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26 Foods All Midwesterners Grew Up With

Which ones are the best?

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We recently asked people from the BuzzFeed Community to share their favorite Midwestern foods. Here are their best responses:

1. Cincinnati Chili

—jollyelizaA generous sprinkling of cheese is mandatory. Recipe here.
tornadoughalli.com

jollyeliza

A generous sprinkling of cheese is mandatory. Recipe here.

2. Horseshoe Sandwich

—jevoss92You can substitute the sirloin and sharp cheddar for your own choice of meat and cheese, but the thick Texas toast and French fries here are non-negotiables 🙅. Recipe here.
foiegrashotdog.blogspot.com

jevoss92

You can substitute the sirloin and sharp cheddar for your own choice of meat and cheese, but the thick Texas toast and French fries here are non-negotiables 🙅. Recipe here.

3. Puppy Chow

—savigra Some call it muddy buddies, others call it puppy chow — but as long as it's made with Chex, peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar, no one has to be wrong. Recipe here.
momcrieff.com

savigra

Some call it muddy buddies, others call it puppy chow — but as long as it's made with Chex, peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar, no one has to be wrong. Recipe here.

4. Gooey Butter Cake

—scruffypersonI mean, the name itself should make your mouth water. Recipe here.
honeybeespatisserie.com

scruffyperson

I mean, the name itself should make your mouth water. Recipe here.

5. Meat and Vegetable Pasty

—Mike Jahncke, FacebookServe with a side of gravy or sour cream for the perfect quick meal. Recipe here.
bakingmischief.com

—Mike Jahncke, Facebook

Serve with a side of gravy or sour cream for the perfect quick meal. Recipe here.

6. Green Bean Casserole

—pawseyhailey If your green beans aren't drowning in cream, you're doing it wrong. Recipe here.
spicysouthernkitchen.com

pawseyhailey

If your green beans aren't drowning in cream, you're doing it wrong. Recipe here.

7. Chicago-style Hot Dog

—bringbackthebunnyEveryone knows that the correct way to make a Chicago-style hot dog is with a poppy seed bun, yellow mustard, neon green relish, chopped raw onions, ripe tomato wedges or slices, kosher dill pickle spears, sport peppers, celery salt, and for the love of God — ZERO KETCHUP. Get it right by making it yourself. Recipe here.
mandysrecipeboxblog.com

bringbackthebunny

Everyone knows that the correct way to make a Chicago-style hot dog is with a poppy seed bun, yellow mustard, neon green relish, chopped raw onions, ripe tomato wedges or slices, kosher dill pickle spears, sport peppers, celery salt, and for the love of God — ZERO KETCHUP. Get it right by making it yourself. Recipe here.

8. Runza

—krberghIf you can't get yourself to Nebraska to the popular eponymous chain, try this recipe, made with plenty of cabbage and onion just like the original stuff. More here.
redefinedmom.com

krbergh

If you can't get yourself to Nebraska to the popular eponymous chain, try this recipe, made with plenty of cabbage and onion just like the original stuff. More here.

9. Cheese Frenchee

—lteer22 Some recipes use crushed cornflakes instead of Ritz, but TBH any crunchy cracker will do. Dip them in ketchup for the full Frenchee experience. Recipe here.
ohsweetbasil.com

lteer22

Some recipes use crushed cornflakes instead of Ritz, but TBH any crunchy cracker will do. Dip them in ketchup for the full Frenchee experience. Recipe here.

10. Lefse

—s477a9777fServe with a bit of butter and sugar to prove how the simplest ingredients can make the most addictive of recipes. Recipe here.
tealmama.com

s477a9777f

Serve with a bit of butter and sugar to prove how the simplest ingredients can make the most addictive of recipes. Recipe here.

11. Fried Cheese Curds

—caraf4f24364dfBasically Wisconsin's gift to the world. Recipe here.
thegunnysack.com

caraf4f24364df

Basically Wisconsin's gift to the world. Recipe here.

12. Detroit-Style Coney Island Hot Dog

—jollyelizaDespite its name, this hot dog actually hails from Detroit. Recipe here.
fromaway.com

jollyeliza

Despite its name, this hot dog actually hails from Detroit. Recipe here.

13. Juicy Lucy

—caraf4f24364df You'll know you stuffed the right amount of cheese into the patty if it explodes upon first bite 😆. Recipe here.
macheesmo.com

caraf4f24364df

You'll know you stuffed the right amount of cheese into the patty if it explodes upon first bite 😆. Recipe here.

14. Creamed Corn Casserole

—hilaryf41eceed38 While casseroles are in every Midwestern kitchen's year-round dinner rotation, this variation is particularly popular during the holidays. Recipe here.
unsophisticook.com

hilaryf41eceed38

While casseroles are in every Midwestern kitchen's year-round dinner rotation, this variation is particularly popular during the holidays. Recipe here.

15. Walking Taco

—emilyj4da43fef4 Step 1: Cut open bag of Frito chips. Step 2: Dump taco ingredients inside. Step 3: Go for the best walk of your life 🏃. Recipe here.
neighborfoodblog.com

emilyj4da43fef4

Step 1: Cut open bag of Frito chips. Step 2: Dump taco ingredients inside. Step 3: Go for the best walk of your life 🏃. Recipe here.

16. Tater Tot Casserole

—hilaryf41eceed38 Some foods you grow out of, others you figure out how to turn into a hotdish. Recipe here.
simplystacie.net

hilaryf41eceed38

Some foods you grow out of, others you figure out how to turn into a hotdish. Recipe here.

17. Tuna Noodle Casserole

—kayflori Canned tuna never tasted so good. Recipe here.
fivehearthome.com

kayflori

Canned tuna never tasted so good. Recipe here.

18. Scotcheroos

—brookeb46f0b094f No potluck is complete without a serving of these. Recipe here.
forkinthekitchen.com

brookeb46f0b094f

No potluck is complete without a serving of these. Recipe here.

19. Buffalo Chicken Dip

—jmccune0908 You know it's a good dip when you could do without the chips. Recipe here.
cookingismessy.com

jmccune0908

You know it's a good dip when you could do without the chips. Recipe here.

20. Buckeyes

—harliedChocolate-covered peanut butter balls that look like Buckeyes and taste like happiness. Recipe here.
chocolatewithgrace.com

harlied

Chocolate-covered peanut butter balls that look like Buckeyes and taste like happiness. Recipe here.

21. Toasted Ravioli

—katelyne41cff93c0Warning: Once you try toasted ravioli, you'll never want to go back to wimpy, untoasted pasta. Recipe here.
garnishandglaze.com

katelyne41cff93c0

Warning: Once you try toasted ravioli, you'll never want to go back to wimpy, untoasted pasta. Recipe here.

22. Frozen Custard

—r48cdc783a Thick, creamy, and oh so rich, just like the best frozen custards should be. Recipe here.
cupcakeproject.com

r48cdc783a

Thick, creamy, and oh so rich, just like the best frozen custards should be. Recipe here.

23. Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

—joc44b769614The perfect pork loin should be pounded and crisp but also retain some juiciness. Recipe here.
noshon.it

joc44b769614

The perfect pork loin should be pounded and crisp but also retain some juiciness. Recipe here.

24. Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Our kind of salad. Recipe here.
therecipecritic.com

Our kind of salad. Recipe here.

25. Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich

—michelleskTop with Chicago Johnny's Hot Giardiniera for a deliciously messy meal. Recipe here.
whitehouseblackshutters.com

michellesk

Top with Chicago Johnny's Hot Giardiniera for a deliciously messy meal. Recipe here.

26. Deep-dish Pizza

—gouwensd Testament to the fact that where there's a will, there's a way (to stuff more cheese and bread into every pizza slice). Recipe here.
ambitiouskitchen.com

gouwensd

Testament to the fact that where there's a will, there's a way (to stuff more cheese and bread into every pizza slice). Recipe here.

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