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Warm-Up Time

When you want something hot and hearty, a soul-warming dish to take away the chill, stews fit the bill. An anytime alternative to soup, stews can be created from recipes as elaborate or as simple as you feel like tackling. Some recipes are straightforward and traditional, others full of global inspirations. Read on for a selection that runs the gamut. And whether you use the Instant Pot, slow cooker or good ol' stovetop, these options will have you warmed up — literally and figuratively — with plenty for leftovers.

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

The creator of The Cozy Cook blog is committed to sharing "simple, flavorful and budget-friendly recipes" for family and friends — and beef stew is certainly a tried-and-true favorite of the genre. The utterly traditional approach here features Yukon gold potatoes, carrots and peas, with a depth of flavor thanks to a good red wine (though substitutes are offered for an alcohol-free version). Serve with a warm baguette or over mashed potatoes.

Recipe: The Cozy Cook


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Chicken and Vegetable Mexican Soup

Easy Southwestern Chicken Stew

Fast and filling are the bywords of this recipe that gets a hearty meal on the table in less than 30 minutes. Chicken breast, black beans, corn, and more combine for that proverbial something for everyone.

Recipe: Lemon/Blossoms

Beef Stew
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Pork Stew

Made on the stovetop or in the slow cooker, this veg-and-meat recipe features pork shoulder, an affordable cut of meat, for a meal that's tasty and thrifty.

Recipe: Spend With Pennies

Fish Stew

Mediterranean Fish Stew

Cod fillets and shrimp are featured in this hearty dish that also features tomatoes, potatoes and bell peppers. From the "Instant Flat Belly Cookbook" by Patricia Gilroy, the dish is a healthy option as it's low-carb, low-fat and low-sodium … but rich in flavor.

Recipe: Instant Pot Recipes

Vegetable Stew

Easy Vegetable Stew

This vegan and gluten-free recipe takes in quite a few vegetables — from onions, celery and carrots to potatoes, red lentils and broccoli. Oh, and there's also an option to add even more with collards, kale or spinach. Go wild!

Recipe: Vancouver with Love

Tuscan Kale Stew

White Bean, Sausage and Kale Stew

Pre-cooked pork sausage such as kielbasa is the featured protein here, though cannellini beans definitely up the ante in this classic comfort-food dish from Rachael Ray. A special touch is the finishing off with a drizzle of olive oil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Recipe: Rachael Ray Magazine

Irish Lamb Stew
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Irish Lamb Stew

Think of a rainy Irish evening and a steaming serving of Irish stew. Ah, comfort. Since no one's traveling these days, create your own pub — and family — favorite. The Spruce Eats shares the dish is traditionally made with lamb, onions and potatoes but personalized with countless additions including carrots, parsnips, turnips, peas or celery. This version includes bacon and bacon fat — and as with many stews, you can make it ahead and serve the next day so the flavors truly meld.

Recipe: The Spruce Eats

Make a Feast At Home

Simple Crock-Pot Italian Beef Stew

Extra virgin olive oil, six garlic cloves, a hefty can of peeled tomatoes and a pound of mushrooms — white or cremini — are the telltale signs that this recipe has its roots in the heart of the Mediterranean region. An easy prep yields a hearty, rustic meal ideal for a chilly night in. (Keep your slow cooker bubbling with these 52 recipes.)

Recipe: The Mediterranean Dish

Seafood Soup

Fish & Shellfish Stew Greek Style

Take a virtual trip to the Greek Isles with this dish that's a hearty waterfront tradition. This recipe allows you to make it your own by your choice of main ingredients. You can "try snapper, striped bass, clams, mussels and shelled, deveined shrimp, in any combination." We like choices.

Recipe: Williams Sonoma

Green pork chili
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Green Chili Pork Stew

Ree Drummond's recipe may have pork shoulder at its core, but tomatillos, three kinds of peppers and a whole host of vegetables and spices keep this dish from being just another straightforward take on pork. And it freezes particularly well, that is, if you have any left over. (Looking for more ways to stock your freezer? Check out these Freezer-Friendly Meals That Will Always Taste Fresh.)

Recipe: Food Network

Chili Con Carne

Texas Beef Chili (Chili Con Carne)

For those who love chili with beefy chunks, this recipe offers a flavorful way to go. Its creator notes it features "tender chunks of beef enveloped in a deep, spicy and smoky sauce." Did we mention it also includes bacon? 

Recipe: Once Upon a Chef with Jenn Segal


The Best Classic Chili

For those who rather their chili feature ground beef (count me in), this recipe is retro gold, a quick stovetop version designed to be "just like mom used to make with ground beef, beans, and a simple homemade blend of chili seasonings." Suggested toppings range from shredded cheddar cheese to sour cream to sliced green onions. Tradition indeed. (Keep these 13 Regional Chili Recipes in mind, too.) 

Recipe: The Wholesome Dish

Braised Beef with Carrots

Cantonese Instant Pot Braised Beef with Radish

Tired of takeout? This ambitious recipe — featured on an Asian food blog — is all about Far Eastern-style comfort. The braised meat is complemented by an array of spices, from ginger to star anise, and 2 pounds of daikon radish.

Recipe: The Woks of Life

Related: 21 Takeout Meals Made Cheaper at Home

mushroom stew

Veal and Mushroom Stew

This stew is "teeming with tender chunks of veal braised in a rich, creamy sauce studded with mushrooms and potatoes. Pure yum," says its creator. An unexpected touch? She adds a squeeze of anchovy paste for "a little extra umami."

Recipe: What Should I Make For…

Turkey Chili

Ground Turkey Chili for People Who Hate Ground Turkey

As a fan of chili but not of ground turkey (so dull!), this recipe certainly grabbed my attention. With its Dutch oven/stovetop prep and simple ingredients including stewed tomatoes, red kidney beans, green pepper and onion, it just might be time to give ground turkey another try.


Beef Stroganoff

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Stew

We'll let the creator of this version of one of our favorite cold-weather dishes describe the dish where slow-cooked beef becomes, "fall-apart tender smothered in a creamy Stroganoff sauce with buttery garlic mushrooms." And, she adds, "It's made with economical stewing beef yet tastes like a million dollars!" We are in. And for those who like options, the recipe is offered in versions tailored for the stove, slow cooker or Instant Pot.

Recipe: RecipeTin Eats

Cajun Shrimp Etouffee

Creole Shrimp Stew

This traditional New Orleans favorite gets its traditional red/orange hue from a brown roux and both tomato paste and tomato sauce. Serve over white rice and sprinkle with basil before serving. Note: The recipe can be switched up by substituting crawfish, lump crabmeat or scallops instead of the shrimp. Four recipes for the price of one!

Recipe: Just A Pinch

African Beef Stew

African Beef Stew

Take a (virtual) trip to Africa with this stovetop beef recipe that's gluten-free to boot. It features zippy ingredients including paprika, cinnamon and (gluten-free) curry powder along with bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots and cabbage. The kicker? Coconut milk adds a creamy finish.

Recipe: Only Gluten-Free Recipes

Pumpkin and Rice Stew

Butternut Squash Wild Rice Stew

If you — or those in your household — have dietary restrictions or preferences, this dish may just address all of those in one clip, since it's dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, sugar-free, vegan and vegetarian. It may take a bit of time (mostly for the washing and chopping of the vegetables) but it's not difficult.

Recipe: Making Thyme For Health

Beef Stew
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Instant Pot Persian Beef Stew

Savory spices and split peas combine to create this dish that's billed as "like beef stew's exotic, spicy cousin — spiked with lots of yummy spices like cumin, cinnamon, saffron and turmeric." Dull dinners no more. (Make the most of your Instant Pot with these 50 Simple, Cheap, and Delicious Instant Pot Recipes.)

Recipe: Platings & Pairings

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken Stew

You come in from shoveling and want to warm up (and treat yourself). Imagine steaming helpings of a creamy stew that features cream of chicken soup, milk and sour cream. Ideal served with biscuits or dumplings, this one can be made on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot or slow cooker. 

Recipe: The Cozy Cook

Related: 15 Delicious Dumplings from Around the World

Vegetable Stew

Moroccan Vegetable Stew

Vegetable stews need not be boring. If you need more proof, simply whip up this richly spiced meal that's reportedly "not your everyday vegetable stew." It features cauliflower, sweet potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, parsnip, Japanese eggplant (and more) – plus an array of spices including cinnamon, turmeric, coriander, ground ginger, cumin and more. See, we said it wasn't boring. 

Recipe: May I Have That Recipe?

Related: 15 Spices and Spice Blends That Will Make Almost Any Meal Better

Ground Beef Soup

Ground Beef Stew (With a Secret!)

We'll give it away — the addition of a spicy-hot vegetable juice gives this recipe its distinctive kick. It's also filled with vegetables from green beans to potatoes to onions, a dish that's promised to be "even better reheated the next day!"

Recipe: Southern Plate

Chicken Cacciatore

Easy Chicken Cacciatore Stew

For a "no-fuss" spin on a traditional stew — and one that's low-carb, as well — this recipe relies on boneless skinless chicken thighs "to maximize the authentic flavor." (Take advantage of chicken's budget-friendly prices with these 50 Cheap and Easy Chicken Recipes.)

Recipe: Low Carb with Jennifer

Beef Stew with Rosemary

Veal Stew with Rosemary and Lemon

Banish any thoughts that stew can't be an elegant offering with this recipe from Food & Wine. Ingredients such as dry white wine, fresh rosemary and lemon zest elevate this boneless veal shoulder dish to something special. Still not convinced? Its serving suggestion is to pair it with baked polenta with Parmesan. There you are!

Recipe: Food & Wine

Chicken Stew

Hearty Turkey Stew with Vegetables

If you only make turkey for the holidays, this recipe might convince you to change your ways. Featuring turkey breast meat and an array of vegetables, it puts the beloved bird on the menu beyond Thanksgiving.

Recipe: Allrecipes

Chakhokhbili Chicken Soup
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Nourishing Indian Chicken Stew

Offered as a "simple and healing recipe," this dish includes herbs said to have holistic properties. That means you not only create a tasty meal but also a dish ideal for those battling a simple cold or cough.

Recipe: Easy Cooking with Molly

Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Thai Red Curry with Butternut Squash and Chicken

This recipe from a registered dietician, nutritionist and food sensitivity specialist is said to be "one of the most comforting, warming dishes you can make." The herbs and spices of the curry are balanced by coconut milk to create a dish that can be adjusted for those who are gluten-free.

Recipe: Erica Julson

Beef and Bean Weekender Chili

Sweet Surprise Chili

This prize-winning, chili cook-off recipe may feature sirloin steak, but it's the secret ingredient — Italian sausage — that gives it flair. One happy reviewer suggests doubling the amount of sausage for an even heartier dish.

Recipe: Taste of Home

Dumpling Stew

Vegetable Stew with Dumplings

This creamy vegetarian stew gets a protein boost from chickpeas — and a nod for creativity for its homemade cheddar herb dumplings.

Recipe: Hello Little Home

Meat Stew with Apricots

Pork Stew with Apricots and Prunes

This "hearty sweet and savory stew," sourced from a decades-old issue of Bon Appétit, has a host of not-your-everyday flavors, from pitted prunes and dried apricots to apple cider and dark beer. Worth a look, huh?

Recipe: Epicurious

Budae jjigae

Budae Jjigae (Army Stew)

The author/cook/photographer behind the blog My Korean Kitchen notes that, "Korean hot pot dish is one of the most frequently requested recipes from my readers." And the dish called "Army Stew" or "Army Base Stew" — "loaded with Kimchi, Spam, sausages, ramen noodles and much more" — is said to be one of the most popular hot pot dishes in Korea. 

Recipe: My Korean Kitchen

Lamb Stew

Middle Eastern Lamb Stew

This dairy-free, gluten-free and low-sodium recipe features traditional Middle Eastern spices, chickpeas (adding fiber) and fresh spinach. It's suggested you use boneless lamb stew meat (shoulder cut), an economical choice, or lamb shoulder chops that you debone yourself.

Recipe: Eating Well

Brazilian Fish Stew

Brazilian Fish Stew

This convenient Instant Pot meal is inspired by moqueca, a famed Brazilian seafood stew, and creates a true depth of flavor thanks to the blending of tomatoes, coconut milk and spices. White fish is used here, though it's noted that other seafood fares equally well in this preparation.

Recipe: Savory Tooth

Potato Soup

Creamy Veggie Potato Stew

There is something comforting about potatoes … any way you fry, bake or mash them. This recipe takes that comfort to another level, with potatoes joined by traditional veggies such as onions, carrots and celery — along with spices and heavy cream — for something that sounds as warming as it does slightly decadent.

Recipe: Allrecipes

Fruit Compote

Slow Cooker Stewed Fruit with Pears and Apricots

What's a meal without dessert, right? Carry on the "stew theme" with this charmingly warm take on fruit salad. Leftovers, we're told, are ideal to add to breakfast or brunch.

Recipe: The Spruce Eats

Apple Cinnamon Compote

Apple Banana Stew in Cinnamon Sauce

This family-friendly, meal-ending treat is "pretty much cooked apples and bananas in a warm cinnamon honey sauce. Need I say more?" — or so says the recipe's author. Sounds like a welcome alternative to yet another stack of cookies.

Recipe: Super Healthy Kids