18 of The Pioneer Woman’s Favorite Comfort Foods

Ever wonder which comfort foods are the Pioneer Woman's favorite? Take a look at this list to find out!

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Ree Drummond is known for her iconic red hair, ranch lifestyle and a plethora of down-home comfort foods. But when she’s not shooting her cooking show or releasing a line of kitchen gear or bedding with Walmart, what does the Pioneer Woman love to make the most? Check out this list of comfort foods that Ree just can’t get enough of.

Million Dollar Dip

Loaded with all of the best things in life, like bacon, cheese, toasty almonds and cream cheese, it’s no surprise this dip has garnered a reputation as a crowd-pleasing party recipe.

Try the Pioneer Woman’s Million Dollar Dip


Ree serves her simple, perfect chili to her family—and boy, does it live up to its name! This hearty, comforting dish is a delicious ending to a long day on the ranch.

Serve it with Ree’s favorite dump cake for an easy dessert!

Chicken Parmigiana

Since it’s also a family favorite, Ree says chicken parmigiana, with a healthy helping of pasta, is a part of her regular dinner rotation.

Still craving Italian? Check out The Pioneer Woman’s first-ever recipe: lasagna!

Italian Meatball Soup

Filled with hearty ingredients and a veggie-packed stock, Ree often serves this comforting soup with thick slices of crusty Italian bread and butter.

Here’s our other favorite cowboy quiche recipe by Ree Drummond.

Pecan Pie

Ree admits that she used to be scared of pecan pie as a child. But now, it’s one of her favorite Thanksgiving desserts.

Plus, make sure to perfect this Pioneer Woman dessert favorite with this classic Ree Drummond crispy pie crust hack. Check out Ree’s other Thanksgiving traditions.

Buffalo Wings

Juicy, crunchy and slathered in sauce, buffalo wings are among the Pioneer Woman’s go-to Super Bowl spread. Plus, they’re one of the Marlboro Man’s favorites, too!

Want another chicken option? Ree’s everything chicken recipe is equally delicious.

Edna Mae’s Sour Cream Pancakes

Since the recipe was passed down by her grandmother-in-law, sour cream pancakes have a special place in Ree Drummond’s heart.

Perfect Iced Coffee

As a self-proclaimed “freakazoid” for coffee, Ree starts every single day off with a tall glass of strong-brewed iced coffee.

Perfect Potato Soup

Ree’s flavor-packed potato soup is like the Goldilocks of comfort food. It’s not too creamy, it’s not too lumpy—the texture is just right. Want to try more recipes? Learn how to Pioneer Woman’s pot roast.

Apple Crisp

Ree’s recipe for apple crisp is just begging to be topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s perfect for those cool fall nights on the ranch!

Puffed Pastry Pizza

Created to be served at a girls-night-in, this light and flaky puff pastry pizza can be topped with any flavors you desire. Ree’s favorites are mozzarella with fresh tomato and goat cheese with sauteed mushrooms.

Sunday Night Stew

Ree says not to worry, you don’t have to wait until Sunday to make a hearty beef stew. But you do have to serve it with a side of butter and cream-laden mashed potatoes! If you want to try more beef recipes, then try our favorite Pioneer woman’s brisket.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

This pumpkin-packed recipe is based off of one of Ree’s favorite childhood desserts—minus all of the processed ingredients.

If you want to try more recipes from her kitchen, check out this Pioneer Woman cheese ball recipe.

Comfort Meatballs

When a recipe’s name starts with comfort, you know it has to good! Inspired by a recipe from the ’60s, Ree says this style of meatballs has been a favorite since the first time she tried them. Next, try our favorite Pioneer Woman’s drip beef sandwiches.

Shepherd's Pie

For an extra-special touch, the Pioneer Woman likes to add a tablespoon of zesty horseradish cream to her mashed potatoes.


Ree’s love of coffee goes way beyond the mug. While she tends to add it to many of her chocolate-based desserts, there’s no better coffee dessert than tiramisu.

Ree’s Knock-You-Naked Brownies are another must-try comfort food.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

To warm up chilly nights, Ree serves a classic broccoli cheese soup in a hollowed out Kaiser roll. Yum!

Cinnamon Rolls

Who wouldn’t want to wake up of a pan of ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls? Ree certainly would! Around the holidays, she likes to give a batch to friends and family as a Christmas morning treat.

Check out more Christmas traditions from The Pioneer Woman.

Caroline Stanko
Caroline has been with Taste of Home for the past seven years, working in both print and digital. After starting as an intern for the magazine and special interest publication teams, Caroline was hired as the third-ever digital editor for Taste of Home. Since then, she has researched, written and edited content on just about every topic the site covers, including cooking techniques, buzzy food news, gift guides and many, many recipe collections. Caroline also acts as the editorial lead for video, working with the Test Kitchen, videographers and social media team to produce videos from start to finish. When she’s not tip-tapping on a keyboard, Caroline is probably mixing up a killer cocktail, reading a dog-eared library book or cooking up a multi-course feast (sometimes all at once). Though she technically lives in Milwaukee, there is a 50/50 chance Caroline is in Chicago or southwest Michigan visiting her close-knit family.