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Wendy’s Style Chili

Wendy’s Style Chili

I love the chili and Wendy’s.  It’s one of the lower-calorie filling items on their menu, and on lazy days when I take my kids to the park and let them have fast food for lunch, I will pick up a bowl of the chili for myself.  So, when I saw this recipe for Wendy’s Copycat Chili on Mama Loves Food, I knew I would have to try it immediately.

It was very, very good.  In fact, I made it 4 days ago, and I’m sitting here still eating it for leftovers, and I daresay it is even better than it was the first day.

I did make a couple of changes; I halved the recipe (if you make this entire recipe, you will have a butt-ton of chili), I made mine in the crockpot, and I used Great Northern beans instead of kidney beans, because I prefer them.

This recipe is a keeper, and perfect for a fall day.


Recipe from Mama Loves Food


  • 4.5 pounds ground beef, browned and drained
  • 2 large yellow (sweet) onions, chopped
  • 7 large green bell peppers, chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 heaping tablespoons minced garlic (I use jarred)
  • 2 cans Ranch Style Beans, NOT drained (15 ounce cans)
  • 2 cans dark red kidney beans, drained (15 ounce cans)
  • 2 cans Original Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chili (10 ounce cans)
  • 2 cans stewed tomatoes (15 ounce cans)
  • 4 cans plain tomato sauce (15 ounce cans)
  • 2 packages McCormick Mild Chili Seasoning (1.25 ounce packages)

  • Directions:

    Throw all ingredients into a stock pot and simmer on low for 6 hours. (I threw it all into a crock pot.) and enjoy!

    3 thoughts on “Wendy’s Style Chili

    1. This recipe looks delicious, & I cannot wait to try it!!! I just got back from purchasing all of the needed ingredients, & plan to use our crock pot too. I have a couple questions- Did you brown & drain the beef before putting it in the crock pot? My crock pot only has a low or high setting… I'm guessing low would be the appropriate setting. Last question, does it take the full 6 hours to cook in the crock pot before it is done? Thanks for your help. 🙂

    2. Hi Kinsey Family!Yes, definitely brown and drain the beef before throwing it in. Keep your crockpot on low for 6 hours, and it should turn out perfectly. Hope you enjoy, and thanks for visiting!

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