Wendy’s Homemade Chili

  • Prep Time
    25-30 mins
  • Cook Time
    1 hour
  • Ready In
    2-3 hours

After trying several Wendy’s chili recipe clones and adjusting them to my tastes, I’ve concocted what I think is the best. Serve it topped with finely diced white onions and/or shredded cheese. Enjoy!




Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drain off the excess fat. In a large saucepan, combine the seared meat, tomato sauce, beans, borlotti beans, onion, green pepper, celery, and diced tomatoes. Add ground cumin, chilli powder, black pepper and salt to the pan and mix well. Add water and mix again.


Bring the chili to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. After an hour, check the consistency of the peppers by adding some water. If it’s too runny, let it cook uncovered for a few more minutes to thicken.