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Wendy's Chili

By Todd Wilbur

Score: 4.88. Votes: 207
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Dave Thomas, Wendy's late founder, started serving this chili in 1969, the year the first Wendy's opened its doors. Over the years the recipe has changed a bit, but this version here is an great copy of the version of chili served in the early 90s. Try topping it with some chopped onion and Cheddar cheese, just as you can request in the restaurant.

Source: Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • One 29-ounce can tomato sauce
  • One 29-ounce can kidney beans (with liquid)
  • One 29-ounce can pinto beans (with liquid)
  • 1 cup diced onion (1 medium onion)
  • 1/2 cup diced green chili (2 chilies)
  • 1/4 cup diced celery (1 stalk)
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups water
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      1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat, drain off the fat.

      2. Using a fork or potato masher, crumble the cooked beef into pea-size pieces.

      3. In a large pot, combine the beef plus all the remaining ingredients, and bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook, stirring every 15 minutes, for 2 to 3 hours.

      Makes about 12 servings.

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Score: 4.88. Votes: 207
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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