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Wendy's Chili


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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 Wendy's copycat chili recipe is a great version of the one served in the early 90s. Try topping it with some chopped onion and Cheddar cheese, just as you can request in the restaurant.

Now, on to the Wendy's Hot Chili Seasoning copycat recipe.

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)
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup diced onion (1 medium onion)
  • 1/2 cup diced green chili (2 chilies)
  • 1/4 cup diced celery (1 stalk)
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 cups water
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      Wendy's
    • Instructions

      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, uncovered, stirring every 15 minutes, for 2 to 3 hours.

      Makes about 12 servings.

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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!

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.

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