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WENDY’S CopyCat Chili Recipe

Introducing Wendy’s CopyCat Chili Recipe: Unleash the Flavor Explosion! 

Are you craving the rich and hearty goodness of Wendy’s famous chili but can’t always make it to their restaurant? Well, fret no more! We have the ultimate solution to satisfy your taste buds right at home. Behold, the Wendy’s CopyCat Chili Recipe – an irresistible chili that mirrors the authentic taste you love and crave!

The Perfect Blend of Flavors 

Prepare to be blown away by the symphony of flavors that come together in every spoonful of our Wendy’s CopyCat Chili Recipe. We’ve carefully crafted this recipe to ensure the same mouthwatering combination of ground beef, plump kidney beans, fresh tomatoes, onions, and an array of secret spices that make Wendy’s chili so iconic. It’s a medley of smoky, savory, and mildly spicy notes that will leave you wanting more!

Quick and Easy to Make

No need to spend hours in the kitchen to enjoy this heavenly chili. With our simple, step-by-step instructions, you can whip up a batch of Wendy’s CopyCat Chili in no time. Whether it’s a weeknight dinner for the family or a gathering with friends, this recipe is perfect for any occasion.

Customizable to Your Tastes

While our CopyCat Chili recipe stays true to the classic Wendy’s taste, we encourage you to add your personal touch! Adjust the level of spiciness, throw in some extra veggies, or top it off with your favorite shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream. The possibilities are endless, and the result will be uniquely yours.

Restaurant-Quality at Home 

Imagine the satisfaction of savoring a steaming bowl of Wendy’s CopyCat Chili, knowing that you’ve created this delectable masterpiece right in your own kitchen. Impress your friends and family with a restaurant-quality dish that’s sure to become a household favorite.

Share the Love 

Nothing brings people together like a comforting and hearty meal. With our Wendy’s CopyCat Chili Recipe, you’ll have plenty to share with your loved ones. Cook up a big batch, gather around the table, and let the love flow as you enjoy this delightful chili together.

Get Your Wendy’s Fix Today! 

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to enjoy Wendy’s iconic chili anytime you desire. Get your hands on the ultimate CopyCat Chili Recipe today and experience the incredible flavors of Wendy’s in the comfort of your home. 

I love Wendy’s chili, but it’s not always budget-responsible to get in the car and drive to eat it. Sometimes you have to be a copy-cat and this recipe is incredibly close to the real deal. It will satisfy that craving!

Wendy's Chili Recipe


If you’re a fan of Wendy’s chili but want to enjoy it in the comfort of your home without breaking the bank, this Copy Cat Chili Recipe is the perfect solution! Crafted to be incredibly close to the real deal, this hearty and flavorful chili will satisfy your cravings and impress your taste buds.

WENDY’S CopyCat Chili Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Servings: 8-10


    • 1 onion, chopped (250g or 1 cup)
    • 1 bell pepper, chopped (250g or 1 cup)
    • 1 (14 ounce) can stewed tomatoes (400g)
    • 4 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce (4 cups or 960ml)
    • 1 (14 ounce) can ranch style beans (400g)
    • 1 (14 ounce) can pinto beans (400g)
    • 1 (14 ounce) can kidney beans (400g)
    • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes (280g)
    • 1 (1-1/4 ounce) package McCormick mild chili seasoning (35g)
    • 2 lbs ground beef (900g)

bowl of chili

How to Make CopyCat Wendy’s Chili Recipe

  1. Brown the Ground Beef: In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat, breaking it into small pieces as it cooks. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Add Chopped Onion and Bell Pepper: Add the chopped onion and bell pepper to the pot with the browned ground beef. Cook and stir until the onion and pepper are tender, approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Incorporate Canned Ingredients: Pour the stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, ranch-style beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, and diced tomatoes (with their juices) into the pot with the cooked meat, onion, and pepper.
  4. Add Chili Seasoning: Sprinkle the McCormick mild chili seasoning over the mixture in the pot. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Simmer the Chili: Bring the chili to a simmer over medium-low heat. Let it cook, uncovered, for about 30-40 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together beautifully. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  6. Serve and Enjoy: Once the chili has reached the desired consistency and the flavors have developed, it’s ready to serve. Ladle the Copy Cat Wendy’s Chili into bowls, and feel free to garnish with your favorite toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, or jalapeño slices.

Storage Tips:

This chili recipe also freezes nicely, making it ideal for meal prep or stocking up for future cravings. Allow the chili to cool completely before transferring it to airtight containers or freezer bags. Label the containers with the date and freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Note: Experiment and make it your own! Feel free to adjust the spice level by using a hotter chili seasoning or adding extra jalapeños. You can also throw in some corn kernels or diced carrots for added texture and sweetness.

Now, grab your apron and get ready to delight your taste buds with this sensational Wendy’s Copy Cat Chili Recipe. Enjoy!

chili with beans

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Wendy’s Copy Cat Chili Recipe 

1. Can I use ground turkey or chicken instead of ground beef? Absolutely! You can substitute ground beef with ground turkey or chicken for a leaner option. Keep in mind that the flavor may vary slightly, but it will still be delicious.

2. Is this chili recipe spicy? The McCormick mild chili seasoning provides a balanced level of spiciness. However, if you prefer a milder or spicier chili, feel free to adjust the seasoning to your taste by using a different chili blend or adding more chili powder.

3. Can I use dried beans instead of canned beans? Yes, you can use dried beans, but they will require pre-soaking and longer cooking times. Follow the instructions on the dried bean packaging for proper soaking and cooking before adding them to the chili.

4. Can I make this chili in a slow cooker? Absolutely! To make this chili in a slow cooker, follow the browning step for the ground beef in a separate skillet. Then, transfer the browned beef along with all the ingredients (except the chili seasoning) to the slow cooker. Stir well and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Add the chili seasoning in the last hour of cooking.

5. Can I freeze the chili after cooking? Yes, this chili recipe freezes beautifully. Allow the chili to cool completely before transferring it to airtight containers or freezer bags. Label the containers with the date and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave when you’re ready to enjoy it again.

6. What toppings go well with this chili? You can get creative with toppings! Some popular choices include shredded cheddar cheese, diced onions, sour cream, chopped green onions, jalapeño slices, or a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Customize it to your liking!

7. How many servings does this recipe make? This recipe makes approximately 8-10 servings, depending on the portion size.

8. Can I make this chili ahead of time for a party or gathering? Absolutely! This chili is perfect for preparing in advance. Make it a day ahead, let it cool, and refrigerate it overnight. Reheat on the stovetop before serving. The flavors will have even more time to meld together, making it even more delicious.

9. Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of canned? Yes, you can use fresh tomatoes. Chop them into small pieces and use them in place of the canned tomatoes. Keep in mind that canned tomatoes provide a slightly different texture and consistency to the chili.

10. Is this recipe suitable for vegetarians? The original recipe includes ground beef, but you can easily make it vegetarian-friendly by omitting the meat and doubling up on the beans. Add some extra veggies like zucchini or mushrooms for added texture and flavor.

Enjoy your homemade Wendy’s Copy Cat Chili, and feel free to experiment to make it uniquely yours! 

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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