chili recipes. From white chicken chili to chili with spaghetti, we eat and love them all!

This Wendy’s Chili is a family fav though. Wendy’s chili is famously delicious and known for being hearty. If you happen to have any leftovers, it’s also great to freeze.

I’ve taken that meat and bean filled chili and created a copycat version that tastes at least as good as the original, if not better! The kids all agree the flavor is spot on!

It’s a pretty simple and straight forward chili, which is probably why it’s so popular. And we are so glad we can now make it at home. It’s so good!

Beef and veggies in a pot for Wendy's Chili recipe

How to make Wendy’s Chili {Copycat}

MEAT. Heat olive oil in a large pot or large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook meat until no longer pink.

VEGGIES. Stir celery and green bell pepper into ground beef for 4-5 minutes.

SAUCE. Pour in chopped stewed tomatoes, diced tomatoes with green chiles, tomato sauce, and water. Break apart large chunks of stewed tomatoes. Stir in chili seasoning (and any other spices desired).

BEANS. Mix kidney beans and pinto beans into chili, season with salt and black pepper, and bring to a boil.

COOK + SERVE! Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Mix vinegar into chili.

Simmer: Be sure that your stove temperature is at a simmer. If it is too high then much of the liquid will evaporate leaving you with a thicker chili. If the stove is set too low, then not enough will evaporate and it will be too watery. So what is the right setting for a simmer?  I turn the setting down to low so that there are still a few small bubbles coming to the top. 

In the Slow Cooker

Follow these steps to make the Wendy’s Chili copycat recipe in the crock pot:

  1. Brown the beef as directed in steps 1 and 2. Drain excess fat if necessary. 
  2. Scrap the browned beef into the crockpot and add the ingredients listed in steps 3 and 4.
  3. Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or on HIGH for 2-3 hours.
Scoop of Wendy's copycat Chili

recipe Tips + FAQ

BEEF: If you happen to have leftover hamburgers, this is the dish to make. After all, that’s how Wendys makes their chili. Otherwise brown some ground beef as directed in the recipe. I suggest using a leaner meat you won’t need to drain the fat (ground turkey works fine).

However, if you use beef with a higher fat content, you’ll need to drain the excess fat.

MCCORMICK CHILI MIX – If you can’t find this mix, or simply want to make your own version, here’s a close recipe: 

  • 2 tsp cumin 
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper, 
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder

How to add heat to the recipe? This particular version is fairly mild so if you prefer a spicier dish, you can easily change up some of the ingredients. 

  • Buy spicier versions of the ingredients such as Rotel Tomatoes with Habanero Peppers, Hot McCormick Seasoning, or Stewed tomatoes with Jalapeno. 
  • Add in chopped jalapenos or increase the amount of cayenne pepper. 
  • Have red pepper flakes or hot sauce on the side for people to add as much heat as they wish to their own bowls.

How to store leftovers? Store in an airtight container in the fridge, whether you want to make this ahead of time, or store leftovers. It will keep for 3-4 days until you are ready to heat and serve.

How to freeze? Freeze in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months.

We have a feeling you will love this Wendy’s Chili Copycat Recipe

Bowl of Wendy's Chili topped with cheese and Fritos.

For More Copycat Recipes:

Wendy’s Chili Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Perfectly spiced Wendy's Chili is famously delicious. Now you can create this popular, hearty bowl-full at home!!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
simmer 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 343 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 2 stalks celery chopped, optional
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 3 (14oz) cans stewed tomatoes chop them up a little more
  • 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies such as RO*TEL
  • 1 (14 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 (1.25 oz) packages chili seasoning such as McCormick® Mild Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 1 (14 oz) can kidney beans undrained
  • 1 (14 oz) can pinto beans undrained
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar or more to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook meat until no longer pink.
  • Stir celery and green bell pepper into ground beef for 4-5 minutes.
  • Pour in chopped stewed tomatoes, diced tomatoes with green chiles, tomato sauce, and water. Break apart large chunks of stewed tomatoes. Stir in chili seasoning.
  • Mix kidney beans and pinto beans into chili, season with salt and black pepper, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Mix vinegar into chili.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing wendy’s chili recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!