America's 25 Favorite Home-Cooked Dishes

25.'s Ice Cubes

We’re not going to lie, we were hoping this recipe was going to make the list considering how ridiculous it is. Based on the same metrics for all of the other recipes, this recipe, with all of its sarcasm and simplicity aside, is one of the top 25 recipes that America loves to make. Why? Who knows, but we can tell you that it had 64,000 Facebook likes and a large quantity of user ratings compared to its fellow recipes found on the same site. It’s pretty clever, and we hate when the ice tray is left empty, too. But if you’re going to write an ice cube recipe, at least do it right. 

Click here to see our Ice Cubes Recipe

24. Paula Deen's Pumpkin


With another pumpkin recipe just making this list, we’re pretty sure America is a fan of pumpkin, and of Paula Deen. We’d prefer to skip the cream cheese icing, though, and enjoy our pumpkin bars sprinkled with some chocolate chips.

23. Taste of Home's Mozzarella Sticks

Who doesn’t love a good fried mozzarella stick? Taste of Home’s version makes it easy to create that crunchy outside and cheesy, gooey inside with store-bought egg roll wrappers.

We’re all about ease, too, which is why we like this fried mozzarella recipe by Mario Batali. We think it creates that mozzarella stick-appeal and is just as easy, and maybe more natural, than Taste of Home’s.

22. Betty Crocker's Ranch Chicken


This four-ingredient recipe packs a lot of flavor considering how little effort and time it takes, which is probably why it’s one of America’s favorites. Any chicken dish can easily be updated with just one or two additions to its flavor, like with our Parmesan Chicken Fries recipe. This recipe not only serves up delicious chicken, but it sneaks in a few good ingredients to make it healthy for you, too.

21. Betty Crocker's Impossibly Easy Mini Chicken Pot Pies


Chicken pot pie is another popular recipe on this list, and while this one is much lower in the ranks, we think it earned its place because of its ability to serve a crowd easily. You can certainly go ahead and make our Pillsbury chicken pot pie version in a muffin tin as well, or you can try a different handheld treat like our mini cheeseburger pies. 

20.'s Fannie Farmer's Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese' macaroni and cheese recipe is a vintage piece from the 1946 edition of Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking-School Cookbook. We can’t compete with Fannie Farmer, unless you were looking for a healthier version, in which case we’d suggest you try our PointsPlus recipe for the same results.


19. Paul Deen's Southern Fried Chicken

You can’t argue with Paula’s skills with anything Southern or fried, which is probably why this recipe declares its place on America’s top 25 favorite recipes list. If you love fried chicken just as much as the rest of the country does, then why not try our slightly different (and we think better) version? Infused with saffron, our buttermilk marinade does a number on the pre-fried chicken, and our frying technique is pretty spot-on. 

18. Tyler Florence's Chicken Enchiladas

This Food Network recipe is one that users can’t get enough of, and we can’t blame them. Loaded with hot chiles, onions, garlic, and Cheddar and Jack cheeses, it’s the classic enchilada recipe made in traditional Tyler Florence style. That being said, we think Recipe editor Will Budiaman’s version, with a homemade pico de gallo and green sauce, merits a look, too. 

17. Betty Crocker's Banana Bread

Betty Crocker is a baking icon, which is why it makes sense that this banana bread recipe would earn enough attention to be placed on this list. We don’t want to hurt Betty’s feelings or anything, but Blackbird Bakery’s gluten-free version is just as satisfying and a little better for you, too. While it’s optional, we urge you to not skip out on the cream cheese frosting.


16.'s Pulled Pork

This recipe for pulled pork spends a lot of time in the slow cooker. We know, it has to, which is why we love Ray Lampe’s (the Dr. BBQ) version, which uses fresh apple juice in the recipe instead of the soda in’s.  

15. Allrecipe's Too Much Chocolate Cake

A chocolaty devil’s food cake and creamy icing made from chocolate pudding earn this popular recipe the title of "too much" chocolate. It’s also pretty easy to put together. But if you like the stress-free route, then there’s nothing easier than the microwave.

14. Alton Brown's The Chewy

Alton Brown is one of Food Network’s most popular personalities, and so we’re not surprised to see his recipe for chewy chocolate chip cookies show up on this list. His are pretty good, but sometimes we like a little crunch in our cookie, so we throw in a handful of walnuts when we make ours.

13.'s To Die for Crock Pot Roast

This recipe is e-a-s-y. That's why we think it’s one of America’s favorites to use from For a different (read: better) dish, try our version with about the same amount of all-natural ingredients. But in ours, we skip the dried package of gravy and use some Guinness instead. 

12.'s Easy Garlic Chicken

With only two ingredients, this recipe for chicken creates a ton of flavor with minimal effort, and America can’t get enough of it. While we like the use of brown sugar in’s version, we prefer a little crunch to our garlic chicken.

11. Ina Garten's Mac and Cheese

We were happy to see this macaroni and cheese recipe by Food Network’s Ina Garten make the list. It’s one of our favorites, too. Because we’re in the competitive spirit, though, why don’t you try fellow TV star Bobby Flay’s macaroni and cheese carbonara, made with not two, but five different cheeses. Come on, even the name sounds better. 

10. Allrecipe's Mom's Zucchini Bread

Some of us think that just having the word "mom" in this recipe’s title probably earned it some street cred, but once we tried it out, we realized that it’s nice and moist, too. While we can’t credit mom for our version, this zucchini bread recipe is made into easy-to-serve squares, is gluten-free, and has chocolate chips in it. What would your mom think about that?

9. Taste of Home's Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert

While not a huge hit with users ratings on Taste of Home’s website, this peanut butter and chocolate treat garnered enough attention to be number two on their list, and it also saw a lot of love from Facebook. No surprise there, seeing as there are very few people in America who can resist the combination of these two rich ingredients. Taste of Home wasn’t the only one to think this one up, though, and our Magnolia Bakery version might just be even tastier.

8. Allrecipe's Fluffy Pancakes

This popular recipe makes pancakes extra fluffy by combining white vinegar with the milk for the batter. They’re "just right," says an user.  But for an ultra-healthy take on the breakfast staple, try these banana-pecan pancakes, which are  made with unprocessed, all-natural ingredients and are topped with a chocolate-coconut drizzle, which the Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen authors say improves metabolism, boosts energy, and promotes weight loss. 

7. Allrecipe's Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

There’s no beating grandma’s apple pie, which is probably why this contest-winning recipe is one of America’s favorites. Because there’s no topping it, we went the outrageous route with our McDonald’s Apple Pie and Taco Bell Cinnamon Crisp Crumble recipe. You just might win some local competitions with it, too. 

6. Allrecipe's Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

This New England classic is moist and spicy, and is great to have lying around, considering user Laurie Bennett’s opinion that it only gets better with age. Our pumpkin bread recipe isn’t from Maine, but it is good for anyone looking to follow a paleo or gluten-free diet. 

5. Allrecipe's Delicious Ham and Potato Soup


We think this hearty potato soup, loaded with salty bites of ham, earns its popular reputation from its ease and versatility. For a unique twist on potato soup that cuts out the meat, try our version that takes advantage of an immersion blender. 

4. Allrecipe's Clone of a Cinnabon

We like this clone of a Cinnabon recipe found on, and America did, too, giving it a lot of love on both the website and on Facebook. If you’re looking for the real deal, though (and half the calories), make our version by The New York Times best-selling author Devin Alexander. 

3. Allrecipe's Banana Crumb Muffins

While this recipe garnered a bit of support from Facebook, it received its real love from the users of We think the craze is all about the "crumble" that it’s topped with, made with brown sugar and cinnamon. OK, that’s pretty hard to beat, but what if our recipe was gluten-free and had chocolate in it? 

2. Allrecipe's Chicken Pot Pie IX

This chicken pot pie recipe created by user Robbie Rice makes a quick and easy meal with a handful of vegetables and pre-made pie crusts. Want to know what’s easier than pie crusts, though? Pillsbury biscuits — and our recipe from our video producer Ali Rosen shows you how. 

1. Allrecipe's World's Best Lasagna’s "World’s Best Lasagna" recipe remained the number one recipe from the number one recipe website. While their sausage and ground beef variety looks pretty delicious, we like our healthier, gluten-free version. It’s packed with hearty vegetables that let you indulge and eat healthy.