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16 Staple Go-To Dinner Recipes You Will Make Over and Over Again

korean noodles and peas with sesame seeds

There are recipes that become staples in every family. The ones you go to over and over again and really don’t have to think much about.

You make them so often they become woven into the fabric of your family memories and will be the recipes your kids will take with them when they leave the nest.

They will make them automatically for their families because it is what they know and “how Mom always did it.”

They are the recipes that don’t take much thought because you have made them so often that you usually have the ingredients on hand or can quickly think of what they are on the fly.

The 16 staple go-to recipes below are recipes I make for my family that are always well received and have been in our rotations for a long time.


bowl of instant pot chili

16 Go-To Staple Dinner Recipes


30 Minute Sloppy Joes


Hungarian Paprika Chicken


Taco Salad


Chicken Fried Rice


shredded taco chicken

Portable Chicken Tacos


Instant Pot Butter Chicken


Korean Beef Over Rice


Cinncinati Chili in the Instant Pot (includes slow cooker stovetop instructions, too!)


pan of onions, green peppers and paprika

Hungarian Paprika Chicken


30 Minute Balsamic Chicken


Company Pasta


korean noodles and peas with sesame seeds

Vegetarian Go-To Staple Dinners

Red Lentil Sloppy Joes


Easy Tomato Sauce for Spaghetti & Pizza


Orzo Pasta With Caramelized Vegetables


Sesame Chili Udon Noodles


Crockpot Tortellini Soup


What are Your Favorite Go-To Staple Dinner Recipes?

I’d love to know your staple dinner recipes.

Share with me in the comments.

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  • Liz Cooper
    August 30, 2018 at 7:30 am

    This is going to be bookmarked for easy reference when I “just don’t know what to fix” – which happens to me frequently.
    Thanks Amy and sisters 🌸! Liz

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