26 Foods All Midwesterners Grew Up With

We recently asked people from the BuzzFeed Community to share their favorite Midwestern foods. Here are their best responses: 1. Cincinnati Chili ...
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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

Cincinnati Chili


A generous sprinkling of cheese is mandatory. Recipe here.

2. Horseshoe Sandwich

Horseshoe Sandwich


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

Puppy Chow


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

Gooey Butter Cake


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

5. Meat and Vegetable Pasty

Meat and Vegetable Pasty

—Mike Jahncke, Facebook

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

6. Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole


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

7. Chicago-style Hot Dog

Chicago-style Hot Dog


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



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

Cheese Frenchee


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

10. Lefse



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

Fried Cheese Curds


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

12. Detroit-Style Coney Island Hot Dog

Detroit-Style Coney Island Hot Dog


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

13. Juicy Lucy

Juicy Lucy


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

Creamed Corn Casserole


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

15. Walking Taco

Walking Taco


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

Tater Tot Casserole


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

17. Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole


Canned tuna never tasted so good. Recipe here.

18. Scotcheroos



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

19. Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip


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

20. Buckeyes



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

21. Toasted Ravioli

Toasted Ravioli


Warning: Once you try toasted ravioli, you’ll never want to go back to wimpy, un-toasted pasta. Recipe here.

22. Frozen Custard

Frozen Custard


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

23. Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich


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

24. Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Our kind of salad. Recipe here.

25. Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich

Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich


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

26. Deep-dish Pizza

Deep-dish Pizza


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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