Cooking for a Crowd Recipes

Party planning is daunting enough. Let us help you. Here are our best recipes for serving 20 people or more!

Staff Picks

Taco Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars 426
Spicy taco dip with layers of sour cream, lettuce, cheese, and peppers.
By Allrecipes Member

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese

Rating: 4.5 stars 371
Dates are stuffed with blue cheese, wrapped in bacon and baked until crisp. These are delicious and very easy to make for a party. You can serve them at room temperature, so it is okay to make a few hours in advance!

Elaine's Sweet and Tangy Loose Beef BBQ

Rating: 4.5 stars 279
This recipe is a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants creation. I researched several BBQ recipes online and in my cookbooks and combined bits and pieces of different things I liked about them. The result was a wonderful and tangy loose BBQ for sandwiches that is very easy to make and takes little hands-on time. My in-laws who are in their 70s both said it was the best BBQ they had ever had. It was awesome!

Baked Potato Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 24
This baked potato casserole makes a perfect side dish to bring to large family potlucks, picnics, and celebrations.

The Best Fresh Tomato Salsa

Rating: 4.5 stars 613
A fresh salsa with tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, cumin, and lime.

Beef Tamales

Rating: 4.5 stars 193
These are just like the tamales my Abuelita used to make for special occasions. This recipe makes a lot, but if you're going to go to all the trouble of making tamales from scratch, you might as well have a party! You will need butchers' twine and a large pot with a steamer basket to make these. May be frozen up to 6 months in heavy-duty resealable plastic bags. To reheat, thaw in refrigerator and then steam or microwave until heated through.

Henry and Maudie's Oatmeal Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 150
This makes a nice snack cookie, not necessarily a sweet treat kind of cookie. Good and healthful. For variety add chopped raisins or currants or nuts.

Family Sicilian Sauce and Meatballs

Rating: 4.5 stars 34
My mother's family originally came from Sicily and every family member makes his or her own version - this version came most recently via Brooklyn. If there are any leftovers, they freeze very well. MANGIA! Serve with red wine and a good loaf of crusty Italian bread.

Easy Sugar Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 8222
Quick and easy sugar cookies! They are really good, plain or with candies in them. My friend uses chocolate mints on top, and they're great!
By Stephanie

Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chile Sauce (Salsa Verde)

Rating: 4.5 stars 25
Enchiladas made easy! Garnish with diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and any of your favorites!

Bake-Sale-Worthy Lemon Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
The next time you need something amazing to contribute to a bake sale, or maybe just a last-minute birthday party, try this simple lemon bars recipe.

Easy Three-Berry Crumble Slab Pie

Rating: 5 stars 2
This informal pie is baked on a sheet pan and serves a crowd! Use frozen berries for a fresh flavor any time of year. You may serve this with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.

Inspiration and Ideas

Big-Batch Camping Meals to Feed a Crowd
Feed your whole camping crew (and then some!) with these incredibly easy big-batch meal recipes to make outdoors.
Fantastic Casseroles for a Crowd
Casseroles make a great dish for social gatherings. Some of these can even be made ahead and warmed up later.
Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders
Rating: 5 stars 852

These baked ham and cheese sliders are a quick and easy appetizer for any party.