Chili Like at That Place Dave Named After His Daughter Copycat

Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs

Here is my mock version of the chili that is served at that place Dave named after his daughter. You know the place I'm talking about, Don't you? Its great topped with some chopped onions and shredded chedder cheese. If you make it, Please rate it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat; drain off the fat.
  2. Using a fork, 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.
  4. Cook, stirring every 15 minutes, for 2 to 3 hours.
  5. NOTE:.
  6. Try topping it with some chopped onion and cheddar cheese.
  7. For spicier chili, add 1/2 teaspoon more black pepper.
  8. For much spicier chili, add 1 teaspoon black pepper and a tablespoon cayenne pepper.
  9. And for a real stomach stinger, add 5 or 6 sliced jalapeno peppers to the pot.
  10. Leftovers can be frozen for several months.


Most Helpful

This chili is perfect! I've made chili many times in the past and it has never been a favorite of my husband's. After the first bite of this chili he commented on how good it was and continued through 2 bowls of it! I made a large batch, froze the left-overs and even after thawing it was still great! Thank you so much for posting.

paulaporter January 24, 2015

This chili is so good. It does taste like Wendy's. I have made it more than once for Sunday football. It is always a hit

Liz Fresh Plate September 10, 2005

John- This is real close with a couple notes. The beans need to be rinsed. This was actually part of Dave Thomas' procedure that I learned years ago working at Wendy's. You may be right about the chili powder[3tbs] I've been using 2tbs. The restraunts get their seasoning prepackaged. They also used tomato juice and water.

Koz January 10, 2005

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