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Wendy's Chili Copycat

Make this Wendy’s Chili recipe copycat with ground beef, beans, green chiles, onion, celery, tomato sauce and seasoning. It’s so much better than the restaurant kind!

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Wendy's chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 512 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 celery ribs chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 30 oz canned red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 30 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 30 oz canned pinto beans
  • 4 oz can green chiles
  • 1 cup water or beef stock
US Customary - Metric


  1. Heat up oil in a large soup pot, like Dutch oven.
  2. Add onion and saute until almost translucent.
  3. Add celery and saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir often.
  4. Add chili powder and cumin and stir in. Saute for 2 minutes. This activates the seasoning.
  5. Add beef and cook, breaking it down with a wooden spoon. Cook until no longer pink.
  6. Add beans, diced tomatoes, green chiles and water. Stir well.
  7. Bring the mixture to boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
  8. Serve with shredded cheddar, sour cream and chopped cilantro or parsley.

Recipe Notes

  1. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
  2. You can use four 15oz cans of beans to get the needed amount.
    Homecooked beans are even better.
Nutrition Facts
Wendy's Chili Copycat
Amount Per Serving
Calories 512 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 1395mg61%
Potassium 1728mg49%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 18g75%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 1448IU29%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 204mg20%
Iron 10mg56%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.