The Most Popular Recipes of 2023

Another year has passed, which means another year of recipes made their way onto Just a Taste … and into your kitchens! Join me in recapping a year’s worth of delicious dishes with a countdown of the Top 10 most popular recipes of 2023, as chosen (and cooked!) by you.

A collage of recipes, including zucchini oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, muffin tin pizza cups, whipped brie cheese and a lemon pound cake with lemon glaze.

There’s a little something for every palate and every occasion in this year’s highlight reel, from budget-friendly ground beef recipes to a surprise break-out star in the Cookies category. And who could forget a certain whipped cheese we released into the wild (re: Internet) that became a social media phenomenon?

Read on for the best tastes of 2023!

Cuban Picadillo (Ground Beef)

A top-down view of two plates containing white rice topped with Cuban Picadillo and a fried egg

Few foods fill tummies with as little strain on the wallet as my recipe for authentic Cuban Picadillo, a family favorite starring slow-simmered ground beef, tomato sauce and spices served over rice. This is my husband’s grandmother’s recipe, and one that has been perfected from generation to generation as it made its way from Cuba to Florida, and now, to California. When you’re left wondering “What’s for dinner?” on a busy weeknight, or you’re just too tired to really make any sort of mess in the kitchen, it’s Cuban Picadillo to the rescue!

Easy Muffin Pan Pizza Cups

Muffin tin Easy Cheesy Pizza Cups

My love of muffin pan recipes is well-documented around here. We’ve got the morning favorite Hash Brown Cups with Baked Eggs and the always reliable Lasagna Cups, just to name a few. Now you can swap the slice for a cup in this effortless recipe for Easy Muffin Pan Pizza Cups that takes just 10 minutes to prep. Load them up by turning all your favorite pizza toppings into fillings and take the time while they bake (a speedy 25 minutes) to toss together a side salad, like my favorite Iceberg Wedge with Buttermilk Dressing.

Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

A slice of lemon cream cheese pound cake on a plate with fresh raspberries

Few desserts can be described as “dense” in a truly positive light. My recipe for Glazed Lemon Pound Cake happens to be one of them. Dense, yet incredibly moist, this showstopper of a dessert garners rave reviews year-round. It has a rich, buttery flavor with the perfect amount of lemony zest. Of course no bundt cake is complete without an iconic stopped-in-its-tracks drizzle of icing that cascades over and down the pound cake mountains. Added zest in the icing recipe guarantees a tangy zing in every bite.

Zucchini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

A child's hand reaches for a zucchini oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.

In full disclosure, I was a bit surprised this recipe made the list of greatest hits. It’s certainly a favorite at my house, but sometimes the vibrant pops of green, alongside chewy oats and rich chocolate, can be a deterrent. Veggie lovers, parents on a mission (me, me, me!) and cookie enthusiasts alike all agree: This recipe for Zucchini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies is one to make over and over and over again. The shredded zucchini not only lends nutritional value, but also guarantees these cookies rank big on moisture.

Quick Korean Beef Bowls

A top-down view of two bowls containing Korean beef, white rice, shredded carrots, sliced cucumber and a fried egg

I’ve never met a bowl of Korean beef bulgogi I didn’t like. There’s just something about the rich flavor of the beef and balanced sweet-meets-spicy flavor of the sauce that delivers a big dinner (and even lunch, and leftovers) win. While traditional bulgogi is made with very thinly sliced steak, I’ve swapped in ground beef to make this recipe for Quick Korean Beef Bowls the fastest and most flavorful yet.

The Best Pork Tenderloin Marinade

Sliced pork tenderloin over veggies and a bed of rice on a dinner plate with chopsticks.

The affordable, versatile pork tenderloin makes an appearance once a week at my house. While I love Sweet and Sour Roasted Pork Tenderloin, I wanted to devise a way to impart big flavor in a fraction of the time and with just a handful of fridge and pantry staples. Enter, The Best Pork Tenderloin Marinade! With just four ingredients, you’ll craft a balanced blend of flavors that works wonders in this fan favorite recipe. To quote reader Joanna’s 5-star review, “Easy and delicious!” Now that’s a double-win in my book.

Donna Kelce’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Few foods made headlines in 2023 like Donna Kelce’s chocolate chip cookies recipe. As a beloved Swiftie and football fan, this mashup of food and sport (courtesy of the coupling of Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce) couldn’t have fruited a better discovery: Mama Kelce’s cookies. I put the iconic recipe to the test, and with a few tweaks on technique, served up a sweet that more than lives up to the hype. Karma most definitely is the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

Baked Boursin Cheese Pasta

A white baking dish containing Baked Boursin Cheese Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

Baked cheese-turned-pasta-sauce is nothing new (looking at you, Baked Feta Pasta!), but it was about time we gave another cheese the spotlight. Creamy, herby Boursin cheese stole the show this year and served up countless 5-star reviews in my recipe for Baked Boursin Cheese Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach. With just 5 minutes and a 5-minute prep time, this is one recipe in which simplicity truly shines.

Cowboy Butter

A close-up view of cowboy butter in a small white bowl on a plate surrounded by sliced flank steak.

It’s hard to improve upon an ingredient as perfect as butter, so when the Cowboy Butter trend started making waves, I knew I had to put my spin on it. The result is a Cowboy Butter recipe loaded with fresh garlic, tangy lemon zest, a squeeze of Dijon mustard, a pinch of paprika, and a heaping mound of chopped fresh chives and parsley. Simply melt, stir to combine, and then serve as a dip for steaks, veggies, chicken, fish and more.

Whipped Brie Cheese

A top-down view of whipped Brie cheese in a bowl with toast

And the prize for Most Popular Recipe of 2023 goes to … Whipped Brie Cheese! The appetizer recipe scene was forever changed once the whipped version of this prized cheese arrived. I first shared this recipe in January and it instantly went viral, garnering millions of views across Just a Taste’s social media platforms and fans around the world. While it’s made with only one ingredient, the true beauty of this recipe is that the toppings can be customized to suit anyone’s palate.

More Top Recipes

If you enjoyed exploring our most popular recipes of 2023, be sure not to miss our top picks from previous years!

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