When cooking for an informal crowd, a slow cooker will be your go-to for chili, queso, stews, anything warm that you need lots of. Go big with the 6 quart Cook & Carry from Crock-Pot (also great when someone else is hosting but you're bringing the goods).
Crock-Pot 6 Qt. Stainless Steel Cook & Carry Slow Cooker, $54.99, Target
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