Colder temperatures signal the return of stew weather, and we couldn’t be happier. Slow-and-low cooking turns hearty vegetables and economical cuts of meat into tender, saucy stews worthy of company or a weeknight dinner. With these easy, satisfying vegetarian, chicken, and beef stew recipes from Martha Stewart, you’ll be telling Jack Frost, better luck next time.
Easiest Indian Stew
A thick vegetarian stew made from pantry staples, such as rice, spices, and canned chickpeas, is enlivened with a bit of yogurt and lime. Curry powder, an Indian blend of spices, is a timesaving source of layered flavor; ground ginger brings a quick dash of citrusy warmth.
Recipe: Easiest Indian Stew
Sausage and Pepper Stew
The classic pairing of hot Italian sausage and peppers meets again, this time in a hearty stew.
Recipe: Sausage and Pepper Stew
Slow-Cooked Tex-Mex Chicken and Beans
When preparing this memorable fix-and-forget chicken stew, use high-quality salsa to save time without skimping on flavor.
Cuban Black-Bean Stew with Rice
Satisfying bean soups often have to simmer for hours; this vegetarian stew tastes as if it did but uses canned beans and broth as shortcuts.
Recipe: Cuban Black-Bean Stew with Rice
Asian Shrimp Stew with Steamed Rice
Sharp, fragrant ginger invigorates this dish. Because it’s potent and fibrous, use a sharp knife to mince it. To keep this stew tasting bright, avoid overcooking the vegetables.
Chicken with Tomatoes and Mushrooms
Also known as chicken cacciatore, this rustic stew cooks in a rich tomato mushroom sauce. Serve over rice or with a thick slice of crusty bread.
Using dried fruit (such as prunes and apricots) in savory dishes is traditional in Moroccan and Middle Eastern cooking. Here, these dried fruits mingle with the rich, distinctive flavor of lamb in a tomato-based stew.
Recipe: Moroccan Lamb
Quick Vegetable and Navy-Bean Stew
You don’t have to spend a long time in the kitchen to make a full-flavored stew; our potato, bean, and mushroom stew is ready in less than an hour.
Half-Hour Chicken Gumbo
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.
Recipe: Half-Hour Chicken Gumbo
Moroccan Chicken Stew with Sweet Potatoes
Cinnamon and ginger complement the sweet potatoes in this easy but exotic-tasting chicken stew. Fluffy couscous absorbs the aromatic sauce.
Garnish this hearty vegetarian stew with sour cream, cheddar cheese, diced red onion, toasted pumpkin seeds, or chopped chives; serve with heated flour tortillas.
Recipe: Black-Bean-and-Corn Stew
You can make this beef stew in the oven or a slow cooker. Either way, you will have a warming, wholesome, and wonderfully flavorful meal.
Recipe: Beef Stew
Mediterranean Chicken Stew
Browning the chicken adds another layer of flavor to this hearty stew. Cook it in two batches to ensure that the chicken browns properly and doesn’t steam. The caramelization on the chicken and on the bottom of the pan is what flavors the stew.
Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken Stew
Spicy Pork Stew
With bold, Indian-influenced spicing and slow-and-low cooking, an inexpensive cut of pork becomes meltingly tender and fragrant.
Recipe: Spicy Pork Stew
Firehouse Chicken Stew
When members of the FDNY aren’t busy fighting fires, they’re fighting their own rumbling stomachs with this vegetable-rich chicken stew.
Recipe: Firehouse Chicken Stew
Irish Lamb Stew
This satisfying stew, filled with tender lamb and vegetables simmered in a beer-based broth, is just the cure for a chilly evening.
Recipe: Irish Lamb Stew
Slow-Cooker Spiced Chicken Stew with Carrots
Juicy chicken thighs get the Moroccan treatment when they’re seasoned with cinnamon and cumin and garnished with toasted almonds.
Slow-Cooker Turkey Stew with Lima Beans
Layering the ingredients with the beans on the bottom ensures proper cooking of this stew. Avoid opening the lid as this will increase the cooking time.
Hearty Recipes from Martha Stewart
Find more hearty recipes that are great for fall or anytime at MarthaStewart.com: