We all know that it's hard to beat the chili from Wendy's (as much as you might not want to admit)! Here's a copycat recipe that you can make at home.




  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 (14 oz) cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chiles (like Rotel)
  • 1 (14 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 (1.25 oz) packages chili seasoning 
  • 1 (14 oz) can kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 (14 oz) can pinto beans, undrained
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon white vineager, or more to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Press ground beef into the hot oil to form one large patty; let the bottom brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir and break the ground beef into crumbles and cook until no longer pink, about 5 more minutes.
  2. Stir celery, onion, and green bell pepper into ground beef and cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes; pour in stewed tomatoes, diced tomatoes with green chiles, tomato sauce, and water. Break apart large chunks of stewed tomatoes. Stir in chili seasoning.
  3. Mix kidney beans and pinto beans into chili, season with salt and black pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Mix vinegar into chili.

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