Wendys Chili
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Wendy’s Chili

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Made this just now on 12/12/2015 .  Turned out not too shabby. Good enough to make it to the collection. Nice when I want a change from my long time, standby chili recipe.
As I typically do when I make chili these days, I used chicken instead of beef to keep it consistent with our “healthified” eating plan. I also left out the beans since they are carbs, but I’ll make it some time with them. I didnt have tomato juice so I went with a generous amount of tomato sauce (I cut the recipe in half, and used i very large can of tomato sauce).  Finally, I left out the cayenne since my chili powder has a bit of heat on its own, and last time I used cayenne according to a recipe, CP and I both found it too hot.  It seemed like a lot of chili powder, but it all worked out!  There are other copy cat Wendys Chili Recipes out there, which I have bookmarked to try in the future, and will add as I go, but for now, this one was good 🙂
  • 2 lb. ground beef ( I substitute ground chicken or turkey)
  • 48 oz. can tomato juice (I omitted)
  • 29 oz. can tomato sauce (I used 680 ml)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. white sugar (baking sugar substitute)
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cayenne pepper (omitted)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes (omitted)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) dark red kidney beans, drained (omitted)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pinto beans, drained (omitted)
Instructions
In a large soup pot, cook and crumble the beef over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Return meat to the pan and place all remaining ingredients, except toppings, in the soup pot, stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Stir every 15-20 minutes. Serve hot with a topping or two if desired.
Topping ideas:
tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, green onions, cheddar cheese. chopped white onions, jalapenos, crushed red pepper, bacon, tomatoes, black olives,  or a few dark chocolate chips.
From: http://www.lovebakesgoodcakes.com/2012/06/chili-like-wendys-and-i-saw-it-on.html
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