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This has turned out to be my favorite chili recipe. Thank you, Shae, for sharing this "top secret" recipe.

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Tonda October 18, 2003

This is a tasty, hearty chili that is just about as close to the original that you can get. I opted to put only black beans in it which are our favorite beans. This makes a great freezer recipe for those nights when you just want to heat something real quick and have no fuss! Thanks for this great recipe:)

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Shae March 27, 2003

Great recipe, but too much heat (for me). Decreasing the that end a bit next time and a little less beans. I think it will be perfect next time! I also diced some fire roasted Hatch chilies.

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Anonymous March 07, 2015

Perhaps Wendy's has changed their recipe since this "copy cat recipe" was created, as this is really not even close; however, it is a pretty good chili recipe. I have to admit that I am a Wendy's Chili connoisseur and I am able to pick their chili out from others...blindfolded! LOL Real Wendy's Chili does not have chilis in it at all...and has green (Bell) peppers instead. Wendy's also contains celery and the cumin in this version is a little too much, so I have cut it back quite a bit. There are a few other "Wendy's Chili" recipies out there that are closer than this one. Again, though, this recipe will do in a pinch...just don't expect it to be Wendy's 2010/2011 chili, or you will be sadly disappointed.

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StampinCatMom April 11, 2011

I love this recipe!! It was such a big hit for my family and neighbors!! I added a little bit of spaghetti noodles to mine to make it more filling and everyone loved it!!!

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brandaojm November 05, 2010

This recipe is pretty close to the taste of Wendy's Chili, but I like recipe 19061 since it is much easier even if this tastes more like it. Most will not notice the difference. I would add to cook in a Crockpot cook on Low for 6-8 hours. Thanks for posting.

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Bill Butler February 10, 2010

Good but needs red and green bell pepper, sauted and canned stewed tomatoes, at least 2 28 oz cans or 3 in lieu of tomato sauce and water.. Lots of fresh crushed garlic and chili peppers along with the chili powder, corriander along with the cumin and a sprinkling of oregano.. I also use mixed beans for color variation with pinto and black and red and white kidney....Beans.. MJJ

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mjtj October 07, 2008

This chilli is very good. The only thing I do differently is season to my own tastes with the cumin and chili powder, I usually add a bit more, and instead of the water i add either V8 juice or either chicken or beef broth.

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geez70 September 14, 2008

Love this chili,I found the recipe a few years back.The great thing about it is that it tastes better after it has been frozen. I just freeze single serving sizes and have a quick meal ready to go.

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blammo_46703 January 14, 2008

Chili was good it definitely needs a little more spice to it. I used 1 lb. of ground beef, and 1 lb. of hot breakfast sausage and still wasn't spicy enough. I also, used almost a full cup of green chilies, i would probably add either japs or cayanne next time.

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jaime0428 January 02, 2008
Top Secret Recipes Version of Wendy's Chili by Todd Wilbur