Check it out yo! These are the recipes you loved (and visited!) the most this year, judging by traffic. All of them were published in 2015. You guys have good taste! 

Top 5 Recipes of 2015 from The Food Charlatan

Hey everyone! Happy New Year! Here’s how we celebrated:

EPIC LIP SYNC BATTLE. I totally won! It was a close call though. My mother-in-law did a killer rendition of “Barracuda,” and my father-in-law came out in a Batman suit and flawlessly sang all the words to the theme song (“da-na-na-na-na-na-BATMAN!). Eric totally killed it with Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood–YES HE DID THE RAP. It was so awesome and I would show you the video of it but I think there would be…well, bad blood.

My song was “Hot Cheetos and Takis,” (of course it’s about food.) Have you ever heard it?? It’s a bunch of little kids rapping about how much they love Hot Cheetos. Best. Song. EVER. (“Yo…I’m hungry where dem Cheetos at?” “My mom hit the ATM, cause she know I need them!”)

Well without further ado, here are the TOP RECIPES OF 2015!

(Click on the picture or the link to get the recipe)


The Best Hot Dog You Will Ever Eat (JDawgs Special Sauce CopyCat):

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The Best Hot Dog You Will Ever Eat (JDawgs Special Sauce Copycat) from The Food Charlatan

Everybody loves hot dogs. But you will love them EVEN MORE with just a few simple tips: fresh bun, criss-cross cuts, and the best special sauce ever. TRY IT!!


Traditional Tejano Pinto Beans (Slow Cooker):

Traditional Tejano Beans from The Food Charlatan

This recipe is from my brother-in-law Adam’s grandmother, and has been in their family a long time. These are some of the best beans I have ever had. I make these regularly and almost always have some tucked away in my freezer. They are just so easy. I love to eat them with Traditional Tejano Carne Guisada (Braised Beef for Tacos), another recipe from Adam’s grandma.


Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

These cookies are melty-gooey-goodness. They taste exactly like Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, except you don’t get little bits of waxy chocolate stuck in your teeth.


Asian Pork Tenderloin with Ginger Glaze (Slow Cooker):

Asian Pork Tenderloin with Ginger Glaze (Slow Cooker) from The Food Charlatan

I posted this Asian pork tenderloin at the beginning of the year to give you a healthy January meal idea. I served it on top of this Asian Cauliflower Rice. Now is the perfect time to make it again! I have not received one single poor review for this recipe. It is based off of this Brown Sugar Balsamic Pork Tenderloin, which is another huge winner-dinner that I make all the time.

And the NUMBER 1 recipe in 2015? Drumroll…

Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork (Lechon Asado):

Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork from The Food Charlatan

This top-spot is well deserved. It is literally some of the best meat I have EVER put in my mouth. Slow roasted for days on end, you might ask? Not so: marinated overnight and then roasted for an hour and a half or so. You guys HAVE to try this one. Watch it trump every other dinner you ever make. Then use the leftovers to make these Cubanos (Cuban Sanswiches). Because pickles and mustard are the staff of life.

Thank you so much for visiting The Food Charlatan this year! This blog would be totally lame without you. (For real though. No one likes to talk to themselves.) Thank you for all your comments, I read every one.Thank you for the recipes you send me (keep em comin’!) I hope your 2016 is off to a great start!

Need more? Here are the top recipes from past years:

Top 5 Recipes from The Food Charlatan in 2014:

Top 5 Recipes of 2014 from The Food Charlatan

Top 20 Recipes of 2013

My Favorite Recipes from 2013

T0p 20 Recipes of 2012

Here are some of my friend’s top recipes for 2015:

Top 10 Most Popular Recipes from Iowa Girl Eats
Best Recipes of 2015 from Fake Ginger
Top 10 of 2015 from Taste and Tell
10 Mot Popular Recipes of 2015 from Barefeet in the Kitchen

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  1. Hello, My friend gave me the recipe for the Cuban Mojo Pork. This may sound silly but I used pork chops. My family loved it so much. I also make the pinto beans. I am so please with your recipes and so are the kids.

    Thank you,

  2. I love that you just picked your Top 5. Because with those, do we really need anything else? More importantly… THAT VIDEO. I’ve never loved you more.

  3. You rock at lip syncing!!!!! Oh my gosh that video was the highlight of my day so far :) plus I’ve had your Tejano bean recipe on my list of things to make for a while now. I definitely need to get on it. They look bomb. Happy New Year Karen!

    1. Ha! Thanks Serene! Singing it was definitely the highlight of mine that day :) It was so fun! Let me know how you like the tejano beans, I love that recipe!

  4. Love that you posted your lip-syncing video. You did a pretty good job – maybe you’ve missed your calling :). I love the look of the Cuban Marinated Pork. Looks like a must try for 2016.

    1. Ha! Maybe you are right Karen! I should go pro. I’m sure there’s a huge demand for lip sync-ers :) And yes, definitely try the Cuban pork!!

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