Wendy's Chili

Chili Soup
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Total Time 195 min
Prep 15 min, Cook 180 min
Servings 12 cups

Chili is a great healthy and hearty meal to warm you up after a good walk. This recipe draws its inspiration from the Wendy's chili at the hamburger chain, but this version is "Walking" Wendy's chili. It is convenient to make up by the batch and then enjoy over a few days or freeze for future meals.


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 29-ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 1 29-ounce can of kidney beans (drained) or 1/2 pound dry kidney beans
  • 1 29-ounce can of pinto beans (drained) or 1/2 pound dry pinto beans
  • 1 diced green pepper
  • 1 diced medium onion
  • 1/2 cup diced mild green chiles
  • 1 to 6 diced jalapeno peppers (if heat desired)
  • 1 29-ounce can diced tomatoes or 3 chopped medium tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  1. To use dried beans rather than canned beans: Bring a large saucepan of water to boil. Add the beans and simmer for 30 minutes. Turn off heat, cover and soak for 90 minutes. Drain the beans and add them to the crockpot.
  2. Brown the beef in a skillet or microwave and drain off the fat.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients in a crockpot.
  4. Cook on low for three to 10 hours. If you are using dried beans, cook on low for 10 hours or until the beans are soft.
  1. Serve by itself or with a green salad.
  2. Leftovers make a great lunch, suitable for taking to work and reheating in the microwave.
  3. Leftover chili can be frozen and kept for months.
  4. Makes 12 servings of approximately 1 cup each.

Wendy's Chili Tips

  • I like the intense and intricate flavor of fresh-ground cumin powder for my recipes. Buy whole cumin seeds (often found in the Hispanic foods section of a market, or at an Indian grocery). Heat a small frying pan and roast the seeds until they turn light brown. Then grind in a spice grinder or with a pestle. I bought an electric coffee grinder that I use just for this purpose.
  • You can freeze the chili to enjoy later. Freeze in 1-cup portions for easy reheating in the microwave.

Nutrition Data
Item - Amount - % Daily Value
Calories: 353.26
Calories From Fat: 132.29
Total Fat: 14.48g - 22%
Saturated Fat: 5.42g - 27%
Cholesterol: 52.16mg - 17%
Sodium: 1365.21mg - 57%
Potassium: 1068.92mg - 31%
Carbohydrates: 34.28g - 11%
Dietary Fiber 11.02g - 44%
Sugar 4.03g
Sugar Alcohols 0.00g
Net Carbohydrates: 23.26g
Protein: 23.63g - 47%
Vitamin A 1322.69IU - 26%
Vitamin C 24.36mg - 41%
Calcium 98.57mg - 10%
Iron 5.64mg - 31%
Vitamin E 2.96IU - 30%
Thiamin 0.27mg - 18%
Riboflavin 0.40mg - 23%
Niacin 5.70mg - 29%
Vitamin B6 0.55mg - 27%
Folate 105.26µg - 26%
Vitamin B12 1.56µg - 26%
Pantothenic Acid 0.92mg - 9%
Phosphorus 287.02mg - 29%
Magnesium 84.70mg - 21%
Zinc 4.41mg - 29%
Manganese 0.63mg - 31%
Selenium 16.95µg - 24%

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