Friday, October 5, 2012

"Better than Wendy's" Chili

Years ago a friend wanted to go to Wendy's to have some of their chili.  I told her that I had never had it.  She  told me that it was so good and that she even had a recipe that was supposedly like it.  Well, I did try the chili and it was very good.  She gave me the recipe and I've had it all these years and never made it.   With our son here recuperating from his surgery, I thought a bowl of chili might be just what the doctor ordered!! I made the recipe, adapting it somewhat. After our son tried it,  I told him that it was supposedly like Wendy's chili. He said, "Mom, this is better than Wendy's"...hence the name!!

Miz Helen is having her 3rd Annual Texas Chili Cook Off.  Be sure to visit her blog and vote for your favorite chili.  I would love it if  you voted for me.

2 lbs. ground beef
1 29 oz. can tomato sauce
1 29 oz. can kidney beans, with liquid
1 29 oz. can pinto beans, with liquid
1 cup diced onion
1 7oz. can chopped green chiles
1 stalk celery, diced
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 t. cumin powder
3 T. chili powder
1 and 1/2 t. black pepper
2 t. salt
2 cups water

1.  Brown ground beef in large dutch oven.  Add onion and continue to cook for a few minutes.  Drain off fat.  TIP:  Using a potato masher breaks the beef into pea-size pieces.

2.  Add the remainder of  ingredients and bring to a simmer.  Cook, stirring every so often for 2-3 hours.  TIP:  Use your oven as a slow cooker and put the whole pot in, covered,  and cook at 220 degrees for several hours.

Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream & avocado slices.
Cornbread is always good with a bowl of chili.  Click here  for the recipe.

I am sharing this with:

Mix It Up Monday
On the Menu Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday
Cowgirl Up
Full Plate Thursday
Foodie Friday
Potpourri Friday
Weekend Potluck
Seasonal Sundays


  1. This sounds like some great chili, good luck in the cook off! Hope your son is feeling better.

  2. Hi Kitty,
    I love Wendy's Chili, but I know your Chili will be better, it looks awesome! I Pinned your post and Thank You so much for sharing your great Chili with The Texas Star Chili Cook Off 2012.
    Good Luck!
    Miz Helen

  3. Sounds great! I've never had Wendy's but know folks like it, I'm with Miz Helen:@)

  4. Ok, I am wanting some of this chili right about now. I looks amazing. Thanks for sharing a great recipe again .

  5. I just added Chili to the menu for next week. Getting cooler here, so it's chili season for sure. Have you ever tried this in a slow cooker all day? I think I will give it try, I think I will decrease the water.
    Have a great weekend.

  6. That sounds like a terrific recipe Kitty. We love Wendy's chili - I often get it and enjoy it topped on one of their baked taters. I'm sure it was great 'medicine' for your son too. You're such a good mama. Thanks for sharing.

  7. This really does sound like a great chili. It is perfect for the cooler weather heading our way. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

  8. I just made a big pot of chili today for the cool weekend we're having! And cornbread muffins :) Would you believe I've never had Wendy's chili?! The ingredients sound delicious.

  9. Oh, Kitty...I've made enuf of your recipes, you have my vote on this chili...and I am making it SOON...:0
    Now, I am just getting around to ck'ing out your fudge sauce...omygosh

  10. Kitty~ I'm sure your chili is better than Wendy's! It's chili weather here~ I'm ready for a bowl :)

  11. I'm serving chili tonight for dinner and I have every ingredient there so there's no reason I can't try this one instead of my old faithful recipe. Good thing I saw this early in the AM so I can try it!

  12. This looks like a fabulous recipe. My chili could use a little help...I always seem to have trouble getting it spicy enough. Definitely pinning this!

  13. This would get my vote, it looks delicious!

  14. Looks delicious! We love chili in this house, so I'm sure I'll be making this one. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again next Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. I'm not a chili person...except for white chicken chili. Am I an embarrassment to the state of Texas? :) Probably... I will try this for family meals though, I'm sure they would love it! Off to vote too...


  16. This looks and sounds scrumptious! LOVE beans in my chili. Nice plating/display photo Kitty~ Thx for the recipe :)

  17. I made this chili today and my family and I loved it!

  18. I will definitely be giving this a try!

    I'm your newest follower from "You're Gonna Love it Tuesday" Blog Hop. Come say hi!

  19. This sounds delicious! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  20. It looks delicious! I love Wendys chili so I'll be trying this. Thanks for sharing! Vanna


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