Wendy’s Chili – Save this recipe for a crisp fall day

Wendy’s Chili has been a beloved classic for years, known for its rich, hearty flavor and satisfying ingredients. If you’re looking to recreate this iconic chili at home, you’re in the right place. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll take you through the process, step by step, and share tips and insights to make your homemade Wendy’s Chili a flavorful masterpiece.

Wendy’s Chili Ingredients:

Let’s start by listing the ingredients you’ll need:


Fresh ground beef 2 pounds
Tomato juice 1 quart
Tomato purée 1 (29-ounce) can
Red kidney beans, drained 1 (15-ounce) can
Pinto beans, drained 1 (15-ounce) can
Onion, chopped 1 medium-large (about 1 1/2 cups)
Celery, diced 1/2 cup
Green bell pepper, diced 1/4 cup
Chili powder 1/4 cup (adjust for heat)
Ground cumin 1 teaspoon (adjust for flavor)
Garlic powder 1 1/2 teaspoons
Salt 1 teaspoon
Ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon
Dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon
Sugar 1/2 teaspoon
Cayenne pepper 1/8 teaspoon


Now that we have our ingredients ready, let’s dive into the cooking process:

  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Ensure you drain off any excess fat.
  2. Transfer the browned beef and all the remaining ingredients into a 6-quart pot.
  3. Cover the pot and let the chili simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. This slow cooking allows the flavors to meld together perfectly.
  4. Alternatively, you can also prepare this chili in a slow cooker on low for 3 to 4 hours. It’s a convenient option if you have a busy schedule.

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