15 Dinner Recipes for When You’re Craving Takeout, But Don’t Want to Spend the Money

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We've all had those moments when we're craving takeout, but don't want to spend money on ordering in. During these times, our saving graces are the food bloggers who have gone out of their way to perfect takeout copycat recipes. Even if you're looking for a fast food chain-specific recipe — like In-N-Out's iconic burgers or Taco Bell's Crunchwrap — we promise you it's out there.

Now that we're making ourselves hungry, here are our favorite recipes for homemade takeout (which sounds like an oxymoron, but you get the point).

1. Hot Thai Kitchen Authentic Pad Thai Recipe

This recipe comes straight from food blogger Pailin "Pai" Chongchitnant, who grew up in southern Thailand.

Get the full recipe here.

2. Dinner, Then Dessert In-N-Out Double Double, Animal-Style

Even if you don't live on the West Coast, you can still get your In-N-Out fix thanks to this animal-style recipe.

Get the full recipe here.

3. Tastes Better From Scratch Chick-fil-A Crispy Chicken Sandwich

"This Chick-fil-A crispy chicken sandwich with homemade Chick-fil-A sauce is the perfect copycat recipe of the classic sandwich we all love!" writes food blogger Lauren Allen.

Get the full recipe here.

4. The Edgy Veg Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme

Though this recipe is vegan, it tastes just like Taco Bell's infamous Crunchwrap Supreme. (Writer's note: I can personally confirm this!)

Get the full recipe here.

5. A Cozy Kitchen Copycat Shake Shack Burgers

If Shake Shake burgers are more your style, A Cozy Kitchen's recipe is all yours.

Get the full recipe here.

6. Grandbaby Cakes Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Whether you're craving Popeyes, Chick-fil-A, KFC, or Raising Cane's, this flavorful fried chicken recipe should do the trick.

Get the full recipe here.

7. Just One Cookbook Spicy Tuna Roll

Making sushi at home is easier than it looks, and would make for a great quarantine date night idea!

Get the full recipe here.

8. Mexico in My Kitchen Tacos al Pastor

Honestly, we're never ​not​ craving tacos — especially when they look as tasty as Mexico in my Kitchen's.

Get the full recipe here.

9. Right Back Spatula Copycat Sweetgreen Harvest Bowl

If Sweetgreen is your healthy takeout favorite, you're going to want to try this copycat harvest bowl.

Get the full recipe here.

10. Jessica Gavin Homemade Ahi Tuna Poke Bowls

For a delicious and healthy poke recipe, you should 100% try this bowl filled with marinated tuna poke, brown rice, veggies, and salad.

Get the full recipe here.

11. Chew Out Loud Honey Buffalo Chicken Wings

These tasty wings are baked instead of fried, making them a lot easier to cook at home (and not covered in frying oil).

Get the full recipe here.

12. Laura in the Kitchen Homemade Pizza

Laura Vitale grew up working in her father's pizza restaurant, so you know this recipe is the real deal.

Get the full recipe here.

13. Rasa Malaysia Shrimp Lo Mein

This saucy lo mein will satisfy even the strongest Chinese food craving.

Get the full recipe here.

14. Little Spice Jar Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)

Featuring chicken in a tomato cream sauce, this butter chicken is the ultimate comfort food.

Get the full recipe here.

15. My Latina Table Smothered Carne Asada Burritos

This carne asada burrito is smothered in a cheese and chili sauce, making it everything we want on a Friday night and more.

Get the full recipe here.


When Anna Gragert isn’t trying to create a groundbreaking third-person bio for herself, she's working as the senior lifestyle editor at Hunker. Her email: anna.gragert@hunker.com

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