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List Rules Vote up the best American foods that were created in the United States.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “As American as apple pie.” Despite sounding so, well, American, its origins can be traced back to England. That’s because so much of American culture is appropriated from dozens of different cultures due to our cultural melting pot. So when it comes to American food, many American food staples have a history in other countries. Yet these tasty foods have become quintessential American dishes. Still, there are many foods (like corn dogs!) that originated in the USA.

Some of the foods on this list came from other countries and eventually evolved into what we know today, such as the cheeseburger. Other foods on this list are designed to seem like they’re from other countries but were actually created in America, like fortune cookies. Many of the foods on this list are tied to American traditions, like s’mores with camping and hot dogs with cookouts. Often, traditional American foods are tied to a certain state or region, like the Philly cheesesteak or Chicago deep dish pizza. 

What are the best American foods? This list features the tastiest foods that are considered American and are deeply tied to US traditions. If your favorite American dish or US food specialty isn't on this list of American foods, make sure to add it to show your pride for food and country.

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Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Foods

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123 20
French fries is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Foods

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134 25
Cheeseburger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Foods

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128 20
Macaroni and cheese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Foods

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116 30
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Foods

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113 32
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Foods

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101 27
Potato chip is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Foods

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97 29
Doughnut is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Foods

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87 29
Hot dog is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Foods

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82 28
Tater Tots is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Foods

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96 30
Steak is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Foods

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91 34
Cupcake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Foods

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87 27
Hash browns is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Foods
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Grilled cheese sandwich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Foods

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76 33
Cornbread is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Foods

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91 32
Nachos is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Foods

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76 30
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Foods
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

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79 35
Peanut butter and jelly sandwi... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Foods

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77 31
Oreo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Foods
RobLein added Oreos

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67 34
Corn dog is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Foods

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Peanut butter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Foods

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Banana split is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Foods

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79 42
Chicken Wings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Foods

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72 36
BLT is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Foods
BLT

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66 40
Meatloaf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Foods

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56 35
Pot roast is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Foods

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75 36
S'mores is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Foods
S'mores

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34 13
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Foods

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62 39
Philly Cheesesteak is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Foods
Philly Cheesesteak

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Submarine sandwich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Foods

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New York Style Pizza is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Foods
New York Style Pizza

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31 16
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Foods

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Stuffed-crust Pizza is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Foods
Stuffed-crust Pizza

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Jerky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Foods

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Pop Tarts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Foods
Pop Tarts

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Short ribs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Foods

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46 38
Key lime pie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Foods

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27 18
Hershey bar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Foods

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23 16
Lucky Charms is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Foods

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Twinkie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Foods

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Chicken fried steak is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Foods

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Po' boy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Foods

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39 40
Reuben sandwich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Foods

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40 35
Jambalaya is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Foods

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Fortune cookie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Foods

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38 46
Clam chowder is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Foods

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34 42
California roll is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Foods

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Cold Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmo... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Foods

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13 26
Rice-a-roni is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Foods
Rice-a-roni

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27 40
Cheese curd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Foods