Texas Roadhouse ticks all the boxes when it comes to tasty, fiery, and filling. Tex-Mex has to be one of our favorite types of foods, and we look forward to visiting whenever we can. However, we might still want to enjoy a few Texas Roadhouse recipes at home when we are busy. We’ve come up with a list of some of our copycat favorites. See if you can find yours.
Copycat Texas Roadhouse Recipes
If you’ve got a huge bowl of steaming chili in front of you, then you are going to want something that you can wipe around the plate (provided you finish it, Texas Roadhouse dishes are huge). We can think of nothing better than a soft floury roll. Butter is optional, but if you were watching your waistline, Texas roadhouse is not the place to do it. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to let these rolls rise.
Nothing says Texas more to us than chili. We think that Texas Roadhouse might just have the best chili on the planet. We make sure to add exactly the same flavors. There is more than a hint of chili heat, a smoky aftertaste, and piles of thick and filling kidney beans. This is one of those dishes that might actually benefit from a night in the fridge, where all those spices mingle and intensify. It is a great idea as a make-ahead dish too!
3. Steak Rub
They love a BBQ down in Texas, and if you asked a hundred people, you’d get a hundred different answers on which is the best spice rub. We are going to go out on a limb here and say this one is right up there. You can make Texas Roadhouse steak rub in a couple of minutes using standard store cupboard spices, and the best thing is that it lasts pretty much indefinitely. Texas Roadhouse every night of the week… Ok then!
A plate piled high with green beans is an absolute joy. Texas Roadhouse beans stand out. They are cooked to perfection and retain just a little crunch and squeak when you bite into them. We know a few secrets to getting the recipe perfect. We add a little sugar and some soft fried onions. The key to this recipe is frying your bacon until crispy. Be sure to coat the beans in all of that bacon fat too. Sheesh, how to make green beans not healthy. We don’t care. We love them.
5. Texas Roadhouse Loaded Skins
As potato dishes go, this has to be one of our all-time favorites. Crispy golden potato skins, topped with a mix of sour cream, bacon, and tasty cheddar cheese? The best thing is you can add a few variations. We sometimes like to sneak a few rashers of crispy bacon in there along with the odd dash off hot tabasco sauce. Go made and accessorize your skins!
6. Cactus Blossom
No cacti were harmed in the making of this dish. If you’ve ever seen a cactus blossom, it is normally a wide-open flower. You will achieve the same result if you are handy with a knife and have a decent-sized white onion to hand. From there, it is simply a case of battering the onion and throwing it in to deep fry. The key to getting a crunchy blossom is cooking in batches and eating immediately before the batter goes all soft. The hardest part of this recipe is deciding which dipping sauce is going to go best!
The sides at Texas Roadhouse are something special. We don’t know how they manage to make something ordinary so amazing. In fact, yes, we do! Seasoned rice isn’t difficult to make. If you’ve got some cumin, some chili powder, and a little patience, you can make a bowl of this Mexican-inspired rice in less time than it takes to have takeout delivered. Most of the ingredients can be found at home. This includes soy sauce, chicken stock, onions, and garlic.
8. Texas Roadhouse Ribs
Mentioning ‘Texas’ without mentioning ribs is sacrilege. This dish is truly iconic and is what Texas Roadhouse is famous for. Small eaters, look away now. This dish will potentially leave you feeling full for days. Look, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are ribs, so this one is a good recipe if you’ve got a little time on your hands. Trust us, the end result is worth it. Be sure to serve these with a good supply of napkins, as your fingers will get super sticky!
9. Texas Roadhouse Rattlesnake Bites
We weren’t quite sure what to make of these when we first heard the name. But when we tasted them, it soon became apparent where the ‘bite’ comes from. Man, those jalapenos can get a little fiery if you aren’t expecting them. If you haven’t tried them, rattlesnake bites are balls of deep-fried cheese study with a little fiery chili. They are great as appetizers, side dishes, or finger food for a buffet-style dinner party. Be sure to serve them with plenty of dips like BBQ sauce and sour cream, and chive.
10. Texas Roadhouse Pork Chops
While we love pork chops on their own, Texas Roadhouse makes a real effort to make them extra special. How? Oh, just the inclusion of a rich, creamy sauce. This is made from a mixture of butter, garlic, and tasty Dijon mustard. Here’s a top tip to keep your chops flat when they are cooking in the pan. Slice the rind with one inch cuts along its length. As it cooks, it stops your chop from curling, so you get more even cooking! In true Texas Roadhouse style, we like to serve ours with a peppercorn sauce.
It’s time to get the party started. And what better way than with one or two margaritas? Literally, we mean one or two. Why? Because these adults’ drinks are super strong, and unless you want a Texas Roadhouse sized headache, it pays to be a little sensible. You are going to need a blender to make this recipe. The key is to freeze the strawberries in advance. From there, it only takes a few simple ingredients, like lime juice. Have we forgotten something? Oh yeah, tequila! Be sure to coat the lip of each glass with a fine layer of salt too, this works really well to bring out the sweetness of the drink!
12. Texas Roadhouse Brownies
‘It’s only one brownie,’ we thought as we ordered… Boy, were we wrong. These things are seriously huge! If you aren’t sure whether you can manage a dessert, this is not the one to go for. We swear we weren’t hungry for two days after just looking at this. The good news is that if you make Texas Roadhouse brownies at home, you get to decide on your own portion size. The key to the best brownies is to avoid overbaking them. You want the center to be all soft and gooey. If you are wanting to keep a piece for yourself after cooking, we recommend saving one of the corners. These are definitely the best bits!
13. Texas Roadhouse Mashed Spuds
How good can mashed potatoes be? Well, if they are from Texas Roadhouse, then the answer is really good. These spuds are creamy, smooth, and utterly delicious. There’s nothing fancy about these potatoes. While Texas Roadhouse uses milk in their recipe, we sometimes add a dash of heavy cream to make it super luxurious. Our top tip is as follows… Don’t skimp on the black pepper. This is the secret ingredient to give you a perfect tasting plate of mash every single time.
14. Baked Potato Texas Roadhouse Style
This one is pretty similar to the loaded skins… Except for this time, you are getting the entire potato. If you are stuck for time, here’s a top tip. Prick your potato all over and ping in the microwave for around 8 minutes. Brush the outer skin with oil and pop in the oven until it crisps up. We guarantee that it will be soft on the outside and crispy on the outside. While you are making it, start whipping up a filling of sour cream, cheddar, onions, and bacon
15. Sweet Potato
On their own sweet potatoes aren’t much to write home about… But with a little love, they can be transformed. As with regular baked potatoes, it is how you load them that makes all of the difference. The bright orange flesh is a great way to add a splash of color to your dinner plate. Additionally, sweet potatoes are better for you than regular potatoes, which is good as we always want to eat more than one whenever we visit Texas Roadhouse.
16. Texas Roadhouse Shrimp
If you’ve bought fresh shrimp, then you won’t need to do much with them to make them special. Our homemade Texas Roadhouse shrimp recipe is about as close to authentic as you are going to get. It relies on a few simple ingredients to make them lovely. We find these are best if you let them soak in a marinade for a few hours, and that time makes all of the difference. Our marinade consists of lemon juice, cilantro, and a little garlic. Don’t go easy on the butter when frying these shrimps. It combines with the herbs and marinade to make a sort of sauce.
17. Cheese Fries
How on earth could you improve a plate of french fries? Well, Texas Roadhouse definitely has! We can think of no better combination than cheese and bacon. These fries come fully loaded with lots of tasty flavors. Be sure to serve them immediately after making. Once the cheese cools, it can solidify slightly, and you end up taking ten fries instead of just one… Well, that’s our excuse anyway, and we are sticking to it!
18. Texas Roadhouse Fried Catfish
Ok, catfish might not be for everyone, but one taste of this juicy and firm white fish, and you’ll be hooked for good! The key to making this recipe special is the batter. You want the batter to be really thin in consistency, almost like a sort of tempura. This is a true southern dish. Make no mistake. Serve it with Texas Roadhouse bread rolls so people can make fried fish sandwiches. For a burst of color, why not add a lump of yellow cornbread alongside some crunchy and slightly sour coleslaw.
19. Fried Pickles
We love to serve a huge bowl of these in the middle of the table so that everyone can help themselves. Trust us when we say these won’t last more than two minutes. There’s something so appealing about a slightly tangy (and rather spicey) pickle, coated in a thin batter and deep-fried until golden. While you’ll want to serve them straight away, be careful, or you will burn your mouth.
Prime rib is an absolute joy. The trick here is to avoid cooking it for too long. Texas Roadhouse prime rib is always cooked medium and slightly blushing. We’ve tried many different techniques to get to our copycat version. Reverse searing works well, but the most authentic way is to use a scorching hot pan and watch your timings.
21. Cinnamon Butter
We are never quite sure whether this is a savory or sweet dish… And then we stop caring once it’s served. We love to spread out rolls with this, but this sugary butter also works really well with other dishes like apple pie… For some weird reason, we always find it works well with Texas Roadhouse pork chops too!
22. Ranch Dressing
Although last on our list it still ranks as one of my favorite recipes from the restaurant. This is sure to go down with any of the above recipes on their menu. The ranch is easy and delicious and now you can recreate this in your own home.
If there is one thing that is certain with our Texas Roadhouse recipes, it is that you won’t be hungry after trying any of them. Although you might be drunk after the Margherita! Southern food is some of the homeliest around, and now you’ve got some great ideas to try!