Wendy’s Chili

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Wendy’s Chili imitation

If you're looking for a healthy and hearty meal to warm you up, chili is a great option. This recipe is inspired by the famous Wendy's chili, but it's an imitation version that you can make at home. It's a delicious and satisfying dish that's perfect for a cozy night in.
Makes 12 servings, approximately 1 cup each.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Course Snack, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 405 kcal


  • Crock-pot


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 ounce tomato sauce 29 oz. can
  • 29 ounce kidney beans 29 oz. can of drained or 1/2 pound dry kidney beans
  • 29 ounce pinto beans 29 oz can drained or 1/2 pound dry pinto beans
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 onion diced medium
  • ½ cup green chilies diced mild
  • 1 to 6 jalapeno peppers diced, if heat desired
  • 29 ounce tomatoes 29 oz. can diced tomatoes or 3 chopped medium tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  • To use dried beans rather than canned: Bring a large saucepan of water to boil. Add the beans and simmer for 30 minutes. Turn off heat, cover and soak for 90 minutes. Drain and add to crock pot.
  • Brown the beef in skillet or microwave and drain off the fat.
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a crock-pot.
  • Cook on low for 3-10 hours. If using dried beans, cook on low for 10 hours or until the beans are soft.


Leftovers can be frozen and kept for months.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Paulson Pursuits is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.


Calories: 405kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 26gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 510mgPotassium: 1030mgFiber: 13gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1229IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 86mgIron: 6mg
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