Our most popular recipes are visited thousands of times a day and millions of times a year. Can you guess the top 25? Read on to find out…
Nothing reveals the tastes of bbcgoodfood.com visitors in more definitive fashion than our list of most popular recipes. We’re talking recipe pages that you land upon every day of the year, from chilli con carne (that’s visited on Christmas Day), to Yorkshire puddings - enjoyed even in peak summer. To celebrate 25 years of BBC Good Food, we’ve collated the 25 foods you eat every day…
1. Chilli con carne
We weren’t joking when we said you visit our top chilli on Christmas Day (1,222 visits last 25th December to be precise). The Mexican one-pot is supremely popular throughout the year, with our classic recipe clicked on a grand total of 3.3 million times over the past 12 months. We think it’s the block of chocolate that really gives this recipe that special edge.
2. Yorkshire puddings
Permanently popular and the most clicked-on page last Christmas Day - our best Yorkshire pudding recipe will help you achieve that gloriously puffed-up finish. The method also contains tips for mixing the perfect batter, plus advice on getting your oil to optimum temperature.
3. Chocolate brownies
Of the hundreds of cake recipes on bbcgoodfood.com, it seems you love squidgy chocolate bites most of all. Our best-ever brownie recipe is perfect in its simplicity, but if you want to try something different, we have plenty of options, including brownies with beetroot and peanut butter.
While searches for pancakes peak in popularity around Shrove Tuesday, our perfect pancake recipe is a hit throughout the year too. The simple, foolproof recipe is a good choice for those new to pancake flipping, but we have more alternative versions too – plus plenty of inspiration for fillings.
5. Victoria sponge
This elegant but understated all-in-one sponge will never go out of fashion. It’s the perfect recipe for the beginner baker as it’s just a case of throwing all the ingredients into a bowl and beating them together. You can play around with fillings too – team the classic buttercream layer with different jams, curds and preserves.
6. Lemon drizzle cake
Another everyday bake that requires only a handful of ingredients and just one hour to create, this Tana Ramsay recipe is an absolute hit. In response to its runaway success, we have created dozens more drizzles to satisfy your appetite for the citrus favourite, from a razzle dazzle roulade to lemon scones.
7. Spaghetti carbonara
Pasta is a universal hit, and you don’t get much simpler than this classic bacon and egg sauce. Our most popular carbonara recipe is as authentic as you get, being written with assistance from Italian chef Gennaro Contaldo. The trick is in the pasta water – reserve a little to create cohesion between the bacon and egg mix and hot pasta.
8. Cottage pie
A family favourite, easily freezable and comfort in an oven dish – what’s not to love about traditional cottage pie? Our highest-rated version has a cheesy mash and red wine gravy, but we have vegetarian, Italian and bourguignon versions too.
As they don’t require proving, simple scones are ready in only 20 minutes, which may go some way to explaining their popularity. Go for a classic version and offer different jams for toppings – alongside the mandatory clotted cream. Or, try savoury versions – cheddar and sweetcorn or walnut scones are a true treat, while fruit like cherries or currants can be added to satisfy a sweet-tooth.
10. Chocolate cake
If the words ‘chocolate,’ ‘fudge’ and ‘ganache’ get your heart racing, we suggest you try our easy ultimate chocolate sponge. This regal stack, finished with a glossy sheen, stays moist and gooey for up to four days, so it’s one to keep in the cake tin – if it lasts that long.
11. Shepherd's pie
No-fuss shepherd's pie
Not to be confused with cottage pie, this no-fuss bake is a traditional recipe for the lamb-based, mash-topped supper. We have lots of twists on it too, including an Indian version, one with sweet potato mash, and even shepherd’s pie pasties. Who says you can’t mess with perfection?
12. Chicken curry
Home-style chicken curry recipe
Creating the right balance of spices for the base of a curry is a fine art form, but as this permanently-popular home-style recipe was created by Indian food expert Roopa Gulati, you’re in safe hands. If you prefer a particular flavour to a delicate blend, go for a massaman, tandoori or butter chicken curry instead.
13. Carrot cake
The secret to this carrot cake is the super moist texture – facilitated by the carrot itself – light spicing, and airy rise, helped along by bicarbonate of soda. If vegetable cakes are your thing, we have many more choices beyond, from traditional carrot to courgette, marrow and beetroot cakes.
14. Roast potatoes
Ultimate roast potatoes recipe
Want to know the secret to perfect roast potatoes? You’ve come to the right place. Not only do we have a user-endorsed ultimate recipe, we also have a video guide on how to make the perfect roasties, plus tips from our cookery team on achieving that all-important crunch.
Chicken & chorizo jambalaya recipe
This Cajun one-pot makes an ideal midweek meal - throw everything into the pot and watch the spicy sausage, sweet peppers and hot seasoning segue perfectly into one seriously satisfying rice supper.
Classic lasagne recipe
The second pasta dish in our countdown and a recipe to keep both meat eaters and vegetarians happy – lasagne has become perfectly at home on dinner tables across the world. This layered dish is good for batch-cooking, entertaining or freezing – and we have dozens of variations too.
17. Cauliflower cheese
Cauliflower cheese recipe
Perhaps a surprise entry, given the many side dishes we carry on our site, but getting that cheese blend, perfect bite and golden bake requires due care, attention and a little guidance. We’ve more where the traditional recipe came from too – why not try cauliflower cheese mash, soup or macaroni?
Ultimate meringue recipe
The skills for achieving perfectly whisked egg whites and a just-right bake are ones that every home cook should have in their arsenal - especially if they have a stand mixer to assist. Follow this super-simple recipe, then get creative with accompaniments
The biscuit barrel is a bit of a national institution, so we're proud to see this blueprint recipe make the rundown. The pared-down vanilla dough can be used as the base for some weird and wonderful biscuit alchemy. Play around with chocolate, nuts, jam, icing and more.
20. Thai green curry
The popularity of Thailand as a holiday destination has helped its fragrant cuisine travel the globe and end up on Western menus. If you're new to Thai food, a good place to start is a curry, and it couldn't be easier to make. Invest in a good red, yellow or green paste - or better still, make your own - and simply use it as a heady flavour base, mellowed by coconut milk.
21. Beef Wellington
There are few meaty centrepieces to rival the mighty beef Wellington. With its prime cut interior, fine mushroom duxelle and decorative pastry shell, it's certainly a decadent choice, but we love the lavish idea of eating it every day.
22. Fish pie
Once you've picked up the basics for a solid fish pie, each component is open to interpretation. Our most popular version is a four step guide to fish-poaching, mash-making and white sauce creation, but it's easily adaptable. Play around with different kinds of fish, herby additions, flavoured mash - and even hard-boiled eggs.
A well-executed toad requires some thoroughly British kitchen skills. Perfect Yorkshire pudding batter (see above), flavoursome bangers cooked until perfectly brown, a touch of earthy herbiness, then the mandatory accompaniments - we're all about the gravy, potatoes and baked beans (yes, altogether).
Take your tastebuds on a trip to the Big Apple with this no-nonsense pudding. The crucial element in the process is the beating of the filling ingredients - lumps are an absolute no, but if you overbeat the mix you'll get too many air bubbles. Thankfully our foolproof recipe explains the technique and timings in full, leaving you to bask in the glory of a perfect bake.
This retro recipe has the perfect ratio of crunchy edges, gooey middle and smattering of chocolate chips. Use dark chocolate if you prefer, and add a little citrus zest to give the biscuits an extra kick.
Surprised by our statistics? Do you think the list is representative of your everyday food choices? We’d love to hear your thoughts.