We are all familiar with the slow cooker or crockpot. The food prepared in it is as delicious as it is hassle-free. Put everything together and forget about it. It will handle the rest of the cooking itself. After that, for those who are not very familiar with this slow cooking, this is my offering today. Here I introduce the world of slow cooker stews, where convenience is savored and a pot can transform humble ingredients into extraordinary dishes. Here are 21 Crockpot Stews I offer that will satisfy every palate, from comforting twists on classic favorites to bold and exotic flavors. Recipes are created with nutrition and taste in mind, ensuring guilt-free taste.
21 Slow Cooker Stews to Delight Your Taste Preference
Welcome to the land of comfort and simplicity, where delicious flavors waft through your kitchen and dinner practically calls to you from the comfort of your crockpot. Whether you're looking for a classic comfort food recipe or something a little more globally inspired, each of these stews is a celebration of what happens when simple ingredients meet the magic of a slow cooker. So, turn on your slow cooker, combine your ingredients, and let's cook!
Classic Stews with a Cozy Twist
Here I have discussed traditional stews with a cozy twist mixing tradition with some modern creativity, hope you will like them. Recipes are inspired by family recipes and regional favorites, with subtle tweaks to surprise and delight you. Customize flavors to your liking or add a personal touch that reflects your own cooking style. I've tried to provide serving suggestions and creative twists to the section to help make these classic stews even better. Get ready to get on a cooking adventure that combines the best of tradition with a hint of innovation.
It's a comfort food that practically boils in the crockpot, so give my hearty lentil and vegetable stew with a rustic herb infusion a try. All you have to do is toss in the lentils and veggies in the morning and add a handful of herbs in the evening and you're all set to make the recipe! This hearty stew is packed with protein from lentils and full of rosemary and thyme, as well as oregano. Serve over fluffy rice, or with crusty bread, to soak up all the goodness. If you're feeling creative, add a squeeze of lemon just before serving, or add kale at the last hour or so for a new twist. This one-pot wonder is not just a meal, it is a warm hug on a cold day and one of my favorite crockpot stews.
Warm your soul with this delicious Mushroom and Barley Stew, a classic crockpot stew recipe that's as easy as it is delicious! Mushrooms, barley, and a splash of red wine all combine to create a rich, impressive stew that simmers perfectly. Toss everything in the crockpot and set to cook and you're good to go! Serve piping hot, over mashed potatoes, or with slices of crusty bread. The barley gives this stew a delicious chewiness and the red wine adds an extra layer of flavor that elevates this dish to a whole new level. If you're feeling creative, toss in some fresh parsley for a hint of freshness, or add vegan sour cream to balance the richness. This delicious mushroom and barley stew is a great way to turn a basic crockpot recipe into a delicious meal.
This Creamy and Tangy Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken and Spinach Stew with Feta is a game changer in terms of flavor as well as simplicity. Simply add chickpeas and fresh spinach to your slow cooker, along with a sprinkling of tomatoes and Mediterranean herbs. Let the magic happen as the chicken and spinach simmer, filling your kitchen with exciting aromas. But wait, there's more! Crumble some feta just before serving to take this creamy and tangy chicken and spinach stew to the next level. Serve with couscous, quinoa, or crusty bread for an impressive meal. It's not just a stew, it's a comforting Mediterranean hug wrapped in a delicious crusty bread. Perfect for those busy days when a delicious meal awaits at home.
Coconut Curry Sweet Pot Stew is the perfect way to warm up your winter evenings. This simple and delicious crockpot dish is packed with the rich flavors of sweet potatoes, coconut milk, and curry spices. All you have to do is toss all the ingredients together in the morning, throw them in the slow cooker and you're all set. When it's time to turn on the lights for the evening, you'll be greeted by the delicious smell of a perfectly cooked and simmered sweet potato stew. Serve over fluffy rice, quinoa, or crusty bread for a nutritious meal. Add kale or spinach for a green goodness twist in the last 30 minutes. This Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Stew is the perfect easy, flavorful, winter warmer, and is sure to be a family favorite.
When it comes to comfort food, there's no better comfort food than this traditional Irish-inspired slow cooker beef and Guinness stew. Imagine chunks of tender beef, carrots, and potatoes simmering all day in your slow cooker in a thick, rich broth. It's a comfort food that's so good, that you'll stick to it until you're stuffed to the gills. If you're looking for a modern twist on this classic, try serving it with mashed cauliflower (instead of traditional potatoes) for a low-carb twist. A sprinkling of chopped parsley on top also works wonders for freshening up the stew. If you want something a little more different, try adding a handful of pearl barley in the last hour or so to give the stew a chewy, nutty flavor. This traditional Irish stew isn't just a meal, it's a cozy hug on a cold winter's night.
Global Flavors to Spice Up Your Stew Game
In this section, we'll look at some global flavors you can add to your slow cooker stew. There are many different ways to incorporate different cultures and techniques into your crockpot stew. One of the best ways to add some flavor to your stew is to try different types of spices. Mixing a variety of spices in your slow cooker is a great way to add a little something extra to your stew. Bringing in ingredients from different cultures can add flavor and exotic flair to stews. For example, Thai curries can be made with coconut milk, lemongrass, and other ingredients. Moroccan tagines can be made with preserved lemon, olives, and other ingredients. Mexican-inspired stews can be made with lime, coconut cream, and other ingredients. Adding garnishes such as cilantro, yogurt, and lime can make a big difference in the international appeal of stews. These small ingredients can take stews from a comfort food to a culinary icon. Global ingredients can take you to faraway lands and help you step up your cooking game.
This is probably the best black bean stew you'll ever have. Black beans are cooked slowly in a crockpot until they are fully cooked. Then, you add chipotle peppers, diced tomatoes, diced onions, and Mexican spice mix. All you have to do is set it in the crockpot, turn it on, and wait for the overwhelming aroma to waft into your home. Once cooked, you can scoop generous portions into bowls, top with creamy avocado, sprinkle with fresh cilantro, and squeeze lime for the final touch. If you want to get creative, you can make it with a burrito filling or spoon it over rice. Or, if you want something a little more unique, you can even use it as a nacho topper! This is the ultimate easy, flavor-packed dish that will turn any meal into a Mexican fiesta.
This Moroccan-inspired chickpea tagine can take you on a flavor adventure that's easy to make in your crockpot. It's a delicious combination of chickpeas and root vegetables with a cumin-coriander-cinnamon blend for a warm hug. Toss some chickpeas and carrots in your crockpot with a Moroccan spice blend and cook it all the way through. Let the fragrance fill your home as you enjoy this delicious escape. Serve this delicious tagine with couscous, fluffy quinoa, or as a side dish. If you're feeling creative, you can top it off with fresh cilantro, or dollop it in a drizzle of dairy-free yogurt. This tagine isn't just a stew, it's a Moroccan-inspired dish that you can take to the table with every spoonful.
Let's take a step back and imagine this delicious Thai Coconut Lemongrass Stew simmering in the crockpot. It's easy to make, all you have to do is toss the ingredients, set it in the crockpot, and let it do its magic. Once cooked, pour over some jasmine rice, or rice noodles, and you've got a soul-soothing stew that combines tender chicken, creamy coconut milk, and tangy lemongrass in a fragrant dance. You can add some fresh cilantro or lime chips for a little extra zesty flavor. Or, if you're looking for a creative twist, try adding some colorful vegetables (bell peppers or bamboo shoots) during the last hour or so of cooking.
This Thai Coconut Lemongrass Stew is not just a meal, it's a journey that takes you through the streets of Bangkok.
I am an Indian myself, so what if there is no Indian food on this food list? Lentil (Dal) is one of the most popular and daily consumed foods among Indians. Just throw red lentils into the slow cooker, add tomatoes, onions, and a mix of aromatic spices, and set to cook. The result is a rich, hearty, and protein-packed lentil stew that's as comforting as it is delicious. Dal Tadka can be served with a bed of basmati rice or scooped over warm naan for a complete meal. If you want to get creative, add a spoonful or two of creamy coconut milk to give it a sweet, creamy kick. And if you're looking for a little citrus kick, add a squeeze of our fresh lemon. Bring a taste of India to your crockpot with my Creamy Lentil Stew.
This is a dish you can easily make in the comfort of your own home, so check out our Brazilian Black Bean Stew with Smoked Sausage in the Crock Pot. This stew is loaded with black beans, smoked sausage, and the rich flavor of beans. Serve this delicious stew over fluffy rice, or with bread crumbs for all the delicious flavors. For flavor, add a fresh lime wedge. For a little creativity, add some kale or spinach in the last hour or so of cooking for a green flavor. Bringing the spirit of Brazilian cuisine to your table with this delicious, and easy-to-make black bean stew, this recipe is sure to be a hit!
Vegetarian and Vegan Stews that Impress
For those who are exclusively vegetarian or vegan, there are many stew options that cannot be finished in a day. Vegetarian stews provide a healthy alternative to meat and dairy and offer a variety of flavors and textures. The slow cooker process ensures that vegetables retain their flavor and nutritional value.
Even the most seasoned meat-eater will be impressed by these veggie slow cooker recipes. These recipes call for sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and chickpeas, as well as various herbs and spices.
This Coconut Curry Chickpea Stew is easy to make in your crockpot. Coconut milk, curry spices, and protein-packed chickpeas all blend together to create a creamy and flavorful stew that practically boils in your crock pot. Add all the ingredients to the cooker, turn it to low, and let it cook. Serve this delicious vegan curry chicken stew over fluffy jasmine rice, or serve it with warm naan bread to soak up all the goodness of the curry stew. For a unique twist, top Coconut Curry Chickpea Stew with lime juice and fresh cilantro. If you're looking for an extra green option, add a handful of spinach or kale during the last half hour of cooking. Coconut Curry Chickpea Stew isn't just a meal, it's a delicious escape into a world of soothing spices and nutritious goodness.
This simple, low-maintenance crockpot stew is packed with the goodness of vegetables, rich in protein, and a delicious blend of spices. All you have to do is throw it in your slow cooker, turn it on, and forget about it until it's time to eat. Serve it in a large steaming bowl, topped with some avocado slices and a drizzle of our vegan sour cream. Sprinkle some fresh cilantro and you're good to go. If you want to get creative, turn it into Chili Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes or turn it into a filling for your favorite tacos. This recipe not only warms your soul, it also invites endless flavor possibilities. This is one of those comfort food recipes that will make you fall in love with vegan eating all over again.
If you're looking for a quick, easy, and delicious meal in the comfort of your own home, here's your easy-to-make Oven Roasted Quinoa and Vegetable Ratatouille Stew! All you have to do is toss in your quinoa, toss in your zucchini and eggplant, toss in your bell peppers and tomatoes, set the timer, and let the slow-cook magic do the rest! This great and healthy stew combines all your favorite flavors into one delicious and satisfying meal. Serve with soft couscous, or with a slice of crusty bread to soak up all the goodness. For extra creativity, top it off with a drizzle of vegan yogurt or a sprinkle of nutritional yeast for a little extra kick. It's not just a meal - it's an experience! So, relax, let the slow cooker do the work for you, and enjoy this easy and delicious Oven Roasted Ratatouille and Quinoa and Vegetable Stew!
This vegetarian Irish stew with root vegetables is a comforting bowl of goodness for us and one of the best crockpot stews. This healthy, plant-based version of traditional Irish comfort food is packed with root vegetables and lentils, as well as savory herbs. Throw everything in the slow cooker, turn it on, and forget it, and you'll be back in the kitchen in no time. Serve piping hot, or dip it with a crusty slice of bread. You can also sprinkle some fresh parsley on top for a splash of color, or squeeze a lemon for a tangy kick. Some people even enjoy it in mashed potatoes. It's easy, healthy, and a delicious escape to the Irish countryside - minus the meat! Perfect for those chilly nights, or whenever you want a bowl of home-cooked goodness.
Stews for the Adventurous Palate
Now that you've been introduced to the world of vegan and vegetarian stews, it's time to take it to the next level with "Stews for the Adventurous Palate." Step out of your comfort zone and try new flavors and ingredients that you may not have thought of trying before. They will challenge your opinion of what a stew should be and take you on a journey of discovery. From exotic spices to creative combinations, these recipes take you on a cooking journey that will push the limits of traditional stew-making.
Dried apricots and lavender slices mixed with a Moroccan spice blend, simmered in a slow cooker until tender and juicy. Serve with soft couscous or crusty bread to soak up the juices. Add chopped fresh mint on top for a refreshing twist. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, add a handful of toasted almonds for a crunchy finish. This Moroccan-inspired crockpot stew is a crowd-pleaser that transports you to the colorful markets of Morocco. It's easy to make, and even easier to enjoy. This wonderful stew is full of flavor and warmth, making it the perfect comfort food for a cozy evening.
If you're looking for a comforting bowl with a kick, check out our easy Korean Kombu Stew in the crockpot. All you have to do is add the kimchi and tofu to your slow cooker, add the garlic and green onions, and let it simmer while you prepare for the day ahead. When you return, you'll be greeted by a bowl of delicious bubbly. Serve with steamed rice hopefully, it will taste better. This wonderful, satisfying Korean stew warms you from head to toe. For a unique twist, add some shizuku mushrooms or a cracked egg just before serving to give the hot stew extra flavor. This kombu stew is versatile, you can adjust the spice level as per your preference and it is ready to satisfy your adventurous taste buds. So set it, set it, and forget it!
Transport yourself to Brazil with our Brazilian Moqueca Roasted Potatoes in the Crockpot. Simmer in coconut milk with tomatoes, bell peppers, and your favorite protein – fish or tofu – for a delicious vegan twist. Just throw everything in the crock pot between breakfast and dinner, and you'll enjoy a rich and flavorful crock pot stew that epitomizes Brazilian coastal cuisine. Serve it with fluffy white rice to soak up the rich broth and top with fresh cilantro. Add lime if you're feeling adventurous, or serve alongside our traditional farofa (toasted cassava flour), which is toasted cassava flour for a crunchy finish. Bring a taste of Brazil to your table with this easy, low-maintenance Brazilian Moqueca Potato Stew.
Let your adventurous palate take you to a bowl full of authentic deliciousness. Szechuan Spicy Tofu and Vegetable Stew is an easy-to-make recipe dish perfect for your trusty crockpot. Tofu, veggies, and Szechuan spice combine to create bold flavors that turn into a wonderful slow-cooked recipe. All you have to do is toss everything in the crockpot and set it to cook. Spice it up with a side of sesame-ginger slaw or serve with a bowl of steamed rice or basmati rice for a delicious twist on a classic stew. You can also serve with noodles if you want. If you are a spice lover or trying to spice up your stew, this is the dish for you!
This crockpot stew is an ideal recipe for adding a Caribbean twist to meals, the perfect way to bring the vibrant flavors of Jamaica into your kitchen. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this slow cooker masterpiece that will make you and your family happy. Jackfruit, plantains, and an island spice medley are just a few of the spices you can add to this classic Jamaican stew. To make it tastier, you can top it off with a handful of fresh cilantro, or add diced sweet potatoes or black beans for a unique twist. All you have to do is toss the ingredients in your crockpot and set it to cook and you're good to go! Fluffy rice is a great way to serve this delicious Jamaican jerky stew, or scoop it onto a warm crusty bread and enjoy!
Take your slow cooker cooking to the next level with this PERU QUINOA AND CORN STEW, or queipe de quinoa as the Peruvians (in Peru) call it. This delicious stew combines quinoa with sweet corn and Peruvian spices to create a bowl full of comfort. All you have to do is throw everything in your crockpot in the morning and by dinnertime, you'll have a delicious, healthy, and flavorful stew ready to serve. Sprinkle fresh cilantro on top and a squeeze of lime. If you're feeling fancy, top it off with a sliced avocado or a dollop of vegan sour cream. For an extra protein boost, add cooked black beans and shredded chicken and you're good to go! This stew isn't just a meal, it's an experience, like a warm hug on a winter's night. So, gather your ingredients, set your crockpot on the stove, and let your Peruvian flavors soak into your kitchen.
Take your taste buds to the next level with this Mediterranean Eggplant and Chickpea Stew. Made in the comfort of your own crockpot, this stew is loaded with hearty eggplant, packed with protein, and packed with Mediterranean herbs and spices. All you have to do is throw it all in your slow cooker and let the flavors meld and voila – a delicious, comforting stew that practically boils in your own crockpot. If you want to make it fancy, add crumbled feta, chopped fresh parsley, or fold in baby spinach. Add a squeeze of lemon just before serving to lighten the taste. Easy to make and delicious to eat, this is a crockpot classic you can make every day of the week.
One of the easiest ways to make your stew more interesting is to experiment with different garnishes and additions. For example, you can add sour cream or a sprinkling of fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley to your stew bowl for a splash of color and flavor. For a crunchier finish, you can also add toasted breadcrumbs or roasted nuts.
If you want to add some texture and variety to your stew, pair it with crusty bread or fluffier rice. The crusty bread will soak up the rich broth, while the fluffiness of the rice will give your stew a nice base. You can try different grains or add pasta to your stew to give it a unique flavor.
If you’re looking for a little more heat or more depth of flavor, try adding a spicy sauce or marinade to your stew. Adding Sriracha sauce or a pinch of harissa can add some heat to your stew while adding balsamic vinegar and lemon juice can give it a tangy acid flavor. Don’t be afraid to try different flavors to make sure your stew perfectly matches your taste preferences.
If you’re looking for a more creative way to make slow cooker stew, try fusion flavors and ingredient combinations. For example, if you’re trying to add some Asian flavor to a classic slow cooker beef stew, try adding soy sauce and ginger, or sprinkling some sesame seeds on top. For a Mediterranean-inspired slow cooker vegetable stew, try adding some olives, tomatoes, and oregano.
Good things take time. Let the flavors meld and simmer, and you’ll be rewarded with a bowl of soul-soothing stew that will not only satisfy your taste buds but also warm your heart. So what are you waiting for? Grab your slow cooker, grab your ingredients, and cook! These irresistible crockpot stews will fill your kitchen with the aroma of these delicious stews. Create food that leaves a lasting impression on your taste buds and loved ones. So go ahead and stew with confidence! Your cooking adventure is about to begin!
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