Copycat Wendy’s Chili

Copycat Wendy's Chili


This is not only the perfect copycat recipe. It's the perfect chili recipe.
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1½ lb. ground beef
  • 3 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15-oz.) can kidney beans, with liquid
  • 1 (15-oz.) can pinto beans, with liquid
  • Shredded cheddar, for serving
  • Green onions, sliced, for serving
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion, pepper, and celery and cook until softened, 5 minutes. Add in tomato paste, stirring constantly until darker in color, about 2 minutes more. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 6 minutes more. Drain fat and return to heat.
  2. Add chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder, and season generously with salt and pepper. Pour in crushed tomatoes, then fill can halfway with water, swirling to catch any remaining tomato, and add to pot. Add beans and their liquid and stir to combine. Bring chili to a boil then reduce heat to low and let simmer until flavors meld and liquid is slightly reduced, about 40 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  3. Serve chili topped with cheddar and green onions.