13 Fall Recipes for Entertaining

These recipes are perfect for a crowd.

The cool, crisp weather of fall is practically made for entertaining. Embrace the opportunity to have friends and family over for a hearty meal, and check out these 13 Fall Recipes for Entertaining. Whether it’s a backyard affair around a fire pit, or a cozy indoor get-together, these recipes are perfect for a crowd.

1. Slow Cooker Texas Chili

Slow Cooker Texas Chili

Slow cooker recipes are great when guests come over, as you can compile the ingredients ahead of time and leave it to cook while you complete other party preparations. Chili is especially fitting for fall weather and can easily feed a crowd. Serve with rice, cornbread, and plenty of chili toppings to complete this hearty meal.

2. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Southwestern Style

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Southwestern Style

The peak season for sweet potatoes is from October to December, making them ideal for fall cooking. These sweet potatoes are first baked then topped with a flavorful Southwest mixture of corn, black beans, tomatoes, herbs, and spices. Serve as a side with grilled chicken or steak, or with a salad for a filling meatless meal.

3. Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto

Nothing screams fall quite like pumpkin, and risotto is rich, creamy, and filling. When you’re looking for the perfect fall recipes for entertaining, keep this one close by. Serve this savory dish with roasted chicken or pork loin at your next fall gathering and you’ll be sure to impress.

4. Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash is technically considered a winter squash, but only because it is harvested in late summer through fall and can be stored to last through the winter. This soup recipe works well as an appetizer on a cool fall evening and is quite simple to make. Top with a dollop of crème fraîche and homemade croutons for an elegant presentation.

5. Slow Cooker Cinnamon and Pecan Bread Pudding

Slow Cooker Cinnamon and Pecan Bread Pudding

Full of fall flavor and easy to put together, this dessert recipe will sweeten your home with the scents of cinnamon and vanilla as it cooks. It’s a definite crowd-pleaser, especially when served with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream.

6. Chai-Spiced Candied Nuts

Chai-Spiced Nuts

If you want to give your guests something to munch on during cocktail time, these fragrant nuts are the perfect compliment to any fall meal. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and chai combine with maple syrup to make a sweet and crunchy coating. Be sure to make plenty because one handful is never enough!

7. Balsamic Glazed Pork with Apples, Green Beans, and Carrots

Balsamic Glazed Pork with Apples, Green Beans, and Carrots

Pork dishes are wonderful for fall gatherings. In this recipe, thick-cut pork chops are browned, then finished in a slow cooker with green beans, carrots, and apples for a touch of sweetness. It can be a whole meal in and of itself, or served over rice.

8. Cranberry Apple Sparkler

Cranberry Apple Sparkler

No fall gathering would be complete without an accompanying cocktail. These spritzers are both sweet and tart and pair well with almost every fall flavor.

9. Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

Another great item to snack on is this pumpkin spiced popcorn. Make a large batch and set out in bowls for your guests to enjoy, or send home this sweet fall treat in pre-portioned bags or containers as a gift.

10. Balsamic Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

Balsamic Chicken and Brussels Sprouts Recipe

This dish is a great blend of diverse flavors and textures. Chicken breasts are cooked with Brussels sprouts and tossed with herbs, balsamic vinegar for sweetness, and walnuts for crunch. This is one meal you won’t want to leave off your list of fall recipes for entertaining.

11. Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Salad

Grilled Eggplant & Zucchini Salad

Fall salads are usually heartier than their summer counterparts. The fall months produce robust vegetables like eggplant and zucchini, which makes this dish healthy and filling. The vegetables are first grilled, then tossed with herbs and a balsamic dressing. Add feta or goat cheese as well to bring a salty pop to the dish.

12. Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon Stew

This traditional French stew is a go-to recipe when the air starts to chill. Loaded with tender cuts of meat, hearty vegetables, and savory herbs, it can satisfy many hungry bellies. It is easy to assemble and slow-cooked over several hours to create an incredible depth of flavor.

13. Green Beans with Cranberries and Walnuts

Green Beans with Cranberries & Walnuts

It is important to still include healthy vegetable options at any fall get-together. With the addition of fall staples like cranberries and walnuts, these green beans are a perfect mix of savory, sweet, and crunchy, and can accompany almost any beef, chicken, or pork dish.

Want more ideas for fall? See 13 Best Fall Party Recipes and Holiday Meal Planning Made Easy.

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Chef Heather

Heather is a trained chef and writer from Houston, TX. She has a degree in culinary arts, and is married to her culinary school sweetheart who is also a chef. Heather has a passion for creating healthy meals that don't sacrifice on flavor. She loves Crossfit and is always looking for ways to make healthier versions of her favorite meals. Heather believes the secret to sticking with any healthy meal plan is to include foods that you really enjoy!

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