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Dinner Foods in USA- List of Top American Foods

Food in USA or USA food is the reflection of global culinary. The culinary of various nations and countries have a great influence on USA cuisine. Most of USA cuisine is blended with the cuisine of other regions but some of these are deeply rooted with their own region.

You can consider the food habits or what food the people of USA intake as their meals as food in USA. It does not matter from where these are originated.

Most of American relies on processed food more than natural food. Doing so, the intake of sodium and sugar is remarkable. They are also away of intake required potassium and fiber. In recent days, many people are inclining to maintain nutritional food habit.

Staple Food in USA

Commonly consumed foods can be considered as staple food of a region. Though the cuisine of USA is a fusion of multi cuisine, some foods or food ingredients are common throughout the country. The dishes are commonly prepared with the staples.

Staple Food List in USA

Staple food list in USA is not very long. You can find the staples in various forms in their common and popular recipes. Here are some common food in USA list:

1.      Grains

Grain is the most common staple in America. It plays a vital role in American’s diet. They take whole or refined grains in various forms. From breakfast to dinner grain made dishes like cereal, roll, sandwich are very common in an American’s plate.

2.     Potatoes

The most percentage of potatoes is eaten in the form of potato chips in USA. Each person intake 143 pounds potatoes each year. French fries and baked potatoes are common item in American’s diet.

3.      Tomatoes

Tomato is another staple food in USA. Tomato is the dominating ingredient in many recipes. Tomatoes are also used with various forms like tomato paste, tomato juice, and tomato ketchup in many popular dishes.

4.      Meat

Beef, pork, and chicken lead the diner’s plate in USA. Each person intakes 70 pounds poultry in each year. Uncountable dishes are prepared with chicken, beef and pork in USA.

5.      Sweetener

Sugar, honey and various types of sugary syrup play a vital role in USA food. Sugar or sweeteners are largely used in various beverage and candy. Honey and maple syrup are used in various recipes in USA.

The staple are common in the plate of American’s in various forms. Burger, potato chips, cereals, pizza, nuts, cheese are common and popular food in USA.

Meals in USA    

The traditional meal structure in USA contains three main meals in a day-breakfast, lunch and dinner. But we can see now most of Americans are away from the traditional meal structure in USA. Huge percentage of Americans replaces their lunch with snacks.

However, in spite of this, as American meals are classified as three meals they are habituated with the meal pattern. You can see many recipes in their breakfast, lunch and dinner menu that are considered as popular food in USA.

1.      Breakfast in USA

80% people in USA take their breakfast at home. 10% skip their meal and other 10% take their breakfast elsewhere.1.

Breakfast Food in USA

Breakfast meals in USA are generally consisting of carbohydrates, mineral and vitamins. Cereal like oatmeal, cornflakes,  and egg-based recipes are common in American breakfast menu. Coffee is must for American people at breakfast time. Fruit juice is another common drink at breakfast time in USA.

They take other food for breakfast in USA. Here are some popular foods in USA for breakfast.  

·         Bacon

Bacon is one of popular breakfast foods in USA. It is favorite to all for its savory and salty taste. It is used for breakfast sandwiches alone or with cheese and egg.

·         Eggs Benedict

It is a popular breakfast dish in USA. Half of toasted muffin, topping with ham or bacon and poached egg is served at breakfast time.

Egg Benedict
·         Biscuits n Gravy

Biscuits n gravy is another popular dish in USA. Milk, flour and pork sausage dripping are prepared as gravy. Biscuits are covered in the gravy.

Biscuits n Gravy
·         Sausage

Spicy and smoky sausage is very popular as breakfast food. Breakfast sandwiches are prepared with sausage and eggs.

·         Pancake

Pancake is favorite  to all in USA from many decades. It is prepared with flour, milk, egg and baking powder batter. Various types of fruits, chocolate chips and buttermilk are added to make it more delicious.

·         Breakfast Burrito

It is another popular breakfast dish to Americans. A tortilla is filled with common breakfast items such as eggs, bacon and potatoes.

Breakfast Burrito
·         Grits

Broken corn grains are the main ingredients of the dish. Grains are boiled and served with bacon, toast and eggs.

·         Home Fries

Potato chunks are fried in butter or oil. The chunks are golden and crispy fried. These are served with some salt.

Home Fries
·         French Toast

French toast is another common and popular item for breakfast. It is easy to make and delicious at the same time, it is a good option for breakfast. Bread is fried dipping in egg mixture. Milk, cream and sugar are also used in the egg mixture.

French Toast
·         Waffles

Waffle is also common in USA as breakfast dish. Fruits, syrups, chocolates or ice-creams are common topping on the pockets of waffles.


These are most common and popular breakfast dishes in USA. As Americans are busy with their schedules they tend to have their breakfast with easy way especially in weekdays.

As American tends to try variety, so many breakfast options are there. Some other breakfast dishes are-bizcochito, avocado toast, quiche and so on.  

2.       Lunch in USA

 Americans tend to look for quick lunch for their busy schedules. Adults usually take their lunch at their workplace or near to their workplace in weekdays.

Students take their lunch at school cafeteria or they take their lunch packed from home. Students from low income families get free meals or low price meals from school. Food in USA  school are served to the students under National School Lunch Program.  

In weekend, they can give time for lunch. They tend to spend lunch time with family and friend. In USA we see the trend of ‘Brunch’. It is taken later in the morning; earlier from lunch. It is taken at the time between breakfast and lunch.

Popular Food in USA for Lunch

Bread and meat based dishes are common in USA lunch menu. Vegetables are also common ingredients for lunch in USA.

Like the country lunch in USA is full of variety. The dishes are not appreciated only in USA but all over the world. Here are some examples, they take food for lunch in USA.

·         Sandwiches

Sandwich is very common and popular food in USA. As it is easy to prepare and eat. Many Americans eat sandwiches for their lunch. Stuffing variety in sandwiches depends on diner’s choice. Common stuffing is ham, turkey, roasted or corned beef. Various types of cheese and vegetables are also common stuffing.

·         Soup

Soup is another common food for  lunch in USA. Various types of vegetables, chicken and other meats are used as the ingredients.

·         Salad

Americans tend to choose salad as their lunch. Various types of vegetables and meat are the main ingredients of salad. Caesar salad, chicken salad are very popular.

·         Burger

Burger is one of most popular foods in USA. Sliced bread buns consists tomato, lettuce, gooey cheese, sauce and ground beef. The ingredients are sandwiched on slice of bread buns.

·         Hotdogs

Hotdog is another common lunch food in USA. Sausage and sliced buns are the main ingredients of hotdogs. Sausage made from any types of meat is used. Ketchup and mustard are used for toppings.

·         Barbecue Ribs

This delicious lunch dish is prepared with ribs of pork or beef. It is usually served with vinegar or tomato sauce.

Babecue Ribs
·         The BLT

The sandwich is named as BLT for its’ stuffing bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes. It is popular to Americans as lunch food.

·         Philly Cheesesteak

Sliced beef, cheese, onion, and chip steak are the stuffing in a hoagie roll. It is another favorite lunch food in USA.

Philly Cheesesteak
·         Cheeseburger

A simple burger with cheese is a lovable option for lunch to all Americans. The burger is topped with other ingredients like bacon, mayonnaise, tomato, pickle, onion, tomato, lettuce and ketchup along with cheese.

Cheese Burger
·         Apple Pie

The popular apple Pie is a favorite dish as a dessert in USA. Vanilla ice-cream, cheddar cheese and whipped cream are used as topping on apple pie. 

Apple Pie-Lunch Food in USA

These lunch foods in USA are favorite to all. These are easy to make and grab. Interesting point is that, these are not favorite or popular only in USA, these are now celebrated all over the world.

Dinner in USA

What are the dinner food in USA? The answer is really simple. Foods, that average Americans eat for dinner can be considered as dinner foods in the USA.

The list of American dinner foods is not short. We can see many foods they usually eat for dinner.

We have a conception that they always eat hamburgers, French fries, and junk foods. Survey says, Americans spend 10% of their disposable income on fast food every year.[2] But, there is hope that everyone is different. Many people in the USA like to have their dinner with healthy foods.

Traditional Dinner Foods in USA

“Meat and potatoes of various styles dominate dinner plate in the USA…”[3] Americans usually choose meat, potatoes, bread, cheese, macaroni for their dinner. Here are some popular dinner foods in the USA. This list will help you to know what an American eats for dinner.

1. Meatloaf

 Meatloaf is a popular dinner dish to an American. It is a baked recipe. This recipe is made with   ground beef, egg, onion, milk, breadcrumbs, salt, brown sugar, and prepared mustard. Meat is mixed with other ingredients and shaped into a loaf.


2. Macaroni and Cheese

This recipe is also called ‘mac and cheese’ or ‘mac n cheese’ in American English.[4] It is a dish of English origin. This recipe is prepared with cooked pasta and cheese sauce. Cheddar is usually used to prepare the recipe. You can save your time using ready pack of maccaroni and cheese.


3. Fajitas

It is a Tex-Mex cuisine. Strips of spiced beef or chicken, chopped vegetables, and grated cheese are wrapped in a soft tortilla to prepare the recipe. It is served with sour cream.


4. Chicago’s Deep Dish Pizza 

The pizza is baked in a pan layered with cheese, meat filling, vegetables, and sauce.

Chicago’s Deep Dish Pizza

5. Tater Tots  

This item is usually served as a side dish. It is a crunchy dish with deep-fried, grated potatoes.


6. Wild Alaskan Salmon Fish 

The USA is considered as the Home of Salmon Fish. Americans are fond of this. Various types of recipes with Salmon fish are very common in an American dinner table.


7. Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This sandwich is made with cheese on grilled or toasted bread. Tuna and ham are used also as additional ingredients.

Grilled- Cheese -Sandwich

8. Baked Beans

Baked beans is another popular dinner recipe for Americans. This recipe contains beans that are baked and in most cases, stewed in a sauce.

“American Boston baked beans use a sauce prepared with molasses and salt pork, the popularity of which has led to the city’s being nicknamed “Beantown”. Beans in a tomato and brown sugar, sugar, or corn syrup sauce are widely available throughout the US.”[5]

Baked Beans

9. Cornbread

Cornbread is another popular main dish in American’s dinner menu. Leaven and ground cornmeal mixed with baking powder is the major ingredient of cornbread. Americans take cornbread with meat, stew, or salad.


10. Cheesecake

Cheesecake is a popular and common dessert in the USA. It consists of one or more layers. This item is prepared with cookies of sponge cake base with cream cheese, eggs, sugar, nuts, and other condiments topping.

Americans usually eat these common foods for their dinner. These can be considered as traditional and typical dinner foods in the USA.


Other Types of Dinner Foods in the USA

Americans also eat other types of food during their dinner time. These recipes are also popular all over the world. Let us see what the foods are_

  • Jambalaya
  • Cobb Salad
  • Biscuits ‘n Gravy
  • Fry Bread Tacos
  • Banana Split
  • The Po’ boy
  • Fried Alligator
  • Cheese Curds

These are common foods to eat for dinner in USA. These foods are mouthwatering and delicious. If you want, you can try all these recipes for your own.

However, some cities in USA are famous for some dishes. These are really mouthwatering for people. Here are some examples.

Best Food in USA by City

San Francisco’s ice-cream from Bi-Rite Creamery and egg tart from Golden Gate Bakery are one of the best desserts in USA. Rice and Po’boys, Cejun and Creole jambalaya are the famous dishes in New Orleans. Chicago’s Pizza, hot dogs and steaks are famous dishes all over the USA. Pizza and bagels in New York are highly appreciated to diners. Enchiladas in El Compadre Restaurant and Gourmet quinoa in Santa Monica and Venice Beach are the famous dishes in Los Angeles. 


It is really important to know the food culture of a nation, a country. Such knowledge helps us to know about different foods and cultures.

Our regular eating habits and foods represent our identity. As we are living in the globalization era, we need to know the food habits of other countries. It helps us to be acquainted with the culture of different countries.

I can assure you if you are interested to know the list of foods in USA this content will help you to enhance your knowledge. You can share with your friends if they are interested to have a clear conception of dinner foods in the USA.