Very good! It does taste just like Wendy's. Love the tomato flavor and crunchy onions. This isn't spicy as it is, but perfect with some Tabasco added to your serving bowl!
I also found this recipe on copykat.com. I think it tastes terrific. Although I don't follow it exactly, I use a small can of tomato sauce instead of tomato puree, I hate red beans and green peppers so sometimes I use a couple handfuls of macaroni in its place. I use between 1/8 -1/4 cup of chili powder and usually add more the next day after reheating. I skip the cayenne pepper. But the other ingredients I used as instructed. At first I was leery about using that much chili powder but its not really that hot. This chili gets better and better the more its reheated up, it freezes great and deserves a 5 star. I love the cumin in it. Never had cumin before now I use it a lot. I do not serve this over rice.
I gave this recipe 3 stars. I got mixed reviews on this recipe in my house. While 5 yr & 6 yr old newphews really liked and my future hubby said this kinda taste like Wendy's chili also really liked it. I didn't care for it. It didn't taste like Wendy's to me and I eat alot of Wendy's chili. I for the most part followed the directions as listed. I didn't have tomato puree so I used crushed tomatoes. I added 1 can of pink beans and 1 can of kidney beans to bump up my protein. I browned my meat along my onion, celery (I used 2 1/2 stalks), and green pepper. I followed the rest of the recipe as drected. I tried this recipe before serving and the flavor just wasn't there. I even doubled the dry ingredients and this was to much cumin. I did add 1 can of diced green chilies and this didn't help. Overall even though I thought this chili had the best texture the flavor was lcking. Thanks for posting (internetnut)
I rarely go for seconds on any meal but this one I sure did and I am lookinf forward to leftovers tomorrow.
This recipe is very similar to the way I always make my chili, the only difference is the addition of green peppers and celary, and adding the beans so early in the cooking. I enjoyed the extra veggies, but couldn't bring myself to add the beans until about 15 minutes before serving, as I worried they would turn to mush with 1 1/2 hours simmering. I halved the recipe, but still used the same size can of beans.