Hon loves Wendy’s chili – he would buy and eat it every single day…and does!
My friend sent me an e-cookbook of copycat recipes and this was one of them. I changed it up a little bit, and made the first batch. I held my breath as SuperMan ate one…and then two bowls of it and pronounced it “Very Good – almost exactly like the original.” Whew…
It really does look and smell pretty darn close – and is easy and economical. Treat your family to fast-food…but you’ll know exactly what’s in it!
I read about the original-original and someone said that to make it the closest to, use frozen diced onions and green peppers. Ever wanting to make things super easy, I do. They also said it was imperative to boil the meat after browning. So I do that, too.
Does it make a big difference? Who knows. Hon likes it…I’m going with that. You do what you want…!
1 pound 97% lean ground beef or turkey (Vege Version: 1 pkg Morningstar Crumbles)
Salt and black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup frozen diced green peppers
1/2 cup frozen or fresh diced red peppers (I’ve not found frozen in my neck of the woods)
1 cup frozen diced onions
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
One 15-ounce can petite-diced tomatoes
One 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups water
One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
In a stockpot, over medium heat, brown the meat with a little salt and pepper. (Do NOT do next step if using Meat Substitute.) Add water, just to cover by 1/2 an inch, and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse.
Return meat to pot – medium heat – and add the olive oil, celery, green peppers, red peppers, onions, chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Cook for one minute.
Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and beans. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally. Makes approx ten 1-cup servings.
Per Serving: Calories 164; Protein 13 g; Fat 3 g; NET Carbs 13 g; Sugar 3 g; Sodium 512 mg (The carbs are complex and from the beans and veggies – super for us!)