My best friends brother-n-law worked for Wendy's fast food chain for several years, she gave me this recipe when she found out how much I love their chili. I was surprised to see how simple it was! Yummy to my Tummy!
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1 (14 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
- 4 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 1 (14 ounce) can ranch style beans
- 1 (14 ounce) can pinto beans
- 1 (14 ounce) can kidney beans
- 1 (10 ounce) can Rotel diced tomatoes
- 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package McCormick mild chili seasoning
- 2 lbs ground chuck
- Brown Ground Chuck. Add all canned items, including juice, into large pot.
- Cook until onion and pepper are tender.
- Freezes nicely!
You can view a list of the chili ingredients at Wendys official website. Just click on "nutrition facts". According to it there are only kidney beans and chili beans in it. And in addition to the onion and green pepper it also calls for celery.
I must say, this is really a "fool proof" recipe! First of all, I didn't have any bell pepper. I only had 1 can tomato sauce. I used the stewed tomatoes, pinto, kidney, and ranch style beans. I also used diced tomatoes, but didn't have Rotel. I searched my cabinet to see what I could use for more tomato sauce, and saw some "no name beans in tomato sauce" that someone from Canada left here a couple years ago, so threw them in. (They were more like Pork and Beans, without the pork). I also didn't have any chili seasoning, so I used a package of taco seasoning. I added 2 tablespoons of chili powder in hopes of making it taste somewhat like chili. I started it cooking on top of the stove, but, my pan kept burning, even though I added more liquid. I put it into the crock pot and decided to taste it at this point. Ate a small bowl, it was good! I cooked it in the crock pot for less than an hour while I made cornbread. Took out a bowl and that was the end of the cooking, it was great! I agree totally with "Love to Bake Dem Bones review on Jul 18, 2009. I've worked in many restaurants in several states and that is exactly what they do and so much worse. I also worked in a brand new supermarket the day they opened. I worked in the bakery -- all I can say is YIKES! I always told my kids, "If you have any doubts that your body is wonderfully made, just look at the people that eat in restaurants and from bakeries, that can still walk around!" Anyway, it is much better to make your own and this is a wonderful recipe! Thank you very much.