Fall Dinner Ideas

When the weather cools down, our favorite Fall Dinner Ideas come out! From crockpot dishes to casseroles, this collection will have something you’re sure to love.

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Collage of fall dinner ideas.

Dinner Dishes Perfect for Fall

Arizona doesn’t necessarily have fall weather, but that doesn’t stop me from busting out my sweaters and bringing out my warm Autumn recipes. Over the years I’ve noticed that cooking in the fall changes just a bit from cooking in the summer

  • Some of my favorite produce appears in the fall, such as apples, pumpkins, mushroom, kale, squash, pears, carrots and beets. 
  • Outdoor grilling ends for the season and oven roasting begins.
  • Crock pots are also utilized slowly filling the house with delicious aromas making my mouth water in anticipation. 
  • Soup! Not only are they easy to whip up, but they’re filling and warm you right up on a chilly autumn day.

All of the fall dinner recipes below have been made, tasted and tested for my site. I love knowing I’m providing recipes for your family that I love myself.

Along with the recipes you’ll find tips and tricks such as make ahead information, variations, cooking tips and storage info. Happy Cooking!

Fall dinner ideas - pie dish filled with spaghetti pie.

how much is enough?

If you plan to host a fall dinner party it can be helpful to know about how much dinner to make. Casseroles, Soups and Meats are all warm, hearty and popular to serve in the fall. 

  • Soup. If you serve soup as an appetizer or side dish, then plan for ¾-1 cup per person. If it is the main dish, then provide 1 ½ cup per person. 
  • Casserole. Casserole that is served as a main dish is usually hearty, filling and contains protein. Plan to serve 8 oz per person if you will also have side dishes. If the casserole is the only dish, then plan to serve 12 oz per person. Casseroles containing a base of rice, pasta or potatoes are usually served as a side dish and you can plan to serve about 4 oz per person. 
  • Meat. When meat, such as steak, pork chops & chicken breast, are the main dish then plan to serve 6-8 oz per person. If the meat is breaded or covered in gravy or sauce, such as stuffed parmesan chicken or shredded pork, then you can reduce the amount to 4-5 oz per person. When purchasing meat remember that you will lose about 25% of its weight during the cooking process. Fattier pieces of meat will lose more mass so be sure to account for the loss. 
Crockpot turkey chili served in a white bowl.

Fall Vegetables

Whether you are serving them as a side or incorporating them into the main dish some popular fall herbs and vegetables include:

  • Greens: Arugula, Cabbage, Leafy Greens
  • Squash: Butternut Squash, Zucchini
  • Other Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Eggplant, Green Beans, Onions, Parsnips, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radish, Turnips, Sweet Potatoes, Wild mushrooms
  • Herbs: Garlic, Rosemary, Sage

One of the easiest ways to prepare these seasonal produce items is this recipe for Sheet Pan Oven Roasted Vegetables!


favorite fall dinner recipes

The following fall dinner recipes include pastas, soups and other yummy dishes that I’m sure you’ll love. These are some of our best loved fall meals!

Cabbage Soup – Cabbage Soup is an easy healthy soup loaded with fresh veggies. Warm up with a cup of this low calorie and low carb delicious soup!

Smothered Pork Chops – This creamy Lemon & Thyme Smothered Pork Chops recipe always gets rave reviews. It’s flavorful and ready in 35 minutes or less.

Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes – Savory Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are simple and quick and perfect for dinner any night or as a side dish. 

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops – Fry up the most delicious Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops with less than 10 minutes of prep work!! They are perfectly juicy.

Spaghetti Pie – Spaghetti Pie makes a hearty and delicious twist for a dinner time win! It’s a perfect recipe for busy weeknights and family-friendly dinners.

Easy Swedish Meatballs – Swedish meatballs made from both pork and beef, cooked to perfection, and smothered in a creamy gravy.

Italian Sausage Soup – Hearty and delicious Italian Sausage Soup filled with tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, spinach and more. The recipe made on the stove is simple and great to enjoy all year long!

Carne Asada – Carne Asada is the perfect Mexican flavored meat to add to tacos, burritos, salads, or quesadillas. It’s tender, flavorful, and juicy.

Indian Fry Bread – Delicious Homemade Fry Bread—aka “Navajo Tacos” or “Indian Bread”—pillows of dough, fried until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Make it a meal by adding sweet or savory toppings!

Vegetable Soup – Loaded with potatoes, carrots, corn, green beans, and tomatoes, this vegetable soup is healthy, hearty, and super good.

Chicken Lasagna – Everyone loves lasagna! this chicken version is just as delicious and is filled with spinach, cheese and delicious homemade white sauce. 

Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls – Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls are two of our favorite appetizer recipes in all wrapped up into one dippable delight.

Chicken Pot Pie – Easy Chicken Pot Pie is the definition of comfort food! It’s warm, rich with flavor, full of veggies, and has the best flaky crust.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken – You can’t go wrong with delicious fried chicken!! It’s great for picnics, barbecues, holidays and more. Plus – it’s easier to make than you think!!

Mayo Parmesan Chicken Bake – A delicious Parmesan Chicken Bake that is simple, yet full of flavor, and takes little prep time.

Skillet Lasagna – Skillet Lasagna is a comforting and cheesy one pot meal. It takes just 30 minutes and is perfect for dinner any night of the week!

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken – Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken is delicious and tender. It is stuffed and baked to perfection in under 30 minutes!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta – Easy Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta – a creamy and delicious pasta dish filled with cheese, chicken and bacon all made in one pot! This pasta can’t be beat!

Ritz Cracker Chicken – Crispy Cheddar Chicken is coated in sour cream, cheddar cheese, and ritz cracker crumbs and baked to crispy perfection. Top it with a creamy sauce, and it’s to die for!

Parmesan Chicken Manicotti – These manicotti shells are stuffed with a cheesy chicken mixture, and topped with tasty marinara!

Pumpkin Chili – Loaded With Vegetables, This Pumpkin Chili Is Healthy And Delicious. A Perfect Fall Soup Recipe That The Whole Family Will Love!

fall crockpot meals

Crock Pots are the best friend to any busy family. You can throw ingredients in the morning and return home to a warm ready made meal. Soups are definitely great to make in the crockpot, but you can make other great dishes in it as well.

Chicken Florentine Soup – With a combination of chicken, potato, white beans, carrots, spinach and more, this Chicken Florentine Soup is hearty and absolutely delicious. It tastes similar to Olive Garden’s recipe, but it’s made in the slow cooker!

Crock Pot Ribs – Juicy BBQ Crock Pot Ribs is the best and easiest dinner idea! Great for a small family, big family, or cooking for a crowd!

Crockpot Orange Chicken – This Crockpot Orange Chicken is simple, and tastes even better than takeout. With breaded chicken pieces covered in a phenomenal orange sauce and cooked to perfection in a slow cooker, it’s a recipe the whole family loves!

Crockpot Lasagna – Classic Lasagna made in the slow cooker! This delicious crock pot recipe has all the layers of noodles, cheese, sauce and meat that everyone loves but made more simply.

Cheesy Potato Soup – Creamy Cheesy Potato Soup is the easiest soup you’ll ever make. You only need a handful of ingredients and a crockpot!!

Slow Cooker Roast Chicken – Juicy and flavorful roasted chicken made in the slow cooker! So simple to make an entire chicken with the help of your crock pot.

Crock Pot Chicken Stew – A simple, convenient, and TASTY stew recipe made in the crock pot! Made with chicken, potatoes, carrots, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, ranch dressing mix and more, this Slow Cooker Chicken Stew recipe is BURSTING with flavor!!

Crock Pot Mongolian Beef – Delicious Crock Pot Mongolian Beef loaded with carrots and asparagus is SO simple to make. Your crock pot does all the work!!

Crockpot Ranch Chicken – You’ll love how simple, yet flavorful, this delicious chicken is. Made entirely in the crockpot, creamy ranch chicken is perfect on its own or served over rice.

Crock Pot Spinach Tortellini Soup – Easy Crock Pot Tortellini and Spinach Soup is a hearty soup filled with cheese tortellini, spinach, tomatoes, and lots of spices!!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew – DELICIOUS Slow Cooker Beef Stew filled with chunks of beef, potatoes and carrots – a family favorite that is hearty, simple and great for fall.

easy fall dinner recipes

Not only are casseroles easy to whip up, but they can often be made ahead of time and used as a freezer meal. You can still provide a warm home cooked meal at the end of a busy Autumn day.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole – A casserole version of the classic Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe. With layers of chicken, cheese, ham, sauce and Panko crumbs, it’s sure to become a family favorite.

Dorito Casserole – Everyone loves this crunchy and flavorful Dorito casserole. It’s layered with lots of meat, cheese and (of course!) nacho cheese flavored Doritos!

Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole – Stuffing, turkey, and mashed potatoes come together to make this hearty Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole. It’s the best way to enjoy Turkey Day leftovers!

Spaghetti Casserole – Spaghetti casserole is the definition of comfort food! Hearty, delicious, and an easy way to make and eat spaghetti.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole – Creamy and hearty Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole is the best way to beat the weeknight rush! It’s easy to make, and filled with pasta, chicken, bacon, and creamy alfredo sauce.

French Onion Chicken Casserole – Just 10 minutes of prep time and you have a delicious creamy concoction of chicken, celery, and cheese topped with crispy fried onions!

Chicken Noodle Casserole – Chicken noodle casserole for the dinner win! It’s filled with chicken, noodles, broccoli, carrots, and more, and topped with a butter-y cracker crust making it a flavorful family favorite.

King Ranch Chicken Casserole – King Ranch Chicken Casserole is creamy, cheesy, and bursting with spicy flavors. This delicious casserole is basically a Texan lasagna and is favorite family dinner recipe.

Cheesy Chicken And Rice Bake – EASY Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake is a simple, deliciously homey dinner that is perfect for freezing and sharing!

Taco Casserole – This delicious Taco Casserole is like a taco salad in casserole form! With a ground beef and biscuit base, plus layers of sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and olives, this casserole is the perfect way to switch up your dinner routine.


the complete list

Here are the picture cards for all of the fabulous Fall Dinner Ideas listed above.

Serving up a warm, delicious meal on a fall evening couldn’t be easier with these recipes that are sure to get rave reviews!

Main Course Crockpot Roast Chicken Recipe
Juicy and flavorful roasted chicken made in the slow cooker! So simple to make an entire chicken with the help of your crock pot.
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
5 from 11 votes
Check out this recipe
Soup Pumpkin Chili Recipe
Healthy and delicious Pumpkin Chili is filled with meat and veggies. It's a perfect fall soup recipe that the whole family will love!
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 14 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Skillet Lasagna Recipe
Skillet Lasagna is a comforting and cheesy one pot meal. It takes just 30 minutes and is perfect for dinner any night of the week!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 11 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop Recipe
Fry up the most delicious Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops with less than 10 minutes of prep work!! They are perfectly juicy.
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.98 from 252 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe
Savory Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are simple and quick and perfect for dinner any night or as a side dish. 
Total Time: 12 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Check out this recipe
Soup Cabbage Soup Recipe
Cabbage Soup is an easy healthy soup loaded with fresh veggies. Warm up with a cup of this low calorie and low carb delicious soup!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 6 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Smothered Pork Chops Recipe
This creamy Lemon & Thyme Smothered Pork Chops recipe always gets rave reviews. It's flavorful and ready in 35 minutes or less.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 11 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Spaghetti Pie Recipe
Spaghetti Pie makes a hearty and delicious twist for a dinner time win! It's a perfect recipe for busy weeknights and family-friendly dinners.
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 9 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Fry Bread Recipe
Fry Bread or "Navajo Tacos" are crispy pillows of dough with a soft inside. Complete it by adding sweet or savory toppings!
Total Time: 23 minutes
4.93 from 146 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course, Soup Vegetable Soup Recipe
Loaded with potatoes, carrots, corn, green beans, and tomatoes, this vegetable soup is healthy, hearty, and super good.
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 11 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Easy Swedish Meatballs Recipe
Easy Swedish Meatballs made from both pork and beef, are smothered in a creamy gravy. It's the perfect dish for holiday entertaining!
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 13 votes
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Main Course Carne Asada Recipe
Carne Asada is the perfect Mexican flavored meat to add to tacos, burritos, salads, or quesadillas. It's tender, flavorful, and juicy.
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
5 from 9 votes
Check out this recipe
Appetizer, Main Course, Soup Sausage Soup Recipe
Hearty and delicious Italian Sausage Soup filled with tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, spinach and more. The recipe made on the stove is simple and great to enjoy all year long!
5 from 9 votes
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Main Course Mayo Parmesan Chicken Recipe
A delicious Parmesan Chicken Bake that is simple, yet full of flavor, and takes little prep time.
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 39 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
Easy Chicken Pot Pie is the definition of comfort food! It's warm, rich with flavor, full of veggies, and has the best flaky crust.
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Main Course Fried Chicken Recipe
You can't go wrong with delicious fried chicken!! It's great for picnics, barbecues, holidays and more. Plus – it's easier to make than you think!!
5 from 8 votes
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Buffalo chicken egg rolls with ranch dressing in silver cup
Appetizer, Main Course Easy Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls Recipe
Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls are two of our favorite appetizer recipes in all wrapped up into one dippable delight.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Main Course Chicken Lasagna Recipe
Everyone loves lasagna! this chicken version is just as delicious and is filled with spinach, cheese and delicious homemade white sauce. 
Total Time: 1 hour
4.72 from 14 votes
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Main Course Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Recipe
Easy Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta – a creamy and delicious pasta dish filled with cheese, chicken and bacon all made in one pot! This pasta can’t be beat!
Total Time: 23 minutes
4.89 from 17 votes
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Main Course Chicken Rice Bake
EASY Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake is a simple, deliciously homey dinner that is perfect for freezing and sharing!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Main Course Ritz Chicken Recipe
Crispy Cheddar Chicken is coated in sour cream, cheddar cheese, and ritz cracker crumbs and baked to crispy perfection. Top it with a creamy sauce, and it’s to die for!
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
4.90 from 37 votes
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Main Course Chicken Manicotti Recipe
These manicotti shells are stuffed with a cheesy chicken mixture, and topped with tasty marinara!
Total Time: 43 minutes
4.82 from 11 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken Recipe
Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken is delicious and tender. It is stuffed and baked to perfection in under 30 minutes!
Total Time: 22 minutes
4.50 from 4 votes
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Soup Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe
Creamy Cheesy Potato Soup is the easiest you'll ever make. You only need a handful of ingredients and a crockpot!!
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
5 from 44 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Crock Pot Ribs Recipe
Juicy BBQ Crock Pot Ribs is the best and easiest dinner idea! Great for a small family, big family, or cooking for a crowd!
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
5 from 10 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe
This Crockpot Orange Chicken is simple, and tastes even better than takeout. With breaded chicken pieces covered in a phenomenal orange sauce and cooked to perfection in a slow cooker, it’s a recipe the whole family loves!
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
3.88 from 8 votes
Check out this recipe
Soup Chicken Florentine Soup Recipe
With a combination of chicken, potato, white beans, carrots, spinach and more, this chicken Florentine soup is hearty and absolutely delicious. It tastes similar to Olive Garden's recipe, but it's made in the slow cooker!
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 8 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Crockpot Lasagna Recipe
Classic Lasagna made in the slow cooker! This delicious crock pot recipe has all the layers of noodles, cheese, sauce and meat that everyone loves but made more simply.
4.92 from 12 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Crockpot Ranch Chicken Recipe
You’ll love how simple, yet flavorful, this delicious chicken is. Made entirely in the crockpot, creamy ranch chicken is perfect on its own or served over rice.
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
4.72 from 7 votes
Check out this recipe
Soup Crock Pot Chicken Stew Recipe
Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Stew is simple, convenient, and TASTY! This hearty slow cooker meal is perfect for busy nights.
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
4.96 from 25 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course, Soup Crock Pot Tortellini Spinach Soup Recipe
Easy Crock Pot Tortellini and Spinach Soup is a hearty soup filled with cheese tortellini, spinach, tomatoes, and lots of spices!!
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
4.93 from 90 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Crock Pot Mongolian Beef Recipe
Delicious Crock Pot Mongolian Beef loaded with carrots and asparagus is SO simple to make. Your crock pot does all the work!!
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
Check out this recipe
Soup Slow Cooker Beef Stew
DELICIOUS Slow Cooker Beef Stew filled with chunks of beef, potatoes and carrots – a family favorite that is hearty, simple and great for fall.
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
5 from 23 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole Recipe
Creamy and hearty Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole is the best way to beat the weeknight rush! It's easy to make, and filled with pasta, chicken, bacon, and creamy alfredo sauce.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Spaghetti Casserole Recipe
Spaghetti casserole is the definition of comfort food! Hearty, delicious, and an easy way to make and eat spaghetti.
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 26 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Dorito Casserole Recipe
Everyone loves this crunchy and flavorful Dorito casserole. It's layered with lots of meat, cheese and (of course!) nacho cheese flavored Doritos!
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.94 from 16 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole Recipe
A casserole version of the classic Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe. With layers of chicken, cheese, ham, sauce and Panko crumbs, it’s sure to become a family favorite.
Total Time: 50 minutes
4.63 from 8 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole Recipe
Stuffing, turkey, and mashed potatoes come together to make this hearty Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole. It's the best way to enjoy Turkey Day leftovers!
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 6 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe
Chicken noodle casserole for the dinner win! It’s filled with chicken, noodles, broccoli, carrots, and more, and topped with a butter-y cracker crust making it a flavorful family favorite.
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 5 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course Taco Casserole Recipe
Delicious Taco Casserole is like a taco salad in casserole form! This taco bake is perfect for dinner or your next potluck.
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.95 from 118 votes
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Main Course Cheesy Chicken Rice Bake
If you’re looking for a simple, delicious dinner idea that pleases the whole family, look no further! This Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake is filled with chicken, broccoli, rice, cream cheese and a TON of flavor!
Total Time: 35 minutes
Main Course French Onion Chicken Casserole Recipe
Just 10 minutes of prep time and you have a delicious creamy concoction of chicken, celery, and cheese topped with crispy fried onions! 
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.87 from 59 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course King Ranch Casserole Recipe
King Ranch Chicken Casserole is creamy, cheesy, and bursting with spicy flavors. This delicious casserole is basically a Texan lasagna and is favorite family dinner recipe.
5 from 11 votes
Check out this recipe

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