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!


Chili, Like Wendy’s – For Real!

This tastes like Wendy's Chili! It is so EASY to make in a crockpot too! After trying many copycat recipes, I finally tweaked it pretty close! It is delicious!
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 6
Calories: 310


  • 1 pound ground beef browned, and chopped small
  • 14 ounces tomatoes canned, diced, petite
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 14 ounces pork and beans canned
  • 1 package (1.25 ounces) Chili Dry Seasoning Mix
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1/2 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, sauté 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.


SERVE: 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!
Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 713mg | Potassium: 883mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1409IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 4mg


  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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