Slow-Cooker Soups, Stews and Chili

Slow cookers are perfect for cooking up soul-warming bowls of soup, stew and chili. Treat your friends and family to a hearty meal with recipes from our expert chefs.

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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Take the time up front to make a thick gravy and you'll love how rich and delicious it makes this slow-cooked stew. Even though the caraway is optional, we recommend giving it a try — it's a simple way to add something special to a classic.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Curry powder is the secret ingredient in this easy slow-cooked soup. It adds to the depth of flavor and turns the soup golden yellow.

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Slow-Cooker Moroccan Turkey Stew

Turkey, squash, chickpeas and more come together in this hearty stew that's dotted with sweet raisins and apricots. Just before serving, whip up a quick cilantro sauce for an added note of brightness.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Is anything more comforting than a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup? We don't think so. Slow-cook aromatic vegetables with chicken thighs to make a delicious broth. You can customize the soup by replacing noodles with your favorite cooked grains as well.

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Slow-Cooker Chili

Simmering beef chuck and beans for hours with coffee and tomato paste in a slow cooker makes for a fantastic no-fuss meal. Top it with cheese and avocado for extra richness.

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Slow-Cooker Pork Stew

Pork shoulder becomes pull-apart tender when cooked on low heat for eight hours. Potatoes and veggies make it a complete meal.

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Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup

Cook this soup with smoked turkey for robust flavor and a warm, comforting dinner. Serve it with a dollop of creamy yogurt and crusty whole-grain bread for dipping.

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Slow-Cooker Caribbean Beef Stew

Get a taste of the Caribbean with this beef stew that's flavored with ginger, garlic and green chiles.

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Slow-Cooker Black-Bean Soup with Turkey

Black beans soak up the richness of a smoked turkey leg in this no-hassle soup. Garnish it with sour cream and lime for extra layers of flavor.

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Spicy Fajita Soup

Sandra Lee's soup requires only 15 minutes of prep time before it's simmered in a slow cooker. Chipotle peppers and corn make a perfect flavor combination for a hearty soup, perfect for chilly evenings.

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Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

Cocoa powder may seem a bit out of place in chili, but it has two jobs in this mole-inspired version: It adds depth of flavor and helps thicken the sauce. We suggest serving the chili with tortilla chips, but it would also be great with cornbread.

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Slow-Cooked Korean-Style Short Rib Soup

Perfect on a cold winter's day, this short rib soup borrows from the Korean palate with restorative flavors like garlic, ginger and red chili paste. The slow-cooked beef melts in your mouth, and the fresh spritz of cilantro and lime at the end balances everything out.

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Slow-Cooker Texas Chili

Start your slow cooker in the morning and your meal will be ready by dinner.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili

The best part of this chili recipe? You just toss everything in the slow cooker and let it go. But be sure to leave the chili powder out until the end; this ensures that the spices remain bright and vibrant rather than dull and bitter.

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