It may seem like the ’90s have just ended, especially since so many trends are making a comeback, but the era of “Friends” and Lunchables was actually three decades ago. However, considering that “Friends” and Lunchables are still a huge part of our culture today, it’s safe to say that the ’90s left their mark. When it came to cooking, the ’90s were full of super simple and comforting recipes. In a decade when reaching for a frozen or pre-made meal was an easy option, these homemade recipes stand out as winners that still hold up today. And, if nothing else, you’re sure to get nostalgic munching on the Doritos casserole, lava cake, and chicken soup (for the soul, of course). Scroll to find our most popular recipes from the 1990s.
Ok, so the air fryer didn’t exist in the ’90s, but these homemade fish sticks definitely beat frozen. You won’t be able to get enough of the crispy crust and tender, flaky fish. What’s better than a bite-sized pizza? These pizza rolls make a great dinner, one the kids will love, or a perfect party snack. But be warned, they won’t last long! You seriously can’t beat a one pot meal. This Hamburger Helper copycat is bursting with flavor and only takes 25 minutes to make from scratch. The title of the recipe says it all. Once you try this Caesar dressing, you’ll never buy it at the store again. Toss it with fresh romaine lettuce, crunchy croutons and grated Parmesan cheese for a retro salad that doesn’t get old with its classic flavors.
Chocolate lovers will not be able to get enough of this decadent lava cake. It takes a bit of time to make, but we promise, the gooey molten chocolate center is well worth it. Especially for a special occasion or just a nice walk down memory lane. Everyone will love this salad with chicken, sweet Asian-inspired dressing, crispy rice noodles, and toasted sesame seeds. Add some tangerines for an extra sweet citrus twist. We sure loved our pizza back in the ’90s (at least that never changed). This flavorful creation is a little different from the Italian classic: it’s loaded with BBQ sauce, chicken, Colby-Jack cheese, and tomatoes.
Potatoes for dinner? Sign up! This cheesy casserole is made with just a few basic pantry ingredients and is the perfect weeknight comfort food the whole family will love. It seemed like everyone in this decade was experimenting with focaccia bread. It’s a really simple bread to make for beginners and you can add additional ingredients to the top for tons of flavor – for a real ’90s treat, try olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil. Sure, I could buy a box of Pop-Tarts but what fun is that when you make them at home? The best part of making the tasty toasted cakes at home is that you can fill them with filling and frosting to your heart’s content.
This six-ingredient recipe is super easy to make and will satisfy your Hot Pocket craving in just 30 minutes. We love serving these meatball pockets with extra marinara sauce for dipping. Chicken Parmigiana is a classic, always and forever. And this fan-favorite recipe from Chef John is ready in no time. This recipe has racked up over 3,000 5-star reviews and we’re pretty sure he’s about to add another one. “Chicken Soup for the Soul” debuted in the ’90s, so it makes sense that everyone would get as much chicken soup as they could. And this five-ingredient recipe is as easy as it gets. Skip the restaurant fajitas and try this recipe. Sure you won’t get the sizzling hot skillet, but these Steak and Shrimp Fajitas are better than anything you’ve had at your local Tex-Mex restaurant.
What’s a get together without some bean dip? This warm bean dip is the perfect mix of cheesy, creamy, spicy, and taco flavored goodness. It’s very easy to do, but be prepared for everyone to ask you to do it over and over again.