I was eating Wendy’s chili for lunch today and was thinking to myself, “You know, this chili is quite delicious.” It was then that I noticed a giant chunk of beef which resembled the corner of a beef patty. It was also then that I remembered someone telling me that Wendy’s chili is made from unused beef patties from the day before. I decided to find out for myself.
According to employees who are quicker to throw their employer under the bus than Mike Vanderjagt, here is how chili is made at Wendy’s:
- All burger patties that were not sold, are broken, or burnt are collected and deposited into a bag. The bag is dated and put into a cooler.
- The next morning employees collect the oldest bag, rinse the meat in hot water, put meat in large pot of water and boil until it becomes granules.
- Meat is then drained and cooled.
- Employees then add a can of pre-made chili sauce from the warehouse, cans of beans, pre-made spice packets, and frozen veggies
- Scary part. According to most of the employees, that mixture is combined with yesterday’s chili. Most call it the “Eternal Chili Pot.”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of fast food.. I know most if it is nasty, but I guess I just held Wendy’s chili to higher standards. Damnit.