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Wendy's Taco Salad
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Wendy's Taco Salad

This Wendy's Taco Salad recipe is an almost exact copycat of the fast food chain's famous salad - you'll learn how to make the freezer-friendly Wendy's chili recipe too!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili, tortilla chips, Wendy's Taco Salad
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 372kcal
Author: Taylor Stinson


Wendy's Chili recipe

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 lb extra-lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (398mL) can crushed tomatoes (or 1/2 of a 796mL can)
  • 1 cup beef broth


  • 1 bunch romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 beefsteak tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Tortilla chips, to serve
  • Sour cream, for topping
  • Salsa, for topping


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over med-high heat. Add onions and celery, sauteeing for 2-3 minutes until veggies soften. Add ground beef and brown for another 2-3 minutes before adding garlic, chili powder, coriander, salt & pepper. Stir well and cook for 2-3 minutes until flavours develop.
  • Add kidney beans, pinto beans, tomatoes and beef broth, then bring to a boil. Lower heat to med-low then cover with a lid and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  • While chili is cooking, assemble salad. Top salad with chili and tortilla chips, then serve and enjoy! 
  • If meal prepping as lunches: Add chili to the bottom of mason jars, then layer in cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and pack tortilla chips in a separate bag. This way veggies will stay fresh for the week (lasts in fridge 3-5 days).
  • If freezing chili: freeze in round glass containers with lids once cooled up to 3 months. Reheat in microwave for 6-7 minutes when ready to serve, stirring halfway through.



Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 1095mg | Potassium: 878mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1600IU | Vitamin C: 17.5mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 4.4mg