Wendy's Chili Clone

Total Time
20 mins
20 mins

I have been using this recipe exclusively for the last 9 years. It's from the April 8, 1993 Phil Donahue show featuring Gloria Pitzer, the recipe detective. It's easy and delicious in a variety of ways. We serve it at home as well as made ahead to take camping. Serve it the classic way, with cornbread or on hot dogs. Or try some of our family favorites, Cincinnati style (served over cooked spaghetti noodles) or taco salads (a bed of lettuce and corn chips, topped with chili and sour cream).

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  1. In large saucepan or dutch oven, over med/high heat, brown beef.
  2. Puree french onion soup in blender and pour over cooked beef.
  3. Cook and stir until mixture is consistency of rice.
  4. Stir in spices.
  5. Add undrained beans, tomato paste and sauce and stir well.
  6. Reduce heat to Low and simmer for 20 minutes or until piping hot and flavors have blended.
  7. Add additional salt and pepper, chili powder or Tabasco to taste.
Most Helpful

3 5

As prepared. I was not impressed. Bland as is.

4 5

Tasty chili in a flash. Not a veggie to be peeled and chopped, just open cans. I added like 1/4 cup diced green chilies.

5 5

Not Wendy's chili but good. I believe that Wendy's chili has peppers in it and is a lot more soupy. This chili was thick, more like for topping hot dogs. I added more seasoning and some chicken bullion. This is easy and tasty, its a keeper. Thanks for posting!