Use code SIDECHEF for $10 off your first shoppable recipe order.

8 Secret Ingredients No One's Told You About

SideChef

Created from scratch in the SideChef Kitchen, where recipe inspiration and ingredient experimentation are a way of life.
GO TO BLOG

Love This Recipe?

SideChef

Created from scratch in the SideChef Kitchen, where recipe inspiration and ingredient experimentation are a way of life.
GO TO BLOG

There’s always a little something that brings a dish from great to mind-blowing. Well, here are some "secret" combos that will totally upgrade any dish.

Cheez-Its on Your Chicken

This salty cheesy snack is used in most kids lunch boxes and snack packs, but I bet you didn't know it’s a perfect breading for chicken. Just put your Cheez-Its in a ziploc bag, making sure all the air is out, and crush the Cheese-Its. Roll your chicken in the Cheez-its and pop it in the oven. Its really that easy!

Vodka in Your Pie Crust

Using vodka in your pie is a great way to create the perfect flaky crust. Vodka actually combines the dough without creating a gluten formation which toughens the dough.

Coffee on Your Steak

A mix of coffee grounds into a nice spice rub give your steak a perfect combination of rich flavor and delicious aroma. Combine the coffee grounds with some paprika, chili powder, salt and pepper to make a savory rub for your steak.

Blitzing Cauliflower Florets Instead of Rice

If you’re looking for a way to save some calories, try cauliflower rice. Sound boring? Think again! Cauliflower rice is usually nuttier and fluffier.

Chocolate Chips in Your Chili

If you're making a bowl of chili or a vegetarian version, you should incorporate some semi sweet chocolate chips. The chocolate chips give the chili a rich taste that makesit pop. Pour a tablespoon or two of chocolate chips at the end of the cooking process to upgrade chili.

Yogurt in Your Guacamole Mix

Make your dip stand out by using some yogurt in the mix. Just let your plain yogurt sit overnight in the fridge, then fold it into your favorite guacamole mix with sour cream to make a creamy tasty dip your friends will devour in seconds!

V8 in Your Ribs

V8 juice is actually an underrated source of flavor. Get yourself some spicy V8 juice and add it to some barbecue sauce and Worcestershire sauce and you’ve got a perfect glaze to cook your ribs in.

Apple Sauce in Your Meatballs?

Apple sauce is another common lunchbox snack that helps make delicious meatballs! Using apple sauce will give your cooked meatballs some extra moisture and juicy flavor.

Sign Up for the SideChef
Newsletter
Get weekly recipes, grocery shopping, meal planning, and home-cooking inspiration sent straight in your inbox
Will be used in accordance with our PRIVACY POLICY.
RECIPE REVIEW
Here are the Winners of Our Mac and Cheese Taste-Off
WHAT TO READ THIS WEEK
Easy Ways to Get Your Kids in the Kitchen
TIPS & TRICKS
More American than Apple Pie
CULINARY PARTNER FEATURE
4 Professional Bloggers on their Supermom Powers
TRENDING
How To: Poke Bowls
CULINARY PARTNER FEATURE
Busy Mom Robin Deem of CaliGirl Cooking
WHAT TO READ THIS WEEK
Virtual Munch for Mother’s Day Brunch
WHAT TO READ THIS WEEK
Holi: The Festival of Colors
LET'S GET PERSONAL
Spring Clean Your Ingredients
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Healthy Snack Hacks
LEARN COOK EAT
Three Reasons Why We are Excited about Walmart+
CELEBRATE, HOST, ENTERTAIN
Host a Game Day Party That Wins
RECIPE REVIEW
Here are the Winners of Our Mac and Cheese Taste-Off
Extra cheese, please! In our first culinary partner throwdown, Marley’s Menu’s classic mac and cheese recipe gets high honors
WHAT TO READ THIS WEEK
Easy Ways to Get Your Kids in the Kitchen
Introducing your little ones to the kitchen early on is a great way to get them interested in what they’re eating, and will help them as they ultimately transition to cooking for themselves.
TIPS & TRICKS
More American than Apple Pie
Make these delicious apple pies at home when you’re missing the taste of your favorite fast food dessert: the ever-present and decade-spanning McDonald's classic apple pie.
CULINARY PARTNER FEATURE
4 Professional Bloggers on their Supermom Powers
Motherhood is hard work, but the amazing moms of our Culinary Partner Network sure make it look easy!
TRENDING
How To: Poke Bowls
Poke bowls are a delicious, compact way to enjoy a burst of Hawaiian flavor. Packed with fresh fish, tons of veggies, and a sprinkling of savory toppings, they are super nutritious and easy to put together. Get ready to say aloha to your new favorite meal!
CULINARY PARTNER FEATURE
Busy Mom Robin Deem of CaliGirl Cooking
The food blogger and mom on how she got started and how she helps other busy moms find balance in their homes.
WHAT TO READ THIS WEEK
Virtual Munch for Mother’s Day Brunch
Sharing mom’s breakfast magic from near or far
WHAT TO READ THIS WEEK
Holi: The Festival of Colors
Holi, better known as the Festival of Colors, is a fun and colorful festival that calls for food that can bring life to your tastebuds and keep your energy up all day long!
LET'S GET PERSONAL
Spring Clean Your Ingredients
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Healthy Snack Hacks
When the school year or workweek gets busy, it’s tempting to rely on pre-packaged snacks that are easy to grab. With this in mind, we’ve created a list of healthy substitutions that all contain simple and accessible ingredients.
LEARN COOK EAT
Three Reasons Why We are Excited about Walmart+
One of our favorite grocers just released a service to make all of our lives easier and we couldn't be happier about it.
CELEBRATE, HOST, ENTERTAIN
Host a Game Day Party That Wins
Hosting can be stressful, especially when team pride is at stake. If you've got the duty this round, here are five easy tips to make it a smooth ride to victory!
You're one smart cookie! 🍪
By using this site, you agree to the use of cookies by SideChef and our partners for analytics and personalized content. ACCEPT
SideChef: 18k Recipes, Meal Planner, Grocery List, Personalization
INSTALL APP
Make cooking easy
Discover personalized recipes, organize your meal plans, shop ingredients, and cook with confidence alongside our FREE, step-by-step cooking app.