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International Dinner Ideas

There is something about getting out of your comfort zone, especially when trying delicious food. We’ve gathered inspiration from all over the world to bring you our family-favorite international dinner ideas, and this list includes many of the top 10 international dishes; can you guess which ones they are?

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International Dinner Ideas

Are you looking for international dinner ideas to spice up your mealtime routine or entertain guests? Join us in making dinner around the world without leaving the kitchen.


1. Rindsgulasch

Rindsgulasch over egg noodles and topped with dill.

Thick cuts of beef simmer to perfection in a rich and flavorful gravy infused with hot and sweet paprika and peppery caraway to make rindsgulasch. Finish the meal with butter-infused egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or mashed cauliflower for the ultimate comfort meal.


2. Sudado De Pollo

Sudado De Pollo in a Dutch oven.

Juicy chicken and fork-tender potatoes stew in a fragrant, tomato-based broth to make sudado de pollo; the soothing Colombian chicken stew simmers on low heat for 30 minutes!


3. Beef Picadillo

Beef picadillo on a plate black beans and a flour tortilla.

Enjoy our take on classic Cuban beef picadillo. Simmer seasoned ground beef, hearty potatoes, and salty olives in a rich, tomato-based sauce. Picadillo takes 40 minutes to make, and it’s a great addition to casseroles, soup, or filling for pastries like empanadas. 

For another variation of the meal, try Mexican picadillo con papas.

4. Boliche

Boliche sliced in a serving tray with petite potatoes and gravy.

Experience the flavors of Cuba with our boliche mechado, a savory pot roast stuffed with chorizo and slow-braised in sofrito and red wine; the traditional dish cooks to perfection in the oven, allowing the chorizo’s flavorful fat to infuse the beef.

5. Ropa Vieja

Instant pot ropa vieja on a plate with yellow rice.

Tender, juicy Cuban-style shredded beef stews in a tomato and sofrito base flavored with warm spices and salty green olives to make Instant Pot ropa vieja. Complete the meal with piping hot rice and frijoles negros.

Similar in appearance, my recipe for Venezuelan carne mechada is just as delicious.


6. Domoda

A plate of Domoto with rice and other toppings.

Domoda is a hearty and nutritious West African peanut stew with layers of flavor; the sweet and spicy stew is loaded with savory goodness.

Photo Credit: An Edible Mosaic


7. German Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage rolls on a plate with boiled potatoes.

Traditional German stuffed savoy cabbage rolls are filled with flavorful minced meat and topped with a comforting white sauce and boiled potatoes.

Photo Credit: Where is my Spoon


8. Chikhirtma

A single serving of chikhirtma garnished with red chili flakes, dill, and cilantro.

Cozy up with a piping hot bowl of chikhirtma – our Georgian chicken soup combines tart lemon, tangy dill, and creamy egg yolks to create a velvety, smooth broth to complement the chicken and vegetables.

While you’re thinking about soup, try beef and barley soup and our zuppa toscana Instant Pot copycat!


9. Greek Gyros

The opening of a greek gyro stuffed with tomatoes, lettuce, and onion.

Homemade Greek gyros are easy to make at home! Pile them high with gyro meat and all the fixings like lettuce, fresh tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, tzatziki sauce, and toum.

Photo Credit: Christinas Cocina

10. Greek Spaghetti

A close up of Greek spaghetti in a dutch oven.

Quick Greek spaghetti is a flavorful dish ready in less than 30 minutes and cooked in one pot, a pasta recipe the whole family will love.

Photo Credit: Simply Scrumptious


11. Pepián de Pollo

A plate of Pepián de Pollo surrounded by small plates of rice and avocado slices.

This velvety chicken stew is the ultimate Guatemalan comfort food! Often considered the national dish of Guatemala, pepián de pollo features tender chicken pieces in a lightly-spiced tomato, toasted pumpkin seed and chile sauce.

Photo Credit: A Taste for Travel


12. Hungarian Goulash

A close up of goulash in a slow cooker.

Traditional ingredients like thick chunks of beef stew meat, bell peppers, chopped carrots, thick-cut potatoes, and tomatoes are the highlights of this slow cooker Hungarian goulash recipe.

Photo Credit: The Magical Slow Cooker

13. Hungarian Stuffed Peppers

A bowl of Hungarian stuffed peppers topped with parsley.

Hungarian stuffed peppers (töltött paprika) are easy to make and full of flavor!

Photo Credit: Peters Food Adventure


14. Chana Masala

Chana masala in a serving dish.

Our authentic chana masala recipe takes 40 minutes to make; serve the chickpea dish as a stand-alone meal or as a tasty side.

Or you can make chana chicken with juicy chicken pieces for additional protein.

15. Butter Chicken

Butter chicken masala over basmati rice and garnished with chopped cilantro.

Tender pieces of chicken cook in a robust, fragrant, and creamy curry to make flavorful restaurant-style butter chicken masala made right at home.

16. Grilled Tandoori Chicken

Grilled tandoori chicken on a serving plate.

Grilled tandoori chicken is tender and juicy on the inside while maintaining a nice char on the outside, and it has all the eye-catching colors you expect from restaurant-style tandoori chicken.

Ours is coated in a homemade tandoori marinade and cooked on the grill to smoky perfection, or you can baked tandoori chicken in the oven.

And if you’re wondering what to serve with tandoori chicken we’ve collected an incredible list of side dishes to go along with it.

17. Masoor Dal

Masoor dal and rice on a plate.

Fennel, coriander, turmeric, and mustard add flavor to our Instant Pot masoor dal. Lentils combine with creamy coconut, spinach, and lime juice for a protein-rich meal that’s ready and on your table in 30 minutes! We serve ours with vegetable pakora and basmati rice.

Try our moong dal Instant Pot recipe next!

18. Chicken Vindaloo

Curry in a serving bowl with roti in the background.

Make Goan chicken vindaloo in the pressure cooker or Instant Pot! Enjoy this dairy-free and gluten-free chicken curry with rice or naan for a satisfying dinner!

Photo Credit: Piping Pot Curry


19. Ayam Serundeng

Ayam Serundeng on a plate with salt.

Indonesian ayam serundeng is a fragrant fried chicken is dusted in crispy, crunchy deep fried coconut.

Photo Credit: Cook Eat World


20. Koobideh Kabob

Fresh kabob koobideh off of the grill is ready to be served.

If you’re a fan of grilled meat, koobideh kabob is the meal for you! This mouthwatering Iranian dish is a labor of love that combines ground beef, grated onion, salt, and pepper to form kabobs that we top with saffron butter. 

21. Joojeh Kabob

A close up of joojeh kabobs on skewers.

Spice up your grilling game with joojeh kabob – a tasty Persian chicken kabob known for succulent pieces of saffron-spiced boneless chicken breast flavored with fresh onion, salt, and pepper that’s grilled to perfection over an open flame. 

Try it with saffron rice and Shirazi salad.


22. Baked Chicken Thighs

Baked chicken with salmoriglio sauce served alongside a house caesar salad.

Juicy baked chicken thighs are a must-have in your dinner rotation, and our oven-baked take on chicken salmoriglio, gets its name from the simple sauce it cooks with.

23. Italian Sausage Gnocchi Bake

Gnocchi bake in a dutch oven.

Easy Italian sausage gnocchi bake is a perfect, veggie-filled meal for busy weeknights! Lots of fresh veggies bake with Italian sausage, herbs and spices, and fresh gnocchi. You can mix and match the veggies and bake this on a sheet pan for an easy, no-fuss dinner everyone will love!

Photo Credit: Get on my Plate

24. Pasta al Limone

An upclose of the noodles topped with cheese and lemon wheels.

Pasta al limone is a classic Italian dish with the creamiest lemon sauce! The authentic southern Italian pasta sauce is cheesy, buttery, tangy, and super creamy.

It comes together in one pan for a quick and delicious meal ready in 10 minutes – plus it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.

Photo Credit: Strength and Sunshine

25. Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

Gnocchi al forno in a skillet surrounded by fresh basil.

Gnocchi alla sorrentina, also known as gnocchi al forno, are cheesy baked potato dumplings that are the ultimate Italian comfort food!

Photo Credit: Mae’s Menu

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26. Kedjenou

A serving dish of kedjenou.

Kedjenou poulet is a mouth-watering chicken stew from West Africa that’s bursting with flavor. Much like sudado de pollo, the stew is left untouched, allowing the meat to slowly braise in its own juices with a blend of aromatic spices and fresh vegetables.


27. Jamaican Chicken Fricassee

A serving plate of Jamaican chicken fricassee topped with chopped scallions.

Jerk-seasoned chicken thighs brown and simmer with vegetables, spices, and herbs to make our classic Jamaican chicken fricassee recipe; the result is juicy chicken thighs served in a flavorful thickened gravy.

28. Roasted Jerk Chicken

Roasted jerk chicken on a plate.

With easy-to-follow instructions, oven roasted jerk chicken is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, and it cooks in under an hour.

For more jerk flavor, try our jerk shrimp tacos or prepare chicken or fish with jerk seasoning!

29. Jamaican Curry Goat

An over the top view of Jamaican goat curry in a serving bowl.

Looking for the easiest Jamaican curry goat recipe? You have found it!! You need one pot, minimal time and effort and a few spices to whip up this popular Caribbean curry. 

Photo Credit: Recipes from a Pantry


30. Tteokbokki

A large bowl of tteokbokki garnished with scallions and ready to serve.

Tasty Korean tteokbokki is an easy comfort meal made with spicy rice cakes simmered in an umami-rich sauce made of gochujang and gochugaru; this recipe comes together in 30 minutes!

Try our cheesy tteokbokki for a delicious variation.

31. Kimchi Jjigae

A bowl of vegetarian kimchi jjigae.

Marked by a deep, red broth, our vegetarian kimchi jjigae is spicy and full of flavor! Thick cuts of firm tofu absorb the gochujang, gochugaru, and an umami-rich broth.

32. Kimchi Bokkeumbap

A plate of Korean fried rice topped with an over easy egg.

Kimchi bokkeumbap, or Korean fried rice with kimchi, is so easy and delicious, it’s often whipped up as a hangover meal in a Korean household and can be made perfectly the first time.

Plus, it’s done in 15 minutes if you have leftover rice around!

Photo Credit: Greedy Girl Gourmet


33. Carnitas

Carnitas in tacos on a plate.

Fill a warm corn tortilla with our deliciously flavored pork shoulder and top it with fresh cilantro and red onion for restaurant-style Instant Pot carnitas street tacos you can make in the comfort of your own home.

34. Pozole Rojo

A bowl of pozole.

Instant Pot pozole rojo is a rich Mexican stew made from tender pork, hominy, and a savory chili-based broth. Our easy-to-make recipe will have you serving the classic dish in no time.

Sear the pork shoulder, prepare your chilies, and combine them with broth, hominy, aromatics, and seasonings.

Then, sit back and let the Instant Pot do all the hard work before you pile your bowl high with toppings.

35. Carne Deshebrada 

Carne deshebrada with rice and tortillas.

This amazingly tender and flavorful carne deshebrada recipe is perfect for tacos, burritos, and more! The shredded beef comes out so juicy and so delicious.

Or you can try the delicious Venezuelan version, carne mechada!

Photo Credit: In Mama Maggies Kitchen

36. Birria con Consome

A bowl of birria con consome garnished with onion and cilantro.

Instant Pot beef birria con consome is a flavorful dish made up of tender shredded beef, rich broth, and aromatic spices. Serve the Mexican stew with consomé with warm corn tortillas, diced onions, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.


37. Beef and Chickpea Stew

Beef and chickpeas stew in a serving bowl.

Beef and chickpea stew is protein-rich and layered with warm spices to capture the savory taste of Morocco. Fragrant spices highlight the hearty beef, chickpeas, and carrots.

38. Moroccan Meatballs

Moroccan meatballs in a serving bowl.

Everyone needs a go-to meatball recipe, and these Moroccan meatballs or kefta are mine! Warmly spiced meatballs simmer in a tomato-based sauce flavored with onion, garlic, ginger, and dates. 

39. Zaalouk

Zaalouk on a plate with garnish.

A few simple ingredients are all you need to make zaalouk, a simple Moroccan-style cooked salad made from roasted eggplant, fresh tomato, and warm spices. We love eggplant in our home, and like our Yuxiang eggplant, this recipe comes together quickly and has complex and irresistible flavor! This salad is often served with bread and can be eaten hot or cold.


40. Musakhan

Chicken quarters served on flatbread.

Musakhan (sumac roasted chicken) is the national dish of Palestine and a true comfort dish. Juicy slow-cooked chicken is flavored with lemony sumac, smothered in soft onions, and topped with crunchy pine nuts.

Photo Credit: Little Sunny Kitchen


41. Aloo Keema

Aloo keema in a serving bowl.

Treat yourself to authentic, one-pot Pakistani aloo keema, a delicious combination of seasoned ground beef and tender potatoes sautéed in a rich blend of tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, and lots of spice. I serve the easy, homestyle meal with naan, roti, or basmati rice.

Like aloo keema, homestyle aloo gosht is a classic Pakistani comfort meal that keeps you coming back for more. Succulent mutton and fork-tender potatoes simmer in a rich, aromatic curry, so it tastes just like traditional aloo gosht should. 

42. Karahi Gosht

Karahi gosht in a serving bowl.

Pakistani karahi gosht boasts a thick, flavorful tomato-based curry made from fresh tomatoes, ginger, garlic, and green chilies. While modern recipes include onion or yogurt, we stick to the basics with our take on the Pakistani classic.  You can also make chicken karahi!

43. Chicken Biryani

Chicken tikka biryani in a small bowl.

Make delicious chicken tikka biryani, full of aromatic flavor, for your next gathering or a special family dinner. It combines two popular Indian meals in one, chicken tikka and biryani, into one flavor-packed meal.

44. Nihari

Beef nihari on a plate.

Enjoy this slow-simmered stew made with succulent beef shanks and marrow bones spiced with homemade nihari masala. The ghee separates as it cooks, resulting in silky and mouthwatering nihari. We pair ours with fresh naan to complete the meal.

Like Pakistani beef paya soup, this dish is filling and perfect for the cool winter months. Try my recipe for nalli nihari with bone marrow for another variation.


45. Caldo Verde

Caldo verde in a bowl.

Caldo verde is a traditional Portuguese soup made with kale, potatoes, and a little chouriço on top. It’s a classic comfort food that makes a delicious weeknight dinner.

Photo Credit: Homemade Interest


46. Chongqing Chicken

Chongqing Chicken on a plate topped with fresh scallions.

Chongqing chicken or Chongqing laziji combines shallow-fried chicken with fragrant dried chilies and mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns, resulting in irresistibly juicy and flavorful chicken.


47. Paella Valenciana

A side image of a wok full of paella.

Paella may be one of the most popular rice recipes coming from Spain. And Paella Valenciana is one of the most popular variations! This one pot paella recipe is brought together with a wonderfully hearty mix of chicken and seafood.

Photo Credit: Chocolates and Chai


48. IKEA Swedish Meatballs Recipe

IKEA Swedish Meatballs Recipe on a plate

IKEA Swedish meatballs recipe features hand-mixed meatballs and a béchamel sauce flavored with beef broth, fresh parsley, dried dill, and Worcestershire. Technically originating from Turkey, Swedish families made the meal their own by serving it with traditional sides like lingonberry jam and pressgurka.

However, if you’re still deciding what to serve with Swedish meatballs, complete the meal with one of these tasty sides.


49. Shrimp Panang Curry

Shrimp panang curry in a bowl with basil.

Creamy, tangy, and sweet, our shrimp panang curry pairs with perfectly steamed jasmine rice for a tasty, easy-to-make weeknight meal!

50. Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple fries rice inside of a pineapple dish.

This classic Thai pineapple fried rice includes succulent shrimp, juicy pineapple, plump raisins, and fragrant curry powder! It will satisfy your craving for takeout at a fraction of the price.

Photo Credit: Mission Food

51. Thai Green Curry

Green thai curry served with rice and lime wedges.

Vegan Thai green curry is a fragrant and flavorful one-pan dish that is crammed with wholesome vegetables and tofu simmered in a rich and creamy green sauce! 

Photo Credit: Vegan Huggs


52. Piyaz

Piyaz in a serving dish.

Fasulye piyaz combines simple ingredients for an easy make-ahead salad you can prepare in advance and easily adjust to your taste.

Serve piyaz as a healthy main course or side dish. You can also include it in a meze platter with other small plates like skhugbutter bean hummus, köfte, and çoban salatasi.

53. Tantuni

Over the top view of the cut-section of a tantuni wrap.

Tantuni is a famous Turkish street food comprised of thinly sliced lamb, ripe tomatoes, and bright sumac onions; serve the wrap on warm lavash for comfort food perfection.

54. Stuffed Eggplant Karnıyarık

Stuffed eggplant on a plate and garnished with cilantro.

Turkish stuffed eggplant karnıyarık is a fantastic healthy dinner. These are ground beef stuffed eggplants packed with flavors, and very easy to make. Plus, they are freezer-friendly!

Photo Credit: Give Recipe


55. Borscht

Borsht in a bowl.

Borscht is loaded with veggies and flavor. The striking red color is achieved with beets, which not only make this dish gorgeous, but also loaded with nutrition!

Photo Credit: Hilda’s Kitchen Blog


56. Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken 

Caramelized Vietnamese lemongrass chicken topped with cilantro and serrano chilis.

One pan, Vietnamese lemongrass chicken cooks in a sticky-sweet base of coconut water, caramelized shallots, lemongrass, and ginger; garnish with fresh cilantro and serrano chilies to complement the sweet and delicious chicken recipe.

We serve ours with fresh rice and nuac cham for a meal that’s ready and on your table in 45 minutes!

57. Chicken Pho

Chopsticks picking up noodles out of pho.

With your slow cooker, you can make your own Vietnamese noodle soup! Crock pot chicken pho is a take on this classic with an incredibly flavorful broth but with bok choy.

Photo Credit: Served from Scratch

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most popular international food?

It’s hard to determine the most popular international food since it varies depending on region, culture, and personal preference. However, some food is globally treasured, like pizza, sushi, pasta, and tacos. Many international cuisines have gained widespread popularity due to their convenience and accessibility; Chinese takeout, Indian curry, and Thai stir-fry are a few examples.

What are the best dinners in the world?

This question comes up a lot, and it’s a matter of preference. However, there is no denying that there are countless international recipes many would consider some of the most beloved dinners in the world.

1. Italian: Spaghetti Carbonara, Lasagna (try our zucchini lasagna), Linguine with Clams
2. French: Coq Au Vin, Beef Bourguignon, Ratatouille
3. Japanese: Sushi, Ramen, Katsu Curry
4. Indian: Chicken Tikka masala, butter chicken masala, biryani
5. Thai: Green Curry, Pad Thai, Tom Yum Soup
6. Mexican: tacos, Enchiladas, Fajitas
7. Spanish: Paella, Tapas, Tortilla de Patatas
8. Greek: Moussaka, Souvlaki, Gyros
9. Middle Eastern: Shawarma, Kabobs, Falafel
10. Chinese: Kung Pao, Dim Sum, Dumplings, and fried rice

What is an international dish?

An international dish is a type of food that is popular across different cultures and countries around the world.

International dishes often have a diverse range of ingredients and flavors that reflect the unique cultural traditions and cuisines of their origin.

Some examples of international dishes include pizza, sushi, tacos, curry, stir-fry, and pasta.

More International Dinner Ideas

If you’re still looking for inspiration, we’ve got you covered with a more of our easy international dinner recipes. So why not take your taste buds on a journey around the world and try something new tonight?

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Tuesday 12th of September 2023

That Italian Sausage Gnocchi Bake is going on my dinner rotation this week. Thanks for the inspiration!

Tressa Jamil

Wednesday 13th of September 2023

Doesn't that look delicious??


Tuesday 12th of September 2023

This post is a gold mine. So many fun recipes to try. Only problem is I don't know which one I want to make first.

Tressa Jamil

Tuesday 12th of September 2023

I say start with one and work your way through!


Tuesday 12th of September 2023

Saving this list for later! Everything looks so delicious :)

Tressa Jamil

Tuesday 12th of September 2023

Be sure and come back and let us know what you've made.


Tuesday 12th of September 2023

This is such an amazing collection! so many wonderful ideas for the dinner! I guess I am going to try Indian Chole recipe today!

Tressa Jamil

Tuesday 12th of September 2023

Yes, chole is one of our favorites; my father in law requests it all the time.


Monday 11th of September 2023

So many good ideas! I love to try new recipes so I can’t wait to add these to my weekly menu!

Tressa Jamil

Tuesday 12th of September 2023

I can't wait to hear what you decide to make.