Secret Ingredient Recipes

You'll never guess what makes these recipes so special and delicious!

Staff Picks

David's Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rating: 4.23 stars
A much better version of the traditional tollhouse cookie. No one will ever guess what the secret ingredient is.

Mock Coconut Pie (Spaghetti Squash Pie)

Rating: 4.41 stars
Not too many people would know this pie is not made with coconut, but actually uses spaghetti squash. I wasn't sure what to do with a bumper crop of spaghetti squash and this quickly became an annual answer to a now non-issue!

Janie's Amazing Smoothie

Rating: 4.41 stars
This is a low calorie smoothie that tastes great! It helps keep you full, so it's great for dieters and it's lactose free!

Cola Pot Roast II

Rating: 4.56 stars
The rich brown gravy this makes is wonderful, with just a slight hint of sweetness. Everyone asks for the recipe, and NO ONE ever guesses the secret ingredient...cola!

Two-Ingredient Pizza Dough

Rating: 4.54 stars
If you want to make a good pizza that's fast and easy, this is it. Cooking at a higher temperature (500 degrees F (260 degrees C)) is the key to making this the perfect pizza. It doesn't get any easier than this folks. Brush dough with olive oil and add your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Barbie's Tuna Salad

Rating: 4.56 stars
This is a really great tuna salad recipe I got from a friend who used it in her catering service business many years ago. The secret ingredients are the curry and Parmesan cheese! Odd combinations but this makes a terrific tuna sandwich! She used it for an appetizer with gourmet crackers and people always wanted her recipe. I have never tasted another tuna salad quite like this one, and it has been my favorite recipe for tuna salad for many, many years.

Real NY Jewish Rye Bread

Rating: 4.8 stars
For thousands of years man has been enjoying bread. This rye bread recipe will add to this ancient enjoyment. Having lived in northwest Connecticut for over 35 years, in close proximity to NYC with its great Jewish delis, baking some of the finest rye bread going, I snagged this recipe from a friend. Hope you like it. Enjoy and share with your family, friends, and neighbors.

3-Ingredient Cake Mix Cobbler

Rating: 4.29 stars
Yummy peach cobbler made with cake mix. It makes you feel as though you are in the South on a warm sunny day. This recipe is inexpensive, easy, and surprisingly delicious!

Almond Flour Bread

Rating: 4.27 stars
This is a delicious grain-free bread made out of almond flour that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates.

No-Workout-Needed Chocolate Cake

Rating: 5 stars
This chocolate cake is warm, yummy, and guilt-free. No workout required to burn off those cake calories!

Mom's Best Spaghetti Sauce

Rating: 4.24 stars
A simple, slow cooked, authentic spaghetti sauce, as good as the restaurants serve...or better! The secret ingredient is baking soda, but do not taste the sauce right after adding it. Wait a while, and this sauce will not disappoint you. It is good right from the stove, but the flavors blend overnight. Best served with your favorite meatball recipe, where the meatballs cook in the sauce the last half hour. Be prepared to take a nap after eating.

Chef John's Dark Chocolate Mousse

Rating: 4.72 stars
This has a pinch of chile pepper as the secret ingredient. It's firm yet unbelievably light and airy. The little bit of chile pepper is in there just to bring out the flavor of the chocolate and add a tiny bit of delicious heat. Garnish each serving with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of shaved chocolate.

Inspiration and Ideas

15 Delicious Ways to Use Instant Coffee

Just a pinch of the powerful ingredient deepens and enhances rich flavors — particularly chocolate.

Never Bitter Lemonade

Rating: Unrated
The secret ingredient is salt, which removes any bitterness. Don't be tempted to use reconstituted lemon juice or to add the juice until the sugar water is completely chilled!

Miso Honey Chicken

Rating: 4.8 stars

It's not hard to make a great marinade with just a few ingredients, as long as one of those ingredients is the magical miso. This super savory paste, made from fermented rice, barley, and soybeans, isn't that hard to find. While the marinade is simple, the flavors are anything but.