Wendy’s Chili copycat made with kidney beans, onions, chilis, bell peppers and tomatoes with a spicy chili powder and cumin spices. The perfect copycat!
Wendy’s Chili is a no brainer now that the weather is cooling down in a hurry. This copycat recipe is actually so spot on that when I tested it on an unsuspecting family member who loves it she replied, “If you got Wendy’s where is my FROSTY!!”
Sadly, I had not made a Wendy’s Frosty for her, but the chili is in fact a very spot-on copycat. Plus I love serving it with my Jalapeno Popper Cornbread Muffins.
Wendy’s Chili seems like it would be a tough recipe to make, but honestly the most difficult part is waiting for it to cook low and slow. In fact here are some tips and tricks for making this the PERFECT chili recipe.
Add in a tablespoon of butter at the end of cooking. It helps mellow flavors and provide the best texture. It adds a richness with minimal calories (it is only 1 tablespoon for the whole pot!).
Cook on a “simmer” which is lower than “low” usually. Cooking on a simmer is just the smallest of bubbles.
If you find your chili doesn’t look the same as below you may have the heat on too high so too much water has evaporated or on too low and too much water is remaining.
If you’re nervous about cooking it uncovered just stir more frequently. You’ll be able to feel if any of the chili is sticking to the pot.
Slow Cooker Wendy’s Chili Recipe?
Brown the beef before adding to the slow cooker. Add in the rest of the ingredients and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
Here is how to prepare it:
4.5 pounds ground beef, browned and drained
2 large yellow (sweet) onions, chopped
7 large green bell peppers, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
2 heaping tablespoons minced garlic
2 cans Ranch Style Beans, NOT drained (15 ounce cans)
2cans dark red kidney beans, drained (15 ounce cans)
2 cans Original Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chili (10 ounce cans)
2cans stewed tomatoes (15 ounce cans)
4 cans plain tomato sauce (15 ounce cans)
2 packages McCormick Mild Chili Seasoning (1.25 ounce packages)
Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot.
Simmer for at least three hours (I let mine cook all day long).
Source : allrecipes