Wendy's Original Chili (Copycat)

"Wendy's Original Chili before they changes the recipe."
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  • Brown beef inches.
  • Break meat into tiny pieces.
  • Place onion soup and half of cooked beef into a blender and process.
  • on high speed.
  • Place blended beef with unblended beef into a large saucepan.
  • Add remaining ingredients and simmer on low for 20-30 minutes.

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  1. 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!!!
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. This is great!!!!You can use a 14oz or 15oz. can of tomato sauce instead of teaspoons. The cocoa powder,brown sugar,vinegar and the v-8 juice make this recipe! The next time I make I am using pinto beans or red beans, the skins are a little softer! Thanks for posting! A good recipe to make and freeze!


I am a housewife, I love to cook and experiment with different spices and flavors, there are not many recipe ideas I will not try. EXCEPT! anything that is extremely HOT and SPICY, I have a allot of family members living here and most of us spend the holidays together.We all Love to eat and look forward to the different AND the traditional recipes on the Holidays. My pet peeve...HUM it makes me crazy when someone cooks and leaves the mess pile up, It's easier to clean as you go, that way when the food is done you can actually sit down and enjoy it. I am very passionate about and being apart of the fight to prevent animal cruelty, and helping to educate people about what happens to Children or Pets left in vehicles on very hot or very cold days, also Pets left in extreme elements outside without the proper necessities. I believe that anyone that purposely harms or torturers a child or a animal is a Coward!
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