Healthy ‘Wendy’s’ Chili

Here's the Dish

When I’m in need of a quick and healthy meal on-the-go, I often go to Wendy’s for some of their rich and filling chili! It’s makes for a perfectly balanced meal, and is loaded with flavor…Which is hard to find at fast food restaurants! If you enjoy Wendy’s chili then I can promise you will LOVE this chili recipe! With a few simple swaps, I made it even healthier~ which means you get double the portion size for the same amount of calories!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 4-8 Hours.


Place meat and chopped onion in a large saute pan, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Cook over medium high heat until meat is browned.


Place meat and onion mixture, and all of the rest of the ingredients into a Crock Pot and cook on high heat for 4 hours or  low heat for 8 hours.


Take chili off the heat when all of the veggies are translucent and soft. Top with optional toppings if desired, and enjoy!!!


1 (1.25 lb) Pack extra-lean ground turkey1
1 (16 oz) Salsa (any kind will work, but I used corn and black bean salsa!)
1 cup Celery, chopped
1 Small white onion, chopped
1Green bell pepper, finely chopped, (or a red or yellow bell pepper)
1 (28 oz) Can crushed tomatoes
1 (28 oz) Can diced tomatoes
1 (15.5 oz) Can pinto beans, drained
1 (15.5oz) Can red kidney beans, drained
1(15 oz) Can corn
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1/2 tsp Salt (or to taste)
2 tbsChili powder2
1pktSugar substitute of choice3
OptionalToppings: light sour cream, 2% shredded cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, a few baked tortilla chips crushed on top, or a few saltine crackers!

1 Or 97% lean ground beef, or morning star crumbles!

2 Note: This gives mild spicy flavor, add more or less according to taste.

3 More or less according to taste, this is optional, but I like the slight sweetness it gives.

Nutrition Breakdown

8 Servings
292 Calories Per Serving
2 g Fat
43 g Carbohydrate
14 g Fiber
5 g Sugar
28 g Protein
7 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Angie said:

Once again, a great recipe! :) I just love how the ingredients you tend to use are easy to find and buy whereas many other blogs I visit have so many recipes with crazy ingredients! Yours are simple easy and delicious!
Thanks for Sharing. Hope your Monday is wonderful!
P.S. do you know of any good post workout snack to eat after a 4 mile run in 35 mins?
God bless

January 24th, 2011 — 1:22pm  |  Reply

Emily said:

YAY! Another cooking success :) I so enjoyed making it with you and eating it with you also! Love you!

January 24th, 2011 — 6:39pm  |  Reply

Jess (Daly Authenticity) said:

Awesome recipe Katie! I will for sure make this one!

January 25th, 2011 — 8:22am  |  Reply

Sarah said:

Yum! I just KNOW my husband would LOVE this recipe!

February 3rd, 2011 — 6:13pm  |  Reply

Jennifer said:

I made this for dinner tonight and to take to school/work during the week… SO GOOD! But HOLY COW it makes a lot! Hahah, I had to use both of my soup pots!

I absolutely love your blog and attitude on life! :)

February 26th, 2011 — 6:04pm  |  Reply

Hannah (mindrunningwild) said:

Could you make this with TVP or veggie crumbles too?

March 17th, 2011 — 6:42pm  |  Reply

Ana Maria said:

my fiance doesn’t eat red meat, but he does enjoy ground turkey so i think he will finally find a chili he’ll eat! besides the chicken chili

March 19th, 2011 — 4:11pm  |  Reply

Jenni said:

This has now become a staple in our household. I make it Saturday evening in the crockpot. I take out about 1/5, because one of my children doesnt eat meat, and then I add the turkey. It is perfect to come home to after church, and the house smells fantastic! Thank you so much, Katie!

March 21st, 2011 — 7:24am  |  Reply

Kristy said:

If you use the ground turkey, do you need to cook it before putting it in the crockpot? Come fall, I can’t wait to make this recipe. It looks sooo good!

August 12th, 2011 — 10:58am  |  Reply

Sharon said:

Do you have the weight watchers points plus for this one?

August 25th, 2011 — 9:22pm  |  Reply

Meg B said:

Got this in the crock pot right now :-) Can’t wait to have this with the corn muffin bars :-)

December 17th, 2011 — 9:51am  |  Reply

Esther said:

I just put everything in but I couldn’t fit in the 3rd bell pepper…it’s almost overflowing. I did add extra meat though because the boyfriend loves his chili “beefy” lol. Do I still do it on high for 4 hours or a bit longer since I put in extra meet? Can’t wait to gobble it up later!

December 20th, 2011 — 1:10pm  |  Reply

Sarah said:

Just put this together tonight to cook all day tomorrow:) I saw that it has 8 servings, but I was wondering how much is in one serving?


January 24th, 2012 — 6:04pm  |  Reply

Amy said:

I don’t think you know me, I was in high school with Emily, but through her I found this amazing site! I have to say, this is wonderful! My husband and i both have really high metabolisms (his way faster than mine), so it’s really hard to find food that filling for him without being too heavy for me. We both love eating healthy too, so this is the perfect mix for us! God forbid, but if my computer ever crashes and I lose all my recipes, I now know right where to go…here!

February 14th, 2012 — 10:10am  |  Reply

suzanne said:

It worked out to 7pp but it says 5pp just wanted to let you know!

September 7th, 2012 — 11:59am  |  Reply

lisa rocco said:

I made this last night for my husband who loves chili. I am not a hug fan. However, the taste was absolutely amazing! I Will be making again! Thank-you

February 7th, 2013 — 6:24am  |  Reply

Kathy said:

This is my fav chili recipe…excellent for cold winter days. Super easy; if ur in a rush it’s easy to make this on top of the stove. Love, love, love!!!

February 12th, 2014 — 8:48pm  |  Reply

Jay said:

I would love to try this but I do not have a crock pot. Can I make this on the stove?

November 3rd, 2014 — 3:15pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks Angie! :)

I would recommend anything with a balance of protein/complex carbs because you need to restore your glycogen stores that you depleted with your run! :)

so i would say like apple& pb for a snack, or greek yogurt with a few strawberries in it, or for a meal i like a protein shake after sweating! :)

January 26th, 2011 — 5:39am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks Jennifer! :) That means a lot!

February 27th, 2011 — 2:35pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

good ? kristy! never have to cook meat before putting it in the crockpot! thats the beauty of it! you just throw everything in and walk away! :)

August 13th, 2011 — 6:31am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

its 7 pp per serving sharon! :)

August 26th, 2011 — 3:15pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

woo hoo let me know what you thought meg! :)

December 18th, 2011 — 4:30am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

hi sarah! as you can see the recipe makes a lot! :) so, i would say that a serving size is about 1-1 1/2 cups!

January 24th, 2012 — 7:35pm  |  Reply

Alejandra said:

For this turkey chili for it to be 180 cals per serving, i would serve myself 1 cup? more or less? I’m a calorie counting nut lol

i love the protein muffins i make them on the weekends for the weekend for a snack between my meals :D

June 7th, 2012 — 1:38pm  |  Reply

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