A bowl of hot beef stew on a cold night is one of life's greatest pleasures. Stew is a loose term that generally refers to chunks of meat and vegetables cooked in a thickened stock. When looking for a stew recipe, search for one that's relatively simple. Whether you're making Brunswick stew or oyster stew, you want to keep everything rustic - large chunks made for good hearty bites. Unless you've got hours to spend at the stove, buy decent stew meat - the cheaper cuts take forever to become tender. And don't forget the bread! Weather it's soda bread paired with Irish stew or a hearty slice of baguette served alongside fragrant lamb stew, the two belong together.

See Popular Stew Recipes

Ropa Vieja

Ladies' Home Journal
Total: 5 hrs 20 mins

Tex-Mex Stew

Family Circle

When you're hankering for a meaty stew but have little time to make dinner, try this zesty ground beef stew. It's ready in 20 minutes.

Miner's Beef Stew

Midwest Living
Total: 40 mins

Vegetable Chili with Cheese Topping

Better Homes and Gardens

Lean toward health with this spunky vegetarian chili loaded with carrots, zucchini, beans, and tomatoes. A cheddar and cream cheese topping provides a soothing touch.

Bouquets Garni for Pot Roasts

Better Homes and Gardens

"Bouquet garni" (boo-KAY gahr-NEE) is simply a collection of herbs, typically parsley, thyme, and bay leaf, wrapped in cheesecloth and added to the pot for flavor.

Winter Woods Chili

Midwest Living

Satisfy your family with this hearty chili that includes bacon and beef. Top with cheese and cilantro for a delicious flavor twist.

Pork and Butternut Squash Stew

Ladies' Home Journal
Total: 4 hrs 20 mins

Moroccan Chicken Stew

Better Homes and Gardens

This low fat chicken dish gives you a complete meal in just 35 minutes.

Total: 35 mins

Continental Pork Stew

Betty Crocker

A creamy base complements tender pork and an assortment of colorful vegetables.

Total: 1 hr 10 mins

French Chicken Stew

Midwest Living

Layer this chicken and vegetable stew recipe in your slow cooker and let the delectable aroma greet you when you arrive home to a ready-made meal.

Fresh Oyster Stew

Diabetic Living
Total: 35 mins

Sausage Gumbo

Diabetic Living

For this revamped Creole favorite, brown the flour without any fat and use turkey sausage to keep the fat in check.

Mediterranean Chicken Stew

Ladies' Home Journal

With vegetables, chickpeas, chicken and whole wheat couscous, this stew makes a complete one-dish meal.

Total: 45 mins

Beef Burgundy

Better Homes and Gardens

Prep Beef Burgundy in 20 minutes using convenience products for this easy version of a classic dinner.

Stewed Moroccan Chicken

Ladies' Home Journal
Total: 6 hrs 25 mins
Stew  Recipes: Take your pick!
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