Everyone has a favorite chili recipe, I am sure! Wendy’s Chili is our favorite, and I finally found a way to make it as good as theirs, even after trying so many of the copycat Wendy’s out there. Not one hit it right…except this one! Sometimes I change the type beans, depending on what I have, or I use 2 different kinds of beans, but I keep the rest of the recipe the same to get the spices the way we like it. In this version pictured I added a can of small white cannellini beans to the recipe. You can go heavy-handed on the spices if you want more kick! The crockpot makes this recipe real easy! It freezes well too! It’s a perfect, delicious meal ready to defrost in minutes in the microwave for the days when you are busy, or lazy! Enjoy!


  • 1 pound ground beef, browned, and chopped small
  • 1 (14 ounces) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 (14 ounces) can pork and beans
  • 1 (1.25 package) Chili Dry Seasoning Mix
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1/2 large green bell pepper, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cumin, or to taste


  • 1. In a skillet, saute the ground beef on the stovetop over medium heat. Drain the oil, if needed.
  • 2. In the crockpot, mix the browned ground beef with all the ingredients.
  • 3. Cook on LOW 6-8 hours, or on HIGH 1-2 hours.
  • 4. Serve it as a soup! Serve it over rice!….or over pasta!….or over a baked potato! Serve it on a hotdog! Serve it with tortillas! So many ways to serve it! You might like to top the chili with shredded cheddar cheese or sour cream, or both!


  1. Beverly Cody September 9, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    This sounds delicious, Angie. 

    1. Angie September 9, 2021 at 11:23 pm

      It is, Beverly! Easy too!


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