Join us for an adventure in flavor!

    The 65+ BEST Dinner Ideas for Tonight

    What should I cook for dinner tonight? That forever question I have every single day, when contemplating what to cook for my family tonight.

    That’s why I have compiled this list of easy Dinner Ideas for Tonight. All of these easy dinner recipes make great weeknight meals, and there’s something for every taste.

    Craving pasta? Stir fry? Tacos? I have that, and so much more!

    So go through this dinner idea list, and be sure to save it, because it’s going to be your new go-to whenever you’re wondering what’s for dinner!

    Dinner ideas for tonight pin.

    What’s for Dinner? 65+ Dinner Ideas for Tonight

    1. Steak Tacos

    Steak Tacos

    I just love these Steak Tacos, and I know they’re going to be a hit at your house too. Think about juicy, tender steak that’s just so flavorful, all wrapped up in a soft tortilla with your favorite toppings. It’s really the best thing!

    They’re super easy to make, perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Everyone in the family will love them! Trust me, once you try these, you’ll want to make them all the time.

    Get the Recipe: Steak Tacos

    2. Thai Cashew Chicken

    Thai Cashew Chicken

    Give your stir fry night a new twist with this Thai Cashew Chicken. It’s an easy dish that’s bursting with layers of flavor and texture.

    Just a little chopping, mix up a sauce, and a quick stir fry is all the effort needed to put this tasty and nutritious dinner on the table.

    Sounds like a great weeknight dinner option for busy nights!

    Get the Recipe: Thai Cashew Chicken

    3. Jambalaya Pasta (Pastalaya)

    Jambalaya Pasta (Pastalaya)

    What’s for dinner? How about Jambalaya Pasta! It’s a super tasty dish featuring shrimp, chicken and sausage smothered in a creamy, cheesy sauce full of Louisiana flavors.

    It’s like everyone’s favorite jambalaya, but with pasta instead of rice. How cool!

    Get the Recipe: Pastalaya

    4. Easy Creamy Chicken Skillet

    Easy Creamy Chicken Skillet

    If you are on the lookout thinking “I want an easy chicken recipe tonight”… here it is. I’m not only giving you easy, but a lot more.

    It happens in flash (start to finish in less than 30 minutes) with super simple everyday ingredients. Yet it’s decadently indulgent in nature. 

    Get the Recipe: Creamy Chicken Skillet

    5. Cheesy Tortellini Bake

    Cheesy Tortellini Bake

    How about something really easy for dinner tonight? This cheesy tortellini bake is it!

    Even your pickiest eaters are going to love this hearty and comforting pasta dish. Saucy, meaty, cheesy… yep, this one checks all the boxes!

    If you have a few minutes to spare, and an oven, you’re going to love this one-pan weeknight dinner.

    Get the Recipe: Tortellini Bake

    6. Sesame Chicken Bowls

    Sesame Chicken Bowls

    I’ve found the perfect solution to satisfy those weeknight Chinese food cravings with my Sesame Chicken Bowls. In less than half an hour, I can whip up a dish that’s totally customizable and so much better than takeout.

    They’re a breeze to make, really. Plus, they’re fantastic for meal prep. I love making a big batch to have on hand for quick lunches throughout the week. Trust me, these leftovers are something you’ll actually look forward to. You’ve got to try them, they’re a game-changer for busy days!

    Get the Recipe: Sesame Chicken

    7. Mushroom Stroganoff

    Mushroom Stroganoff

    This easy Mushroom Stroganoff is a lighter and healthier take on your traditional beef stroganoff. It’s also super quick, and super tasty!

    With just a handful of basic ingredients, you can have this meatless dinner on the table in under half an hour. It’s one of our favorite dinner ideas!

    Get the Recipe: Mushroom Stroganoff

    8. Clam Linguine (Linguine alle Vongole)

    Clam Linguine

    Clam Linguine, or Linguine alle Vongole, might sound like a dish you’d order at a fancy restaurant, but don’t be intimidated, it’s super easy to make at home. It’s a beautiful, light pasta dish that comes together with a zesty lemon, garlic, and wine sauce.

    Whenever I’m stumped on what to cook for dinner, I can whip this up in just a few minutes. It’s elegant yet effortless, perfect for impressing guests or treating myself to something special without all the fuss. You’ll love how simple and delicious it is!

    Get the Recipe: Clam Linguine

    9. Mongolian Ground Beef

    Mongolian Ground Beef

    Mongolian Ground Beef is a 20 minute stir fry bursting with sweet and savory Asian flavors. It’s a perfect weeknight meal to come back to again and again.

    Give this easier, ground beef version a try in your kitchen tonight!

    Get the Recipe: Mongolian Ground Beef

    10. Ham and Cheese Gnocchi Skillet

    Ham and Cheese Gnocchi Skillet

    This Ham and Cheese Gnocchi Skillet is a super easy one pan meal that is absolute comfort food.

    It’s a great use for leftover ham, and it only takes a few simple ingredients to make this magic happen.

    Best of all, it can be on the table in about 20 minutes. Sounds like a winner to me!

    Get the Recipe: Ham Gnocchi

    11. Greek Chicken Souvlaki

    Greek Chicken Souvlaki

    Chicken Souvlaki – sometimes, all it takes is a few simple ingredients to create truly amazing flavors. These Greek skewers are a perfect example. I just love how bite-sized chunks of chicken get marinated with lemon juice, oregano, and garlic. They can be grilled, baked, or cooked on the stovetop, making them super versatile.

    Plus, all I need is about 20 minutes of hands-on time to bring these delicious Greek flavors to life tonight! It’s so quick and easy, yet the result is just mouthwatering. Whether it’s for a quick family dinner or a special occasion, this recipe never fails to impress.

    Get the Recipe: Chicken Souvlaki

    12. One Skillet Mexican Casserole

    One Skillet Mexican Casserole

    Need a break? Yet want to put dinner on the table tonight? This is when this One Skillet Mexican Casserole come into play. 

    10 minutes of active cook time on your part, with simple pantry staple ingredients, and this amazing casserole full of Mexican flavors happens. And did you hear one skillet? Yup music to my ears, for easy clean up later.

    Get the Recipe: Mexican Rice Casserole

    13. Thai Basil Fried Rice

    Thai Basil Fried Rice

    Here’s a little spin on your regular fried rice with a huge flavor upgrade!!

    This Thai Basil Fried Rice is infused with such amazing spicy and umami flavors that you will wonder how simple fried rice can be so tasty. 

    Get the Recipe: Thai Basil Fried Rice

    14. Creamy Sausage Pasta

    Creamy Sausage Pasta

    This Creamy Sausage Pasta is a perfect example of creating an absolutely delicious dish out of simple, ordinary ingredients. 

    Nothing fancy… nothing complicated… ready in 20 minutes. Yet I promise, you will get hooked on these amazing flavors in one bite. Perfect contender to cook when you don’t know what to make for dinner.

    Get the Recipe: Creamy Sausage Pasta

    15. Baja Fish Tacos

    Creamy Sausage Pasta

    These Baja Fish Tacos are one of my new favorite handheld meals. Soft tortillas packed full of beer battered fish, pico de gallo, avocado and chipotle mayo. Serious YUM!

    They’re a fun weekend meal, or a great dish to serve to guests. And you can have your taco bar on the table in about 20 minutes.

    Get the Recipe: Baja Fish Tacos

    16. Honey Garlic Chicken Bites

    Honey Garlic Chicken Bites

    Dinner ready in 20 minutes? Honey Garlic Chicken Bites… Music to the ears… And when you look into the pan, the sticky delicious honey garlic sauce laced chicken bites, they look so tempting to dig in to. 

    This is one of our favorite weeknight dinner ideas, that happens with regular every day pantry ingredients. Nothing fancy… nothing difficult… just simple good old flavors.

    Get the Recipe: Honey Garlic Chicken Bites

    17. Tortellini al Forno

    Tortellini al Forno

    This Tortellini al Forno recipe is inspired by the popular Olive Garden dish. Plump, tender tortellini smothered in an amazing creamy sauce that’s enhanced by bacon and a variety of cheeses. 

    I decided to add some veggie power to the original dish, in the form of spinach and mushrooms, plus we’ll share some other great variation ideas.

    This is a great easy dinner idea for you to cook up any night of the week! 

    Get the Recipe: Tortellini al Forno

    18. Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

    Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

    Your meatless night never looked so fancy and tasty! These Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms are what my dream looks like when I steer away from protein some days. 

    These big ol’ mushrooms are tender, fleshy goodness stuffed to the brim with everyone’s classic favorite… Caprese!! A simple mix of vibrant cherry tomatoes, gooey mozzarella balls and fresh basil.

    Get the Recipe: Caprese Portabellas

    19. Tonkatsu (Japanese Pork Cutlet)

    Tonkatsu (Japanese Pork Cutlet)

    Tonkatsu is a simple fried pork cutlet, popular in Japanese cuisine. It’s crispy outside, tender inside, and comes with a beautifully flavorful katsu sauce.

    It’s so easy to make, with only a few simple ingredients, yet it ends up so delicious. If you have 20 minutes, you can have this crispy treat on your table!

    Get the Recipe: Tonkatsu

    20. TikTok Salmon Rice Bowl

    TikTok Salmon Rice Bowl

    This Salmon Rice Bowl is a great way to use leftovers, and it only takes moments to prepare.

    If you have some leftover salmon and rice in the fridge, this is the best and easiest way to repurpose it for another quick and different meal all together. The answer to “what’s for dinner?” has never been so easy!

    Get the Recipe: Salmon Rice Bowl

    21. Sicilian Pasta

    Sicilian Pasta

    I just tried out this amazing Sicilian Pasta recipe, and I have to say, it’s absolutely bursting with flavors! I tossed in a mix of olives, capers, artichoke hearts, and cherry tomatoes, which all came together beautifully with some fantastic flavor enhancers.

    It’s such a light and refreshing meal, making it perfect for those meatless nights. Plus, it’s super quick to prepare. I had this stunning dish ready in about 20 minutes! It’s definitely a great choice for both a hassle-free weeknight dinner and special occasions. I’m already planning to make it again soon, it’s that good!

    Get the Recipe: Sicilian Pasta

    22. Pork Stir Fry

    Pork Stir Fry

    Are you ready to get woking? This easy Pork Stir Fry will have dinner on the table in a flash! It’s loaded with fresh veggies and has a great homemade stir fry sauce.

    I love how customizable this dish is! I can use any cut of pork I have on hand, and throw in whatever veggies I’m in the mood for. It’s the perfect go-to meal for those nights when I’m not sure what to cook. Just grab what’s available and toss it all together. Super easy and always delicious!

    Get the Recipe: Pork Stir Fry

    23. Ground Beef Tacos

    Ground Beef Tacos

    Taco, Taco! How many can you have at one time? These ground beef tacos are a fun, super easy dinner the whole family will love. You won’t even want to wait till Tuesday!

    Perfectly seasoned ground beef wrapped in soft tortillas with all your favorite fixings. Everyone will be asking for these great tacos again and again.

    And best of all, you can have this tasty meal on the table in about 20 minutes. Perfect weeknight dinner contender!

    Get the Recipe: Beef Tacos

    24. Firecracker Salmon

    Firecracker Salmon

    This Firecracker Salmon is a super easy and super delish meal that must become part of your rotation. It has an amazing Asian sauce and whips up in about 20 minutes.

    If you’re looking for a new recipe to really jazz up your salmon, this is it! It’s salty, it’s sweet, and it’s a little bit spicy! Firecracker salmon just may become one of your favorite easy dinner ideas.

    Get the Recipe: Firecracker Salmon

    25. Creamy Ground Chicken Pasta

    Creamy Ground Chicken Pasta

    This delicious creamy pasta is so good and so easy that you will be coming back to this one every now and then. 

    Any ground meat on hand (I used chicken today) and voila, one delicious meal ready in no time. Plus it has all the goodness of spinach and cherry tomatoes to add in more flavors.

    Get the Recipe: Ground Chicken Pasta

    26. Steak Gorgonzola Flatbread

    Steak Gorgonzola Flatbread

    Flatbread anyone?? Trust us when we say YOU want THIS…

    This Steak Gorgonzola Flatbread not only looks gorgeous (making it a perfect contender for all entertaining and special occasions), this happens super fast. About 20 minute fast…

    Get the Recipe: Steak Flatbread

    27. Gigi Hadid Pasta (Spicy Pasta Alla Vodka)

     Gigi Hadid Pasta

    What is Gigi Hadid Pasta? Simple… Pasta made by Gigi Hadid, which broke the internet when it went viral on instagram and tiktok. 

    If you look closely, it’s the same delicious creamy and cheesy pasta alla vodka, with a slight makeover – it gets pleasantly spiked with heat from red chili flakes.

    Get the Recipe: Gigi Hadid Pasta

    28. Sausage Potato Casserole

    Sausage Potato Casserole

    Casserole days, AKA traybake days… Those are my favorite cooking days. They are possibly the easiest dishes you’ll ever cook and eat. The combinations are endless.

    Load that tray, season generously, shove it into the oven, set the timer… and dinner is ready.

    Get the Recipe: Sausage Potato Casserole

    29. Mediterranean Zucchini Boats

    Mediterranean Zucchini Boats

    Feast your eyes! This is Squash Satisfaction…

    These zucchini boats are the perfect low carb vehicles for any of your favorite protein stuffing. What if it has Mediterranean vibes? This is one of our favorite dinner ideas. 

    Healthy can be stunning and gorgeous, just take a look at my platter…

    Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Zucchini Boats

    30. Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)

    Thai Basil Chicken

    Are you looking for a really, really fast meal tonight that’s really, really tasty? Not only is this Thai Basil Chicken, AKA Pad Krapow Gai, bursting with flavor, you can whip it up in 15 minutes or less.

    Get the Recipe: Pad Krapow Gai

    31. Creamy Lemon Chicken

    Creamy Lemon Chicken in a cast iron pan.

    Easy and delicious! This chicken can make for a relatively easy week night meal, but looks and tastes so good it will impress guests as well.

    We love it with orzo, pearled couscous or bread! On it’s own, great for the keto crowd!

    Get the Recipe: Creamy Lemon Chicken

    32. Loco Moco (Hawaiian Beef Patty with Gravy)

    Loco Moco

    Say Aloha to this Hawaiian Favorite, Loco Moco… Now who wouldn’t be a little intrigued by a dish named “Loco Moco”? Let’s get a little taste of Hawaii going on in your kitchen. 

    Loco Moco is a fun, yet delicious, thing where a heap of rice is topped with a beef patty, smothered with gravy, and finished with a sunny side up egg. How cool!

    Get the Recipe: Loco Moco

    33. Peruvian Chicken

    Peruvian chicken.

    This roasted chicken is a total flavor Bomb! Tender, juicy, beautifully crisped up chicken loaded with awesome bold, delicious flavors. This isn’t your regular rotisserie chicken. Just imagine 10 times more flavorful.

    This my friends is Pollo a la Brasa, the famous Peruvian Chicken, the chicken the whole world slowly started swooning over.

    Tonight is the night to make this simple roast chicken recipe, Peruvian style!

    Get the Recipe: Peruvian Chicken

    34. Tomato Basil Chicken

    over head picture of tomato basil chicken on a blue platter

    Would you make this chicken dish if I say just three things? Super easy, super quick and super delicious!! It’s actually quite brilliant and good looking too!!

    Those gorgeous looking cherry tomatoes in a slightly buttery-orangey sauce with hints of basil are just too good on otherwise plain chicken breast. The perfect answer to end a rather busy day is this Fast Flourish!!

    Get the Recipe: Tomato Basil Chicken

    35. Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

    baked honey mustard chicken legs

    Juicy, tender, succulent, fall of the bone meat with crispy golden brown skin, covered in a sweet and savory honey mustard glaze. This one pan wonder of chicken is an absolute you-need-in-your-life kind of thing.

    Just save it for those lazy, tired, don’t want to cook yet need to eat days. This Quick, Sticky, Saucy, Sweet, Savory and Soy-Honey-Mustard with garlic infused Chicken… it’s a game changer!

    Get the Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken

    36. Portuguese Bean Soup

    Portuguese bean soup.

    Fooled ya! Portuguese Bean Soup isn’t Portuguese at all! Instead, it’s a hearty and comforting soup that originated in Hawaii.

    With a hodgepodge of ingredients like smoked ham hocks, macaroni, kidney beans, an assortment of veggies, and Portuguese sausage (hence the name), this is one flavor packed bowl you don’t want to miss!

    Get the Recipe: Portuguese Bean Soup

    37. Birria Tacos

    Birria tacos.

    Birria Tacos, AKA Quesabirria, are the ultimate taco experience. If there is a King or Queen of tacos, this is it.

    That moment when you dunk these Beef Birria Tacos into its rich colored consommé and take a big bite…

    All those amazing flavors coming from shredded tender meat mixed in with melty cheese and fried to crunchy perfection, taken to next level when dunked into Birria consommé…

    Get the Recipe: Birria Tacos

    38. Shrimp and Grits

    Shrimp and Grits.

    Once you try just one bite of these Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits, you are going to plan on making this meal again and again.

    Succulent shrimp and smoky andouille sausage are smothered in a savory gravy that tastes out of this world delicious.

    Then, all is piled on top of creamy, cheesy grits. Just perfect…

    Get the Recipe: Shrimp and Grits

    39. Johnny Marzetti

    Johnny marzetti.

    Johnny Marzetti the quintessential classic vintage casserole of pasta with beefy tomato sauce and melted cheese.

    Some call it American Goulash… some American Chop suey… some spice it up and add beans and call it chili mac. Whatever name you call it, I bet if you are American you have been fed this by your mom or grandma.

    Get the Recipe: Johnny Marzetti

    40. Vietnamese Chicken Curry

    Vietnamese chicken curry.

    A bowl full of light, brothy curry with a golden hue!! Tender chunks of chicken, aromatic spices, some veggies in a luscious coconut milk base infused with lemon grass, garlic and fish sauce. How can that not be delicious?

    Now you have my attention my friends. That’s Cà Ri Gà, or Vietnamese Chicken Curry, for you!! This curry is a perfect example of the intricate balance of flavors that Vietnamese cuisine is famous for.

    Get the Recipe: Vietnamese Chicken Curry

    41. Peri Peri Chicken

    Peri peri chicken.

    Peri Peri Chicken – the bird that dared to be bold!

    Born from a love affair between Portuguese adventurers and African chilies, Peri Peri Chicken (also known as “Pepper-Pepper” Chicken) has become the life of the global food party.

    Get the Recipe: Peri Peri Chicken

    42. Baja Shrimp Tacos

    Baja shrimp tacos.

    These Baja Shrimp Tacos are going to be your new food addiction!

    Imagine plump, beer battered shrimp, crisp coleslaw, creamy avocado and a smoky and tangy chipotle mayo, all nestled in between warm corn tortillas. Just too good!

    You don’t have to wait for Taco Tuesday, these restaurant quality handheld delights are great any day of the week…

    Get the Recipe: Baja Shrimp Tacos

    43. Beef Tagine

    The 45 BEST Sunday Dinner Ideas - beef tagine

    Beef Tagine tastes unlike any other beef stew you might have tried before.

    This Moroccan Beef Stew is hearty and wholesome, slow cooked for hours, resulting in melt in your mouth succulent beef in a sauce that is magic… Magic created by spices and sweet notes from dried fruits.

    Amazing dinner idea for tonight!

    Get the Recipe: Beef Tagine

    44. Country Style Beef Ribs

    Country style beef ribs.

    These easy baked Country Style Beef Ribs are melt in your mouth tender, and full of meaty barbecue flavor.

    They get generously seasoned before cooking low and slow in the oven, then get slathered with your favorite BBQ sauce.

    Get the Recipe: Country Style Beef Ribs

    45. Pasta e Piselli

    Pasta e piselli.

    This Pasta e Piselli recipe is perfect for those last minute weeknight dinners, when you want something tasty and comforting, without a lot of hassle.

    A simple Neapolitan dish of Pasta and Peas, it’s a light one pot meal that you can have on the table in about 25 minutes.

    Get the Recipe: Pasta e Piselli

    46. Sopa de Fideo

    Sopa de fideo.

    Everyones favorite Tomato Soup gets an upgrade with noodles. Tomato Noodle Soup? You got it right. Sopa de Fideo is Mexico’s version of everyone’s beloved tomato soup.

    With its simple ingredients – thin noodles and a flavorful tomato broth – this dish is the epitome of comfort food. Sopa de Fideo is an easy and quick recipe, perfect for busy weeknights or whenever you need a soothing meal.

    Get the Recipe: Sopa de Fideo

    47. Thai Shrimp Curry

    Thai Shrimp Curry

    Craving some Thai flavors tonight?

    This easy Thai Shrimp Curry recipe is bursting with layers of great flavor, and is surprisingly easy. Customize the hotness to your own preference.

    Get the Recipe: Thai Shrimp Curry

    48. Pollo Guisado

    pollo guisado alongside a scoop of white rice on a blue plate

    Pollo Guisado, the beloved chicken dish that everybody from Latin Caribbean islands grew up on. Its dynamics and taste changes from Dominican to Puerto Rican to Cuban.

    This colorful, fall off the bone chicken is caramelized first and then braised in a beautiful sauce. Atop a bed of rice, this is ultimate bliss for many people!

    Get the Recipe: Pollo Guisado

    49. Creamy Rasta Pasta

    Rasta pasta.

    Rasta Pasta! Are you ready for a meal that’s as colorful as it is flavorful? Here’s how I make it: I cook up a creamy jerk pasta and load it with red, green, and yellow peppers. Sometimes, I top it off with shrimp or chicken for extra protein.

    I generously season it with Jamaican jerk seasoning, then sprinkle freshly grated parmesan and mozzarella cheese on top. This easy Rasta Pasta recipe comes together in about half an hour, making it a perfect dinner for any weeknight!

    Get the Recipe: Creamy Rasta Pasta

    50. American Goulash

    American Goulash.

    Now here’s a nostalgic dish from old time Americana… American Goulash! It’s a pantry staple comfort food that goes back over 100 years, and still tastes just as good today.

    Tender macaroni, hearty ground beef, all tossed in a well seasoned tomato sauce along with plenty of cheese. Doesn’t that sound like the ultimate kid friendly dinner?

    This easy pasta dish is a classic that just never gets old!

    Get the Recipe: American Goulash

    51. Carne Guisada

    Carne guisada.

    Stew nights… One of my absolute favorite eat till you drop nights. Let me give you the biggest flavor bomb out of the Caribbean, Carne Guisada, Puerto Rican style.

    So much flavor in every single tender meat chunk. Why not? There is plenty of their famous flavor enhancers like sofrito, Sazon, adobo and olives. Yes, olives.

    All of these are huge game changers for your stew night. Try this delicious hearty beef stew tonight and I know you are going to bookmark this for life.

    Get the Recipe: Carne Guisada

    52. Smash Burger Tacos

    Smash burger tacos.

    Have you heard about Smash Tacos? They are quirky, they are unexpectedly finger licking delicious, and they are the latest food sensation.

    Don’t under estimate this hand held meal as just the latest media food-fad. One bite into it, and I bet you will do a little happy dance, munching a mouthful and savoring the familiar taste in new form.

    Get the Recipe: Smash Burger Tacos

    53. Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Beef Stir Fry)

    Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Beef Stir Fry)

    If you’ve had a busy day, try this super quick Lomo Saltado.

    This Lomo Saltado recipe features a unique fusion of Asian stir fry with Latin ingredients. It’s a delicious dish out of Peru that you MUST try!

    Get the Recipe: Lomo Saltado

    54. Indian Chicken Masala

    bowl of chicken masala alongside rice and roti

    Chicken Masala is a staple on every Indian restaurant menu, and my version of this dish is irresistibly tasty, super easy, and quick to make. It’s perfect to pair with rotis or rice.

    Get ready to experience true deliciousness that will add some serious flavor to your dinner table. I love how it brings a vibrant burst of spices and richness to any meal!

    Get the Recipe: Chicken Masala

    55. Steak Pizzaiola

    Steak pizzaiola.

    Seasoned, seared, simmered, and smothered – that’s how I make Steak Pizzaiola, the old school Italian way! It’s absolutely delicious, and with every bite, you might find yourself nodding to the heavens because it’s that good. Trust me, when it comes to good eating, the Italians know their stuff. This steak, smothered in a rich tomato sauce that reminds you of pizza, is just brilliant.

    Get the Recipe: Steak Pizzaiola

    56. Cuban Mojo Pork

    Cuban Mojo Pork

    For all the Cuban food lovers, here is a very simple and delicious, yet very iconic Cuban dish, Mojo Pork!!

    Rich and succulent tender shredded pork with amazing flavors created by citrus juice, plenty of garlic and some select herbs.

    All you are doing is making a quick Mojo Marinade and cooking the pork slow and low for hours, smothered in citrusy Mojo.

    Get the Recipe: Mojo Pork

    57. Cajun Shrimp Scampi

    The 30 BEST Easy Weeknight Dinners - Cajun shrimp scampi.

    This Cajun shrimp scampi is so quick and easy you can make it any weeknight. But it is so fancy and tasty you just might want to save it for special occasions!

    Get the Recipe: Cajun Shrimp Scampi

    58. Baked Sockeye Salmon

    Baked Sockeye Salmon

    This easy Baked Sockeye Salmon recipe is perfect for a quick and easy dinner, or Sunday company meal!

    I brush it with a honey mustard glaze that really complements the natural flavor of the fish. Then, I bake it in foil to keep the flesh moist and make cleanup a breeze. It’s a simple, tasty way to prepare fish that always turns out great.

    Get the Recipe: Sockeye Salmon Recipe

    59. Caldo de Pollo

    Caldo de Pollo

    Caldo de Pollo, or Chicken Soup, is my go-to for simple, homestyle cooking. I just let a big pot of broth, chicken, and loads of veggies simmer for hours. It’s really that simple, no need for fancy ingredients or complicated spices. With just a standard soup pot and a bit of patience, I can make a delicious, hearty chicken broth filled with veggies. It’s the perfect, comforting meal that always tastes amazing.

    Get the Recipe: Caldo de Pollo

    60. Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

    Japanese fried chicken.

    Introducing Chicken Karaage, Japan’s amazing version of fried chicken that always has me coming back for more.

    Picture this: crispy, bite-sized pieces of chicken, marinated in an umami-rich sauce with garlic, ginger, and traditional Japanese seasonings. Then imagine all that goodness wrapped in a super crispy coating that’s light as a feather. That’s the Chicken Karaage I love. It’s Japan’s beloved take on fried chicken!

    Get the Recipe: Karaage

    61. Italian Sunday Gravy

    Italian Sunday Gravy (Sunday Sauce)

    Sunday Gravy is my go-to for turning a regular weekend into something special. This Italian-American classic is all about comfort food that’s been winning over hearts for generations. I make a rich tomato sauce packed with meats like short ribs, spare ribs, meatballs, and sausage, and let it simmer for hours.

    It’s this slow cooking that makes the deep, layered flavors of what I consider a true culinary masterpiece.

    Get the Recipe: Sunday Gravy

    62. Ground Beef Bulgogi

    Ground beef bulgogi.

    15 minute dinner idea that is easy, delicious and family friendly? Yup. You have come to the right recipe. Ground Beef Bulgogi is a simple and delightful twist on traditional Korean Bulgogi.

    I use ground beef to make it quick and easy, yet it still keeps all those unique and delicious flavors. It’s a wonderful mix of sweet, savory, and a bit of spice, which makes the meal really satisfying and full of taste. I’m always amazed at how these simple ingredients create such a flavorful dish.

    Get the Recipe: Ground Beef Bulgogi

    63. Fasolakia (Greek Green Beans)

    Greek green beans.

    Fasolakia, or Greek Green Beans, is a dish that always surprises people with how tasty it can make simple green beans. This Greek recipe really might change your mind about this humble veggie.

    Locally called Fasolakia Lathera, it’s a comforting meal that feels like home cooking at its best. It mixes green beans with olive oil, tomatoes, and Mediterranean seasonings for a hearty and healthy dish. I just love how all these simple ingredients come together to create something so satisfying.

    Get the Recipe: Greek Green Beans

    64. Chicken Scarpariello

    Chicken scarpariello.

    Now I am sure you’ve never heard of this dish. You are in for one new flavor bomb surprise. Chicken Scarpariello, also known as “Shoemaker’s Chicken,” is an enticing Italian-American dish that will tickle your taste buds.

    I love cooking up this dish where chicken, sausages, and zesty cherry peppers come together in a delicious white wine sauce. It’s a lively mix that really pops with flavor in every bite, creating a meal that’s memorable and always a favorite around here.

    Get the Recipe: Chicken Scarpariello

    65. Filipino Pork Adobo

    Pork adobo.

    I love whipping up a batch of Pork Adobo, especially the Adobo sa Gata version. It’s a fun take on the classic Filipino dish by adding coconut milk, which makes it extra creamy.

    I let the pork cook slowly so it gets really tender and full of flavor. The mix of creamy, tangy, and savory tastes is just amazing. Every time I make this, it’s like a special feast that everyone enjoys.

    Get the Recipe: Pork Adobo

    66. Marry Me Chicken

    Marry me chicken.

    We’re wrapping up this list of dinner ideas for tonight with something totally swoonworthy: Marry Me Chicken!

    This crowd-pleasing dish combines succulent, tender chicken breasts with an exquisite parmesan cream sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil.

    The result? A delectable, flavorful main course that will delight and satisfy everyone’s palate. Get ready to fall in love with every bite!

    Get the Recipe: Marry Me Chicken

    No matter what ingredients you have on hand, there’s something here to cook. So now we’ll ask you… what’s for dinner?

    Save or pin this collection of amazing dinner ideas for tonight so you always know where to find it. And be sure to subscribe to GypsyPlate, we’re always cooking up new easy recipes for you!

    Check out these other great recipe collections!
    Sunday Dinner Ideas
    Weeknight Dinner Ideas
    Crockpot Recipes
    Blackstone Recipes
    Light Dinner Ideas
    Potluck Ideas
    Breakfast Ideas

    dinner ideas for tonight

    65+ BEST Dinner Ideas for Tonight

    Yield: 4 servings
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes

    If you're wondering what to cook for dinner tonight, you're in the right place! My collection of easy Dinner Ideas for Tonight has something for every craving.


    • 2 tbsp oil
    • 1.5 lbs ground beef
    • 6-7 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 2 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
    • 6 tbsp soy sauce
    • ¼ cup brown sugar
    • ½ cup chicken stock
    • 1 tbsp corn starch
    • 2 tbsp sambal oelek
    • ¼ tsp black pepper


    1. Heat the oil in a skillet or wok over high heat. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up with a spoon. Add ginger and garlic and cook until beef is browned and no more liquid remains in the pan.
    2. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, chicken stock, corn starch sambal and pepper in a bowl. Add to the meat and combine well. Simmer a couple of minutes, until sauce thickens.
    3. Garnish with diced green onions and sesame seeds. Serve over hot rice or Asian noodles.
    Nutrition Information
    Yield 4 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 612Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 20gCholesterol 152mgSodium 1674mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 12gProtein 49g

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

    Did you make this recipe?

    Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

    Picture of Alpana, blogger and recipe developer at GypsyPlate

    Welcome to GypsyPlate! I'm Alpana, former wordwide tour manager and professional caterer, now full time blogger. I love exploring cuisines from around the world, and my recipes have been featured on sites such as MSN, Parade, Brit + Co, CNET and AOL. You can explore my entire collection of sortable recipes in my Recipe Index or learn more about me here.

    Get griddling! Try these Blackstone Recipes!

    Never miss a recipe!

    Join the GypsyPlate mailing list and get easy dinner recipes right in your mailbox. From homestyle comfort food to exotic dishes from around the world.

      3 thoughts on “The 65+ BEST Dinner Ideas for Tonight”

      Leave a Reply

      Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

      Search by Cuisine

      Travel a word of flavors with GypsyPlate. Sort our recpes by regions:

      GypsyPlate logo.
      Skip to Recipe