Our 50 Most-Tweaked Recipes

You cook, you tweak, you share! Dive into our community's very best tips, swaps and suggestions for your favorite recipes.

Oven-Fried Chicken Chimichangas

"For ease, I used a rotisserie chicken from the deli at our local grocery store. I also replaced the picante sauce with mango peach salsa and added a can of diced chilies."


Best Banana Bread

"I add two tablespoons of apple vinegar to the wet mix. The reaction between the baking soda and vinegar creates fantastic lift making the bread very fluffy."

-Roxanne Sterling

Bourbon Chicken

"Instead of chicken, I use pork loin cubes and replace the apple juice with orange juice."


Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

"When I didn't have sun-dried tomatoes on hand, I used two tablespoons of tomato paste instead, and it turned out delicious!"


Easy & Delicious Meatloaf

"I exchanged the ground beef for a mixture of veal, pork and beef. I also followed others' advice and switched to stuffing mix in place of bread."


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

"I didn't have any dark brown sugar, so I used two cups of organic cane sugar and a quarter cup of molasses, it worked well."


Creamy Burrito Casserole

"One of our favorite recipes! I use salsa instead of the soup, and wow, I end up making this once a week!"


Zuppa Toscana

"Anyone can make this dish, and it tastes good even with the cauliflower instead of potatoes."


Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

"I substituted the buttermilk for a small tub of plain yogurt and wow!"

-Jodie W.

Oven-Fried Chicken Chimichangas

"For ease, I used a rotisserie chicken from the deli at our local grocery store. I also replaced the picante sauce with mango peach salsa and added a can of diced chilies."


Japanese Mum's Chicken

"I substituted pineapple juice for the water, added more garlic and a knob of ginger."

-Lynn L.

Blueberry Muffins

"Try replacing the milk with orange juice; it adds another layer of flavor."


World Famous Spaghetti

"I used two cans of condensed tomato soup in place of tomato sauce giving this dish a beautifully creamy texture."

-William B

Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry

"After reading the reviews that both chuck steak and round steak are tough cuts of meat I used flank steak instead. Great substitution!"

-Roni V

Beef Stuffed Peppers

"I did not have time to cook rice, so I used leftover couscous. It added an interesting texture and flavor."

-Laura M.

Chicken Tikka Masala

"I usually use a whole can of light coconut milk instead of whipping cream to cut a few calories and stretch out the sauce a bit."


Microwave Chocolate Brownie

"I switched out the two tablespoons of water for two tablespoons of coffee, and it turned out wonderfully!"

-Amanda T.


"I reduce the sugar and replace the cayenne pepper with a mixture of chipotle and ancho chili powders. The smokey flavor they provide really adds depth of flavor."


Delicious Chicken Pot Pie

"To boost the flavor of the sauce, I add a little sherry or white wine to the broth. I also add some additional seasonings: celery seed and thyme."


The Best Brownies

"If you want impressive and complex taste, substitute brown sugar for the white sugar."

-Eric G.


"I used hominy instead of corn, as it was what I had on hand, and my family loved it."


Turkey Meatloaf

"Replacing breadcrumbs with brown rice is not only a clever idea, but it makes this a more 'complete' meal and boosts the overall moisture of the dish."



"Made this as written, except I substituted white wine for the water. A recipe to die for!"

-Stacy in BG

Sour Cream Banana Bread

"I used oil and yogurt instead of butter and sour cream. Another tip of mine is to bake the batter in two loaf pans, and it'll be done in just 40 minutes!"


5-Minute Vegan Pancakes

"Delicious! I used vanilla almond milk instead of soy and added a heaping quarter teaspoon of cinnamon."


Orange Chicken

"I used garlic infused oil in my wok and shallow-fried the chicken pieces instead of deep-frying them. I also added some sweet chili sauce to the orange sauce to give it a little more kick."

-Amanda L.

The Easiest Pork Chops

"I skipped the baking step and simmered on the stove. I added ginger ale instead of ginger, and a quarter tsp of cornstarch to thicken the sauce."


Cream Cheese Potato Soup

"Instead of using cubed potatoes, bake whole potatoes, scoop out the flesh and add to the stock. Then rebake the shells to get them crispy and serve the soup in the potato skins."

-Gina R

Chicken Tortilla Soup

"I used masa harina instead of corn tortillas - delicious!"

-Sher Shields

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

"I added cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and ground pepper to the chicken, cheese and onion mixture. This really amped up the flavor of the dish."

-Katie S.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

"Instead of cream of tartar and baking soda, I use three teaspoons baking powder. I also add a splash of vanilla!"

-Jennifer E.

Perfect Meatballs

"I subbed rice flour for the breadcrumbs to make these gluten-free, and they were still melt-in-your-mouth delicious."


Carrot Cake

"I reduced the oil to half a cup and added a cup of apple sauce. Then, I removed the pineapple and replaced it with two heaping tablespoons of marmalade."



"The only way these could be better is if you used buttermilk in place of the milk."


Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

"I made the cookies as is and thought the flavor was a little weak, so I added salt to the batter, and it made a huge difference. It really brought out the peanut flavor."

-Michael Watts

Vegetarian Meatloaf

"Even my carnivore bestie couldn't get enough. I did substitute garlic salsa for the spaghetti sauce but followed everything else exactly."


Award Winning Chili

"Drain grease from the meat off into a pan and add cornmeal. Brown the cornmeal and then add it back into your chili to thicken and add a hint of corn flavor."


Game-Changing Lasagna

"I tweaked the recipe a little and used a low-fat alfredo sauce in place a homemade bechamel, and it turned out perfect."


Moist Banana Bread

"We reduced the sugar and made it a little savory by replacing vanilla with a reduction of fig and raspberry balsamic vinegar and one teaspoon of chipotle pepper."


Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken

"Instead of cream of chicken, I used cream of mushroom and added additional mushrooms as suggested by other reviewers, and it was superb!"


Budget Meal

"Great recipe! Easy too and I did use beef broth instead of water!"

-Summer W.

Traditional Irish Shepherd's Pie

"My favorite version is to substitute a can of Guinness for the wine and add chopped porcini mushrooms, which have been rehydrated in beef stock."

-Bent C.

Scalloped Potatoes

"I soak my potato slices in the milk and then use that milk to make the roux, which I then toss the potato slices in — it makes for great depth of flavor. I also added diced ham and sauteed onions."

-Brenda N.

Awesome Baked Pork Chops

"I swap the wine for chicken broth, add Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Then top the chops with sliced onion and green pepper before baking."


Broccoli Cheese Soup

"I like to replace the broccoli with asparagus; this swap comes out awesome!"


Beer Bread

"We folded green apple pieces, coated with cinnamon and sugar, into the batter."

-Yvette C.

Crumb-Topped Banana Muffins

"I substituted whole wheat flour, used honey instead of sugar and swapped virgin coconut oil for the butter."


Pete's Scratch Pancakes

"Brown the butter in a pan on the stove rather than simply melting in the microwave for additional flavor."

-David B.

Healthy Cabbage Soup

"I used red cabbage as that was all I could find, and it came out a beautiful color! In addition, I added some fresh sweet corn and a couple of cooked meatballs."

-Alexandra M.

Wonderful Gingerbread Cookies

"My Grandmother said that when making gingerbread or gingerbread cookies, one should always replace half of the regular shortening with bacon grease. It's an amazing tweak!"

-One Happy Woman

Slow Cooker Lasagna

"I used ricotta instead of cottage cheese, added sauteed portobello mushrooms and a layer of fresh spinach."