Instant Pot Wendy’s Copycat Chili

This Instant Pot Wendy’s Copycat Chili is delicious and so easy to make! Dinner is ready in less than 30 minutes!

This Instant Pot Wendy's Copycat Chili is delicious and so easy to make! Dinner is ready in less than 30 minutes!
Hi friends! Can you believe that the new year is around the corner? Maybe one of your resolutions next year is to make more wholesome dinners at home for your family. Or maybe you got one of those new fandangled Instant Pots for Christmas and you’re looking for new recipes to try out. Or maybe you’re a fan of Wendy’s Chili like I am! Well whichever camp you’re in, you’re going to love this Instant Pot Wendy’s Copycat Chili!

I am always on the hunt for new recipes that will work for our growing family. My boys are picky, definitely meat and potatoes kinds of guys. So while trying new recipes can be tricky, a quick and easy chili recipe was a no brainer! I’m actually not sure why I haven’t tried this earlier. This Santa Fe Soup is a family favorite, so chili is a natural progression.

And let’s talk about this Instant Pot for a minute. I’m new to the machine so I’m still working out what all we can make with it. I even bought one for my mom for Christmas so that she can help me figure it out. Anyone else do the same? So far we love making spaghetti and meatballs and delicious French Dip Sandwiches in it. And now – this Instant Pot Wendy’s Copycat Chili!

To make the Instant Pot Wendy’s Copycat Chili, I started with a pound of lean beef. I like super lean for this recipe so that you don’t have to drain it! Keep it simple, right?! Set the Instant Pot on Saute, add a little oil and garlic and simmer for a minute or two then add the ground beef. Update! We’ve had quite a few people try this recipe (thank you!) and report back that while they liked it, they wanted more meat. A few have successfully doubled the meat that it called for and loved it. So if you like a meaty stew – give it a try!

Instant Pot Wendy's Copycat Chili
Once the beef is no longer pink, add your chopped onion, bell pepper and celery. Continue to cook the beef and vegetable mixture until the onions start to turn translucent. That’s when you can add your seasoning.

Instant Pot Wendy's Copycat Chili
Mix all that together, then add a cup of water. Follow that with your Ranch Style Beans and Kidney beans and stir in.

Instant Pot Wendy's Copycat Chili
Then add your Rotel, diced tomatoes topped with the tomato sauce.

Instant Pot Wendy's Copycat Chili
At this point, add your Instant Pot lid, secure it and make sure the vent is set to seal. Set your Instant Pot to 10 minutes on manual and leave it! I let the pot naturally release and let me tell you I came back to a glorious sight…

Instant Pot Wendy's Copycat Chili

4.7 from 3 reviews
Instant Pot Wendy's Copycat Chili
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 8 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large bell pepper, chopped
  • 6 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 package McCormick's Chili Seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 15 oz can Ranch Style Beans
  • 1 15 oz can dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz can RoTel Original
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Set your Instant Pot to Saute and vegetable oil and minced garlic to the pot.
  2. Once the pot is hot and oil is simmering, add ground beef.
  3. Once browned, add chopped onion, bell pepper and celery to the beef.
  4. Cook until onion is starting to become translucent, then add McCormick's Chili Seasoning.
  5. Mix well and add water.
  6. Scrape up any browned bits that have adhered to the bottom of the pot.
  7. Add Ranch Style and kidney beans to the pot and stir.
  8. Then add Rotel, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce on top.
  9. Then add your Instant Pot lid, make sure vent is set to seal and set your IP to 10 minutes on manual.
  10. Once time is up, let your Instant Pot naturally release.
  11. Once released, open your Instant Pot, stir and enjoy your chili!
Notes
Update! We've had quite a few people try this recipe (thank you!) and report back that while they liked it, they wanted more meat. A few have successfully doubled the meat that it called for and loved it. So if you like a meaty stew - give it a try!

It was so easy to whip up and in no time I had a delicious, hearty and wholesome meal for the family!

This Instant Pot Wendy's Copycat Chili is delicious and so easy to make! Dinner is ready in less than 30 minutes!
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Comments

  1. Robert says

    I made this chili, but with a few modifications. The reason: 1) I could not find Rotel Original in a 15 oz. can (I’m my area -NC). I searched the Rotel site and it indicates only 10 and 28 oz sizes are available. I did find Rotel Original in a 15 oz jar on Target’s website, but it was unavailable for online ordering or in my local stores. 2) Ranch Style Beans are difficult to find (again, in my area) only available at Walmart (in my area).

    Also, I use an 8 at. Instant Pot. When I select manual, the default time sets to 30 minutes. When you write “… add 10 minutes”, do you mean set the timer for 40 minutes or reduce the time from the default 30 to 10 minutes total cook time?

    Thanks.

  2. Tracey says

    Hi. Made this on Sunday and was delicious. Couple of questions – mainly on Instant Pot use (which I’m new to).
    1. To this instruction: Then add your Instant Pot lid, make sure vent is set to seal and add 10 minutes to your IP on manual.
    Was I to then switch off then back on in Manual and add 10 minutes? That’s what I did. Was a bit burned on bottom at end – but all else was great.

    2. Natural Release – should I have just waited for it to pop on own? I opened prior to that and was a bit thin. I wound up thickening, but am thinking I did that step incorrectly.

    Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Tracey, great questions! I set the the IP to manual for 10 minutes for cooking. Quick and easy! Natural release would allow it to thicken a bit, but you can also use other methods if you like a thicker chili. I tried to stay a bit true to Wendy’s Chili, which at least where I live is a little thinner than other chilis that I make. I hope you enjoy!

  3. Rick Eames says

    A few questions:

    1) I tried to double this and quickly found out that the 6qt isn’t big enough for that. I like having tons of leftovers for lunches, so I usually double. I have noted that for next time.

    2) Because of #1, I deleted the extra diced tomatos and just went with the two can’s of rotel and one can of tomato sauce. I know this won’t be as soupy, but that’s probably okay.

    3) Natural Release. I’m currently sitting here unable to taste this chili I started over an hour ago because this NPR is going to take *forever*. Is this a necessary step over a quick release or burst release method? Is it to keep it cooking?

    I’ll report back on how it tastes based on my changes and I’ll try your actual recipe next time without doubling. :)

    • says

      Oooh great questions, Rick! I hear you on doubling, while it’s a great idea I can’t imagine that it would all fit. I know someone tried doubling the meat and enjoyed that. I think #2 is just fine, everyone has a different preference for the amount of tomatoes – should still taste great! #3 I think it’s worth a try! I did NPR because I thought it would help the soup cook and thicken a tad, but since you used less tomatoes you might be just fine for a quick release! Give it a try and let us know what you think!

  4. Robert says

    I couldn’t find Ranch-style beans here in West Virginia. Any suggestions for a good substitute? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Robert! For Ranch style beans are simply pinto beans with seasoning. So I would just sub a can of pinto beans with perhaps a little chili powder. Honestly you could probably get away with just the pinto beans as well since the chili is already seasoned. I hope that helps!

  5. Kiran says

    Hi, I am a new bee to your site and IP and to chili😁!
    We don’t eat red meat so can I substitute with ground turkey or chicken? Thanks in advance!

  6. Jennifer F says

    I made this today and it came out wonderfully! I bought enough ingredients to double the recipe but thankfully I read a previous comment that it was too much for the 6 qt. It made about 11 cups of chili – and YES, it looks and tastes JUST like Wendy’s chili. Fantastic recipe. Cheap, easy & quick. What more can you ask for?

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