Looking for the best copycat recipes from your favorite restaurants? Ever tried to duplicate a restaurant recipe to no avail? I certainly have, and more than once, I’ve ended up with a true recipe disaster on my hands. Pulling off your own “secret sauce” is not simple, but somehow, these bloggers and chefs have managed to come up with the perfect combinations of ingredients to duplicate some of my favorites. Call me impressed. From my favorite crispy fried chicken at Chili’s, to Chipotle chicken burritos to yummy desserts from the Cheesecake factory, this list of recipe copycats is sure to wow you and your dinner guests.
If you have a favorite food from a top restaurant or chain and want to try making it at home, you have to check out these 50 best copycat recipes. Quit spending money eating out and make food from your favorite restaurant chains at home. Save money, plus you get to eat as much as you want!
Copycat Recipes From Top Restaurants
1. Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing
Unbelievable that I never knew how easy this one was to make at home. First on my list because I now always keep a bottle of my own homemade Olive Garden salad dressing in the fridge, this dressing recipe is simply divine. I love eating at the restaurant, too, but now I can add this to my favorite chicken salads and veggie combos at home. Try dipping carrot sticks in it for a most delicious snack idea. If you are looking for Olive Garden copycat recipes, this salad dressing copy cat is the most requested and most loved for a reason. Try some out today. We also have lots more cool salad dressing recipes here.
2. Lightened-Up KFC’s Fried Chicken Tenders
KFC but better? How on earth could you do that? Well, this awesome fried chicken recipe has the perfect combination of seasonings and spices to taste like Kentucky Fried Chicken, but it has tons less fat in it, so it is better for you. This means you can eat it more often without feeling guilty, so I say better! For the best in KFC copycat recipes, nothing tastes better than this healthy chicken tenders recipe. Tastes just like Colonel Sander’s version, but without all the fat. This is a perfect dish to try out with your picky eaters – every single one of my kids love this recipe.
3. CopyCat Texas Roadhouse Rolls with Cinnamon Honey Butter
Yum. Yum. Yum. I made these Texas Roadhouse Copycat Rolls for Christmas dinner and the memory still has me saying that and thinking about them. So delicious, these homemade rolls are incredibly awesome. It is not as hard to make homemade rolls as you might think, either. Check out the recipe and try some of these for dinner tonight. I promise you will not regret it. If you are looking for Texas Roadhouse copycat recipes, we think you absolutely must start with these homemade dinner rolls. Add honey butter to them when they come out of the oven, and it is heaven. Of all the copycat recipes I’ve tried, this one is probably my favorite. Everyone loves this homemade roll recipe, and it does taste just like the ones at Texas Roadhouse.
How to Make Cracker Barrel Fried Apples Recipe
4. Cracker Barrel Fried Apples Recipe
I don’t love everything on the Cracker Barrel menu, but their fried apple dessert is something I just can’t live without. Sometimes I have to wonder if I am glad I learned how to make this one at home. Apple, butter and cinnamon-y goodness does not get any better than this. However, for special occasions (like every weekend) I highly recommend this dessert recipe. One of the most loved Cracker Barrel copycat recipes around, these fried apples make an awesome dessert, but I have to admit sneaking into the kitchen and eating them for breakfast, too.
5. Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts
I love Krispy Kreme doughnuts so much and I only get to eat them once a year when I go visit my mom. Eating a hot fresh Krispy Kreme doughnut has been a requirement for every trip I make to see her for 15 years. When I saw this copycat recipe for a Krispy Kreme knockoff, I was skeptical, but when I tried it, the result was stellar. Plus, you get to eat as many as you want! A great Saturday morning breakfast idea to surprise your kids or out of town guests, these homemade doughnuts rock! When it comes to awesome restaurant menu duplicates, this doughnut recipe from Kristy Kreme is one of the best copycat recipes we’ve tried.
6. Taco Bell Copycat Recipe – Quesarito
Taco Bell sauces and food have this distinctive flavor that is not easy to replicate. This is why, I think, that they now do well selling Taco Bell sauces and seasonings in my local grocery store. However, this copycat of the Taco Bell quesarito is really super. Not quite a quesadilla, not quite a burrito, but full of cheesy goodness and even better. If you want a fast food restaurant recipe that is sure to be good, or if you just have to have your daily quesarito, try this one.
7. Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa Recipe
Looking for Chipotle copycat recipes? Chipotle menu dupes are some of our favorites, and we love being able to make these dishes at home. No need to spend money at Chipotle or go out of your way to pick up barbacoa when you can make this at home. I served this at my work Christmas party last year, and it was a big hit. This barbacoa freezes well, too, so it is good to keep on hand when you want a quick meal to heat up in the microwave.