TSR's Wendy's Chili - Copycat

Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs

I LOVE THIS RECIPE! IT'S VERY EASY TO MAKE AND TASTES GREAT!BEEN MAKING THIS FOR A FEW YEARS NOW. I ALWAYS ADD MORE CHILI POWDER THOUGH. Here's a favorite recipe for chili that clones the stuff served at the Wendy's chain. Dave Thomas, Wendy's founder, has been serving this chili since 1969, the year the first Wendy's opened its doors. Over the years the recipe has changed a bit, but this version here is an amazing copy of the version of chili served in the early 90's. Try topping it with some chopped onion and cheddar cheese, as you can request in the restaurant.

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. Tidbits For spicier chili, add 1/2 teaspoon more black pepper.
  6. For much spicier chili, add 1 teaspoon black pepper and a tablespoon cayenne pepper.
  7. And for a real stomach stinger, add 5 or 6 sliced jalapeno peppers to the pot.
  8. Leftovers can be frozen for several months.


Most Helpful

I make this in my crock pot. I brown the meat and onions together and then toss everything into the crock pot and set it on high for 6 - 8 hours. This recipe is so similar to my copycat - I use stewed tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes and celery and add an extra can of chili beans. We really like it and I sometimes put it together before bed so we can have it for lunch the next day. Add some Recipe #347273 and you will please your tastebuds! Thanks for posting!

Secret Agent March 12, 2010

made this again last night.. I like it b/c I can heat it up for DH - spicy - and keep it mellow so I can eat it. YUMMY!!!!

Amberngriffinco October 03, 2009

We didnt dislike this chile,it had a good flavor,but thought it was very tomatoeee,which made it alitlle acidty..I did add 2 pkg of sazon goya and a whole can of diced chiles..It was better reheated and served as chile dogs..

Potluck March 19, 2008

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