Wendy’s Inspired Chili

Embrace the warmth and comfort of a classic fall dish with this Wendy’s Inspired Chili recipe. Perfect for a crisp autumn day, this hearty and flavorful chili captures the essence of Wendy’s famous recipe. Packed with ground beef, beans, and a medley of spices, this chili is a comforting bowl of goodness that will satisfy your cravings. Get ready to cozy up with a bowl of this homemade chili and savor the flavors of the season.


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 (29 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (29 oz.) can kidney beans (with liquid)
  • 1 (29 oz.) can pinto beans (with liquid)
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced green chili
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups water


  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat. Drain off the excess fat.
  2. Transfer the browned beef into a large pot.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, kidney beans, pinto beans, onion, green chili, celery, and tomatoes.
  4. Season with cumin, chili powder, black pepper, and salt.
  5. Pour in 2 cups of water and stir well.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  7. Adjust seasoning to taste before serving. Enjoy with your choice of toppings like cheese, sour cream, or green onions.


  • Customize the chili by adding your favorite beans or adjusting the spice level.
  • Make a big batch and freeze individual portions for quick and convenient meals.
  • Top with crushed tortilla chips for added texture and flavor.

Warm up your fall days with a bowl of Wendy’s Inspired Chili that’s made right in your own kitchen. With its rich blend of flavors and comforting ingredients, this homemade chili is a delightful reminder of the season’s coziness. Gather your favorite toppings, settle in, and enjoy the heartiness of this classic chili recipe.