The most popular dishes for dinner in each state
We’ll just say it: dinner is often an important meal. We know breakfast gets things going and lunch keeps you going during that mid-day crunch, but there’s just something special about dinner. This is the meal that you could dress for and make real plans to get together and enjoy alongside your loved ones. But which foods for dinner are really the best of the best? You know, like in the most popular?
To find out exactly what America is up to, it’s best to look at the data. And that means search results. Google says it all! A little research was done to take a closer look at what the Google search habits are, in each of the 50 states. Specifically, which foods for dinner are most sought after.
Here’s a full breakdown of the most popular dinner foods in each state. Think you know which one is most loved in your home country? And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve A Return.
Chicken and meatballs are the ultimate comfort food and comfort food. No wonder he’s so popular in Alabama!
In Alaska, go for fried rice.
Burritos are great because you can wrap just about anything your heart desires in a tortilla. And in Arizona, it’s a great choice for dinner.
Fried rice strikes again, this time in Arkansas. The good thing about fried rice is that you can add chicken, shrimp, beef, eggs – any protein works in this dish.
California has pretty good weather all year round, so it makes sense that those who live there are grilling burgers all year round.
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The classic burger is also the main dinner search in Colorado.
Whatever the season, a hearty bowl of beef stew is always a good choice for dinner.
Chicken and meatballs are back on the list again. The dish can really have many of the same magical powers and basic flavors of chicken noodle soup, which is probably part of why it’s so popular.
This one can be a bit surprising to see, as temperatures are still often high in the sun. Chili is warm and comforting, after all. But in Florida, chili was the most sought after dinner meal.
Beef stew is another meal that’s often synonymous with cold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat it all year round.
And all over the country, including Hawaii.
Fried rice loaded with vegetables is a quick and easy dinner choice. It makes sense that he is as popular as he is!
Illinois is the only state that has really invested in eating a solid hot dog for dinner. Since the pandemic, however, two American classics – the hot dog and the hamburger – have both seen a 50% increase in Google searches.
Meatloaf is a bit of an old-fashioned meal, but once you get this recipe right, you’ll start serving it again. Like they do in Indiana.
Just make sure to avoid whipping a meatloaf that is too dry. (You’ll want to avoid making any of these mistakes!)
Those in Kansas are big fans of fried rice.
There is a very high probability that you will find really delicious chicken and dumplings in many Kentucky restaurants.
In Louisiana, jambalaya (rightly so!) Is the most popular dinner dish.
The key to having delicious chicken pie? Along with a perfectly flaky crust, you’ll want to make sure it’s packed with chicken, potatoes, peas, and corn.
Maryland is known for its seafood selections, and it was none other than salmon that came out on top.
A beef stew is a hearty, hearty meal choice that is most sought after in Massachusetts.
And also in Michigan.
A Sloppy Joe sandwich lives up to its name, but that’s part of what makes it so memorable.
Chicken and dumplings are a Southern staple, so it makes sense that it’s quite popular in Mississippi.
If you’re still struggling with meatloaf nightmares from your childhood, it’s time to let them go. Give this classic another chance: our comeback recipe brings together all the rich flavors of beef, tomatoes and that iconic meatloaf texture.
Fried rice comes first again, this time in Montana.
In Nebraska, meatloaf is clearly still a go-to dinner idea.
Between regular beef burgers, turkey burgers, chicken burgers, fish burgers, and even veggie burgers, there really is a burger option for everyone.
It’s safe to say that pot pies may forever remain one of America’s favorite comfort foods.
In New Jersey, there is a pasta dish that reigns supreme. And that’s spaghetti and meatballs.
In New Mexico, chili is the first choice for dinner. We can just taste all the flavors that are probably packed into a bite of this stuff.
Who would have thought split pea soup would be the dish that those who live in New York State can’t get enough of?
Chicken and meatballs often taste best when the dish has been simmered slowly in tasty chicken broth. What we have a feeling you will find all over North Carolina.
There are probably a lot of local takeout outlets serving delicious fried rice, but if you have the time to cook dinner yourself, it’s very easy to do.
One major rule that you want to make sure you follow when baking meatloaf for dinner? Don’t bake too thick a loaf.
In Oklahoma, chicken and dumplings are the top choice for dinner.
It is possible to make a dish like fried rice healthy. You just want to make sure that the supplements are more abundant.
Pennsylvania is all about that chicken pie life.
And those from Rhode Island too.
Those in South Dakota are often in search of meatloaf. If you make it yourself, be sure to taste the mixture before you cook the entire meal. This way, you can easily see if he needs a little more seasoning, as seasoning is key.
Tennessee is another southern state, you will definitely be able to find a lot of chicken and dumpling dishes that are so delicious.
Chili is a dinner choice that we totally consider to be the most popular in Texas. All these spices and flavors combined? Yes please!
The best part about making your own burger for dinner? You can garnish it with whatever your heart desires. From a fried egg to an avocado or even nothing at all, it’s a versatile meal option.
In Vermont, a whole roast chicken is the most popular dinner choice. Maybe everyone is just trying to perfect their recipe!
There really is nothing better than balls of dough swimming in hot broth.
Washington is on the hunt for fried rice, a dish that tastes great whether you order it or cook it yourself.
OK, it’s official, this dish is really popular all over the United States!
In Wisconsin, the classic dinner combo of steak and potatoes came out on top.
You really don’t get any more all-American than meatloaf for dinner.