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


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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 who 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 really no need to tip any Wendy's employees, because now you can clone as much of the spicy sauce as you want in your own kitchen with this Top Secret Recipe.

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. 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 what the sauce needs.

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

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Rick Simon
Aug 18, 2018, 15:13

Very very close to the real deal. I agree with one of the other reviews, its missing a little of the"zing" but this is as close as it gets.

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!

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