Stew Recipes

In chilly days, nothing is better than a warm plate of a delicious stew. Find here a variety of beef, chicken, and pork stews, as well as vegetable versions without any meat, all with many easy recipes made in the slow cooker!

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Beef Stew

Rating: 3 stars 2254
Two simple steps is all it takes to make this comforting, classic beef stew recipe. We skip browning the meat and instead use tomato paste and balsamic vinegar to amp up the flavor. This recipe also works well in the slow cooker if you prefer.

Easy Beef Chili

No beans in this hearty ground beef-based chili! The meat is cooked with aromatics, then amped up with fire-roasted tomatoes, chili powder, and cocoa.

Classic Beef Stew

Aromatic and satisfying, a comforting bowl of beef stew always hits the mark on extra chilly nights. Here, seared pieces of marbled beef simmer away until fall-apart-tender in broth, with punchy aromatics added to it like tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, red wine, and fire-roasted tomatoes for a subtle smokiness.

Chicken Fricassee (Fricassee de Poulet a L'Ancienne)

Rating: 3.5 stars 430
The original French comfort food, chicken fricassée is a classic—with as many variations as there are grandmothers in France. It's halfway between a sauté and a stew, simmered chicken with hearty vegetables in a rich, silky sauce. The dish relies on humble ingredients and is made in just a single pot. Traditionally it's served over rice, creamy mashed potatoes, or lightly buttered egg noodles. You'll also want to have a loaf of crusty bread on hand to sop up the extra sauce.

Emeril's Braised Chicken Thighs

Rating: 3.5 stars 176
For this braised chicken thighs recipe, the thighs are seasoned with a make-it-yourself Cajun seasoning before their skin is browned in a hot skillet. A mixture of oil and butter keeps the latter from burning while searing and infusing the chicken thighs with buttery flavor from the start. The chicken then cooks low and slow in an aromatic stock mixture infused with the comforting flavors of thyme and rosemary. Don't skip the rice for serving—you'll want to enjoy every bit of Emeril's flavorful gravy. 

30-Minute Chili

Rating: 3.5 stars 647
This easy chili recipe makes eight one-cup servings; if you reserve half, you'll also have enough for four servings of our Cheesy Hash-Brown Bake, a stick-to-your-ribs meal for later in the week.

Jimmy Fallon's Crock-Pot Chili

Rating: 3.5 stars 1918
This easy Crock-Pot chili recipe is courtesy of comedian Jimmy Fallon.

New Orleans-Style Shrimp and Rice

Rating: 3.5 stars 554
This quick-cooking New Orleans classic is spicy and hearty—and turns any meal into a festive occasion. It's chockful of green bell peppers, whole plum tomatoes, and Cajun seasoning.

White Bean Chicken Chili

This family-friendly chili starts with boneless, skinless chicken thighs. After searing them, combine with cooked onions and chopped poblanos before adding in spices (coriander, cumin, and chili powder) and canned green chiles. Thicken with a little cornmeal and stir in two cans of white beans for a hearty, comforting meal. Make it a day ahead if you like; the flavors improve overnight.

Vegetarian Chili

Rating: 3.5 stars 583
A variety of vegetables, a rich tomato base, and just the right amount of spice make this vegetarian chili a satisfying option in only 35 minutes. 

Half-Hour Chicken Gumbo

Rating: 3.5 stars 594
Rely on rotisserie chicken, smoked spicy sausage, and frozen okra from the store to stack up flavors in our quick rendition of a classic Cajun stew.


Rating: 3.5 stars 439
This hearty ratatouille is a country dish from the Provence region of France that's an easy mix of seasonal vegetables, garlic, and olive oil.

Inspiration and Ideas

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Old-Fashioned Beef Stew
Rating: 3 stars 134

A classic, the slow braise renders beef stew meat mouth-wateringly tender.