Wendy's Chili copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Wendy's Chili

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Score: 4.88. Votes: 215
Score: 4.88. Votes: 215
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Doreen Dornbos
Aug 14, 2021, 09:40

This is delicious chili but not a replica of Wendy’s.

Feb 8, 2021, 10:19

This is a really good and easy recipe! My husband really likes Wendy's chili, i could take it or leave it. Anyhow I searched for a copycat recipe and this one was really good. I did make some changes as per other reviewers suggestions. I used 1 (14.5 oz) can plain diced tomatoes 1 small can hot diced green chilis, gave it a nice kick, next time will do mild 1 cup of water not 2 like the recipe is written. I also used 90/10 beef, we don't like our chili greasy. I made it the night before superbowl on stove top and next morning at 11am transferred to crockpot on low until 6pm.

Koreena Ralston
Oct 26, 2020, 04:09

I think this may have been the first TSR I made. It is absolutely spot on. It's the best chili on the planet mostly because it doesn't have bell pepper in it (a taste that overwhelms any food it's in IMO). We pair this with the original frosty recipe and a baked potato. Everyone loves it and it makes plenty!

Danny Stout
Oct 25, 2020, 18:02

Exactly what my taste buds have be calling for!! Thanks Todd this recipe is on the money and taste great I make this almost weekly!

Nov 3, 2019, 10:27

It taste identical I make this very often. Thank You!!!!!!

Rick Simon
Aug 13, 2018, 16:13

Do exactly what the recipe says and it will be almost indistinguishable from Wendy's. Only thing I did slightly different is I used canned green chili's because the grocery store didn't have fresh ones. Fresh ones would probably only make it better.

Michelle Wortman
Jun 18, 2018, 15:10

Bang! So right. Todd, you are a genius once again...

Lou Carey
Jan 9, 2018, 20:14

I only used 1 cup of water and added an extra 15 oz. can of tomato sauce to this recipe. My husband loves Wendy's Chili and he thought it was great.

Apr 29, 2016, 22:00

This chili is just like Wendy's chili. I add I cup water, not 2, and add Northern New Mexico Chimayo red chile, as well as a bit of Cayenne red pepper for some extra kick. Just awesome to serve on a cold day, and even better for leftovers!!

Apr 12, 2016, 22:00

I love this recipe.....have made it many times. I read through the comments because I had a feeling there would be comments on giving the recipe a little more flavor. I found that using cannted chopped tomatoes and a 7oz can of green chilies saves time. Use 2 cups of tomato juice adds to the flavor also. The last addition was use some brown sugar. On my own, I added extra chili powder and put it in my crock pot for 4 hours on high.... this chili is fantastic! I then bake a batch of cheddar cheese biscuits

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