Raising Cane’s chicken, In-N-Out french fries, gooey Cinnabon rolls at home? Yes, they’re all po.
Eating out can be expensive, even at lower-cost fast food chains. Although the five recipes below aren’t technically the “real deal,” they are strikingly similar, and sometimes even better, according to recipe creators and reviews.
People who cut back on eating out can save an average of $500 to $600 per month, according to personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary, who recommends eating out less and using all groceries at home. It’s the third-largest expense in many people’s budgets, Singletary said.
Some of these recipes have meat. Meanwhile, many people are turning to once-pricier plant-based alternatives as the price of beef and other meats soar.
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Read below to get ingredient breakdowns of these viral copycat recipes that mimic chain-restaurant staples.
Copycat In-N-Out ‘Animal Style’ fries
Farah J. Eats shared a copycat version of In-N-Out’s iconic special, “Animal Style” fries, after a recent trip to Los Angeles, she explained on TikTok.
Special sauce: 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons of ketchup, 1/2 tablespoon of rice vinegar or white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sweet relish, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1/2 tablespoon of chili flakes (optional).
Main ingredients: 1/2 bag frozen fries, cheddar or American cheese, 2 diced onions, 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 tablespoon of oil, 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
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Copycat Raising Cane’s chicken
Gideon General shared how to make Raising Cane’s fried chicken copycat recipe “but better,” he claimed.
Main ingredients: Chicken and oil to fry.
Brine: 4 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of salt, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of onion powder, 1 teaspoon of white pepper, 1 teaspoon of mustard powder, 1 teaspoon of ginger powder, 1 teaspoon of MSG , 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Seasoned flour: 2 cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of chicken powder, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of mustard powder, 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder, 1/2 teaspoon of MSG, 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 teaspoon of white pepper , 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder.
Wetbeat: 1/3 cup of flour, 1/3 cup of water, 1 egg.
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Copycat Cinnabon cinnamon rolls
Hajar Larbah’s “ooey gooey” Cinnabon copycat cinnamon rolls are great for people who enjoy making homemade pastries.
Dough: 4 1/4 cups of all purpose flour, 1 cup of warm whole milk, 2 1/2 teaspoons of dry active yeast, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 large room temperature eggs, 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 1/2 cup of white sugar, add tablespoons of flour as needed.
Filling: 1/2 cup of unsalted butter room temperature, 1 1/4 cup of light brown sugar, 3 tablespoons of cinnamon.
Cream cheese frosting: 8 ounces of room temperature cream cheese, 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 2 cups of powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of heavy cream or more as needed to thin out the frosting.
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Copycat McDonald’s hash browns
Staley Lane, also known as Sauced Up Foods, went viral last year for her copycat McDonald’s hash brown recipe. Because who doesn’t love a crispy, oval shaped, fried potato?
Ingredients: 2 russet potatoes, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, vegetable oil to fry.
Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
TikTok user Pop Kitchen from Parade’s Taco Bell copycat pizza can satisfy that Taco Bell itch right at home with these ingredients.
Ingredients: 1 pound of ground beef, 1 1/2 tablespoons of taco seasoning, taco or enchilada sauce, flour tortillas, 1 can of refried beans, shredded Mexican style cheese, diced tomatoes, oil, and hot sauce of choice.
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Camille Fine is a trending visual producer on USA TODAY’s NOW team.