20 Best New Recipes of 2020
Our community of cooks is continuously adding recipes to our website, and it's you all who produce the winning recipes millions of Americans cook every day and every night. This year, we had a record number of new recipes, and some of them quickly became home cook favorites. From Chef John's Salisbury Steaks to one-pan chicken dinners, coffee cake to buttery biscuits, this collection of 2020's top recipes shows us a lot about the year — that we were all seeking comfort. Click through to see the top 20 most-viewed recipes of 2020, and don't miss 2019's list of top new recipes.
Butter Swim Biscuits
Here is 2020's most-viewed new recipe, and we could really use one with a schmear of butter and jam right now. "This is the easiest biscuit recipe ever, and the results are fantastic. I made this to accompany a French cassoulet, and it was perfect. My husband ate half of them in one sitting and said they were the best biscuits he's [ever] had," writes reviewer tina.
Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Taco Soup
Our most popular new slow cooker recipe of 2020, this creamy soup recipe is already a big favorite among the Allrecipes community. Taco soup is beloved for its easy-to-prepare mature, but recipe creator and Allstar Yoly added richness with Neufchatel. Can't find Neufchatel? Cream cheese is the best alternative.
Southern-Style Egg Salad
If a humble egg salad recipe found its way to the top of our best new recipes of 2020, you know it's far from basic. This one stands out among reviewers for "the sweet-spicy contrast of the relish and hot sauce" but a few suggest you can kick up the heat and bite even more with minced fresh onion or jalapeño. If you can't find sweet India relish, look for classic sweet relish or a spicy one for more intensity.
The Best Baked Rice and Beans
"We have made this dish about 10x since Chef John posted his video. It is absolutely a staple for us now and it never gets old! Since there are two of us, we can get 3 meals out of this one. The first night we have it as-is, the 2nd night we have it in tortillas, and the 3rd night we eat it like dip, with tortilla chips, sour cream, and guacamole," writes reviewer gina1313. "The only consistent substitution we make is to use a can of Rotel for the salsa, which gives it even more heat. I just dump the Rotel in a 2 cup measuring cup and fill it with a little extra water until it hits the 16 ounce line, since this recipe calls for 16 ounces of salsa. It's perfect every single time."
Garlic-Brown Sugar Chicken Thighs
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts may be the weeknight hero, but more home cooks are wising up to the greatness that is chicken thighs. These cuts of meat are often cheaper than breasts (and frequently on sale), and they stay moist and tender even through extra long bouts of cooking (i.e. it's hard to overcook them). This great protein is made even better with the powerfully flavorful combo of garlic and brown sugar, which creates crispy, crunchy bits on the chicken as it cooks.
If you have a delicious curry or butter chicken simmering on the stove and need a bread to sop up the extra sauce, this two-ingredient naan recipe is the way to go. Reviewers loved it this year when we were limiting grocery store visits but eager to not miss out on any dish.
"Made this in a pinch cause I didn't have yeast to make the real bread. But, it turned out so well, my husband said, why would you want to take all day to make it the long way! Exactly!" writes home cook Langlay.
Baked Lemon Chicken Breasts
Slow Cooker Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole
Pantry Chicken Casserole
If 2020 wasn't the year of pantry cooking, there may never be another opportunity like it. While we were stuck at home and limiting our trips to the supermarket, many cooks got creative with what they had on hand. This recipe, aptly named Pantry Chicken Casserole, is a great option for using up many stock-up essentials, like canned tomatoes, Velveeta cheese, and pasta.
French Onion-Breaded Baked Chicken
Like the casserole recipe before, this is one of those dishes likely born out of necessity. It's ingredient list is short, and you probably have everything you need in the pantry right now, like dry French onion soup mix, mayonnaise, and bread crumbs. If you keep these ingredients on hand, you can turn this out weekly when you're pressed for time and ideas.
Apple Crumble Coffee Cake
You ate cake for breakfast at some point during quarantine, didn't you? We did, and we're not afraid to admit it. That's perhaps why this coffee cake from Chef John quickly gained a sweet spot in the hearts of Allrecipes' community of bakers. It's one part dessert, one part breakfast pastry. And it's 100 percent our favorite dessert from 2020.
Cuban-Inspired Slow Cooker Chicken
"I thought it was a little dry, but my daughters both loved it and want to eat it all the time. I love how versatile this chicken is. We had it last night over rice, but I'll have it today for lunch in a tortilla with sour cream and cilantro," writes reviewer Edarbyh.
Chef John's Salisbury Steak
This recipe has only been on the site for a few months, and it already has more than 100 reviews and several dozen photos — a true testament to Chef John's ability to always craft a winning recipe. This one just screams comfort food, with tender, juicy mushrooms, and rich, luscious gravy.
"Great recipe! The more meatloaf like patty really comes out tender. And this gravy is actually fantastic! Like a gourmet version of the TV dinners of my youth," writes home cook Scott Stephens.
Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole
Combining two of our favorite things — breakfast and casseroles — this top 2020 recipe is bound to be a favorite on weekends and holidays in the future. Instead of fussing with your own homemade cinnamon rolls, this one calls upon the refrigerated kind to speed up prep. A few reviewers said the icing isn't necessary, so if your sweet tooth isn't too strong, you can skip it or spread a very thin layer instead.
Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos
One of the most popular appliances with the Allrecipes community in 2020 is the air fryer. It makes sense, then, that many great air fryer recipes were submitted in the last 12 months, too — and this one came to the top.
This appetizer recipe would also make a great light dinner option, as some reviewers suggested. But if you decide to crisp up a few rolls before your next backyard tailgate, you can guarantee you'll be the hit of the gathering.
Dreamy Chicken Francese
"This is an amazing dish," writes reviewer Patrick & Debbie. "I would gladly pay top dollar at a restaurant for a plate this delicious! THANKS to thedailygourmet for making this available!" A few reviewers helped out with a suggestion of using cornstarch if you can't find tapioca flour.
Skillet Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Potatoes
One-dish dinners are always winners to us, and this one was a definite contender in 2020. Allrecipes Allstar Yoly manages to make simple ingredients — chicken thighs, carrots, onions, potatoes — into a family-friendly meal that'll be in regular rotation after you try it once.
One-Pot Shrimp Scampi Orzo
"I'm sorry I don't have any pictures because it disappeared immediately after I was done making it. Very delicious. I also quadrupled the recipe because I knew it was going to go fast. Definitely a keeper," writes reviewer Rosalie.
Air Fryer French Fries
Chef John takes the air fryer for a whirl with this classic potato side dish, his first air fryer recipe in 2020. Yes, even Chef John couldn't deny the trend of cooking in air fryers.
"Amazing fries! These were so good, and just the perfect balance of crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I made them just as the recipe directed, and we loved them," writes reviewer Mommyof6.
Ground Beef Lo Mein
"I made this exactly how the recipe was written. It was excellent. The sauce is so flavorful; like something from a really good Chinese restaurant. The vegetables came out great too and really complimented the dish," writers home cook Betti. "I was so happy that there was plenty of sauce with these measurements. I would highly recommend."