Wendy's Copycat Chili

  • Wendy's Copycat Chili

    2 pounds fresh ground beef
    1 quart tomato juice
    1 (29-ounce) can tomato puree
    1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
    1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained
    1 medium-large onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
    1/2 cup diced celery
    1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
    1/4 cup chili powder (use less for milder chili)
    1 teaspoon ground cumin (use more for real flavor)
    1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon sugar
    1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Drain off the fat. Put the beef and the remaining ingredients in a large pot. Cover the pot and let the chili simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. You can also cook this in a slow cooker on low for 3 to 4 hours.