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Instant Pot Wendy's Chili Cook Off - Best Damn Chili

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Wendy's chili is one of my favorites! If you have a craving for their famous chili give this chili recipe a try. The Instant Pot helps infuse all the flavors together so it is ultra-rich and bursting with flavor in every single bite. Ground beef and bean chili is calling your name!

Winter is here so I am all about comforting soups, stews, and chili. I have a few more delicious recipes to consider adding to your meal plan! Tomato tortellini soup, taco soup, Irish beef stew, or whip up a classic broccoli cheese soup.

spoonful of Wendy's chili copycat recipe

Can you make this Instant Pot turkey chili?

Do you prefer ground turkey? If so, go right ahead and swap the ground beef with turkey. Make sure to add a little oil in when you saute it. Turkey is a lot leaner and you don't want it to stick to the bottom of the pressure cooker.

It will alter the flavor just slightly using turkey, but it will taste just as good!

Supplies Used to Make This Recipe

  • Clip-on strainer for Instant Pot | This clip on strainer has been such a life-saver. I used to dump cooked meat into a colander to strain, but it's so easy to clip this strainer right onto the inner pot (or a stovetop pan too) and strain off grease without dirtying up a colander.
  • Colander | Now, for this recipe you will probably need to use a colander to rinse off the beans used for the recipe. Although, sometimes I rinse them right in the can to save a dish.
  • Ladle | This is the prettiest ladle I've found, and it also makes a gorgeous gift for the cook on your list. It has a silicone ladle and a pretty wooden handle.
  • Garnish server | If you like to serve a variety of toppings with chili or other meals, this garnish server is the best. It can also do double-duty and work for a bloody Mary bar.
ingredients for Wendy's chili recipe

Ingredients for Homemade Chili seasoning used in this recipe

seasonings with tomato puree in a clear bowl for Wendy's chili recipe
  • 2 tablespoons dark chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Serve Up the Best Damn Chili with this Wendy's Chili Recipe Hack

Whether you're serving it up at a chili cook off or making a chili cheese frito pie in your kitchen, this Instant Pot Wendy's copycat chili recipe is seriously a recipe for success.

Is Wendy's Chili Gluten Free?

Yes, it is! Wendy's chili recipe top secret ingredients include only gluten free ingredients. Just like Wendy's chili, this copycat Wendy's chili has gluten free ingredients. There is a reason why several people have told us this is the best damn chili they've ever had.

Always double check to make sure the spices and other ingredients you purchase are from gluten free facilities if you have a gluten intolerance or are on a medically necessary gluten free diet.

Wendy's chili in bowl with spoon sitting in the bowl

Nutrition and Wendy's Chili Carbs

There are 22 carbs per serving in this chili. Now you can lessen the carb count by doing smaller portions. This recipe can serve 8.

You can also leave out the beans if you want only meat chili. It will alter the flavor a bit but still be just as delicious. If you leave the beans out I would do an extra pound of beef.

Best Chili Toppings

Not sure what to top your chili with? Shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, green onions, red onions, a splash of pickle juice. These are all delicious toppings.

Don't forget to add some oyster crackers or saltines on top to help soak up all the rich broth.

How to Thicken Chili

To thicken the Instant Pot Wendy's chili once the chili is done. Turn the saute feature back on and let it cook for a bit.

As the chili cooks it will help reduce the excess liquid making it thicker. Just stir often or it will burn on the bottom.

With pressure cooking you can't have super thick consistency or the pressure cooker will not come to pressure. So thickening once done is important.

Storing And Meal Prep

Chili is one dish that is incredibly leftover. I almost think it tastes better the next day as the flavors blend even more together.

If you have leftovers simply place them in proper containers and store them in the fridge. Or you can freeze your chili. Just make sure to leave room in containers because as the chili freezes it will expand. If the container is too full it will pop off the top.

Then when you want to eat it, thaw in the fridge then reheat in the microwave, stovetop, or even on the saute feature on the Instant Pot.

Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Wendy's Chili Copycat

Instant Pot Wendy's Chili Copycat

Easy Instant Pot Wendy's Copycat Chili recipe is a gluten-free chili recipe with a DIY chili seasoning recipe included. This chili recipe is completely from scratch. You can easily swap our the ground chuck for ground turkey for a lower calorie heart-healthy option.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


    1. Turn the Instant Pot to saute, once hot add in the ground beef and onions and saute until the beef is fully cooked.
    2. Stir the celery, bell pepper, and garlic into the meat so the residual heat will begin to soften the vegetables. Transfer the meat mixture to a colander to drain well.
    3. While the meat drains, add in the beef broth and use a wooden spoon to deglaze the bottom of the pot.
    4. Add the meat and veggies back into the pot along with the beans. In a bowl you will add in the tomato puree, diced tomatoes, and seasoning. Stir and then pour over the hamburger. Don't stir the mixture.
    5. Place the pressure cooker lid on and move the valve to seal. Do manual pressure or pressure cook for 30 minutes.
    6. Once it is done cooking, do a quick release of the pressure. Then stir and serve with your favorite chili toppings. Onions, shredded cheese, sour cream, pickle juice, etc.


Swap out the ground beef chuck for ground turkey or chicken for a lower-calorie chili option.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 472Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 114mgSodium 1072mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 4gSugar 5gProtein 42g

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Joyce P

Monday 19th of April 2021

Tried this chili and it was wonderful. Just like Wendy's. The only change I'll make for future is to amp up the spice with additional heat (personal preference). I made the recipe in a mini InstaPot and found halving the ingredient amounts worked exceptional; the volume was right up to the full line. Since I am on a "lower salt" diet, I substituted no salt added versions of beans and tomatoes products. This recipe will definitely be in my Winter rotation. Thank you so much!

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