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Wendy's Hot Chili Seasoning

By Todd Wilbur

Score: 5.00. Votes: 2
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  • $0.79

The little red packets of viscous hot sauce at the fast food giant have a cult following of rabid fans who will do whatever it takes to get their hands on large quantities. One such fan of the sauce commented online, "Are there any Wendy's employees or managers out there that will mail me an entire case of Hot Chili Seasoning?  I swear this is not a joke. I love the stuff. I tip extra cash to Wendy's workers to get big handfuls of the stuff." Well, there's no need to tip any Wendy's employees since now you can make as much as you want of the spicy sauce in your own kitchen.

The ingredients listed on the real Hot Chili Seasoning are water, corn syrup, salt, distilled vinegar, natural flavors, xanthan gum, and extractives of paprika. We'll use many of those same ingredients for our clone, but we'll substitute gelatin for the xanthan gum (a thickener) to get the slightly gooey consistency right, and for the natural flavor and color we'll use cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika and garlic powder, then filter the particles out with a fine wire mesh strainer after they've contributed just what the sauce needs.

This recipe makes 5 ounces of sauce—that costs just pennies to make—and it's just the right amount to fit nicely into a used hot sauce shaker bottle.

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Peter Moller
Oct 11, 2017, 06:19

I recently purchased this recipe, which was as close to the real thing that I have ever tasted. THANK YOU! I did feel that it was missing that “zing” that is in those wonderful little packets... I have long been a fan of Mezzetta “tamed jalapeño peppers”... I added an extra tablespoon of the “juice” that these peppers come with to your recipe, and I believe it made a big difference and more closely resembled the real recipe... I hope that helps… I own three if your cookbooks and I love them!

Mar 9, 2011, 23:00

My husband and I made this with leftover grilled steak. Just cut the steak into bite-sized pieces and cook with the veggies. We added a little sesame oil to the recipe and it really makes the dish. Just like going to a Japanese steakhouse and MUCH cheaper!