Wendy's Original Chili (Copycat)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

Wendy's Original Chili before they changes the recipe.

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.


Most Helpful

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!!!

Grimm's Restaurant Tales November 30, 2010

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!

Classy Gal April 05, 2008

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!

DEEP December 08, 2007

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