Friday, October 29, 2010

Wendy's Chili

I have never eaten a chili dish or cooked one before, but I have always knew that it would taste exactly like this! To me, it is similar yet different from spaghetti sauce, the one ingredient that makes a difference is the addition of cumin powder.  I couldn't get any pinto beans, so I substitue with chipotle beans instead.

This recipe is a copycat version of Wendy's Chili, which I found on According to them, "As restaurant copycat recipes go, this version of Wendy's Chili is bang-on! We swear it, if you put it into one of those paper cups like they serve it in at Wendy's, you'd be hard-pressed to tell this was simply a restaurant coycat recipe. It tastes just like Wendy's Chili!." Well, I have not tried Wendy's Chili before, so I don't really know! 

What I know is this is quite delicious.  I only make half the recipe. My kids are very happy eating this with some corn chips. I even made a Mustard and Dill Bread to go with this.  I can see that I'll be making this again very soon for a get-together and serve it in paper cups with corn chips!  

 The bread is dense and soft, it is not fluffy soft, but it is soft and perfect for this chili.

Great with corn chips. My daughter insisted on this photo!  

There was some leftover and a packet of unopened chips, half  of which my daughter brought to school for her lunch and the other half was 'reserved' for my son. He wanted to eat the leftovers after he's back from school.  He reminded me a few times to keep it for him!  There! they really enjoyed this chili very much!

Guess what was the request from my daughter?  She asked me to make corn chips next!!!  

I am sharing this with these fabulous sites :
Copycat Club at Buttercream Barbie
Texas Star Chili Cook-Off at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Recipe Swap Thursday at Prairie Story

Wendy's Chili
(source from
Serves 8
Cooking Time : 3 hours
2 pounds ground beef (I use ground pork)
1 (29-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (29-ounce) kidney beans with liquid
1 (29-ounce) can pinto beans with liquid
1 medium onion, diced
2 green chillies, diced
1 rib  celery, diced
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 teaspoons cumin powder
3 tablespoons chili powder
1-1/2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups water

Instructions :
  1. Brown the beef and drain the fat off.
  2. Crumble the cooked beef into pea size pieces.
  3. In a large pot, combine the beef with the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer over low heat.
  4. Cook, stirring every 15 minutes, for 2-3 hours.


Happy Halloween everyone. Have a lovely spooky fun!


  1. Hello! I have a difficult time making good chili, yours looks very delicious. So good, I will make some for our house! Thanks.

  2. Oh wow, I've been wanting to make this! I've seen this on the copy cat sites and have even gone as far as to bookmark it but haven't made it yet. I've eaten Wendy's chili many many times so I can't wait to see if it tastes authentic. What a fun recipe, thank you!

  3. I am so excited that you brought your wonderful Wendy's Chili over to the Texas Star Chili Cook Off. We are going to have so much fun. Thanks for coming over to The Country Cottage.

  4. This sounds really good. I've never had Wendy's chili either, so I wouldn't know how close it is to the real thing, but it doesn't sound too far off from my own chili and I know I like that.

  5. I am so surprised you have never had or cooked chili! I'm floored. I'm very glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Plan B

  6. Chilli looks absolutely yummy..yet to make chilli at home, bookmarking..

  7. This is really nice for the cold winter!

  8. It looks great and perfect for a chilly windy day like today!

  9. Many years back I used to eat wendy's chili! This looks delicious - very hearty and comforting. I like the bread you made too!

  10. Hi Melynda,
    Try this copycat version. It's easy and tasty too!

    Hi Brenda,
    When you've made this, let me know whether how close they are to Wendy's. Enjoy!

    Hi Lisa,
    I've never tried Wendy's chili before, so I don't know too.

    Hi Chef Bee,
    Chili is not a common meal over in Malaysia. So not everyone would have eaten this. But I'm glad I gave it a try. Thanks for visiting! Have a nice day.

    Hi Priya,
    Hope you'll try this someday. Great with roti.

    Hi Angie,
    Mmm, yes, this would be perfect for the cold winter!

    Hi Pam,
    Yes, perfect for a chilly windy day!

    Hi Reeni,
    Thank you. Have a nice day!

  11. Hi,
    That looks so yummm..:)Ging to follow you...:)


  12. Happy Halloween!! Your chili recipe looks FAB!!

    I have a favor to ask...can you please send me a link to your Culinary Smackdown entry or repost the pic to your blog? I've been trying to save the pic from your original post and for some reason my computer will not let me open or save the file. I'm announcing the winner today and would love to add a pic of your Sambal and eggs...hope you get the asap so we can post a pic of your lovely dish!

  13. i love chili...but never eat the beans!

  14. Hi Dr. Sameena,
    Thank you for visiting!

    Hi Rebecka,
    Thank you!
    Sorry about the picture! I have replied over in your blog. Please do let me know how it turns out!

    Hi alison,
    Thank you for stopping ny!

    Hi mr. pineapple man,
    I don't really fancy the beans too, but it is actually not bad. Try it!

  15. Sounds and looks fab! My son loves Wendy's chili, so this is a must try! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Hi Marguerite,
    Thank you for stopping by! Have a lovely day.

  17. Congratulation for winning the Challenge! The winning dish looked great! And so does the chili!

  18. Hi Anette,
    Thank you! It certainly has been fun taking part in the Challenge. Hope to see you in this month's challenge. Have a nice day!

  19. Delicious! I like chili with chips too. Do you know the North American version of chili is often topped with sour cream and cheese?!

  20. Hi KY,
    Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I have seen some chili with sour cream and cheese, but have not tried them before. Should be great!

  21. I think the pic with the chips is cute! looks hearty and satisfying.

  22. Your chili looks great, and I've eaten Windy's chili several times. I'm from Dallas, Texas and know good chili. Please come check out this new chili I made for my family the other night. I think you'll really like it if you like beef and bean chili. It's very flavorful but not too spicy for the kids. Enjoy!