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Copycat Wendy's Chili Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 4 cups tomato juice
  • 1 can (29-ounce) crushed tomatoes or tomato puree
  • 1 can (15-ounce) red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder (that's not a typo - it's 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sugar or Splenda
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Optional: Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped chives and/or red pepper slices.

Instructions

  1. In a Dutch oven, brown and chop the ground beef over medium heat, then drain off the liquid.

  2. When the beef is nicely browned with no remaining pink, add the onions and saute for a minute or two. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce heat, cover and boil for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.