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17 Soul Food Sunday Dinner Ideas

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Here are our favorite soul food recipes that are sure to transport you to the South! Whether you’re a longtime fan of soul food or a newcomer eager to discover its delicious offerings, these soul food dinner ideas will leave you craving seconds and sharing smiles around the dinner table.

What is Soul Food?

Soul food is a type of cooking that started in African American communities in the Southern U.S. It has tasty and filling dishes influenced by African, European, and Native American cooking. Soul food often uses ingredients like collard greens, okra, cornmeal, and meats like pork and chicken. Soul food recipes include fried chicken, cornbread, collard greens, black-eyed peas, and sweet potato pie. Soul food is not just about good flavors; it’s also important culturally, showing community, celebration, and the strength of Black American history and culture.

Southern Fried Chicken

Our Southern fried chicken is a cherished family soul food recipe that brings crispy, golden goodness to our table. It has a delightful crunch on the outside, juicy tenderness within, and the perfect blend of seasonings. Elevate your fried chicken game today!

Deep Fried Pork Chops

Indulge in the nostalgic charm of Grandma’s southern kitchen with these mouthwatering deep fried pork chops – a timeless soul food recipe that is the essence of home-cooked comfort.

Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Indulge in the flavors of the authentic Creole culture with this irresistible Louisiana Red Beans and Rice recipe. Red kidney beans, smoked ham hocks, andouille sausage, bay leaves, bell pepper, celery, and onion are cooked with Creole spices and served with white rice. And if you’re short on time, don’t worry – there’s a crockpot version for a hassle-free taste of New Orleans in your own kitchen.

Southern Oxtail Recipe

This Southern oxtail recipe is a cherished classic that evokes memories of Sunday soul food dinners and family gatherings. Cooked to tender perfection, these oxtails, are smothered in rich, velvety gravy with bell pepper and onion and served over rice.

The Best Southern Mac and Cheese

Indulge in this Southern soul food-style baked mac and cheese featuring cheddar, Monterey jack, and mozzarella. This recipe uses no roux and is rich, decadent, and comforting. It’s an absolute must-try for anyone looking to savor a taste of the South. 

Hoppin’ John (Black Eyed Peas and Rice)

Black Eyed Peas and Rice, a timeless classic soul food recipe featuring tender smoked neck bones and seasoned to perfection; it’s more than just a dish – it’s a tradition. Whether you’re savoring it on New Year’s Day to invite good fortune or on a cozy winter evening for a bowl of pure comfort, this is your ticket to a world of flavor and nostalgia.

Green Beans and Potatoes

Fresh green beans and potatoes are simmered in a rich and flavorful broth with smoked turkey, onion, garlic, and seasonings. It’s a classic Southern soul food recipe that’s perfect for Sunday suppers and festive holidays.

Turkey Necks

These turkey necks are simmered in a Cajun-infused broth with smoked sausage, potatoes, and corn on the cob. Elevate your soul food cooking with this flavorful and easy-to-follow Southern turkey neck boil recipe!

Southern Cabbage Recipe

This Southern cabbage recipe features boiled cabbage in a smoky, meaty broth with seasonings and spices. A savory and succulent Southern side dish that is a staple on our Sunday dinner table!

Hamburger Steaks with Onion Gravy

This hamburger steak and gravy recipe is an old school soul food dish in the South. Considered a classic comfort food meal, it combines seasoned ground beef patties with a flavorful onion gravy, creating a hearty and satisfying meal.

Pinto Beans Recipe

This pinto beans recipe, adapted from chef and restauranteur Kevin Bludso, is made with smoked ham hock in a flavorful broth. Serrano peppers, chili powder, and cayenne give these creamy, savory beans the perfect amount of heat.

Southern Candied Yams


These southern candied yams are sweet and buttery and feature brown sugar and warm spices. A traditional soul food candied yams recipe passed down from generation to generation.

Smothered Chicken and Rice


Our smothered chicken recipe features fall-off-the-bone tender thighs simmered in rich brown gravy and spooned over a bed of fluffy white rice. Smothered chicken and rice is an irresistible southern soul food classic that’s perfect for Sunday dinner!

Collard Greens Recipe

This soul food Collard Greens recipe features slow simmered greens with smoked ham hocks, onions, and a dash of red pepper flakes. It’s a quintessential Southern comfort food dish that will transport you to a cozy Sunday dinner at grandma’s house. 

Pork Neck Bones Recipe

Our Pork Neck Bones recipe is a budget-friendly, hearty Southern soul food meal served over rice with cornbread. Prepared in a slow cooker, it’s an easy “set it and forget it” dish that’s full of flavor and rooted in down-home Sunday dinner traditions.

Fish and Spaghetti

This fried fish and spaghetti recipe is a traditional southern dish that is often enjoyed for weeknight dinners, fish fries, and even holidays. It’s made using our Southern Fried Catfish and mom’s famous soul food spaghetti recipe.

Southern Style Chicken and Waffles

Southern style chicken and waffles are the perfect pair! Our fried chicken tenders are extra crunchy and seasoned just right. Buttermilk waffles are simple and delicious and feature perfectly crispy golden edges. Serve it with spicy maple syrup or top it with fresh fruit. 

More Soul Food Recipes

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  1. Your recipes are Spot On:
    Born in the South and raised in the City and Summers in the South. I can relate to your Great recipes. The pinto Beans bring back memories of my Moms cooking.
    Thank God she taught us, me and my brothers how to cook a full meal. Hope this helps someone. Much Love

    1. Thank you, Linda! That’s awesome, we love to hear stories like this and connect with people who have similar backgrounds! Enjoy! -K

  2. Hi I’m from Louisiana and always love to see new ideas on traditional favs . Can’t wait to try out these recipes thanks for sharing 💖✨✨

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