Chili - Modified Wendy's Style

Prep Time
Cook Time
3h 20m
Ready In

"This is my version of a 'Wendy's' style chili. As usual, I put in LOTS of garlic but this is optional. Top this with some shredded cheddar cheese, serve with garlic bread and you've got a hit! Always tastes better the next day."

Original is 10-15 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (478.7 g)
  • Calories 349.8
  • Total Fat - 16.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 81 mg
  • Sodium - 1164.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 19.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6.6 g
  • Sugars - 6.7 g
  • Protein - 32.3 g
  • Calcium - 99.4 mg
  • Iron - 5.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 21.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Brown the ground beef and drain off the fat.

Step 2

Crumble the cooked beef with a fork into pea sized pieces.

Step 3

In a large pot, combine all ingredients.

Step 4

Simmer over low heat 2-3 hours stirring frequently.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For a more intense flavor, use an extra can of tomato sauce.
  • If desired, substitute black beans for the kidney beans.

  • Substitute ground turkey for the ground beef for a healthier option. This substitution will reduce the fat and calories in the chili, making it a better choice for those looking for a healthier option.
  • Substitute black beans for the kidney beans for added flavor and texture. The black beans will add a unique flavor and texture to the chili, making it more interesting and enjoyable.

Vegetarian Chili Substitute the ground beef with 2 cups of cooked black beans and 1 cup of cooked lentils. Omit the garlic powder. Simmer over low heat for 1-2 hours, stirring frequently.

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili Substitute the ground beef with 1 cup of cooked quinoa and 1 cup of cooked black beans. Omit the garlic powder and replace it with 1 teaspoon of cumin. Simmer over low heat for 1-2 hours, stirring frequently.

Garlic Bread: This classic side dish pairs perfectly with chili and adds a nice crunch to the meal. The garlic adds an extra depth of flavor to the dish and complements the chili perfectly.

Cornbread: Cornbread is a classic accompaniment to chili, providing a slightly sweet and crumbly texture that contrasts nicely with the chili's spiciness. It's also a great way to add some extra fiber and nutrition to the meal.


Q: How long should I simmer the chili?

A: Simmer over low heat for 2-3 hours, stirring frequently.

Q: What ingredients do I need for chili?

A: You will need ground beef, onions, garlic, canned tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Optional ingredients include beans, bell peppers, and other spices.

1 Reviews


I made this in the crock-pot, letting it simmer on low for 8 hours and it was a hit. Served at a pot-luck dinner.


review by:
(13 Oct 2013)

You'll Also Love

Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: Wendy's chili was first introduced in 1969, making it one of the chain's oldest menu items. It was created by Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy's and was inspired by his mother's chili recipe.

Fun Fact 2: Chili has been around for centuries and has been a popular dish in the United States since the 19th century. It is believed to have originated in Mexico and has been adopted and adapted by different cultures around the world.