Our 15 All-Time Most Popular Copycat Recipes
Copycat recipes are the secret weapon of any cook's kitchen--especially now that the coronavirus pandemic made us all uncomfortably aware of how much we love our favorite restaurant dishes. Thankfully, you can replicate a number of foods at home, from Taco Bell Cinnamon Twists and the now-defunct Mexican Pizza to McDonald's Filet-O-Fish and Waffle House Waffles. This recipe collection features MyRecipes' 15 most popular copycat recipes for enjoying in the comfort of your own kitchen. Whether you're itching to skip the drive-thru line or your stomach rumbles for Texas Roadhouse Rolls at midnight, these copycat recipes are here to help you through any craving crisis.
#15: Texas Roadhouse Rolls
Texas Roadhouse's buttery-sweet rolls are cherished far and wide for good reason—they're delicious. And now, you can enjoy a fresh, warm batch at home, anytime you please.
#14: Taco Bell Cinnamon Twists
Our take on Taco Bell's Cinnamon Twists taste just like the real thing, minus the drive-thru experience. They're super light and crunchy, and the cinnamon-sugar mixture provides the perfect balance of sweetness and spice.
#13: Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
Did you know that you can make six Copycat Mexican Pizzas in the time it takes to make a Taco Bell run? Well, you do now. Our Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas make a perfect late-night snack or simple family dinner. Or, whip some up for an after-school hangout and you'll be the coolest parent on the block.
#12: Panera Bread Mac and Cheese
The famously cheesy, kid-friendly side item on the Panera Bread menu has garnered popularity among customers of all ages. Now, you can enjoy the rich and saucy goodness of that white cheddar mac and cheese anytime, and in the comfort of your own kitchen. No need to crank up the oven either, this easy-to-prepare mac and cheese is made entirely on the stove top—in under thirty minutes. The cheese sauce is made with a combination of white cheddar and white American cheese that melt together to form a decadently thick and smooth sauce. We opted to use Dijon mustard instead of dried mustard for a subtle hint of spice to balance all the rich creaminess of the sauce. Even the pickiest of eaters in your family won't be able to resist this simple mac and cheese recipe.
#11: Chili's Baby Back Ribs
Next time you want your baby back ribs, take matters into your own hands with this copycat recipe for Chili's famously succulent pork ribs.
#10: McDonald's Filet-O-Fish
Fry the fish at a lower-than-usual temperature to keep that trademark golden glow.
#9: Starbucks Bacon & Gruyère Egg Bites
All the cheesy goodness of Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites, minus the high price tag and long drive-thru line.
#8: Waffle House Hash Browns
Whether you live in a state without a Waffle House or just want to recreate their food at home, you can't have a copycat Waffle House meal without an at-home interpretation of their signature waffles. Our version uses pantry staples rather than a $15 bag of mix and comes together in 20 minutes. Serve with a side of Copycat Waffle House Hash Browns.
#7: Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich
Your favorite fast food sandwich just got a little bit better. Soaked in a tangy, pickle juice solution, the chicken is then dredged in flour and tossed in an egg mixture. After a hot pan sear, the chicken breasts acquire a crispy, crunchy outside, while maintaining a succulent, flavorful interior. Served with toasted buns and adorned with pickle chips, this sandwich will make you seriously wonder why you'd ever go back to the drive-thru.
#6: Panera Bread Summer Corn Chowder
Panera Bread's delightful seasonal chowder features sweet corn kernels that are balanced with a creamy base and spicy accents. Its popularity grows every year, and fans can't wait to indulge in one of the few warm soups that you'd actually want to eat on a summer day. The vegetarian-friendly chowder pairs perfectly with a vibrant green salad or a thick slice of crusty bread. It is loaded with a handful of vegetables to give you a wonderfully chunky bite with each spoonful. The smoked paprika adds a subtle smokiness that enhances the kick from the jalapeño and cayenne peppers. Finish the soup with freshly chopped cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice for brightness.
#5: Arby's Sauce
Sweet, tangy, and a little spicy—just like your favorite signature sauce from Arby's, but with ingredients you can actually pronounce.
#4: Starbucks Egg White, Roasted Red Pepper, & Spinach Egg Bites
These fluffy, perfectly portioned egg bites are super convenient and can easily be made ahead of time at home for a grab-and-go breakfast that only needs a few seconds in the microwave.
#3: Longhorn Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Sure, they may be known for steak (being a steakhouse and all), but everyone knows that Longhorn's Parmesan Crusted Chicken is the real MVP on their menu. Enjoy this cheesy chicken dinner any night you please with our easy copycat recipe.
#2: Olive Garden Salad
The secret to your favorite soup, salad, and breadsticks combo is yours for the taking—and enjoying at home, anytime you want.
#1: Popeye's Fried Chicken
Love the signature warming kick of Popeyes' fried chicken? Good news: You can skip the drive-thru and enjoy a homemade version of this fast-food favorite with our beautifully crisp, perfectly spiced copycat recipe.