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Just Like Wendy’s Chili

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I found this copycat recipe online—it really does taste remarkably similar to Wendy’s Chili, only it’s a bit heartier than what I usually get when I hit my local drive-thru. Be warned, this recipe makes a ton—it’ll fill a 5 1/2-quart Dutch oven almost to the rim. Add cheese or sour cream if you like, but they’re really not needed here.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 2 stalks Celery, Chopped
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Chopped
  • 1 whole Green Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • 3 cans (14 Oz. Size) Stewed Tomatoes
  • 1 can (10 Oz. Size) Ro*tel Tomatoes
  • 1 can (14 Oz. Size) Tomato Sauce
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 2 packages (1 1/4 Oz. Size) Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 1 can (14 Oz. Size) Kidney Beans, Undrained
  • 1 can (14 Oz. Size) Navy Beans, Undrained
  • 1 can (14 Oz. Size) Black Beans, Undrained
  • 1 can (14 Oz. Size) Pinto Beans, Undrained
  • 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste

Preparation

Heat olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown ground beef with salt and peper until cooked through, stirring frequently to break up clumps. Stir in celery, onion, and green bell peppers; cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until translucent.

Add stewed tomatoes, Rotel tomatoes, tomato sauce and water. Stir in dried parsley, cumin, and chili seasoning. Add undrained beans and stir to combine. Heat, stirring freqently, until mixture comes to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Stir in vinegar just before serving.

Note: See the related blog post for a recipe to make homemade chili seasoning mix.

Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.

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tammyhershberger on 10.15.2014

Finally got around to making this. I can’t say I thought it tasted like Wendy’s, but it was still quite good. Thought mine seemed a little bland, but I do have a cold so maybe my taster is just off a little. :)

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tammyhershberger on 7.6.2013

I have never had a chili recipe that I’ve really liked, but I love Wendy’s chili! Can’t wait to give this a try!

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Rene Brandt on 10.18.2013

My family’s new favorite chili.

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