24 Best Cheap Meals for Large Families

Feed a Crowd Without Breaking the Bank

Chicken bog ready to serve from the kettle.
Diana Rattray

With today's smaller family size, it can be difficult to find large quantity recipes, and it's even harder to find economical choices. You can often convert a recipe for 4 or 6 by doubling some ingredients, but that doesn't work in every case. 

Most of the recipes below are designed for eight or more people. Most use inexpensive cuts of meat or poultry and everyday pantry ingredients. These recipes are great for big families, special events, potlucks, or dinners with guests. Whether for a party or family meal, you're sure to find the perfect recipe on this list.