These copycat recipes will blow your mind! Killer taste and money in your pocket. Plus it’s fun eating “better than a restaurant” at home!
My best friend Sarah texted me the other day, “Ordered a salad for lunch, already regretting it. Future Sarah is impressed with my healthy choice and dismayed at the same time.”
I think we can all relate, right?? There is nothing quite like order regret.
One thing I never regret though, is making copycat recipes at home. Something about the sweet taste of delicious food in your mouth AND money in your pocket.
I’ve copied a ton of restaurant favorites over the years, and these are my favorite copycat recipes! (Don’t skip the Pizza Hut copycat, you don’t want to miss reliving all your elementary reading victories from the 80s, rewarded with a personal pan pizza!! Those were the days, right!?) And DON’T skip the cake, you may have never heard of Magleby’s and that’s okay, but I’m telling you, this is the chocolate cake.
I am so happy I discovered this recipe, because I absolutely love it (especially those crispy edges). Reader Meryl commented “I’ve NEVER cooked a ham before, but love Honey Baked, so I tried this recipe and my ham turned out PERFECT!! Oh, and I sent a picture to my very wealthy, “5-star-or-bust” in-laws and they said they were jealous!!” Way to go Meryl 😂
No driving, no waiting, no putting on real pants. Just you (and whoever you’re cooking for), scooping up these healthy and addictive lettuce wraps. Reader Susannah commented “I feel like I’ve finally found the best home recipe for chicken lettuce wraps! Delicious!!”
It’s a good thing this recipe makes a big batch, because I basically need this soup to be never-ending. Reader Debra said, “I just wanted you to know that this recipe was a star winner in my household. I shared my dish with a friend and she bragged on it to other friends who were compelled to call me and get the recipe for themselves.” The best feeling Debra, right??
Once you see how easy it is to put this cheese sauce together, you’ll have to find excuses NOT to make it. Every veggie, chip, fry, side dish, and main dish coming through your kitchen is going to be begging you to drizzle it in this creamy cheesy goodness. #sorrynotsorry
Reader Tammy commented “This queso is so good! My daughter says it’s just like Chili’s. I made a half recipe in my small sized dip crockpot; it made plenty for 3 adults with leftovers…they didn’t last long, though!” Leftovers don’t last long at my house either (mostly my fault. I just made this for the Super Bowl last week and I was basically hunched in the corner the whole time, people forgot I was even there.)
If you’re still putting ketchup on your hot dogs, like an idiot, let me welcome you to the future. (The future has never looked brighter for the hot dog, or you.)
This tiny shack called J-Dawgs opened south of campus when I was at BYU, and we (meaning the entire student body) pretty much lived on hot dogs for the rest of the year thanks to this special sauce. It’s legendary. You will never look at a hot dog the same.
Reader Jennie said “Wow!!!! This is the best sauce and on a hotdog made it the best hotdog I have ever eaten! I seasoned my hotdogs with mustard and our favorite seasoning before grilling. But everything else was the same. And it was so so good!!”
I love homemade pizza, but I also freaking love pan pizza from Pizza Hut. This copycat NAILS IT. The crispy on the outside, soft on the inside crust will take you straight back to those precious personal pan pizza moments of yesteryear.
Reader Jennifer commented “This is the best pan pizza our family has ever tasted. We missed the old Pizza Hut pan pizzas when they used to be good. I gave up trying to find a good one but then tried yours. The best, so glad you shortened the rise time – perfect!! It is going to be our new Saturday night pizza.”
This will always be my forever chocolate cake. I will never look for or try another recipe, because when you have found perfection, you just stick with it.
Reader Mark commented “I made this chocolate cake for my wife’s birthday and I have to say she was starstruck seeing it. But, I used white chocolate chips for a little twist. I must say the resulting cake was mouth watering and she loved it.” It’s hard not to be starstruck by all this chocolate…the moist, dense cake, the soft, rich frosting…yes please.
Just in case you think all I eat is pizza, hot dogs, cake, and cheese sauce…here’s a salad. I actually eat salad almost every day. I really love it, especially when it has a ton of interesting and fresh ingredients as this Buca di Beppo copycat. (More salad coming below, keep scrolling!)
All the goodness of that sweet, totally addictive Cafe Rio pork, made at home in your slow cooker or Instant Pot. (If you have never been to Cafe Rio, it’s like a Chipotle or Costa Vida but way better. Their sweet pork is insanely good, and this recipe gets it.)
Reader Maria said, “I have made this recipe over and over again in the last 3 years and we adore it every single time. This is one of my go-to recipes when we have family visiting from out of town, and it’s always a hit! Thank you so much for this one, I’m sure we will be using it several times a year for the foreseeable future.” This is my go-to recipe for a crowd too, Maria!
I told you there was more salad 😉 There’s so much to love here. The tart strawberries, tangy bleu cheese, and toasted almonds are already soooo good, and then you throw a sweet homemade poppyseed dressing on top. Reader Emily said “I just made the dressing and had to comment to tell you it’s fabulous! I have only eaten it out of a spoon so far, but I’m sure it’ll taste even better on a salad!”
This is the first meal my awesome mother-in-law ever made for me. I never thought I could love a soup so much. I decided to marry Eric on the spot after trying it. (just kidding, kind of.)
Reader Whit commented, “Thanks for your recipe, Karen! Made this soup tonight. Added a bit of salt, some chili powder and red pepper flakes and it was AMAZING!!!! Will definitely be added in to family’s regular rotation.”
Take that, takeout. Now go forth and create, not order! Make, not doordash! Take luck!