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30 Exciting Sunday Dinner Ideas to Try This Year

What better way to spend your weekend than enjoying a comforting, hearty, and indulgent meal with family? Whether it’s a traditional pot roast, an elaborate meatloaf, or a fun taco night, Sunday dinners are best enjoyed with warm food and the company of loved ones.

From indulgent hearty meals and vegan recipes to quick and fun dinners for those Sundays when you just want to relax, this article offers 30 exciting and diverse Sunday dinner ideas to treat your loved ones.

#1. Dutch Oven Pot Roast

The ultimate comfort food, there’s nothing like a traditional oven pot roast! In this recipe, a tender cut of boneless chuck roast is baked with carrots, potatoes, celery, beef broth, herbs, spices, and red wine. Easy to prepare with simple ingredients, this perfectly baked meal delivers fork-tender meat with delicious veggies.

#2. Turkey Tacos

Tacos are a quick, easy meal to prepare, especially if you’re using store-bought tortillas. The lean ground turkey is cooked with garlic, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. As for the toppings, go crazy with shredded cheese, guacamole, diced tomato, sour cream, or just a simple squirt of lemon.

#3. Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

This homemade Southern fried chicken is the perfect recipe to feed a family! It’s a great excuse to have breakfast for dinner as waffles are the best partner for chicken. Seasoned with various spices and herbs, these chicken thighs and drums are fried to a golden brown color. Perfectly crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside!

#4. Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Chicken and pasta make a terrific union, especially when paired with an incredible cream sauce. This recipe allows you to use any pasta and even replace blue cheese with ranch dressing. If you don’t have fresh chicken, you can use leftovers and still whip up a delicious meal. Add cold butter just before removing from heat for a creamier sauce!

#5. Lemon, Chili, and Garlic Roast Chicken

If you’re a fan of garlic and chili, then you’ll love this roast chicken recipe. Seasoned with chili flakes, honey, lemon, salt, pepper, olive oil, and lots of garlic, the chicken is spatchcocked for even cooking. Perfectly roasted with caramelized skin, this simple yet healthy and delicious dinner is a meal your family will want to revisit!

#6. Baked Mac and Cheese

A popular comfort food, macaroni and cheese go hand in hand. Serve up a generous helping of this classic casserole to end your Sunday evening on a high note. You’ll need cavatappi pasta, whole milk, chicken broth, butter, breadcrumbs, parmesan and cheddar cheese, and spices. Serve up this creamy goodness with grated parmesan and breadcrumbs!

#7. Chicken Shrimp Sausage Gumbo

This gumbo recipe is a hot number from Louisiana that incorporates all your favorite meats — chicken, shrimp, sausage, and even crab. The seafood, chicken, and sausages are all boosted with authentic Cajun spices including Creole seasoning, paprika, and gumbo file. Serve with rice to soak up the mouthwatering broth!

#8. Avocado Pasta

This elegant, creamy vegetarian dish will have even meat lovers swooning over it. It demands only 15 minutes of your time and utilizes simple ingredients like spaghetti, avocados, basil, garlic, cherry tomatoes, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. It’s a lovely budget-friendly dinner idea for small families.

#9. Corn Pudding

Another popular Southern feature, this corn pudding is absolutely irresistible! It has a deliciously sweet and savory taste and is incredibly affordable. It’s also easy to make and requires only 10 minutes of prep time and about 50 minutes to bake. Some of the best accompaniments for this creamy corn pudding include chicken or turkey with green beans.

#10. Homemade Meatloaf

Sunday dinners are for comfort foods, and there’s nothing more comforting than the classic meatloaf to feed the family. This recipe uses ground beef and pork, breadcrumbs, milk, eggs, cheddar cheese, onions, and spices, as well as some condiments for the glaze. The result is a meal so tender and delicious that everyone will help themselves to seconds!

#11. Baby Back Ribs

Most meat lovers understand the importance of cooking an expensive cut of pork just right to give you juicy, tender meat. Marinate your baby back ribs in dry rub for at least 8 hours to let the flavors soak in. Once baked, baste the ribs with your favorite barbecue sauce on a BBQ grill, and serve! Finger-licking good!

#12. Chinese Beef Stir-Fry

Skip the takeout and try your hand at this delicious stir fry that you can make in just 15 minutes! Go for affordable cuts like skirt or flank steak for this stir-fry as they quickly tenderize after marinating. Other ingredients include cornstarch, soy sauce, onions, fresh ginger, and garlic. Serve with noodles or veggies for a hearty meal.

#13. Spaghetti and Meatballs

An Italian classic, spaghetti and meatballs are a great meal to serve for a family dinner. Juicy, tender meatballs coated in homemade Marinara sauce and served with your favorite pasta, this dish will be loved by kids and adults alike! Don’t be surprised if there aren’t any leftovers.

#14. Honey-Glazed Ham

Why reserve ham just for the holidays? Treat your family to this slow cooker, honey-glazed, boneless ham meal at any time of the year! The recipe doesn’t ask for much except spiral sliced ham, brown sugar, honey, dijon mustard, and water. To ensure the flavor reaches every slice, baste the meat a few times as it’s cooking.

#15. Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole With Green Beans

Casseroles rank high on the comfort food list. And what better way to reminisce your childhood than with a creamy chicken casserole? Made with chicken, rice, green beans, and water chestnuts, this is a well-balanced meal for the entire family. If you want to make the dish more flavorful, you can add some curry powder or paprika.

#16. Crockpot Beef Stew

In this thick, silky, delicious beef stew recipe, all the ingredients combine and cook together, making every mouthful a burst of flavor. Just brown the beef, toss it into the crockpot with all the other ingredients, and let it all cook together for about 8 hours. Perfect for a game night when you don’t want to stay too long in the kitchen!

#17. Chicken Bruschetta

If you want a taste of Italy without ordering takeout, try this simple chicken bruschetta recipe. It’s a light and delicious low-carb dinner that you can prepare in no time! You’ll need boneless and skinless chicken breasts, mozzarella cheese, Roma tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and seasoning. It’s the perfect lazy Sunday evening dinner.

#18. Oven-Baked Salmon

End your weekend in a healthy and delicious way with this moist and flaky salmon fillet. This recipe treats you to a lemon and spice flavor that works beautifully with salmon and only takes 15 minutes to cook. You can serve the fish by itself or with some honey-glazed carrots, rice, or roast potatoes.

#19. Top Round Beef Roast

Top round is an inexpensive cut of meat that cooks to tender perfection, sure to be a hit at your Sunday dinner. The secret is to cook it medium-rare; otherwise, it will get tough. This roast pairs wonderfully with potatoes (mashed or roasted) or rice, alongside a green salad or cooked vegetables. The leftovers also make incredible roast beef sandwiches.

#20. Lasagna Roll-Ups

Lasagna can seem daunting, but luckily, lasagna roll-ups are easy to make and are adaptable to both veggie and meat options. For this recipe, use regular lasagna noodles and roll them up instead of laying them flat on the baking dish. Layered with ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese and a delicious marinara sauce, this is a hearty meal that’ll vanish in no time.

#21. Roast Potatoes and Carrots

Looking for a side dish to pair with your beef roast or pork chops? This simple yet delicious roast potatoes and carrots recipe will make the cut! These two ingredients absorb herbs and spicy flavors very well and are cooked to crisp and tender perfection, making them an ideal side for big meals.

#22. Blackened Shrimp Tacos

You can’t beat savory tacos for a fun Sunday dinner. This blackened shrimp taco recipe is a quick meal that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. It’s made with tortillas, jumbo shrimp, avocado, mango, cabbage, lime, and spices. Make sure to thaw and dry the shrimp completely to get a good sear.

#23. BLT Pasta Salad

Put a fun twist on your favorite BLT with this refreshing pasta salad. Quick to make with simple ingredients, you’ll need bacon, Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, bowtie pasta, red onion, mayonnaise, plain yogurt, ranch dressing, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. It’s a light and wholesome meal for a warm summer evening!

#24. Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken

What better way to enjoy chicken thighs than in a sweet, sticky dish accompanied by your favorite veggies? This slow cooker honey garlic chicken is the ideal comfort food that’s filling, hearty, and incredibly tasty. Enjoy as-is or serve it with rice.

#25. Chicken Enchilada Soup

This healthy, hearty soup is made with shredded chicken, black beans, corn, tomato, cheese, enchilada sauce, and spices. And if you want to turn the heat a notch higher, throw in some sliced jalapenos. Top it off with a dollop of sour cream and serve hot with tortilla chips or bread.

#26. Beef Stroganoff

A traditional Russian recipe, beef stroganoff has long since traversed the world. It cooks relatively fast and is a classic choice for family dinners. The dish entails beef strips cooked in a rich, creamy mushroom gravy. Use a tender cut of meat, go for beef tenderloin, boneless beef sirloin steak, or boneless rib eye. Serve hot with mashed potatoes or rice.

#27. Stuffed Green Bell Peppers

Whether you want a quick, tasty dish or a scrumptious side to your main meal, this stuffed green bell peppers recipe will impress everyone at the dinner table! Since bell peppers generally don’t take long to cook, you’ll need to first brown your ground beef stuffing before popping them into the oven.

#28. Homemade Sloppy Joes

If you’re a fan of hefty burgers, this homemade Sloppy Joe recipe will blow your mind! You can easily prepare your burger in less than 30 minutes, perfect for a lazy Sunday night. The sauce is made from staple pantry ingredients like mustard, ketchup, and vinegar. Serve with a refreshing salad to balance out this savory meal.

#29. Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Featuring minced meat and onions at the bottom of the skillet covered with whipped mashed potatoes, this Shepherd’s pie is a classic, filling meal. The meat and veggies are cooked in beef broth and Worcestershire sauce, delivering incredible flavors in every bite. Baked to golden perfection, it’s the perfect meal for families or dinner parties.

#30. Pineapple Casserole

A sweet and savory Southern favorite, this casserole can be served as a dessert or even for the main meal! The dish uses pineapple chunks (fresh or canned), sugar, butter, cheddar cheese, crackers, and spices. This beautifully baked crumbly casserole is just what you want on a cozy Sunday evening!

AboutRibana Hategan

Ribana is a certified pastry chef and passionate home cook who curates and develops recipes that are high on nutrition. She develops and tests cost effective, nutritious meals using quality ingredients to help people better their everyday eating experiences. She loves Mediterranean cuisine and is an advocate of using fresh, hyper local, and seasonal produce. Ribana’s food philosophy is “Eat a little bit of everything.”

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