America’s Favorite Foods: The  Most Popular Foods in America

This Chinese fried chicken dish is American. It's covered in a honey-ketchup-soy-garlic-sesame-oil sauce. Four years ago, Grubhub's poll favoured General Tso's chicken, but not this year.

Sesame-chicken

Food facts: In 1943, chef Ignacio Anaya Garca combined tortilla chips, cheese, and jalapeos to feed hungry customers. Frank Liberto introduced them to Arlington Stadium, home of the Texas Rangers, in 1977.

Nachos

Soy sauce, mirin, sesame, and yuzu juice coat this classic Japanese appetiser. (You've probably seen it alongside miso soup on U.S. menus.) Here's how it gets that otherworldly green colour: When seaweed is boiled, chlorophyll melts, leaving the bright green colour.

Seaweed salad

The World Championship Chili Cook-Off is one of the world's largest food competitions. Americans love chilli, whether it's Cincinnati-style, chilli con carne, or Texas red.

Chili

Basil, mozzarella, and tomato pizza is a staple in American Italian restaurants, but legend says it originated in Naples. The pizza margherita was supposedly created by Raffaele Esposito in 1889 in honour of Italy's unification and named after Queen Margherita of Savoy.

Margherita

The global hummus market is $2.95 billion and is expected to reach $6.6 billion by 2028. We expect big things from hummus, despite its low ranking.

Hummus

If a waiter asks if you want regular or sweet potato fries, you're not alone. George Washington Carver found 100 uses for the sweet potato (not to be confused with yams).

Sweet potato fries

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