taco soup

Simply Recipes / Marta Riviera

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Our 10 Most Popular Recipes of October

The talk of the town becomes inspiration for dinner.

It's indisputable that what we consume in the news and media impacts what we eat. For instance, I recently listened to an episode of How I Built This about Sukhi's—they make my favorite frozen Indian foods. That night, I made butter chicken for dinner. And early this fall, after the longest reign of any British monarch, the world woke up without Queen Elizabeth II. For the next few weeks, our readers baked a lot of classic shortbread cookies. On the same side of the pond, The Great British Baking Show's “Mexican Week” took social media by storm—the episode was full of clichés, unsavory jokes, and bizarre pronunciations of Spanish words, like “glockymolo,” as contestant Carole calls guacamole.

But I digress! All this to say that our algorithms show a big uptick of Mexican recipes this month, like birria, tostadas, and equites. I'm intrigued by what you'll cook next, so I'll be paying attention to the news! Here are the 10 most popular recipes you cooked in October.

Carnitas Tacos with Chopped Cilantro and Lime Wedges

Simply Recipes / Susy Villasuso

1. Carnitas

Carnitas are made with pork shoulder or butt—it'll give you a big batch for making tacos, quesadillas, burritos, and nachos all week long. Resist the urge to trim off the fat unless you like dry and flavorless carnitas.

Loaded Sheet Pan Quesadillas with Bowls of Toppings (Salsa, Sour Cream, and Guacamole)

Simply Recipes / Nick Evans

2. Loaded Sheet Pan Quesadillas

I have to cook at least eight quesadillas for dinner to feed my family of two adults and three growing boys. Whoever thought to build and cook one giant quesadilla on a sheet pan is a GENIUS. It makes dinner prep so much easier and faster.

Fried Mushrooms Served with a Bowl of Dipping Sauce

Simply Recipes / Ross Yoder

3. Fried Mushrooms

This recipe approaches fried mushroom in a way that maximizes flavor and crunch. The mushrooms are beer-batter and then coated with panko breadcrumbs before deep-fried until perfectly golden.

Bowl of Instant Pot Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup Next to Instant Pot

Simply Recipes / Frank Tiu

4. Instant Pot Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

Emma Christensen, our Associate General Manager, once said that she could live without any kitchen appliances, including a stove and oven, if she had an instant pot. It's that amazing and useful, as proven by this recipe too. Beef noodle soup typically takes all day to make, but just 2 hours in the instant pot.

Milk Bread Rolls on a Piece of Parchment Paper with Some Rolls Torn Off, Surrounded by a Glass of Milk and a Saucer with Butter

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

5. Milk Bread Rolls

Thanksgiving without dinner rolls? C'mon! How else are you supposed to clean the plate? Try these bouncy, soft, and tender rolls made with, yes, milk.

Leftover mashed potato pancakes stacked on a plate and topped with sour cream and chives.

Simply Recipes / Nick Evans

6. Mashed Potato Pancakes

Earmark this recipe for after the holidays when you have leftover mashed potatoes. And since you'll be tired from shopping and entertaining, feel free to use whatever cheese and seasonings you already have.

Two shallow bowls of easy cassoulet.

Simply Recipes / Sally Vargas

7. Easy Cassoulet

Can you make an all-day, slow-cooked cassoulet—arguably the pinnacle of French home cooking—in under an hour? We proved yes! Though not traditional per se, it's delicious and comforting nonetheless.

Cheesy Pull with Hawaiian Roll Sliders with Meat Sauce and Parm

Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

8. Hawaiian Roll Sliders with Meat Sauce and Parm

King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls are the perfect vehicle for making pull-apart sliders. These one are filled with meat sauce and mozzarella cheese, and when they're fresh out of the oven you can get the perfect cheese pull.

copycat levain fall cookie

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

9. Copycat Levain Fall Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I used to live within a 5-minute walk from Levain Bakery in New York City, and one of my favorite things to do was buy one of their famous chocolate chip walnut cookie (it was the size of my face), and walk around Central Park. So when I heard they were coming out with a fall chocolate chunk cookie, I knew I wanted to try making it at home! Lucky for me (I mean, us), our contributor Mark Beahm did exactly that.

Stovetop Taco Soup in a Bowl Topped with Avocado Slices, Cotija Cheese, and Cilantro and Surrounded by Bowls of Toppings

Simply Recipes / Marta Rivera Diaz

10. Stovetop Taco Soup

Long-time contributor, Marta Rivera, says, "I have a confession to make: if I had to choose between taco soup and chili, I’d pick taco soup every time. In my opinion, taco soup is the easier recipe." You had us at easy!