Copycat Wendy's Chili Recipe
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Slow Cooker Copycat Wendy’s Chili Recipe

The best fast food chili around can now be made right at home in your slow cooker.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 20 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Copycat Wendy's Chili
Servings: 6
Calories: 396.16kcal
Author: Sarah Olson



  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ¼ salt to taste
  • ½ pepper to taste
  • ¼ onion powder to taste
  • 1 cup white onion diced
  • 1 Anaheim Pepper seeds and stem removed, diced
  • ½ cup celery diced
  • 15 oz kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 14 oz beef broth
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 14.5 oz tomatoes
  • 1.25 oz McCormick Original Chili Mix

Toppings for serving

  • cheddar cheese grated
  • onions yellow or white; diced
  • saltine crackers



  • Form beef into patties, season with salt, onion powder, and black pepper.
  • Heat skillet on medium high, cook the patties until done, then crumble. (see notes)
  • Add the meat to the slow cooker.

Making the Chili

  • Add all the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker, stir well.
  • Cover, set to LOW for 8 hours. Do not open lid during cooking time.
  • Once done, stir and ladle into bowls
  • Top with onions, cheese, and saltine crackers.


At Wendy's they use chopped up hamburgers, so the meat is bigger and chunkier, so that's what I did, I shaped my hamburger into 4 patties, sprinkled with salt, onion powder, and lots of black pepper, and cooked them on the stove top. Then chopped them up, and threw into the slow cooker. Or you can brown the meat like normal by breaking up as you cook it.


Calories: 396.16kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.44g | Protein: 31.43g | Fat: 9.6g | Saturated Fat: 3.48g | Cholesterol: 49.14mg | Sodium: 568.42mg | Potassium: 1518.33mg | Fiber: 16.57g | Sugar: 7.93g | Vitamin A: 3949.84IU | Vitamin C: 20.37mg | Calcium: 105.57mg | Iron: 7.71mg