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Chili like Wendy's
Quick and easy recipe takes under an
hour to reproduce that famous chili.

Submitted By: Chad Kuhlman
Prep. Time: 0:45
Serves: 4-6

2 Tbls. vegetable oil
1 1/2 - 2 lbs. ground chuck
10 oz. can French onion soup
21 oz. can red kidney beans - un-drained
8 oz. can tomato sauce
6 oz. can tomato paste
1 Tbls. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3 drops Tabasco

Ingredients at Firehouse Pantry

-In a large pot over medium-high heat, brown the beef in the oil, breaking up as it cooks; set aside.
-Puree soup in a blender; pour over beef.
-Stir remaining ingredients into pot.
-Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes.

Make It A Meal: Serve with Corn Muffins and a Thick Chocolate Milkshake like Wendy's Frosty.

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25 Visitor Comments About This Recipe
  • As a GM for Wendy's I can tell you that you are missing out on a few key points. You must brown, then boil the meat. Use froxen diced onions and green and red peppers. 1 1/2 cups onions & 1/2 cup green 1/2 cup red peppers (diced & frozen). Also the beans, they are just dark red and light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed. Try a 1/4 cup of celery in when you brown and boil the meat. That is some of the key ingredients in their vegetable mix they use.

  • My husband loves Wendy's chili. I made this one night, not letting him know where I got the recipe. I added onions and cheddar cheese on top the way he orders it. He said "this taste just like Wendy's, oh wait! I mean better". I said "no, that's what it's supposed to taste like". He said I could make it anytime. I'm making it again for company this time. It's not exactly, but really close. The longer you let it simmer, the better. Thanks

  • I've made this recipe for the last 12 years and love it! It really does taste like Wendys' chili!

  • This isn't anything like Wendys chili. I knew this as soon as I saw that your recipe only calls for kidney beans. Wendi's chili has two different beans in it, almost looks like they put in the bean found in Van Camp's Pork and Beans. The rest of the recipe you claim to be a clone is a standard chili recipe.

  • We tried this today for dinner along with the corn muffins. Both were delicious. The chili is remarkably close to Wendy's recipe. My kids loved it!!!

  • Tried the recipe and did not like it. Tasted nothing like Wendy's chili. Sorry

  • Hi I worked at wendys for 2 years. They use red kidney beans and pink then onions, green peppers. Leftovers of the hamburger from the prior day and tomato sauce and cans of chunked tomatos and chili powder. They dont use tobasco sauce.

  • I made the recipe for Chili like Wendy's, this is the best chili I ever made. Thank you.

  • I've been making this chili for almost six months now and my kids LOVE it. My son who does not like chili looks forward to me making this now because he really likes it.

  • I'm not a big fan of Chili, but this was great! easy to make and so tasty. My family ate it up. Thanks!

  • I made this recipe but i added pink and red kidney beans and a green pepper to this recipe and it made it more like wendys chili this is a great recipe and my husband just loves it thanks

  • I was excited to find this recipe because my husband and I both love Wendy's chili. However, never of us enjoyed it--didn't taste like Wendy's chili at all to us!

  • Oh My!!! This is SO like Wendys and I really like their chili. I did add a jar of my home can tomatoes with onions and bell pepper because that is also in Wendy's chili. I still liked the hot sauce in it. Yes I will add more beans next time will try the pink beans other commenter say.

  • I have made this recipe many times. It's the only chili recipe my husband wants me to make anymore. Everyone has a different idea about what chili should be like, but this recipe offers everything my husband insists on having in his chili--no chunks of tomatoes, no large pieces of onion, and not a thin or watery chili. This is a nice thick chili, and it's super quick to throw together. Having said that, I must also add that I recently had some Wendy's chili, and this recipe isn't it. But it is a very good and extrememly easy chili recipe that we have really enjoyed--many times!

  • I loved this recipe! Quick and easy to make...I added onion and green peppers and will use this recipe from now on. I also made the corn muffins to have with the chili, what a wonderful combination!

  • We make this all the time. The kids beg for it. I tried it tonight with extra meat, 'cause my dh (who loves Wendy's chili) says it needs more meat. I also add onions. I can see where you'd want green peppers, because they are in Wendy's chili, but I don't like them anyway ;-). I also use green Tabasco sauce, we are not "hot" lovers here. Its great, cause you can Tabasco to taste!

  • This is my son's favorite recipe. Mine and my husbands also. It is easy and has great flavor. I also use 2 different kinds of beans. Also, if I do not have the canned French onion soup I use the dry soup mix!

  • I was excited to try this recipe because my husband and I love Wendy's chili, however this didn't taste like Wendy's chili to us at all. Sorry.

  • My son who is the pickiest eater in the world LOVES this recipe. He calls it his chili and a;ways asks me to make it now. A big thank you!!!!

  • This recipe more closely resembles the authentic taste of Wendy's Chili than the Chili Like Wendy's recipe does. I've been eating Wendy's chili for years and hands-down, this is a winner!

  • yeah in the recipe you have to add bell peppers and celery garlic onions and fresh cracked pepper---I have made this chili like 4 times already. Also, add a little tabasco...Remember recipes need to have your OWN spin---this recipes serves as a great base

  • I made this for my nephew and we loved it. It does taste like Wendy's. We served it with warm cornbread and it was quite a hit.

  • Absolutely the best tasting chili I have ever made,thanks, now its my secret recipe. LOL

  • I have used this recipe several times, but the one I use calls for a large can of V-8 juice. You got to have that! I also add a few extra spices, celery salt, garlic powder, and a small can of ElPaso green chilli peppers. Try adding the V-8, then you REALLY have Wendy's Chili!

  • This wasn't even close to Wendy's. This was awful.

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