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Wendy’s Copycat Chili Recipe

Look no further for the best Wendy’s copycat chili recipe! Full of meat, beans, and the perfect blend of spices, you won’t find a better copycat recipe that is as close to a match to Wendy’s chili recipe. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best chili, Chili Recipe, Wendy's Copycat Chili
Servings: 8
Calories: 381kcal


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (diced)
  • 3 (14 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles (undrained)
  • 14 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 (1.25 ounce) packages chili seasoning (such as McCormick Mild Chili Seasoning Mix)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can kidney beans (do not drain)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can pinto beans (do not drain)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar (more or less to taste)


  • Place ground beef in a large pot over medium-high heat. Stir and break the ground beef into crumbles and cook until no longer pink.
  • Drain beef of excess grease.
  • Return beef to pot, stir in celery, onion, and green bell pepper into ground beef and cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour in stewed tomatoes, diced tomatoes with green chiles, tomato sauce, and water. Break apart large pieces of stewed tomatoes.
  • Stir in chili seasoning.
  • Add kidney beans, pinto beans and season with salt and black pepper; bring to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Mix vinegar into chili.
  • Ladle into bowls and serve.


Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 685mg | Potassium: 1622mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 4976IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 10mg