Looking for ingredient ideas for doing a Chopped mystery basket challenge at home? This list of ingredient ideas is the next best thing to a Chopped basket ideas generator. Simply mix and match 4 ingredients from the ideas listed and create your own Chopped mystery basket!

I’ve made sure to include Chopped basket ideas for kids and Chopped dessert basket ideas, as well as options for major holidays and events, plus ingredient ideas themed by color so you’ll never run out of ideas and can play Chopped at home again and again!

Chopped basket ingredient ideas basket of fresh food

What is a Chopped Challenge?

In case you’re not familiar, a Chopped challenge is a cooking challenge based on the Food Network TV show “Chopped”. Professional chefs compete to create the best dishes from a set of surprise mystery basket ingredients.

You can easily replicate this fun cooking challenge at home and make it into a fun but challenging date night or a kid-friendly family activity.

Get the full instructions, plus even more mystery basket ideas in the Mystery Basket Challenge ebook!

Mystery Basket Challenge Ebook

Chopped Basket Ingredient Ideas

Use these ideas for inspiration to host your own Chopped mystery basket challenge at home. Each mystery basket should contain 4 ingredients.

For the most creative outcomes, choose from several different food categories. For example, a mix of vegetable, fruit, grain, dairy, meat, legume, candy, sauce, etc rather than 4 vegetables.

For kids or less experienced cooks, choose familiar ingredients that are versatile and can easily be combined into many different meals.

For more adventurous or experienced cooks, try ingredients you’ve never used before, or seemingly weird combos that you would never think to pair together!

To make it easier for you, I’ve included shopping links for some foods that might be a bit tricker to find in store.

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Chopped Basket Ideas for Kids

  • Bread
  • Boiled eggs
  • Spinach
  • Mayo
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Leftover rice
  • Salsa
  • Bell pepper

Chopped Dessert Basket Ideas

New Years

Valentine’s day

Date Night

St Patricks day

Mothers day 

  • Favorite foods
  • Foods of her favorite color(s)
  • Edible flowers
  • Chocolate
  • Leftover French toast/pancakes/waffles

Cinco de Mayo

Fathers day

Chopped BBQ

Game Day

4th of July

Canada Day




Red Foods

White Foods

Green Foods

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Yellow foods

Purple foods

  • Purple grapes
  • Concord grapes
  • Plum
  • Purple beans
  • Purple sweet potatoes
  • Purple cauliflower
  • Purple carrots
  • Purple cabbage (aka red cabbage)
  • Adirondack Blue potato
  • Purple onion
  • Purple candy

Pink foods

Orange foods

Brown foods

Black foods

Blue foods

Gray foods

Hopefully you found these chopped mystery basket ideas to be helpful. I know that was a lot of ideas! These are most popular mystery basket ideas on the actual Chopped TV show, but I think it’s more fun to choose your own.

Remember, if you want the full instructions on how to to a Chopped challenge at home, grab the mystery basket challenge ebook!

Mystery Basket Challenge Ebook

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