Copycat Wendy’s Meaty Chili

There are lots of these recipes floating around the Internet. I have always loved Wendy’s chili, and this copycat comes pretty close!

You’ll need a can each of pinto beans and kidney beans. Sometimes I use only one kind of bean if I’m starting from dry beans. To cook the dry beans in the Instant Pot (which will make about 4 cans of beans, so freeze the leftovers), put 1 lb. of beans in the pot and add 8 c. of water. Cook at high pressure for 20-25 minutes (pinto beans) and 30 minutes (kidney beans).

Brown in a pot:

1 lb. ground beef

1 onion, chopped

Drain off any grease. Add to the pot:

1 can (1 1/2 c.) pinto beans

1 can (1 1/2 c.) kidney beans

5 c. tomato sauce

2 c. water

a diced bell pepper

1 T. chili powder

1 t. cumin

6 cloves minced garlic or 1 1/2 t. garlic powder

1 t. salt

pepper to taste, starting with 1/2 t.

1/2 t. oregano

pinch of sugar

Stir well and let it simmer for 1 hour. You can also use the slow cooker if you’re not in a hurry and let it simmer on high for 3 hours or low for 6.

Serve the copycat Wendy’s chili with crackers, cheese, sour cream, or cornbread.

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copycat Wendy's chili

Copycat Wendy’s Meaty Chili

I have always loved Wendy’s chili, and this copycat comes pretty close!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 can pinto beans drained, 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 can kidney beans drained, 1 1/2 cups
  • 5 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 6 cloves garlic minced, or 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 pinch sugar


  • In a pot, brown the ground beef and onion. Drain off the grease.
    1 pound ground beef, 1 onion
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the pot. Stir well and simmer for 1 hour.
    1 can pinto beans, 1 can kidney beans, 5 cups tomato sauce, 2 cups water, 1 bell pepper, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 6 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1 pinch sugar
  • Serve the chili with crackers, cheese, sour cream, and/or cornbread.
Keyword beans, beef, tomatoes
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