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Food for Large Groups: 30 Meal Ideas (Besides Pizza) for Teens

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When it comes to food for large groups, pizza is the old standby. But that doesn’t mean youth leaders need to “stand by” and dial for delivery every week. School cafeterias serve pizza frequently, and many busy families have a weekly pizza night too. So teens are likely as bored of pizza as you are. Plus, pizza isn’t exactly the healthiest option around.

What other food for large groups can you assemble with minimal work and cost? Check out the “menu” of meals below. Then be sure to share your ideas in the comments. Happy eating!

Food for Large Groups: 30 Ideas

  1. Sub sandwiches
  2. Crockpot sloppy joes
  3. Burrito or taco bar
  4. Nachos
  5. Hot dogs
  6. Pigs in blankets
  7. Spaghetti
  8. Mac and cheese
  9. Chicken wings
  10. Chicken nuggets
  11. Chili (or any soup)
  12. Baked potato bar
  13. Salad bar
  14. Ham and cheese sliders
  15. Pita sandwiches
  16. Make-your-own fruit kabobs
  17. Deli tray
  18. Cheesy breadsticks
  19. Bring-an-appetizer to share night
  20. Stir-fry
  21. Sheet pan fajitas
  22. Chili dogs
  23. Fondue
  24. Tortilla roll-ups
  25. Party meatballs (on toothpicks)
  26. Corn on the cob (cooked in a cooler!)
  27. Breakfast sandwiches
  28. Hashbrown casserole
  29. Waffle bar (especially great after a lock-in)
  30. Food truck (great for a special event)

And don’t forget dessert! Ideas for youth group treats include an ice cream sundae bar, cookie and ice cream sandwiches, strawberry shortcake, big-batch cookies, s’mores, and more.