Just Like Wendy's Chili


After trying several Wendy's chili recipe clones and adjusting them to my tastes, I've concocted what I think is the best. Serve it topped with finely diced white onions and/or shredded cheese. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 3 (14 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes

  • 1 (14 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles (such as RO*TEL)

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 (1.25 ounce) packages chili seasoning (such as McCormick® Mild Chili Seasoning Mix)

  • 1 (14 ounce) can kidney beans, undrained

  • 1 (14 ounce) can pinto beans, undrained

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar, or more to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Press ground beef into the hot oil to form one large patty; let the bottom brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. Stir and break browned beef into crumbles. Continue to cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes longer.

  3. Stir celery, onion, and bell pepper into beef and cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

  4. Pour in stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with green chiles, and water. Break apart large chunks of stewed tomatoes. Stir in chili seasoning. Stir in kidney and pinto beans. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 hour.

  6. Mix vinegar into chili just before serving.

    Photo by lutzflcat
    Just Like Wendy's Chili.


To adjust the heat, feel free to add cayenne pepper. The original Wendy's chili has more beans in it, so you could double the amount above if you prefer that style.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

326 Calories
15g Fat
29g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 326
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 1521mg 66%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 26mg 129%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 762mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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