This Map Shows the Most Googled Recipes in the USA

It seems that the USA is a nation of cake and chili lovers. Who knew?

Obviously we know that different food cultures run deep in North America but, buoyed on by maps based around etymology and surnames, we wondered what the geography behind the country’s favorite recipes looks like.

So we asked Google… what was each state’s most searched for recipe in 2017?

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We analysed Google Trends data for all of 2017, and looked at what recipes were most searched for for each state. Now, sure, we all love cake but some of the results are surprising.

For instance, who knew that New Mexico was populated with die-hard banana bread fans? Or that cheesecake and guacamole reign supreme in Montana?

What we’re finding most striking is the trends that the map offers up, with cake and chili dominating the center of the country and slightly more unusual choices (salsa, anyone?) proving more popular in the North-West and North-West.

It doesn’t stop there though: Hawaii and Maine might be over 5000 miles apart, but what binds them together is their love of salmon. The great American dinner staple meatloaf is still popular in Kentucky, New Jersey and North Dakota, while it should come as no surprise that halibut, often fished in the North Pacific, is ever popular in Alaska.

Here’s the full list of states, with their top 3 most searched for recipes…

Alabama: 1. Cake, 2. Taco, 3. Chicken Salad

Alaska: 1. Halibut, 2. Gravy, 3. Biscuit

Arizona: 1. Bread, 2. Banana Bread, 3. Meatloaf

Arkansas: 1. Cake, 2. Lasagna, 3. Pancake

California: 1. Chicken, 2. Cake, 3. Chili

Colorado: 1. Chili, 2. Salad, 3. Banana Bread

Connecticut: 1. Pancake, 2. Mac and Cheese, 3. Sugar Cookie

Delaware: 1. Turkey, 2. Chili, 3. Sweet Potato

Florida: 1. Cake, 2. Bread, 3. Chili

Georgia: 1. Chicken, 2. Salmon, 3. Cheesecake

Hawai: 1. Salmon, 2. Cheesecake, 3. Adobo

Idaho: 1. Salsa, 2. Cheesecake, 3. Fudge

Illinois: 1. Cookies, 2. Chili, 3. Steak

Indiana: 1. Chili, 2. Turkey, 3. Chocolate Chip Cookie

Iowa: 1. Cake, 2. Meatloaf, 3. Turkey

Kansas: 1. Cake, 2. Chocolate Chip Cookie, 3. Lasagna

Kentucky: 1. Meatloaf, 2. Salmon, 3. Fudge

Louisiana: 1. Cake, 2. Chili, 3. Gumbo

Maine: 1. Salmon, 2. Margarita, 3. Tater Tot Casserole

Maryland: 1. Chili, 2. Turkey, 3. Salmon

Massachusetts: 1. Chicken, 2. Bread, 3. Chili

Michigan: 1. Chicken, 2. Bread, 3. Cake

Minnesota: 1. Chili, 2. Turkey, 3. Lasagna

Mississippi: 1. Hamburger, 2. Cheesecake, 3. Lasagna

Missouri: 1. Cake, 2. Chili, 3. Roast

Montana: 1. Cheesecake, 2. Guacamole, 3. Chocolate Cake

Nebraska: 1. Chili, 2. Banana Bread, 3. Turkey

Nevada: 1. Cake, 2. Turkey, 3. Cheesecake

New Hampshire: 1. Cheesecake, 2. Chocolate Cake, 3. Stuffing

New Jersey: 1. Meatloaf, 2. Cheesecake, 3. Salmon

New Mexico: 1. Banana Bread, 2. Pancake, 3. Pumpkin Pie

New York: 1. Chili, 2. Salmon, 3. Cheesecake

North Carolina: 1. Cake, 2. Chili, 3. Turkey

North Dakota: 1. Meatloaf, 2. Enchilada, 3. Apple Pie

Ohio: 1. Chicken, 2. Cake, 3. Chili

Oklahoma :1. Chili, 2. Cheesecake, 3. Cornbread

Oregon: 1. Cake, 2. Pancake, 3. Meatloaf

Pennsylvania: 1. Cake, 2. Chili, 3. Cookies

Rhode Island: 1. Chili, 2. Banana Bread, 3. Pancake

South Carolina: 1. Chili, 2. Meatloaf, 3. Turkey

South Dakota: 1. Chili, 2. Pancake, 3. Meatloaf

Tennessee: 1. Cake, 2. Chili, 3. Taco

Texas: 1. Chicken, 2. Cake, 3. Bread

Utah: 1. Bread, 2. Cookie, 3. Salsa

Vermont: 1. Bread, 2. Banana Bread, 3. Waffle

Virginia: 1. Cookies, 2. Meatloaf, 3. Chicken Salad

Washington: 1. Turkey, 2. Stew, 3. Spaghetti

West Virginia: 1. Cheesecake, 2. Pancake, 3. Biscuit

Wisconsin: 1. Turkey, 2. Frosting, 3. Enchilada

Wyoming: 1. Pancake, 2. Waffle, 3. Salmon

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