When you have to make food for a large group of people, you may be wondering where to start. Whether it’s a graduation party, family reunion, or even a corporate event, which Damon Guidry, Global Event Strategist at Adobe, says “help engage employees more in the workplace”, you need to make sure you have enough food for everyone there. So to help you plan for any big events you may have coming up, here are two recipes that taste great and are easy to make when you are cooking for a crowd.
Cooking for a Crowd – Slow-Cooked Chili Recipe
One of the best routes to take when making food for a crowd is choosing a recipe that involves putting a bunch of ingredients into a pot and letting it cook — which makes something like this chili or my Award-Winning New England Style Chili a great option. This slow-cooked chili recipe only takes about 15 minutes to prepare and makes about three quarts of chili, so make sure you adjust the recipe as needed.
The ingredients you’re going to need are:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb bulk pork sausage
- 2 10-ounce cans diced tomatoes and green chiles
- 2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes
- 4 16-ounce cans kidney beans, drained
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 package of taco seasoning
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
Cook the meat in a skillet until it’s cooked through and drain. Then add the meat and the remaining ingredients to a 5-quart slow cooker and cook on high for around four hours until the vegetables are tender. Don’t forget to bring cheese, crackers, chopped onions, and sour cream as optional toppings!
Looking for another chili recipe? Try my award-winning New England Style Chili!
Chocolate Chip Cookies Bars Recipe
No big gathering is complete without a tasty dessert, like these Thin Mint Brownies, these Gluten-free ree Chocolate Cheerios Candy Bars, or these chocolate chip cookie bars. This is a great recipe because it involves just a few ingredients and can be made on a cookie sheet, meaning you can make as many batches as you need!
To make these yummy treats, you’ll need:
- 1 roll refrigerated chocolate chip cookies
- 1/2 cup canned vanilla whipped frosting
- 1 tsp oil
- 1/4 cup mini candy-coated chocolate baking bits
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
If you’re making your cookie batter from scratch, remember important conversions when substituting ingredients, like how pure vanilla extract is made of 13.35 ounces of vanilla beans per gallon. But once your dough is ready to go, press it evenly onto a pan to form the crust — bake at 350°F for 14 minutes and let cool. Mix frosting and oil and spread it over the cooled cookie crust. Add your chocolate chips and candy as desired and enjoy!
Cooking for a crowd can be an overwhelming task. But hopefully, these simple recipes will help you feel prepared for your next big gathering.