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Wendy’s Chili Recipe Copycat

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This Wendy’s Chili Copycat recipe is made easily in your instant pot. Perfect when you want dinner to practicsally cook itself. So delicious and the family loves it! 

Pair this tasty chili up with our homemade cornbread for a wonderful meal!

Instant Pot Copycat Wendys Chili

Good Morning Friends!

This weekend we got our holiday decorations up and watched a few holiday movies. The weather had not quite felt like winder, but the evenings are cooler. 

This Wendy’s chili recipe copycat is perfect for cold evenings and days when you want a hot and hearty meal on the table. This recipe has a few ingredients, but it comes together deliciously in your instant cooker. 

Copycat Wendys Chili

So tasty and full of flavor. You can top it with sour cream, cheese, or onions if you wish.

Copycat Wendys Chili Recipe

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This recipe just takes a few ingredients you likely already have on hand. 

Copycat Wendys Chili Ingredients

List of main ingredients:

Ground beef – I like to use an 80/20% (f 80 percent lean beef to 20 percent fat)  for chili. You can also use ground turkey if you wish 

Beans –Kidney beans are always great in chili. You can use light red or dark red. Pinto beans are also included in this recipe. 

Tomato Puree –Tomato puree adds a nice thickness to this recipe. If you would rather use tomato sauce, you can use a ration of 1:3 with water to make a consistency similar to puree. 

How to  make Wendy’s Copycat Chili Recipe 

The full recipe is below, but the basic steps are:

  1. Brown ground beef.
  2. Add broth to instant pot.
  3. Mix tomatos
  4. Add beans and remaining ingredients to pot. 

How to make Wendy's copycat Chili

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Wendy's Chili Recipe Copycat

Wendy’s Chili Recipe Copycat

Copycat Wendys Chili Recipe

Wendy's Chili Recipe Copycat

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This Wendy's Chili Copycat recipe is made easily in your instant pot. Perfect when you want dinner to practicsally cook itself. So delicious and the family loves it! 


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 16 oz can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 29 oz can tomato puree
  • 1 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons dark chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


    1. Using the instant pot cooker on the saute mode, heat until “hot.” Add the ground beef and onion.

    2, Cook until the beef is completely browned.

    3. Stir the celery, bell pepper, and garlic into the meat so the residual heat will begin to soften the vegetables. Transfer the meat mixture to a colander to drain well.

    4. While the meat drains, pour the beef broth into the electric pressure cooker and scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pot.
    Return the meat mixture to the electric pressure cooker. Then, add the beans and stir to evenly distribute the ingredients.

    5. In an large bowl, combine the tomato puree, diced tomatoes, and seasonings. Stir to combine and then pour over the mixture in the pressure cooker. Do not stir

    6.. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and set the valve to sealing. Program the pressure cooker on “manual” or “pressure cook” for 30 minutes.

    7. When the cooking cycle has completed, perform a quick release. Remove the lid and stir the chili.

    Serve with desired toppings: diced onion, shredded cheese, and/or sour cream.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 518Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 1211mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 7gSugar: 10gProtein: 43g

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Tuesday 12th of October 2021

[…] Wendy’s Copycat Chili.  – So delicious and easy too! […]


Monday 15th of March 2021

Love this chili! And even better because I can cook this in an Instant Pot.

Donna Reidland

Monday 28th of December 2020

This sounds delicious, warm and hearty. A great combo this time of year!


Tuesday 8th of December 2020

I haven't had Wendy's in AGES and we were talking about it tonight. I totally loved their chili! I'm going to try this!


Thursday 10th of December 2020

It's been a while for me too - this is really close to theirs.

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