Top Ten Recipes of 2023

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Looking back over the past year and sharing what you, my dear readers, loved most is always one of my favorite posts of the year. It’s lovely to be able to go back year after year and see how popular recipes change with the times. 2023 was no exception, with new flavors, ingredients, and techniques capturing your imagination as well as some old faithful standbys continued to earn their place in your kitchens.

 the End of the Year -Top 10 Recipes of 2023

Welcome to my annual year in review! Looking back on 2023, some of my most beloved and reliable recipes found themselves in your regular rotation once again, proving the idiom true; “Why try to reinvent the wheel?”

2023 my year in review

I took some wonderful trips in 2023. In March, I visited the Phoenix area with my youngest daughter, where we attended Taylor Swift’s opening show and stayed at a gorgeous resort. I love being in the desert and surrounded by the magnificent vegetation there.

The next plane ride took me to Ojai, California, where I fell in love. (not literally) just with every single thing about that town. It will not be my last trip. I was on a retreat with a phenomenal group of women, and even met Byron Katie while I was there! We hiked and shared and ate amazing food. Sisterhood and lifelong friendships were formed and I am forever grateful. 

I extended my stay in California and met up with my best friend in Laguna Beach. We stayed at the most amazing hotel that was over the Pacific Ocean. I watched the sunset then slept to the sound of the ocean crashing beneath my balcony and woke to see the sunrise each morning. It was glorious!


Our family had two new additions this year, two grandsons!  Making our count three! They are such a sweet bunch of boys and I am so very blessed! This Christmas they were 22 months, 8 months, and 7 months old. So much fun!

We are incredibly grateful to have all of our children close – the furthest away being only an hour. We see them often, and continue to enjoy our big Sunday night family dinners!

An Affair from the Heart

In June, I launched an all new website and the reviews have been so positive! I really tried to make sure that it was user-friendly, and gave you all sorts of ways to find what you are looking for!

This yearI posted 127 recipes! I am continuing to work on revising older content and sharing those classic favorites with you all, too, so I hope that you are enjoying them. Did you know that I have over 1200 recipes on my site? Whew! So remember, whenever you are looking for something special, you can use that little search bar and chances are you will find it. Bookmark my site to find it easily. 

Can’t find what you are looking for? I love to hear from you. Send me a message here, or on social media and let me know what recipes you’d like to see more of in 2024!


But how about the recipes?!?

Top 10 Recipes of 2023 – Readers’ Recipe Favorites

Are you ready to see if your favorite made the list? I can’t wait to hear which of these you have tried, and which ones you will be making soon!

Let’s Count Down An Affair from the Heart’s Top 10 Recipes of 2023!

Number 10:

Salisbury Steak Meatballs close up

Salisbury Steak MeatballsThese Salisbury Steak Meatballs are comfort food at its finest. Tender, perfectly seasoned homemade ground beef meatballs simmered in their own rich dark brown gravy, made with or without mushrooms, served over fluffy mashed potatoes.

Number 9:


Tomato Cracker SaladHomegrown tomatoes, at their peak of ripeness, mayonnaise, saltine crackers, and fresh cracked black pepper.  Tomato Cracker Salad is reminiscent of a good, ‘ol fashioned tomato mayo sandwich!

Number 8:

overhead of Dill Pickle Dip in a white serving dish with crackers around it

Dill Pickle Dip Love those dill pickle wraps?  The ones with the cream cheese and dried beef? Then this dip will have you grinning from ear to ear! This recipe has been in my top 10 ever since the first year I posted it! Want to know something funny? Twice, this recipe got so much traffic at one time, it broke my website!  

Number 7:

Close up of Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs on a white serving plate

Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs are Country Style Pork Ribs, slow-cooked in Dr. Pepper, then baked to caramelize the Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce. Only 3 ingredients!

Number 6:

Sloppy Dorothy Sandwiches up close

Sloppy DorothyMove over Joe!! There is a new and improved version of your classic. These Sloppy Dorothy Sandwiches are made with Dorothy Lynch Dressing and will have you licking your fingers in pure satisfaction!

Number 5:

{Award Winning} Crack Dip

Award-Winning Crack Dip This dip is deliciously addictive! Creamy dip with a little bit of heat from the jalapeños,  bursting with flavor from the MexiCorn and the green onions.  This is a hit and the first thing gone at every party — It isn’t “award-winning” for nothing!

Number 4:

overhead of Pumpkin Spiced Coffee Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Brown Butter Glaze Spiced coffee cake with pumpkin and walnuts, drizzled in a spiced brown butter glaze.  The perfect way to start a fall morning!

Number 3:

Texas Trash Dip on a chip

Texas Trash Dip – What’s Texas Trash Dip? It’s a creamy warm bean dip packed with flavor and topped with all sorts of ooey-gooey cheese, baked to dipping perfection.  I could make a meal out of this dip! Seriously, what more do you need??

Number 2:

close up Starbucks Copy Cat Recipe - Medicine Ball in a mug

Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball shows how to make this popular cold fighter super tea. A tremendously soothing tea for cold and flu season. Skip the drive-thru and the crazy prices and make this Starbucks favorite at home!

Updated in 2023: The teas used in Starbucks’ Medicine Ball have been hard to find this year. I updated this post to include other teas that allow you to continue to make this healing tea at home!

Drum Roll Please…

And now it’s time for the number one recipe of 2023 … 

Number 1:

Restaurant Style Refried Beans

How to Make a Can of Refried Beans Taste Like a Restaurant’s Turn a can of refried beans into restaurant quality in a matter of minutes! Only two simple add-ins and it’ll feel like you’re eating at your favorite Mexican restaurant, right at home!


Pin the most popular, Top 10 Recipes of 2022 before you go!

I’d love it if you’d pin these 10 recipes, try some of them and let me know what you think! Shoot me a message or tag me on social media! I love seeing photos of what you made!

From the Bottom of My Grateful Heart

I appreciate each one of you who takes the time to read, comment, and make my recipes! It is truly an honor that you chose my recipes when you have so many options out there. I am thankful to be a part of your family meals and celebrations year after year.

I can’t wait to bring you many more recipes in 2024!

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Past Year’s Top 10

Curious about what recipes have been popular in the past? I started my blog in March 2011 but didn’t start this tradition of sharing my Top 10 until 2015. If you’d like to see how the recipes change from year to year, you can find them here:




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  1. It looks like everyone was into the dips this year, and I can see why! 🙂 They all look delicious- especially the dill pickle one.

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