Wendy’s Chili

Wendy’s Style Chili


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: Shredded cheddar cheese, chopped onions, sour cream, or crackers


  1. Brown Ground Beef:
    • In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef until browned. Drain excess fat if necessary.
  2. Cook Onions and Garlic:
    • Add chopped onions and minced garlic to the pot with the browned beef. Sauté for a few minutes until the onions become translucent.
  3. Combine Ingredients:
    • Add diced tomatoes (with their juices), kidney beans, pinto beans, tomato sauce, and beef broth to the pot, stirring well to combine.
  4. Season and Simmer:
    • Stir in the chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Mix thoroughly.
    • Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer, covered, for about 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally. The longer it simmers, the richer the flavors will be.
  5. Serve:
    • Serve the Wendy’s style chili hot in bowls.
    • Optionally, top each serving with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped onions, sour cream, or crackers.


This recipe makes approximately 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Information (per serving, approximately):

  • Calories: 330
  • Total Fat: 14g
    • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 750mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 26g
    • Dietary Fiber: 8g
    • Sugars: 6g
  • Protein: 26g

Enjoy this hearty and flavorful chili, reminiscent of Wendy’s famous recipe, on a chilly evening or for a comforting meal!

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