51 Foods That Start With T

If you are a foodie like me you love to discover new treats! Cooking different cuisines is a great way to experience cultures, and have some fun. You may even discover your new favorite dish.

Tomatoes, turnips, tootsie rolls, the list of foods that start with the letter T seems endless. Exploring food through the alphabet is a great way to learn about tasty dishes you’ve never had before.

I enjoy cooking and eating out. When I see something new to me on a menu, I simply have to try it. Let’s dive in fork first, and learn all about different foods that start with the letter T!


51 Foods That Start With T

Have you ever tried a Thumbprint Cookie? How about Tapenade? There are a ton of unique foods starting with the letter T. Maybe you have had the decadent dessert, Tiramisu, or the more traditional Taffy. Let’s discover 51 foods that all begin with the letter T!


This popular herb can be found on many different dishes. In addition to having a culinary purpose, thyme also can be used for medicinal reasons, and is sometime donned on top of a dish for ornamental use.


Trout is a fish that derives from the same family as salmon. Known for its bland flavor, trout has a smooth texture. This is a great fish to try for those that want to maintain a healthy blood pressure and improve their metabolism.


This dessert originated in Italy. Consisting of spongey flavored layers, tiramisu is full of taste. Tiramisu includes coffee, brandy, mascarpone cheese, and powdered chocolate. Often, this dish is found in high end Italian restaurants.


This herb is often found in Asian cuisine. Turmeric has many different health benefits including heart health, and potential cancer benefits. It may also help to improve arthritis and depression.


Made from anchovies, capers, and black olives, tapenade spread is an experience to consume. Full of flavor, tapenade is considered similar to some pesto sauces; however, it is olive-based instead of basil-based like pesto, creating an entirely different taste.


Tempera is a Japanese dish with vegetables, meats, and seafood. Each component is battered in oil, and deep-fried, practicing the fritter technique. The fun part about tempera is that different ingredients can be used each time you make it.


There are hundreds of different types of teas. Some teas, such as green tea, are known to have health benefits. Tea can be caffeinated or decaf, depending on the type, and consists of an herb bag placed in hot water.

Thumbprint Cookie

Thumbprint Cookie’s, also called Hallongrotta meaning “raspberry cave”, originated in Sweden. These shortbread cookies have a jelly center. The cookie itself has a buttery, vanilla flavor with a sweet middle.


This baked dish consists of a sweet short crust pastry base, with a fruit or custard center. The tart was originally from France, but in modern days is enjoyed all around the world.


Taro is a root vegetable, known for its brown skin, and white speckled purple center. This vegetable is originally from Asia, and tastes starchy with a sweet and mild flavor.


Traditionally from Mexico, tacos can be made with flour, corn, or wheat tortillas. At the center of a taco you will find beef, chicken, cheese, lettuce, tomato, black olives, and more.


The tomato is a fruit often mistaken for a vegetable. Known for its red skin, and juicy center a tomato goes great on a sandwich, or by itself. Tomatoes can come in different sizes, and usually are grown in North America.


The turnip is a white root vegetable grown all over the world. Turnips can be sliced and used on salad, mashed, or even roasted. This vegetable is nutty and sweet when cooked, but a little spicy raw.

Tabasco Pepper

Tabasco is a pepper, known for its hot, spicy flavor. When combined with salt and vinegar these peppers are made into a sauce called, Tabasco. Tabasco sauce is known for its bright red appearance and bold taste.

Tootsie Roll

Tootsie rolls were created in 1896, and are a popular candy still today. This chocolate, chewy candy comes in a small brown, red, and white wrapper, and is similar to a taffy.

Taco Dip

Taco dip is usually made with cream cheese, taco seasoning mix, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and lettuce. Some people like putting black olives and jalapenos in their taco dip. Tortilla chips are usually used to dip into this popular appetizer.


Tuna is a delicious saltwater fish that comes either a fish fillet, or in a can. Known for its health benefits, tuna can be made using a variety of different methods.


The ways to prepare turkey meat seem endless. There is turkey bacon, turkey burgers, turkey chili, turkey casserole, turkey gravy, turkey sandwiches, and the list goes on. Turkey is a great source of B vitamins and protein.

Tater Tot Casserole

Tater tot casserole is a popular dish in America. This casserole is made with canned green beans, cheddar cheese, and cream of mushroom soup laid in a baking pan then covered in tater tots. This wholesome dish can be an appetizer or main course.


To make tofu soy milk is coagulated then pressed into a block. Tofu is known for its spongy consistency, and bland flavor. It is possible to press tofu into a firm square; however, most people associate tofu with the well-known silky-smooth type.

Tailgate Food

Tailgate food comes in all shapes and sizes. Some of the most popular tailgate foods include, hotdogs, hamburgers, brats, chips, dip, and assorted beverages. Most tailgate foods are served buffet style prior to a sporting event.

Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki sauce is made of garlic, ginger, orange juice, soy sauce and brown sugar. Sweeter than soy sauce, teriyaki sauce can be used over rice, vegetables, or meats, and is often found in Asian cuisine.


This fish has many health benefits including being a great source of protein. Tilapia is a blander flavored white fish, and can be prepared in many ways including grilled, crusted, and oven baked.

Tater Tots

Tater tots are a golden fried food that can be baked in the oven, made in an air fryer, or even in the microwave. These potato-based foods make an excellent appetizer, and are often eaten with ketchup.


This historically popular, and simple dish is a great comfort food. Toast is a piece of bread that is toasted so it is crisp. Often coated with butter, toast can also be made with jelly on top, or even with unique toppings like avocado.

Taco Salad

Taco salad consists of a lettuce base with meat, cheese, tomato, olives, and sauce on top. Sometimes taco salad is served in a fried breaded bowl. Cheddar cheese, and beef are the most common meat and cheese found in taco salad.

Tomato Paste

Tomato paste is a popular ingredient found in many recipes. To make tomato paste you cook the tomatoes in two phases. First, you separate the seeds and skins, after the tomatoes have been cooking for a couple of hours. Next you cook the tomatoes for several additional hours until they reach a thick paste consistency.

Tortilla Soup

Tortilla soup is a popular Mexican dish consisting of chicken, corn, pepper, and other vegetables. Some people incorporate rice into their tortilla soup, too. Once cooked, the soup can be topped with tortilla shreds and cheese.

Tropical Smoothie

Tropical smoothies are sweet in taste, and made with a variety of different fruits. Some smoothies are yogurt based, while others simply add ice. Fruits that can be found in a tropical smoothie include, banana, strawberries, blueberries, and more.

Tomato Soup

Tomato soup has the flavorful taste of tomatoes, with a smooth creamy base. This warm dish is often served with a side of grilled cheese that can be dipped in the soup. Tomato soup can be homemade or purchased in a can.

Toaster Struedel

Toaster struedel is a breakfast pastry dish, perfect for those on the go. This premade treat usually has a fruit filled center, icing drippled on top, and a crisp pastry shell.


Twix is a candy bar prevalent in the United States. Popularly known for coming in a pack of two, this candy is chocolate coated, with a graham cracker type cookie and caramel in the middle.


Toblerone chocolate is known for its smooth, rich flavor. This Swiss chocolate is based in the United States, bringing a little bit of Swiss culture to America. Toblerone can be found in most convenience stores.

Tapioca Pudding

This sweet dessert is a creamy, silky treat. This pudding is usually made from tapioca, and cream or milk; however, some cultures have their own variation of the famous dish.


The trifle originated in England, and consists of spongy fingers lathered in fortified wine or sherry, then topped with whipped cream and fruit. This sweet dish, has a bold fruity taste.


Taquitos are a Mexican dish that involve finger shaped rolls of meat, vegetables, cheese, held together by a crunchy tortilla shell. This savory food goes well with a side of rice.

Tic Tac

Tic Tac come in a small, rectangular plastic container. These tiny breath mints can be found in a wide variety of flavors including, mint, orange, cherry, passionfruit, strawberry, and more.


A truffle has a musky, garlic flavor and smell to it. The truffle is known for being difficult to grow, and very expensive. This food should be shaved on top of a dish, or mixed into it.


Tamales come in a corn husk wrapper that must be pealed back when consumed. This dish can have chicken, corn, rice, pork, sour cream, cheese, and more in the middle.


Tangerines are known for their bright orange color, and juicy flavor. As a citrus fruit, they have a bold taste. The peel should not be eaten, just the sweet center.

Three Musketeers

With a chocolate spongy center, covered in milk chocolate this dish is for chocolate lovers. Three Musketeers candy bars can be found at most convenience and grocery stores, and are recognizable with their silver wrapping paper and logo.


Toffee is considered to be a butterscotch flavor, and pairs well with chocolate. This treat uses a fair amount of butter when it is made, which adds to its creamy, deep flavor.


Tortillas are often used to wrap foods in. For example, tacos and quesadillas use tortillas. While often considered an ingredient, tortillas can also be eaten plain and taste relatively bland.

Tartar Sauce

Tartar sauce is a white spread that has a tangy, lemon flavor, often served with seafood. This sauce contains dill pickles, which gives it a sort of creamy, yet crunchy texture.


This beef cut is along the lean muscle, under the loin, and full of rich flavor. Beef tenderloin is considered to be the best cut of steak by many, and seems to melt in your mouth.


A tayberry originates from Scotland, and combines the popular blackberry and raspberry. This berry is considered to be sweet, and has a thick aroma. The tayberry is very delicate, because it has a very short harvest period.


Tabil is made up of coriander seed ground into a fine powder, caraway seeds, chili powder, and garlic powder. This dish is native to Tunisian in Africa, and is a popular cuisine.


A turo is a dessert popular in Asian cultures. The turo consists of sliced bananas, wrapped in a spring roll, and topped with powdered sugar. This banana fritter can also have other fruits in it, depending on the chef.

Teaberry Ice Cream

Teaberry is an ice cream flavor that tastes sweet, and is a pink color. This ice cream flavor does not taste like actual teaberries, and instead is a little spicy, but overall minty.


Cooked potatoes and basmati rice are seasoned with the flavorful spice, turmeric. This classic Indian food can also be enjoyed with other spices on top depending on the cook’s preference.


The flavor of the alcoholic drink, tequila varies based on the agave used to make it. Some say tequila has an earthy flavor, while others would describe it as semi-sweet or even fruity.

Wrap Up

There are many different dishes that start with the letter T. After learning about 51 new and tasty foods you’re probably ready to start cooking, or go to your favorite restaurant. Next time you’re at the grocery store don’t forget to pick up your teaberry ice cream, tortillas, and tangerines.

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