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21 Best Dinner Recipes with Sour Cream (All Types)

Homemade delicious Dinner Recipes with Sour Cream served on a ceramic bowl.

Figuring out what to make for dinner can be a challenge. You’ve got your tried and true recipes, but you don’t want to wear them out. When looking for new dinner dishes to try, a good rule of thumb is to start with proven ingredients, ones that always make a dish taste better.

Butter and cream, for example. But these can be easy to overdo. Sour cream, on the other hand, is rich and creamy, but not too heavy.

And its tangy flavor has a way of enhancing dinner staples like beef, chicken, beans, potatoes, tomatoes and onions. Here’s a collection of dinner recipes that feature sour cream.      

1. Creamy Beef and Shells

Mouth-watering Creamy Beef and Shells.

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They say sauces are the secret to really good cooking. (Maybe that’s where the phrase “secret sauce” comes from.) This dish is a great example of that.

Start by combining basic ingredients into a sauce that’s anything but basic. Then add meat, pasta and cheese and stir. That’s it!

In 30 minutes you’ve got an uncommonly delicious main dish. The taste is reminiscent of traditional spaghetti and meat sauce. The creaminess changes it up.

What makes this dish better than your average weekday meal, though, is the complexity of flavors that comes from your secret ingredient: the sauce.  

2. Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe

A healthy loaded mashed potato casserole.

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Need an extra-special side dish? Look no further. There’s something about homemade mashed potatoes that is special enough in itself.

But to take it to a whole new level, try this recipe for loaded mashed potato casserole. With butter, sour cream, salt and pepper, it has all the best flavors of a baked potato (without all the work, not to mention the limited quantity, of a baker). Add chopped green onion and bacon (homemade crumbled or ready-made bits) for a side dish that’s five-star-restaurant quality.   

3. Polish Hamburgers Recipe

Polish hamburgers with mashed potatoes and gravy.

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No buns needed for these hamburgers. Instead, serve these savory beef patties and rich mushroom gravy with creamy mashed potatoes for the ultimate in cold-weather comfort food. What makes these burgers so tasty is a mixture of spices, including the delightfully unexpected dill.

The gravy’s secret ingredient? Sour cream, of course. This very special dinner takes a bit of work, but it’s worth it. 

4. Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

A creamy air fryer stuffed mushrooms.

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Next time you need a show-stopping appetizer, look no further than this recipe. Warning, though: make these once and you will get asked to make them again. Each appetizer is a crisped mushroom, stuffed with a creamy filling seasoned with garlic and chives, and topped with perfectly browned cheese.

As impressive as they look, they taste even better.  Another? Don’t mind if I do, says everyone who tries them.  

5. Southwestern Chicken Wraps Recipe

Classic southwestern chicken wraps.

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This wrap has chicken, avocado, lettuce, tomato and corn chips drizzled with a spicy, sour cream-based sauce? Yes, please! I can make four of these in less than 30 minutes? Double yes please! The perfect light spring or summer dinner.

6. Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Russian recipe beef stroganoff.

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When I think of dinner recipes that include sour cream, this is the first one that comes to mind. Invented in Russia in the mid-1800s, this tasty entree became very popular in the U.S. in the 50s. With its tantalizing combination of slow-cooked beef, sour cream and mushrooms, it’s easy to see why it became a classic.

Beef stroganoff makes an elegant special-occasion supper, but, in my opinion, it’s too good not to make at least once a month. Serve over egg noodles, and pair with a side of steamed broccoli and a glass of your favorite wine.

7. Pepper Jack Enchiladas

A delicious and creamy pepper jack enchiladas.

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I used to eat frozen enchiladas, assuming making them from scratch would be too much work. The first time I made them myself, though, I learned they’re actually pretty simple and so much better when they’re homemade. Now I’ll never go back to frozen.

This recipe is an especially good (and easy) one. It uses pre-made salsa, which saves a lot of time, and pepper jack cheese instead of plain cheddar, for an extra dose of flavor. The secret to the creamy, tangy filling is a mixture of cream cheese and sour cream. Yum!

8. Chicken Pot Pie

A homemade chicken pot pie.

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Chicken pot pie might be the ultimate comfort dinner. The only thing not comforting about it is the idea of making it from scratch. Worry not. This recipe takes only 30 minutes to make (plus baking time), and the results are delicious.

Instead of a traditional pie crust, this chicken pot pie features a biscuit dough topping, making it less time-consuming and more foolproof. Sour cream gives the filling extra flavor and body.

9. Shepherds Pie

A creamy shepherds pie.

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If you’re looking for an easy, crowd-pleasing dinner that’s easy to make, it’s hard to go wrong with shepherds pie. This recipe combines browned ground beef, an assortment of vegetables, fluffy mashed potatoes and rich brown gravy for a satisfying one-dish meal that can be prepared and cooked in one hour. Real potatoes, with sour cream, make this a homemade meal you can be proud of.

I call it all the goodness of a roast beef dinner without the hassle of a meat thermometer. 

10. Cowboy Casserole 

A crunchy creamy cowboy casserole. 

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I don’t know the origins of cowboy casserole. All I know is it’s good. And easy. It doesn’t call for any fancy ingredients, so it may have been invented by a bunch of hungry cowboys who hadn’t yet done the weekly grocery shopping.

Ground beef, a few canned vegetables, a little cottage cheese and sour cream, and you’ve got yourself a complete and tasty one-dish meal. All the deliciousness of a taco, but easier.    

11. Classic Chicken Pot Pie

A mind miniature frozen classic chicken pot pie.

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If you’ve never had chicken pot pie made from scratch, you don’t know what you’re missing. Yes, it’s ambitious. (Anything involving homemade pie crust is.)

But if you’ve got the will, and a couple of hours, it’s worth trying. And the thing about pot pie is it’s not complicated. The simple flavors of the chicken and vegetables, creamy sauce, and flaky golden pastry are what make it so good.

This recipe gives you step-by-step instructions anyone can follow. Sunday dinner, anyone?

12. Hash Brown Casserole

Cheesy and delicious hash brown casserole.

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A delicious side for dinner or breakfast, this casserole is unbelievably easy to make. It uses just a few ingredients, including frozen hash browns. One of my favorite things about this recipe is how versatile it is.

Though it’s great as it is, you can also change it up by adding onions, peppers, ham or bacon. Make sure to start preparing it about two hours before you want to serve it so you can let the flavors blend before you bake it. 

13. Italian Casserole

A creamy baked italian casserole.

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Don’t let the name fool you. It’s called casserole, but it tastes like pizza. Which isn’t surprising, considering it’s made with all the standard pizza ingredients: tomato sauce, mozzarella, sausage, pepperoni, and even a crust.

The crust, made of packaged crescent roll dough, goes on top so it stays crisp and golden. Call it a pizza pie!

14. Taco Lasagna

A classic taco lasagna.

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You’ve heard of seven-layer dip. How about a seven-layer dinner? This recipe brings all the best Mexican food flavors together in one delicious, melted-cheese-covered meal.

It’s the perfect blend of beef, spices, peppers, corn, cheddar cheese and creamy, tangy sour cream. I like to serve this with a green salad or sliced cucumbers and tomatoes drizzled with lemon juice. And reheated taco lasagna leftovers are the best.  

15. Slammin Swedish Meatballs

Delicious Swedish meatballs served on a clear bowl in dark wooden table.

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No sour cream dinner recipe would be complete without Swedish meatballs. Very different from Italian meatballs, Swedish meatballs are seasoned with mild spices like allspice and parsley. Most importantly, they are served drenched in a rich, tangy, sherry-infused sauce.

If you’re up for making the meatballs themselves, this recipe tells you how. If you prefer to buy your meatballs ready-made, just follow Step 3, which explains how to make the sauce. Serve meatballs and sauce over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

16. Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

Baked salmon with creamy dill sauce and potatoes.

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Feeling in the mood for something as healthy as it is delicious? You can’t do better than salmon. Rich in protein, B vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids, this fish is good for everything from heart health to mental health.

As if that weren’t enough, salmon with sour cream and dill is one of the best taste combinations ever discovered. If you haven’t experienced it yet, or even if you have, try this recipe. Baking the salmon in foil keeps it deliciously moist, and the addition of horseradish to the sour cream and dill sauce is sublime.

Serve with a green vegetable, rice pilaf, and lemon wedges, of course. White wine goes beautifully with this meal too.

17. Iceberg Wedges with Grilled Bacon and Croutons

A healthy and delicious iceberg wedges.

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Sometimes the best ideas are simple. The same goes for recipes. This delicious salad features crisp hunks of iceberg lettuce topped with homemade buttermilk and dressing with fresh herbs, crumbled bacon and croutons.

The bacon and croutons are cooked partway in a cast-iron skillet, then finished on the grill. It’s super-simple and fast, and a unique addition to any grilled meal.     

18. Chicken Paprikash

Hungarian chicken paprikash gnocchi.

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Chicken paprikash, the national dish of Hungary and a favorite in many lands, is a chicken stew known for its deep orange color, subtle sweetness and creamy texture. In addition to generous helpings of paprika and sour cream, this dish gets its flavor from onions, garlic and tomatoes. Serve with buttered noodles.

19. Mushroom and Potato Paprikash (Vegetarian)

Fresh homemade Mushroom and Potato Paprikash (Vegetarian).

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This non-traditional take on the traditional Hungarian chicken paprikash substitutes potatoes and mushrooms for meat, but keeps the essential ingredients of sour cream, tomatoes, lots of garlic and, of course, plenty of paprika. In fact, this recipe calls for both sweet and smoked paprika. Serve this rich, hearty vegetarian stew over egg noodles. 

20. Slow Cooker Cauliflower, Potato and White Bean Soup (Vegetarian)

Cauliflower soup in the white bowl.

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This winter vegetable soup has two of my favorite things going for it. One, it’s made in a slow cooker. Two, it features the flavors of sour cream and onion.

Yukon gold potatoes, cauliflower and cannellini beans can be placed in a slow cooker in the morning, along with onion, garlic, wine and thyme. Eight hours later, puree, add sour cream and chives, and serve. Easy, scrumptious, and vegetarian.    

21. Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin Mac and Cheese (Vegetarian)

Baked cauliflower and broccoli served on a ceramic rectangle bowl.

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If you love macaroni and cheese, but want to make sure your dinner includes a healthy dose of vegetables too, try this recipe. As cheesy and creamy as mac and cheese should be, thanks to plenty of sour cream and cheddar cheese, this dish also features lots of broccoli and cauliflower, and the decidedly sophisticated flavors of dijon mustard, garlic and hot sauce. Call it mac and cheese for discerning adults.