Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

For fast food lovers from an online source posted in response to a recipe request.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a frying pan, brown the ground beef; drain.
  2. Put the drained beef and the remaining ingredients into a 6-quart pot.
  3. Cover the pot; let it simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
Most Helpful

Very nice chili that is surprising like Wendy's. The chili powder used makes a lot of difference. I used HEB bulk San Antonio chili powder. For you guys who are not in Texas, San Antonio powder is "sweeter" with less pungency. The chili is "gentle" - my family likes it milder than I do. Personally, I like butt burning chili - this is not it. For those who want a kinder, gentler chili, this is really good.

gahboo May 29, 2010

Had to make do with a small can of tomato paste in a quart of water & a can of diced tomato - what a wonderful recipe! We thought it was a good new addition to our chili stable. I did use a 1 pound bag of red kidney beans to the 2 lbs ground beef - so ours may have been "beanier". Only mildly spicy - good for folks who are not chiliheads but appreciate a balanced bowl of chili. After browning the meat & boiling then soaking the red beans I threw it all in the slow cooker for 4 hours on high. Served with eastern NC (sweet) cornbread - perfect. Thanks Molly 53 for a keeper recipe enjoyed by all.

Buster's friend March 18, 2009

Thank you so much for this recipe! I live overseas now and missed Wendy's chili, and now I can have it whenever I want. It's fab.

Moor Driver January 26, 2008