Copycat Wendy’s Chili Recipe
Try this copycat Wendy’s Chili recipe, it’s the perfect recipe to warm you up on a cold day! We love this chili for the cold winter months and it also is a wonderful recipe for football parties and tailgates!
Copycat Wendy’s Chili Recipe
Looking for a Wendy’s Chili recipe? Nothing beats a warm bowl of chili on a cold day and ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the chili at Wendy’s. My grandmother loved it too and it was kind of our little treat to sneak off to Wendy’s for Chili and fries.
If you have ever had Wendy’s Chili, then you know how delicious is it. I love the taste, but I always prefer homemade, so I have perfected this Wendy’s chili recipe copycat that is both delicious and EASY to make.
This would be the perfect chili for a tailgate party or family gathering as it is very affordable to make, and serves a lot of people!
How to make Wendy’s Copycat Chili Recipe
Have you ever wondered what makes their chili so delicious?
We’ve played around with this copycat recipe and I think we’ve come pretty close to perfection here.
Here’s the ingredient list for what you’ll need to make this delicious chili:
Ground beef, drained (you can also use ground turkey)
Diced tomatoes (stewed tomatoes also work)
Kidney beans, drained
Pinto beans, drained
Green bell pepper, diced
Chili powder (chili seasoning to taste)
Favorite Chili Toppings / optional ingredient list
Onion to sprinkle on top (optional)
Grated cheddar cheese to sprinkle on top (optional)
Sour cream (optional)
Chopped green chiles (optional) / green pepper
salt and pepper
Directions for making this Wendy’s copycat Chili Recipe
Brown the 2 lb. of ground beef on the stove top. Drain the fat and then rinse with warm water to drain more of the fat. (I usually try to start with a very lean ground beef in the first place)
Add all ingredients to a large pot. (brown ground beef, chili beans, and everything else from the ingredients list)
Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 hours on low. This is also a great recipe for the crock pot!
Before I serve this chili, I like to add a dollop of sour cream and add grated cheese and chopped red onions. So yummy! Enjoy!
If you are an Instant Pot fan, I’ve also shared my Instant Pot Chili recipe, it’s a good one!
And don’t worry, it’s an EASY chili recipe as well because I’m all about the easy, especially when it comes to comfort foods like homemade chili!
This copycat version of Wendy’s famous chili recipe really is the perfect chili recipe and works wonderfully for game day and is also great as a left over the next day!
There are so many different ways to make this recipe and as you make it more in your own kitchen, you can play around with things like adding fresh tomatoes (we like to do this in the summer months when our garden is performing) or serving with a side of tortilla chips. The first time you make this copycat Wendy’s chili, you’ll get a feel for the variations that your family might like.
We love to serve this chili over a hot baked potato (I’m an Idaho girl!) and find that it always works wonderfully as a side dish for sandwiches at lunchtime. And, if you want to really serve this copycat version of chili just like they do in a Wendy’s restaurant, you might consider baking some homemade french fries to serve with the finished product! What a great way to truly create a meaty chili meal that any fast food fan of Wendy will love!
It really is the perfect copycat recipe!
Looking for more copycat recipes?
Speaking of copycat recipes, they are my favorite! Nothing like making knock offs of your favorite restaurant items without even leaving the house! You can make homemade recipes just like the real thing and then the only changes you will need to make are the ones that you make as you perfect your copycat recipe to be even better than the store bought version. Then, the only difference in the finished product is the fact that you made it better at home!
- Starbuck’s Java Chip Frappuccino
- Copycat Ding Dong Recipe
- Texas Roadhouse Honey Butter
- Whatchamacallit Candy Bar
- Homemade Orange Julius Recipe
It’s never a bad thing when you can make your favorite recipes in the comfort of your own home. It’s even better when it saves you time and money! We’ve been making so many of these recipes for a long time! I usually keep the main ingredients on hand and as the seasons change, I start adding the remaining ingredients to my shopping list so we can enjoy our favorite copycat versions at home!
Looking for more soup recipes?
It’s no secret that soups are the ultimate comfort food – especially as we head into fall and through the winter months. I love to try new recipes but also have some old favorites that never let me down. When these isn’t time for making a homemade soup recipe, I’ve always got tomato soup in the pantry, but that never quite as good of a job as pleasing the palate as a wonderful homemade soup in a large pot, slow cooker or pressure cooker.
The aroma alone can be a mood changer as it fills your home with all of the wonderful smells of home cooking.
- Sweet Potato Soup with Leeks and Bacon
- Best Fall Soup recipes
- Butternut Squash Soup
- Instant Pot Italian Soup
- Asian Style Vegetable Soup
Once you have a line up of favorite go-to recipes, it’s easy to keep ingredients on hand. SO many of my recipes include chili beans, that I’ve always got those and other types of beans on hand for when the need arises. There are so many things you can make with canned beans, they are a great filler and they are affordable.
Other ingredients that are helpful for last minute soup recipes include canned green chili, chili pepper, tomato juice, onion powder, canned corn, canned peas, chili sauce, tomato paste, etc. As you start too cook soups more and more you’ll start to get a feel for what items because “stock up” items when you grocery shop.
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Copycat Recipe! Wendy's Chili Recipe
If you have ever had Wendy’s Chili, then you know how delicious is it. I love the taste, but I always prefer homemade, so I have perfected this copycat Wendy’s chili recipe that is both delicious and EASY to make.
- 2 lb. of ground beef, browned and drained
- 2 28 oz. cans of diced tomatoes
- 1 16 oz. can of kidney beans, drained
- 1 15 oz. can of pinto beans, drained
- 1⁄4 C. celery, diced
- 1⁄4 C. bell pepper, diced
- 3 tbs. chili powder
- 2 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1⁄2 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 C. water
- Onion to sprinkle on top (optional)
- Grated cheese to sprinkle on top (optional)
- Sour cream (optional)
Brown the 2 lb. of ground beef. Drain the fat and then rinse with warm water to drain more of the fat.
Add all ingredients to a large pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 hours on low. This is also a great recipe for the crockpot!
Before I serve this chili, I like to add a dollop of sour cream and add grated cheese and chopped red onions.
Here are a few chili and soup bowls that are on my wish list right now:
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I can’t wait to try the chili recipe.
Thank you for this recipe, this is one of the best chili recipes I’ve tried and I’ve tried a LOT! I added hot peppers because we like our chili extra kicky! I also LOVE your artichoke dip recipe, I make it at least once a month, I’ve been a follower for almost a decade, thanks for all you do, Keri Lyn!
i have been eating wendys chili most of life now i am going to make my own thank u
Trying this today, Love Wendy’s chili… Thanks
I add all this to my chili and then add some mild salsa.. it gives it more of the flavor Wendy’s has.. I save the hot sauce packets
we get there for my copy cat chili at home and it is so much like Wendy’s it is hard to tell any difference .. I think the mild salsa makes it that way.. plus marinating and heating up again the next day.. ;
Now I’m hungry! 🙂 I haven’t had Wendy’s chili, but yours looks delicious.
How long in the crockpot
Wendys chili is made with over cooked hamburger patties.
The patties were dry and kind of tough. They were then
boiled for 30 minutes and drained and stirred into the
chili sauce with Wendy chili seasoning.. I made this
when I worked for Wendys. That is also what made
the chili so meaty.