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    Wendy's Original Chili (Copycat)

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    Wendy's Original Chili before they changes the recipe.

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    1. 1
      Brown beef inches.
    2. 2
      Break meat into tiny pieces.
    3. 3
      Place onion soup and half of cooked beef into a blender and process.
    4. 4
      on high speed.
    5. 5
      Place blended beef with unblended beef into a large saucepan.
    6. 6
      Add remaining ingredients and simmer on low for 20-30 minutes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 30, 2010


      I'm giving this recipe 4 stars bc I made it twice and I had to sort of beat it into tasting like Wendy's chili. Here is the changes I made... 2 big handfuls of salt (recipe contains no salt), up the brown sugar to 1/4 c., added garlic powder, either leave out 1 cup of the v8 or boil it down to where you evaporate quite a bit of the juice. Add more vinegar. Also the Wendy's chili had tiny diced onions so I will add that next time in the beginning. I cant remember if it had green bell peppers or if I am just remembering that from the current chili. Overall, a very good jumping off point, but you do have to play with the recipe a little. I would also go ahead and include finely shredded cheddar and white onions for the garnish on the ingredients bc I got home and only had mozzerella cheese! Don't forget the toppings!!!

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    • on April 05, 2008


      I had big expectations for this recipe since I'm a big fan of Wendy's chili and I must say I was not disappointed at all! The only thing I added was about 1 1/2 tsp. of salt and 1 1/2 tsp. of crushed red pepper to give it touch of heat. Will be making this again for sure!

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    • on December 08, 2007


      Though I really love my own creation, this is VERY, VERY good. I did cut the recipe by 1/3 due to the fact that I had only 1 lb. of ground beef. I also used black beans, just because I had 1/2 can that needed to be used, and opening one more was not a problem. I did this in the slow cooker on med. for about 4 hours, and then 4 hours on low. WOW!!, did it ever smell good as I went about doing other chores during the day. The cocoa powder I think is the secret. Will definietly make again!

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    Nutritional Facts for Wendy's Original Chili (Copycat)

    Serving Size: 1 (568 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 693.4
    Calories from Fat 279
    Total Fat 31.0 g
    Saturated Fat 10.7 g
    Cholesterol 115.6 mg
    Sodium 2514.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 58.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 14.0 g
    Sugars 21.9 g
    Protein 48.3 g

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