Debbie Vargo, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Debbie Vargo has tested.

Seven dirt bombs on a wire rack over a baking sheet and a bowl of cinnamon sugar with one dirt bomb in it.

Dirt Bombs

These wonders of wonders are irresistible cakey donuts baked in muffin tins that are spiked with nutmeg and cardamom and rolled in melted butter and cinnamon sugar.

A person scooping a spoonful of green chile macaroni and cheese from a bowl.

Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

This grown-up mac-and-cheese gets some gusto with its mild heat from chiles and its smattering of—are you sitting?!—crushed tortilla chips in place of bread crumbs.

Three bowls of chicken dan dan noodles with Sichuan tare.

Chicken Dan Dan Noodles

There are as many reasons to adore chicken Dan Dan noodles as there are variations on it. We’re particularly smitten with this one.

Three white bowls of pork and pinto beans chili on a metal tray with cornbread in a skillet

Pressure Cooker Pork and Pinto Bean Chili

This is why we have pressure cookers. Because they render an inexpensive cut of pork and plain pinto beans into a smoky, soulful, put-your-spoon-down-and-sigh chili in a fraction of the usual time.

A half-full jar of honey barbecue sauce with a spoon dripping excess sauce back into the jar.

Honey Barbecue Sauce

Pantry ingredients and barely any effort yield you something that’s sweetly tangy and spicy that you’ll want to slather on ribs, wings, pulled pork, smoked or grilled chicken, burgers…