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Readers, myhousemd needs our help. She recently uploaded a serving question to the community. She asks: "What is the cheapest and easiest way to feed 100+ people? It is for a service event that I am organizing on my area."

Although we don't know what time of day the food is going to be served, I recommend that she do a giant taco salad with lettuce, beans, rice, shredded cheese, tomatoes, olives, and tortilla chips with a salsa-based dressing. It's hearty, healthy, and since there's no protein, affordable.

What do you think she should make? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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myhousemd myhousemd 6 years
Hmm. The salad and chili options sound delicious! I'll be looking into both of them. Thanks, guys!
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
When I made the Black bean vegetable soup we had no problems with people getting gassy or anything. We spent a good 4 hours together after we ate and nobody had any complaints. When you actually make the soup the amount of beans each person eats is not a large serving. Less then 1/4 of a cup.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I was going to say chili too. Or maybe a potato soup.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
The last time we had a family reunion I made a Black Bean vegetable soup that I found on all recipes. All it has is black beans, corn, onion, stewed tomatoes, carrots and a few spices. You can also top it off with things like shredded cheese, sour cream, cilantro, etc. Very inexpensive, quick and easy.
OhMaxine OhMaxine 6 years
I would do crockpots of chili with a fix-ins bar of chives, sour cream, cheese... Buy the ground beef in bulk quantities and add more beans as a cheap filler. You could also make pans of lasagna with a large garden salad as a side dish. Maybe even buy the cheap 99 cent loaf of French bread, slice down the middle, butter it up, garlic powder, salt & pepper it. Very cheap. My family did this for our HUGE family reunion. You could even do pulled pork BBQ sandwiches with coleslaw and cheap mac n cheese or beans.
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