20+ Budget-Friendly, Simple Meals for Big Crowds 

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Are you planning a party soon? Planning recipes and food preparation for large groups of family, friends, or colleagues take a lot of effort. Don’t worry. We got your back! The following meal suggestions will handle most of the work for you, and people will appreciate you at the end of the event.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches 

The homemade BBQ sauce is the secret ingredient in this dish for big gatherings. When it’s in the slow cooker, it requires no supervision, which is what we need when we have guests coming. And this meal is delicious, folks. For the side dishes, you can add Asian slaw, coleslaw, or sweet potato cornbread. 

Baked Penne Pasta 

This dish can nourish a whole force. Most people adore the thick, meaty, and cheese-filled pasta.  It is an excellent refrigerator dish. Just remember to undercook the pasta if you plan to refrigerate them slightly. You can add toast and cheesy pesto bread as side dishes. 


Taco is an easy dinner recipe with tasty ingredients and helpful serving suggestions. If you need to prepare it ahead of time, this recipe is fantastic. You can serve chips and dips with the tacos if you want an appreciation at the end of the event. 

Slow Cooker Pot Roast 

Food preparation for large groups can get hectic at times. The chuck roast in this pot roast is tender and shreddable, and it’s served with young Yukon gold potatoes, carrots, and a rich, flavorful brown gravy. There are no gravy packets or cream soups here. Simply delicious natural cuisine that will leave one wanting more. 

Killer Carnitas 

Slow cooker carnitas is one of the absolute favorite, affordable dishes for big crowds. They may be altered to suit each person’s preferences and are simple, inexpensive, and delicious. Use them on a taco bar similar to this one. Add some pickled red onions to the dish to enhance the taste of the meal. 

Chicken Spaghetti 

How can we miss the spaghetti? A large number of people may be fed with this fantastic dinner idea! Spaghetti can easily yield TWO 88 plates or ONE very filling 913 dishes. It has flavor, is creamy, and is substantial. Oven-roasted asparagus can be a good choice with spaghetti. 

Ham and Cheese Sliders 

One of the go-to group dishes is the ham and cheese sliders. Mass production of this dish is simple and inexpensive. Adults adore it as well, but this meal is well-liked by children. You can add a salad with brew honey dressing as a side dish. 

Chicken and Cheese Taquitos or Beef Taquitos 

Simply double the dish in the cooker to make this a supper for large gatherings. You’ll have twice as much food to feed everyone, and it will cook in the same time frame. Using this technique, you can also prepare them in the instant pot. Texas caviar and Mexican chopped salad are examples of possible side dishes. 

Pasta Bar 

A pasta bar is a fantastic dish to prepare for big crowds. The following are some suggestions for your pasta bar: 

  • Baked Italian Meatballs Pasta 
  • Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce 
  • Pesto 

Shredded Beef Tacos 

You can make a batch of shredded beef tacos in your cooker (or instant pot) in a matter of minutes with just a few basic ingredients. After a whole day in the kitchen, this Mexican shredded beef will fall apart from its deliciousness. Make shredded beef nachos using the leftovers. Don’t forget to make a tasty dip with the dish. 

French Dip Sandwiches 

This recipe yields a huge amount and is wonderful. The meat can be prepared beforehand, but the sandwiches must be eaten immediately. Keep that in mind when making arrangements. 

Baked Potato Bar 

Want a cheap, delectable meal the whole family will enjoy? The traditional baked potato bar is the one! The simple potato is turned from a side dish to a major dish by adding a lot of meaty toppings. The following are the ideas for the potato bar. 

  • Classic 
  • Chili 
  • Vegan Delight 
  • Greek 
  • BBQ 

Chicken Parmesan Casserole 

This dish has been among our most well-liked chicken dishes for a long time. Most likely because it’s so simple to make, and everyone enjoys it. Serve the casserole over pasta after baking. 

Final Words 

We’ve spared you the time you could have spent deciding what to cook for the gathering. The group will adore the recipes if you try them. They won’t leave without praising your efforts. Well, you can also hire a third party for food preparation for large groups if you’re not a kitchen person.