10 Slow-Cooker Soup and Stew Recipes to Warm Your Body and Soul
The slow cooker is as close as it gets to a magical elf that takes care of dinner. Some recipes require a lightning round of stovetop prep; others demand little more work than combining all the ingredients.
Whole ham hocks and a slew of aromatic root vegetables give humble pea soup big flavor. Freeze half for an even easier meal next time around.
Spicy Turkey Chili
Chop a few chiles, open a few cans, and you’re looking at a hearty, flavorful dinner.
Hearty Beef Stew
This back-pocket winter meal is a godsend on busy, chilly days -- it requires just five minutes of prep.
Slow-Cooker Green Chili
While this Mexican-style green chili would have you dirty a few pots and pans, the effort pays off in a two-for-one meal plan: stew one night and tacos the next.
Beef, Barley, and Vegetable Stew
Pearl barley adds a toothsome bite and malty flavor to a traditional winter stew.
Slow-Cooker Beef and Black-Bean Chili
Slow cooking saves a step in this recipe. Dried beans often need to soak ahead of time; here, they simmer right alongside the rest of the ingredients.
Pork and Hominy Stew
Pan-seared pork shoulder becomes fall-apart tender in a spicy broth; mild hominy soaks up the flavor of both.
Slow-Cooker Cajun Stew
Strategically adding ingredients to this Cajun stew ensures that every element is perfectly cooked.
Brisket and Potato Stew
In this recipe, slow-cooked beef brisket is added to a quick stovetop broth. The process takes 15 minutes -- but you’d never know by the taste.
Slow-Cooker Beef and Tomato Stew
This lighter beef stew calls for extra-lean beef chuck; with so much time to mingle, the flavors develop a heartiness and you don't even miss the fat.