List of 100+ Dinner Ideas

Making a list of your family's favorite dinners is a helpful tip to make meal planning easy! Check out my list of over 100 dinner ideas below to get you started.


List of 100 Dinner Ideas
Meal planning can be a little overwhelming for everyone – for me too! It is not my favorite thing to do, but I have found a few things that make it a tad bit easier to answer that nagging question “What's for dinner!?!”


Meal Planning Tip

You ready for it? It's so easy. I keep a big list of dinner ideas by my fridge. This is SUPER DUPER helpful in terms of coming up with a variety of meals that can be made with things I typically have on-hand. It's also a great way to come up with uses for leftovers.

While I am bad at planning ahead for dinner (getting better though!), I firmly believe it's important to cook for your family rather than eating out or preparing processed meals. It's not only cheaper, but it teaches your family healthy habits and keeps you close as a family!

  • Keep a meal list like this close at-hand! You can even separate them out based on main ingredient, meals that can be frozen, how they are cooked (crockpot, baked, grilled, etc.), meals good enough to serve guests, etc.
  • I also have a recipe notebook where I keep my favorite recipes so they are all in one place. If the recipe comes from a cook book, I photo copy it and keep it in the binder. That way you never have to say, “Now, where was that awesome chicken recipe again?….”

Making your own list is so easy – just think of your very favorite dinner ideas and get them all written down in one place. But if you need some ideas to get you started, I've got a list of over 100 awesome dinner ideas. I said I'd share this list with you, so here it is!

List of Dinner Ideas

Here is the list I have to help me come up with what to make for dinner. If any of these require recipes I will try to post them over time and will update this list with links to the recipes. Otherwise, I recommend for recipes. Be sure to read the reviews!

(Click HERE for a printable list)

Easy Pan Dinner Ideas

  • Hard Tacos, Tostadas, or Huevos Rancheros
  • Stir Fry
  • Burritos
  • Fajitas
  • Burgers or Hotdogs
  • Quesadillas (plain cheese, or steak, chicken)
  • Meatballs and Rice
  • KFC Bowls (mashed potatoes on bottom, then corn and breaded chicken bites on top)
  • Sloppy Joes

Crockpot Dinner Ideas

  • Chicken and Rice
  • Pulled BBQ Chicken (sandwiches, put on a salad, etc.)
  • Pot Roast (leftovers can be made into sandwiches)
  • Crockpot salsa chicken (makes into great burritos or salads!)
  • Ribs (grilled, baked, crockpot, etc)
  • French dip sandwiches (roast in crockpot + au jus sauce = french dip)

Baked Dinner Ideas

Chicken Dinner Ideas

  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu (easier than you would think, and so impressive! Great for guests.)
  • Fried Chicken (baked or actually fried)
  • Breaded chicken (can bread with Italian bread crumbs, graham crackers, saltines, potato chips)
  • Chicken nuggets (homemade…so easy!)
  • Chicken wings
  • Cheesy bacon chicken
  • Dijon Chicken
  • Chicken Fingers
  • Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
  • Orange Chicken
  • Cilantro-lime chicken
  • Lemon Chicken

Beef/Pork Dinner Ideas

  • Pork Chops
  • Chimichangas
  • Meatloaf
  • Meatball Subs
  • Stuffed Pork Chops
  • Beef & Broccoli
  • Ham
  • Beef or Pork Tenderloin

Fish Dinner Ideas

  • Salmon
  • Fish Sticks (homemade or store-bought)
  • Fish ‘N Chips
  • Crab Cakes

Pasta Dinner Ideas

  • Mac ‘N Cheese (homemade)
  • Lasagna
  • Baked Ziti
  • Fettuccine Alfredo (chicken, or shrimp)
  • Rotini Bake
  • Vegetable Lasagna
  • Lasagna Rolls (baked, or in crockpot)
  • Bolognese Sauce and Pasta
  • Spinach-Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese
  • Tomato-Bacon Pasta
  • Stuffed Pasta Shells
  • Manicotti
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Pesto Pasta
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Tortellini
  • Stroganoff (chicken or beef)
  • Crockpot Alfredo Lasagna
  • Sausage & Pepper Pasta
  • Pad Tai
  • Bowtie Pasta & Vegetables

Soup Dinner Ideas

  • Taco soup
  • Minestrone Soup
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (homemade…serve with grilled cheese)
  • Creamy Potato Soup
  • White Chicken Chili
  • Clam Chowder
  • Tomato Bisque (I will try to post the recipe for this soon, I have the BEST recipe!)
  • Italian Wedding Soup
  • Chicken Enchilada/Tortilla Soup
  • Cheeseburger Soup
  • Corn Chowder (various recipes, ham & corn chowder is good too)
  • Tortellini Soup
  • French Onion Soup
  • Jambalaya

Salads or Sandwiches for Dinner

Grilled Dinner Ideas

  • Grilled Chicken (season or marinade with whatever, and grill!)
  • Steak (grilled or broiled)
  • Kabobs

Breakfast for Dinner

  • French Toast (stuffed or regular)
  • Waffles or Crepes
  • Omelet or Scrambled Eggs

Leftovers for Dinner!

Anything that is already in your fridge, EAT IT or use it in another recipe!!

(Click HERE for the printable version of this list)

You can also check out more tips for How I Grocery Shop and Buying Bulk at Costco.
Hope this helps. I will continue to add to this list and will try to post recipes to these as I go along.


What is YOUR go-to for dinner??


  1. l really appreciate what you posting and l am a girl who loves cookin and eating nice food ,so l would love you to send me lost of recieps so that l can also learn how to cook , l am an african

    thank you so much

  2. Love it! Although it would be nice to know the recipes that pass the freezer test… I know a few would!

  3. Oh my god, thank you so much for posting ideas for the classics that have graced the American dinner table for decades! I have been looking for this list for a very long time!

    I love food from all cultures, but don’t usually make it at home because I don’t know how, don’t keep the ingredients and don’t feel like facing the learning curve just yet.

    If you are looking for post ideas, may I suggest a similar list of side dishes?

    Much appreciated! 😀

  4. This is such a great list!! I’m in the process of making a master list of things we can do on our themed nights and this is so helpful!

  5. I loved this list!! Thank you! I just found your channel online and your site. Thank you for sharing all your wisdom!

    Can you share the tomato bisque soup recipe? I have a favorite from a spot in Montana, and I crave it! Would love to try one that compares.

    Thanks so much for pouring your passion into helping others! God bless you!

    • Thank you for your kind words! I haven’t done a post on that recipe but I need to once it gets colder! So keep checking back for it 😉

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