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Feb 3, 2005 08:46 AM

terrible to ask- but does anyone know how Wendy's makes their chili?

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My son loves Wendy's chili. I have made several versions of chili and none pass. Since I don't eat beef- I have not tasted Wendy's chili- and all I know about it is that John and Elizabeth Edwards like it:-) and that it is low fat.

Anyone have any ideas what is in it??

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  1. It doesn't appear to be low-fat!

    you can find others by yahooing this:

    "wendy's chili recipe"

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    1. re: rudeboy

      The fat is very alarming. Wendy's website lists 9 g fat for a large chili. Wonder what the difference is?

      1. re: edinaeats

        Serving size. The recipe on the web site uses two pounds of meat for four servings which is 1/2 a pound of ground beef per serving. I doubt you get that much meat in a large chili at Wendy's

    2. Someone I knew who worked as a manager at Wendy's said the meat was from unsold burgers.

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      1. re: Chorus Girl

        That's true. Dave Thomas the founder of Wendy's made this fact very clear.

        1. re: Chorus Girl

          Of course it is...the unsold burgers form the basis of their chili. Nothing wrong with that...Any good restaurant utilizes their leftovers...

          You know there are some fantastic recipes for chili on the Internet. Many are very involved with beers, wines, cilantro, etc. Now you may like Wendy's and that's all that counts, but believe me there's no way they are putting the time in to come up with a fantastic chili like the one's you'll find on the Internet. So, even if you cannot find Wendy's recipe, all is not lost.

          If you like chili, why try making one of these recipes. You'll find them better than anything a fast food place can provide with their unskilled help and their limited food costs. - recipes

          1. re: Chorus Girl

            Does that matter? (If it's fresh, that is.)

          2. I don't know what's in it, but it is FABULOUS stuff. I eat it once a week at least. It's awesome.

            1. Check out Top Secret Recipes' version below:


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              1. Badly...they put beans in it and ruin it.