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Fall Recipes Bucket List: 197+ Ideas Your Taste Buds Will Love

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At the mere mention of autumn and I think of all the fall recipes ideas I’d like to try. Images of pumpkins, sweet potatoes, apples and other favorites come to mind. With the season in full swing, food lovers are still plotting out seasonal dishes to try. Their following their taste buds to local orchards, farmers markets and even their area grocery store.

Whether you’re hoping to finally make a classic apple pie from scratch, heat up some sweet potato ravioli for the first time or just purchase a pumpkin pancake mix, put these practical ideas on a more realistic bucket list this time of year and let them take center stage on your menu.

Fall Recipe Ideas for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

If you’ve never made a fall recipe before, you might want to think about your favorite fall foods first and then look up fall recipes. If your mind is blank, think about your favorite flavors. Here’s a reminder of some typical fall staples.

What are some fall foods?

Typically we think of :

  • Apples
  • Corn
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Squash

There are many other fall foods available. If you want something in season from your local area, check out SeasonalFoodGuide.org. This useful site allows you to search by location, month and type of produce you’d like to use in your recipes.

Put Fall-flavored Breakfast on Your Autumn Bucket List

Muffins are a coffee shop staple for a reason. They go nicely with a warm beverage and can serve as a quick breakfast.

If you’re an avid baker or just a lover of baked goods, it can’t hurt to try something you never had before at home. Why not try some fall recipe ideas such as  chocolate chip pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie egg rolls or have two fall staples uniting in apple pumpkin muffin recipe.

This is fun to do with friends or if you’re a couple looking to accomplish life list ideas together. And of course, you can always do this alone.

Make Trying Pumpkin Recipes for Breakfast a Realistic Bucket List Goal

Trying a new pumpkin recipe doesn’t have to be complicated.  If you’re not in the mood to bake, add this favorite fall flavor into something you already make using easy fall recipes ideas.

Try a quick and easy pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin pancakes or pumpkin waffles with maple syrup. You can get out of the house quickly on a weekend morning and still have time to take part in other fall bucket list activities that the season has to offer.


Put Unique Apple Recipes on Your Fall Bucket List

Sometimes lines gets blurred when breakfast masquerades as dessert. Though eating something like this every day might not be wise, we all deserve to splurge once in awhile. Check out an apple pie french toast recipe or  apple cinnamon crepes to make a belly pleasing meal that will have your friends begging you for the recipe.

Avoid having autumn go by without taking  advantage of the tastiness this red (or green), edible fruit has to offer. Unlock the sweetness of one of autumn’s favorite foods by trying an apple pie cupcake, apple pie cookies or apple pie ice cream.

Make Room for Fall Soup Recipes

As the weather gets cooler, autumn is the ultimate season to whip up a hot bowl of soup. Try a tasty bowl of pumpkin goodness or a sweet potato soup that packs a flavorful punch.

Grab some butter, cinnamon, pumpkin puree, ginger and a few other ingredients for this easy pumpkin soup recipe and you’re taste buds will be on the road to happiness.

You can also try a roasted butternut squash soup or  butternut squash-apricot chicken noodle curry or sweet potato tahini soup to get your fall food fix.  After making it yourself, you may never go back to eating soup out of a can again.


Try a Pumpkin Chili Recipe

Take a whiff of this classic meal with a twist and your dinner guests might be in a trance. What starts out as a bucket list item to try once, might become a recipe that gets thrown into your meal plan rotation every year.

This pumpkin chili might not be like mom’s, but it’s sure to be a mother of a dish and a potential crowd pleaser. Check out this autumn pumpkin chili dish and other fall recipes.

Fall Recipes for Dinner

If you’re wondering how to bring the taste of fall to your table, you might ask yourself “What are good ideas for dinner tonight?” Whether you’re looking for classic fall recipes or something a little different, try these dinner ideas for fall, many of which you can cook on a low-budget:

Look Up Fall Recipes for Side Dishes

Are you tired of eating side dishes the same exact way? I know how it feels.

A baked potato with butter. Boring! You might not look forward to dinner if it’s the same meals over and over.

At the same time, it can be hard to make something new and exciting all of the time. I figured out how to find middle ground.

Whether you add a little pumpkin puree to something you ordinarily eat or completely bust out of the side dish comfort zone, here are some ideas to mix things up. While it’s fresh on your mind, opt for a twice baked potato with pumpkin or a sweet potato bake, you can’t go wrong.

Sweet Potato Recipes to Make This Year

Sweet potatoes can serve as the ultimate side dish. This root vegetable will have your stomach rooting for more.

Roast this starchy autumn staple with parmesan and herbs. Or, swap out the twice baked potato recipe for a sweet potato one and add some buffalo chicken.

You can also make sweet potato fries by themselves or with chipotle lime aioli for dipping. If you want to get fancy and turn this vegetable into a noodle, try them with Brown Butter Sage Sauce.


Fall Recipe Ideas Can Go Beyond Food

Don’t limit yourself to just food, make coffee at home, mix up an easy fall punch like an apple pie flavored one or blend up some healthy juice at home.

Starbucks fans can purchase some fall flavored Starbucks coffee to make along with your baked item. Try a fall blend with hearty spice notes, maple pecan along with pumpkin spice to make everything nice while still in you’re pjs.

Put together non-alcoholic beverages and leave the option of adding the booze or not. Whether it’s a big batch of punch, a sparkler, spritzer or a sangria, you can put the alcohol needed on the side to let the guest (21 or older) decide if they’d like to add it. The added bonus is you won’t have to make or purchase multiple beverages.


Drinking healthy juices is extremely popular. It’s also good for you. It can be both a simple pleasure you look forward to during the day. If you want to commit to doing this regularly, consider getting a juicing recipe book. Trying each recipe can serve as a mini fall bucket list goal.

The Complete Juicing Recipe Book

No matter what you decide, you’ll keep everyone happy and hydrated.


If you blink, autumn might pass you by. Don’t miss out on the flavors of the season using some of the fall recipe ideas above. Apples, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and more are under the same seasonal food umbrella.

Why not let them hang out together on your plate or in your glass? It can’t hurt to try some of these at-home bucket list ideas to mix things up and enjoy the flavors of the season while you can.

What do you think of these fall recipes? Let me know.

Also, what is a good fall meal to cook on a Sunday?