18 best stews & chilis
When outside temperatures drop, heat things up in your kitchen with these tasty and comforting meals in a bowl
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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?
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.
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.