Total TimePrep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
Makes10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)
- 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
- 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Shredded cheddar cheese and thinly sliced green onions, optional
- In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
- Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the next nine ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. If desired, top individual servings with cheese and green onions.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 260 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 712mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 7g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.
May 21, 2018
After reading all the reviews stating how bland this chili was, I thought I'd share "my" version of Wendy's Copycat Chili. I "dissected" the ingredients as I ate some at the restaurant one evening and came up with an almost identical, delicious version. It's much less time consuming, no slicing 'n dicing needed, and can either be slow-cooked or made in a dutch oven on the stove in an hour or less.After browning and draining the ground beef, put it in a slow cooker with one can each of light and dark red kidney beans-drained, *optional - 1 can of diced tomatoes if desired, and one medium size jar of Picante Sauce (which comes in mild, medium, or hot strengths). Do not substitute salsa for the Picante Sauce as it doesn't do well in this recipe; stir well, and cook on low 4-5 hours. Or, simmer in the dutch oven 45 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. If you like a thinner chili you can add 1-1 1/2 cans of water, or leave as is for a nice, thick, chunky chili. Great for a late fall or cold winter's day dinner.
Feb 4, 2018
It was easy to throw together though it was more bland than what I have tasted. I, for one liked the beans.
Dec 29, 2017
The absolute worse chili I have ever tasted/made! Tasteless, looked like mush!
Oct 23, 2017
NO BEANS IN CHILI, especially Kidney Beans. IF I was going to use beans, a small amount of pintos, or small navy beans. but here in Texas, NO Beans in Chili!
Oct 20, 2017
although I appreciate the poster posting this recipe I knew just simply from reading the ingredients I won't be making this. I have a recipe from a very very old cookbook that I use that seems to mesh all of the flavors I love in a chili > this one however is desperately lacking most of them-sorry lackluster ingreds is just my opinion.
Oct 18, 2017
Bland as all get out! Want a good chili crock pot recipe? Go to Crockpot Chili - My Fearless Kitchen. It's a great recipe with LOTS of flavor.
Oct 18, 2017
@delowenstein, you didn't even make the recipe, how can you even rate it and review it?? You basically made a spaghetti sauce with chili powder and some beans.Anyway, this recipe isn't bad at all, I did thin it out towards the end because it was a bit too thick for my taste, and added a little more chili powder and garlic at the end. Over all, pretty darn good!
Oct 17, 2017
It's a basic slow cooked chili recipe but it needs to be kicked up a few notches. Very bland as written. Needs at least some cumin, a pinch of oregano. But it's easy to adjust to taste.
Mar 1, 2016
Adjustments made: 1 can (15-oz.) diced Italian tomatoes, undrained, 2 celery ribs, diced, 1 medium onion, chopped, 4-oz. can undrained mushrooms, drained, scaled down to 1 lb. ground turkey in place of beef. Used 1can kidney beans, rinsed and drained. Scaled down to 1 Tbsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, 1 green pepper, chopped and 2 crushed garlic cloves,1-1/2 cups Marinara sauce since I did not have tomato sauce on hand.I used a 6-qt. saucepan since I don't have a slow-cooker! I simmered the chili for 1 hour, covered, on stovetop! This dish was very tasty!delowenstein
Dec 6, 2015
Very hearty, but not much flavor at all- I have to agree with a few others.....
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