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

Miner's Beef Stew

Midwest Living

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.

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.

Pork and Butternut Squash Stew

Ladies' Home Journal
Total: 4 hrs 20 mins

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.

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

Cheesy Brat Casserole

Midwest Living

This super-simple supper--just six ingredients--is a longtime reader favorite.

Kickin' Hot Chili

Diabetic Living

If you like your chili seriously hot, this recipe is for you. For an even bigger kick, use the whole teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

San Francisco Seafood Stew

Diabetic Living
Total: 45 mins

Chicken Vegetable Ragout

Better Homes and Gardens

Serve this French stew with a crusty baguette to mop up the thick, well-seasoned sauce.

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.

Fresh Oyster Stew

Diabetic Living
Total: 35 mins
Stew  Recipes: Take your pick!
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