Instant Pot Wendy's Chili [Copycat Recipe] lets you make your favorite take out chili at home. Pressure cooking makes it fast! (2024)

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Instant Pot Wendy’s Chili [Copycat Recipe] lets you make your favorite take out chili at home. Pressure cooking makes it fast!

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Instant Pot Wendy’s Chili [Copycat Recipe]

One of the best things about Wendy’s fast food restaurant, is the Wendy’s chili. Closer to a hearty soup than a thick chili, you will get the exact same flavor in this recipe.

Making Wendy’s chili using your Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker is so simple and best of all, you know exactly what it in your chili.

Instant Pot Wendy's Chili [Copycat Recipe] lets you make your favorite take out chili at home. Pressure cooking makes it fast! (2)

Cast of Ingredients for Instant Pot Wendy’s Chili

Hey, are you making fun of my onions? Those were grown in my garden and picked, just now, for this recipe! Those tomatoes are from our garden too. They are kind of small, so I used three instead of two large. 🙂

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Ingredients to Instant Pot Wendy’s Chili

  • Ground Beef
  • Kidney Beans and Pinto Beans
  • Onions and Tomatoes
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Seasonings for the perfect spice

For a competition chili recipe, try my Pressure Cooker Competion Chili con Carneor my Tex Mex Turkey Chili. For a pub style chili, try this.

Instant Pot Wendy's Chili [Copycat Recipe] lets you make your favorite take out chili at home. Pressure cooking makes it fast! (3)

Dice up Onions and Celery

Diced onions and celery soften so quickly when cooked under pressure.

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Brown the Beef

Ground beef is first browned in hot oil. Make sure you break a part the meat really well, so that it is in crumbles. I recommend this Meat Chopper/Masher for the job.

Can Ground Turkey Be Used?

  • Yes, is sure can. While the flavor will be different from Wendy’s chili made with ground beef, there are some things you can do to “beef” up the ground turkey to make it very similar to Wendy’s.
  • Ground pork or ground chicken can be subbed in too. It’s your meal and you are making it at home, so do as you please.

Pro Tip: Turkey is less flavorful and drier than ground beef. A shot of Worcestershire Sauce and a little extra oil will boost the flavor.

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Drain any excess oil. Break up the Beef

If using lean mean, there won’t be much excess oil.

Pro Tip: The super broken up meat is key to this Instant Pot Wendy’s Chili.

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Add Diced Onion and Celery

Add in your diced onion and celery and sauté it for a couple of minutes.

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Only slightly sauté the onions and celery

You onlyneed a slight sauté on the celery and onions. Just enough were they start to wilt.

Dice up the tomatoes. Don’t these look pretty? They were just picked from our garden! Fresh tomatoes are so delicious.

Type of Tomatoes for Instant Pot Wendy’s Chili

  • Beefsteak tomatoes are what you want to use. Make sure they are perfectly ripe, firm to the touch, but not mushy.
  • In a bind, you can use tomatoes on the vine or Roma tomatoes.

Pro Tip: Tomatoes should be firm, yet give slightly when squeezed.

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Combine the Seasonings

I like to combine the seasonings in a Little Ramekin, so that when I am ready to add them, they are all measured and ready to go.

Seasonings for Instant Pot Wendy’s Chili.

  • Ground Cumin
  • Ground Chili
  • Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Pro Tip: Once seasonings have been ground and packaged for sale (like in grocery stores), they begin to lose their potency. When buying ground seasonings, it is best to buy in small quantities and replace at least yearly, for optimum flavor.

Instant Pot Wendy's Chili [Copycat Recipe] lets you make your favorite take out chili at home. Pressure cooking makes it fast! (10)

Add in the rest of the ingredients

Have all the cans and everything ready in advance. After the celery and onions are a bit wilted, add in the rest of the ingredients. Don’t drain the beans, just add them in, liquid and all. Remember, Wendy’s Chili is a very soupy chili.

Did you know that many doctors recommend Wendy’s Chili, when bariatric patients are able to start on soft food? Interesting, huh?

Pro Tip: If you love Wendy’s Chili, but prefer a thicker chili, a few minutes of simmering will thicken up the liquid. You will have the same great flavor as Wendy’s, just a thicker version.

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Add in Fresh Water

For a really good everyday chili, try my Pressure Cooker Competition Chili Con Carne. It’s my favorite chili. I know Texans don’t like beans in their chili, but we love this Pressure Cooker Tex-Mex Chili with Beans. I named it so, even though beans are taboo in Texas. I am a rebel, you know.

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Looks just like Wendy’s Chili

This looks just like Wendy’s Chili. I did not drain the liquid before taking a picture. I just put my ladle in the pot and scooped up some for the picture. It looks like a Chili Soup and it is yummy!

Again, if you want this less watery, just simmer it. Be careful, as it will cook down fast and thicken as it cools.

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Ready for the Freezer in Reditainers Extreme Freezer Containers

This makes a lot and freezes really well. We have enough for several more meals. Labeled and all ready for the freezer. These Reditainer Extreme Freezer Containers are wonderful, BPA freeand cheap!

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Pressure Cooker Copycat Wendy’s Chili Recipe

Grate up some cheese and top with Homemade Greek Yogurt (in lieu of sour cream).

More Copycat Recipes to Make:

  • Instant Pot P.F. Chang’s Garlic Noodles [Copycat]
  • Air Fryer Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich {Copycat Recipe}
  • Copycat KFC Coleslaw Recipe (like the restaurant)
  • Instant Pot Starbucks Egg Bites

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Instant Pot Wendy’s Chili [Copycat Recipe]

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Fast Food

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes minutes

Servings: 6 servings

Calories: 372kcal

Author: Jill Selkowitz

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Chop vegetables, combine spices and open all cans, as this moves fast.

  • Select Sauté or Browning on your Pressure Cooker and allow to heat.

  • Add a drizzle of Olive Oil.

  • Break up the ground beef as you go and then drain off any excess fat.

  • Break up the beef until it is totally crumbled.

  • Add the celery and onions and sauté for about two minutes.

  • Add the rest of the ingredients.

  • Lock on Lid and close Pressure Release Valve.

  • Cook on High Pressure for 20 minutes.

  • When Beep is heard, allow a full Natural Pressure Release.

  • If desired, simmer for two minutes to reduce come of the liquid.

  • Top with Grated Cheese.

Notes

Wendy's Chili is more like a Chili Soup, so please don't be surprised that there will be a lot of liquid in your finished soup.

If you like the taste, but prefer less liquid, just simmer out the liquid for a bit. It's your Chili, do as you please. 🙂

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Instant Pot Wendy's Chili [Copycat Recipe]

Amount Per Serving (0 g)

Calories 372Calories from Fat 81

% Daily Value*

Fat 9g14%

Saturated Fat 3g19%

Trans Fat 1g

Cholesterol 49mg16%

Sodium 962mg42%

Potassium 1308mg37%

Carbohydrates 46g15%

Fiber 15g63%

Sugar 6g7%

Protein 29g58%

Vitamin A 1507IU30%

Vitamin C 18mg22%

Calcium 96mg10%

Iron 7mg39%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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