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Check out which recipes were the most popular on our site this year. From appetizers to dessert, it's all here!

Updated January 06, 2021
Our Top 50 Copycat Recipes of 2020

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We've broken them down into categories for easy perusing, so whatever you're in the mood for, why not make it one of the year's best dishes? Impress your family with a top-notch meal that has stayed a frontrunner all year long. 

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Best Copycat Appetizers and Sides of 2020

  • Deli Style Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

    This Hawaiian salad is loaded with vegetables and flavor. It is light and refreshing, and perfect for potlucks. No matter the occasion, this easy pasta salad will be a new staple for your potluck table.

  • Bob Evans' Mashed Potatoes Copycat Recipe

    These mashed potatoes are known for being creamy, buttery, and so simple to make. With this recipe, you can make a copycat version of a fan-favorite without having to make an extra trip to the grocery store.

  • Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp

    This appetizer may or may not take over the entree spot at your table...

  • Copycat Cracker Barrel Hash Browns Casserole

    This recipe for Copycat Cracker Barrel Hash Browns Casserole is one of the tastiest Cracker Barrel restaurant recipes for side dishes! This hash browns casserole is made with frozen hash browns, sour cream, onion, and cheese. This is truly one of the easiest side dish recipes to make.

  • Copycat Pioneer Woman Potatoes Au Gratin

    This copycat version of Pioneer Woman'sAu Gratin Potatoes has extra garlic and cheese to amp up the delicious flavor. These creamy potatoes with chives, garlic, and cheddar cheese are the perfect side dish for any meal. Who could refuse a helping of buttery potatoes au gratin? 

  • Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls

    One of the most coveted Texas Roadhouse restaurant recipes, these fluffy, buttery rolls are a delightful dinner companion. You can't eat just one! This steakhouse staple is sure to make everyone happy when you serve them at your next occasion. 

  • Copycat Outback Steakhouse Wedge Salad

    Wedge salads may not be all the rage right now, but we can see why you've been keeping it in our list of most popular recipes. Easy, striking, and super tasty.

  • Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein Recipe

    A side of chow mein is often the foundation of a meal at Panda Express. This quick and easy Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein Recipe is the closest you can get to the real thing while staying at home.

  • Homemade Bread in a Bag

    The easiest way to make bread? It's certainly up there! No bread machine is required, and it'll be ready in no time. 

  • Healthy Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

    Zucchini may not seem like the ultimate snack, but once you fry some up with this recipe, you'll want to buy up your grocery store's whole stock!

  • Homemade Chicken Potstickers

    Making Chinese restaurant food at home is so much easier than you may even think. This recipe for Homemade Chicken Potstickers is quick and simple.

  • Copycat Texas Roadhouse Fried Dill Pickles

    Who doesn't love a good fried pickles recipe every once in a while? These Copycat Texas Roadhouse Fried Dill Pickles are seriously good, and you'll find yourself craving them almost every day.

  • Maple Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

    We all love the classics. This delicious spin on traditional biscuits is just too good to pass up! Dsepite arriving on the scene later in the year, yo

Best Copycat Soup Recipes of 2020

  • Cracker Barrel Beef Stew Copycat Recipe

    For the ultimate cozy country dish, try this Copycat Cracker Barrel Beef Stew. The easy stew recipe is hearty and loaded with beef, carrots, potatoes, and peas. This is the perfect easy dinner recipe to make for company. 

  • Homemade Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Soup

    The only thing I don't understand about this soup is why it wasn't on this list earlier. When something's this good, you just have to try it for yourself.

  • 7-Can Soup Copycat Pioneer Woman Recipe

    Before you know it, you and your whole family will be hooked on this soup. You won't want to eat anything else! For a truly special night, this 7-can soup is sure to delight.

  • Bennigan’s Ultimate Baked Potato Soup Recipe

    Oh yes, you know this recipe. It's one of our most beloved recipes of all time. And with an easy baked potato soup copycat from a restaurant you can barely find anymore? Of course it is!

  • Copycat Applebee's French Onion Soup Recipe

    We're not sure exactly how "french" this recipe is, but it doesn't matter what country you're from, you owe it to yourself to try this,

  • Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup Copycat

    Panera Bread is known for their scrumptious soup recipes, among other great treats. This Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup Copycat recipe will satisfy your cravings for a hearty soup recipe.

Best Copycat Beef Recipes of 2020

  • Copycat Applebee's Smothered Steak Skillet

    If you're looking for a wonderful dish among restaurant recipes, you've found one with the Copycat Applebee's Smothered Steak Skillet recipe. A tasty piece of steak is matched with a garlic mashed potatoes recipe and sauteed mushrooms.

  • Copycat Cracker Barrel Meatloaf Recipe

    Meatloaf is an all-American staple and Cracker Barrel is known for having some of the best meatloaves in the country. Green peppers and onion are combined with ground beef to create the iconic dish.

  • Ground Beef Teriyaki Ramen

    Ramen is way more versatile than most people give it credit for. It's not just broke college students eating it, you know. It's cheap, it's easy, and it's the perfect base for this amazing beef teriyaki dish. 

  • Copycat Five Guys Burger Recipe

    This Copycat Five Guys Burger recipe replicates the delicious burger recipe found at the famous fast food joint. This easy burger recipe is a great option for a quick dinner!

  • Slow Cooker McRib Sandwiches

    Is the McRib trash? Possibly. Is this recipe? Absolutely not! Don't believe it's better than the original? Why don't you put it to the test?

Best Copycat Pasta Recipes of 2020

  • Copycat Cheesecake Factory Four Cheese Pasta

    You will fall in love with our Copycat Cheesecake Factory Four Cheese Pasta. For those who have been desperately searching for the ultimate pasta recipe, look no further. You may even find that you like the homemade version better than the restaurant version.

  • Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi Copycat Recipe

    This Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi tastes as if it came right from your favorite Italian restaurant. It's like a perfect marriage of shrimp and pasta noodles, and it's possibly the best out of all copycat Olive Garden recipes you will have.

  • Olive Garden Chicken Parmesan Vino Bianco Copycat

    This Olive Garden Chicken Parmesan Vino Bianco Copycat recipe is one of Olive Garden's most delicious chicken dinners. Plus, it's got wine in the recipe, so you know you'll feel super fancy.

  • Cheesecake Factory Copycat Louisiana Chicken Pasta

    The Cheesecake Factory has nothing on you. Make one of the best dishes on their (very long) menu in the comfort of your own kitchen. You'll do amazing.

  • Bacon Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper

    This quick and easy dish will awaken the nostalgia in you. But unlike those old childhood boxed dinners, this one is quality

  • Copycat Red Lobster Crab Alfredo

    Crab Alfredo pasta is the sort of decadent dish you might think you can only get in a restaurant, but this Copycat Red Lobster Crab Alfredo lets you experience all the taste of a night out with all the comfort of a night in.

Best Copycat Chicken Recipes of 2020

  • One-Pan Chipotle-Style Chicken Burrito Bowls

    Dinner is made easy with this recipe for One-Pan Chipotle-Style Chicken Burrito Bowls. This hearty Chipotle copycat recipe is packed with chicken, rice, black beans, cheese, and much more.

  • Chili's Monterey Chicken Copycat

    This Chili's Monterey Chicken Copycat recipe has everything you could want in a chicken entree. It's super cheesy, perfectly seasoned and grilled, and has crumbled bacon on top.

  • Copycat Chi Chi's Chicken Chimichangas

    We love our easy dinner recipes jam packed with flavor, and you can't go wrong with this punchy pick. Combine a bounty of spices and juicy chicken for a Mexican dinner recipe that will knock the socks off your diners. 

  • Homemade KFC Popcorn Chicken

    Popcorn chicken is the easiest way to eat fried chicken for sure, and this KFC copycat is loaded with delicious flavors too. What's not to love?

  • PF Chang's Kung Pao Chicken Copycat

    If you are a fan of Chinese food, here is the Chinese restaurant recipe for you. This PF Chang's Kung Pao Chicken Copycat recipe is perfect for when that craving hits.

  • Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad Copycat

    You can serve this chicken salad copycat recipe on a salad, as a sandwich, or use it as a dip for crackers. Great for lunch or, once the weather gets warmer, a nice picnic!

  • Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Pie

    The words "available for a limited time" make us very sad, especially when they're attached to an Olive Garden dish as delicious as this. Thankfully, our bloggers were on it and have made a truly excellent copycat version.

  • Korean Fried Chicken

    This crispy Korean Fried Chicken never gets old! Satisfy your cravings the right way and get ready for this recipe to become a classic.

  • Copycat Popeye's Fried Chicken Recipe

    The Popeye's Delta sauce is slightly spicy and completely divine, especially when paired with this crispy, fried chicken recipe. When the family is looking for a quick and delicious recipe, nothing tops Popeye's chicken! It's so much better than fast food.

  • Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Copycat

    This Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken makes an easy meal any night of the week. Tender white meat chicken is covered with broccoli, cheese sauce, and buttery cracker crumbs.

  • Takeout-Style Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken

    With a little bit of prep work, you can make one of your favorite dishes at home with this recipe for Takeout-Style Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken! This easy copycat recipe is one your family will love.

Best Copycat Sauces of 2020

  • Cracker Barrel Copycat Sawmill Gravy

    Get that traditional country-style cooking at home with this recipe for Cracker Barrel Copycat Sawmill Gravy. This is a gem among copycat recipes from restaurants.

  • Taco Bell Spicy Chipotle Sauce Copycat

    For a deliciously spicy sauce that will add an extra layer of zest to your meals, this Taco Bell Spicy Chipotle Sauce Copycat recipe gets the job done! It's so easy to make, and it tastes so creamy and delicious that you'll be making it over and over again.

  • Homemade Prego Spaghetti Sauce

    Conjure up pure Italian flavor with this recipe for Homemade Prego Spaghetti Sauce. Pair your meal with meatballs and garlic bread for a classic dinner for the whole family.

  • How to Make Restaurant Style Ranch Dressing

    Ranch dressing is probably the most beloved salad dressings out there. Whether you put it on your salads, drizzle it on a sandwich, or use it as a dipping sauce, you know it's going to be delicious.

Best Copycat Desserts of 2020

  • Woolworth Cheesecake Copycat

    This Woolworth Cheesecake Copycat recipe is a light and refreshing dessert that is sure to bring back the fondest memories of an old store. Light, fluffy, and held together by a delicious graham cracker crust.

  • California Pizza Kitchen Copycat Butter Cake

    If you are looking for a sweet dessert to impress guests, then this California Pizza Kitchen Copycat Butter Cake is the dessert you are in search of. The butter cake recipe is a California Pizza Kitchen classic and easy to recreate at home.

  • Copycat Carvel Ice Cream Cake

    Everything is made from scratch so you definitely have the great taste with the ingredients alone, but the best part is it really tastes like a Carvel cake. Not one of those copycat recipes that kind of taste like the original. This did not last long in our house and I had to hurry to take a picture of it.

  • Dunkin' Donuts Bavarian Cream Filled Doughnuts Copycat

    Skip a trip to the bakery and whip up a batch of homemade cream-filled doughnuts! It's easier than you think...

  • Old-Fashioned Candied Pecans Recipe

    Who knew that making sugar coated pecans could be so easy and so quick to do? Made with simple ingredients, this Old-Fashioned Candied Pecans Recipe will take you back to the days when things weren't so complicated.

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