18 best stews & chilis
When outside temperatures drop, heat things up in your kitchen with these tasty and comforting meals in a bowl
Stuffed Kabocha Squash with Arabic Lamb Stew
This lamb stew is flavored with Arabic spices. The whole thing is baked in a hollowed out kabocha squash, making for a gorgeous, edible presentation.
Chinese-style Beef, Sweet Potato, and Bok Choy Stew
This quick stew is a perfect weeknight meal for a cold winter night.
Beef-Ale Stew and Green Onion-Buttermilk Dumplings
Rich with ale and caramelized onions, this stew provides a thick, hearty base for the fluffy white dumplings that are dropped in at the end of cooking.
Miso Seafood Stew
In the mood for a fish soup? Try this lightly flavored, yet totally satisfying, weeknight stew that pairs well with a cold beer.
Recipe: Miso Seafood Stew
Chicken, Quinoa, and Green-Olive Stew
Briny olives, chiles, and bright citrus: That's what you call a pairing challenge. A smooth, strong golden bock brew from the Bay Area can handle this stew, playing up the orange and toning down the chiles.
Quick Crab Stew in Fennel-Tomato Broth
Not up for dealing with live crab after a day at work? Let the grocery store fish counter or a fish market do the cooking. At dinnertime, just toss in a few ingredients for flavor and serve with a loaf of crusty bread for a hearty, easy meal in minutes.
Green Chile-Chicken Stew
The chilies in this "white chili" are more of a warming ingredient than a kick of heat. We think it’s great as a make-ahead meal for a crowd.
Recipe: Green Chile-Chicken Stew
Spanish-Style Lamb Stew with Roasted Red Peppers
Rich, warm, and spicy, this lamb stew is one of our favorites. We love to serve it as the main course to a spread of hearty red wines and warm crusty bread.
Red Curry Fish Stew with Rau Ram
Fish stews with curry are common throughout Southeast Asia. We love the simplicity of this version, which uses red curry. If you’re sensative to heat, feel free to go a bit heavier on the curry.
Recipe: Red Curry Fish Stew with Rau Ram
Smoky Beef Stew with Blue Cheese and Chives
If you’re looking for the kind of stew that Grandma used to make, look no further. This stew is only made better with the addition of creamy blue cheese sprinkled on top.
White Wine Coq Au Vin
Chicken stew made with wine is a French classic. We’ve updated our version using white wine for a crisper flavor and we’ve cut the cooking time to make it weeknight friendly.
Recipe: White Wine Coq Au Vin
Lentil Stew with Winter Vegetables
This hearty vegetarian stew is so satisfying that even the most devout of carnivores won’t miss the meat.
Turkey Thigh and Hominy Chili
Budget-friendly turkey thighs add loads of flavor without much fat, while sweet hominy and spicy jalapeño round out the taste of this southwest chili.
Recipe: Turkey Thigh and Hominy Chili
Black Bean Chili
The addition of chipotle purée imparts a rich, 'tastes like it's been simmering for hours' flavor in this dish, which actually comes together in just about 30 minutes.
Recipe: Black Bean Chili
Whiskey and Triple Pork Black Bean Chili
Why make the same old thing when you can cook up a chili rich and smoky with bacon and Spanish chorizo, mellowed by whiskey, and fired up with chipotles?
Devilish Chorizo Chili with Hominy
Not only is this chili easy to make ahead, it actually improves with time. If you like your chili very spicy, add an extra teaspoon of chipotle powder. Serve it with hunks of warm cornbread.
Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili
Bacon, fire-roasted tomatoes, and spicy smoked paprika give this easy-to-make chili a deep, complex flavor.
Recipe: Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili
Earthy sweet potatoes add depth to this vegetarian chili. New Mexico chile powder is fruity and mild, so don’t be scared off by the generous amount called for here. Feel free to swap in any other kind of chile powder you have on hand—just use less of it.