Wendy's Original Chili (Copycat)

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by Cookin In Texas

Wendy's Original Chili before they changes the recipe.

Top Review by Grimms Restaurant T

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!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


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

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