22 Satisfying Soups and Stews You Can Make In the Slow Cooker
Soup’s up! Grab your crackers and toasted bread, and ready your spoon! When you crave comfort and convenience, look no further than soup. While we love soup, we can do without the hassle and time it takes to prepare a homemade bowl of goodness. And let’s be honest, the canned, sodium-filled stuff simply won’t do most nights. That’s why we’re breaking out the slow cooker for a hands-free approach to a complete dinner made from scratch. It doesn't get any easier—or any more delicious—than throwing a few fresh ingredients in the slow cooker and letting it do all the work while you work. All you have to do is set it and forget it in the morning, and come home (with an empty stomach) to these warm and satisfying stews and soups that are just waiting to be devoured.
Slow-Cooker Sausage Minestrone
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sausage MinestronePrepare this minestrone in your slow-cooker over the weekend. Freeze the soup for later. All you have to do when your short on time is reheat the soup and cook the pasta.
Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Corn Slow-Cooker Chowder
Creamy Potato-and-Ham Hock Slow-Cooker Soup
Navy Bean and Ham Soup
Recipe: Navy Bean and Ham Soup
If you like the savory combination of ham and beans but don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen, let this savory slow-cooker recipe come to the rescue.
Lemon Chicken Soup
Recipe: Lemon Chicken Soup
Just what the doctor ordered—our take on the childhood classic has a grownup spin that we know you’ll love.
White Chicken Chili
Recipe: White Chicken Chili
Take a break from tradition with a bowl full of white chili, complete with tender chicken, white navy beans, and spicy seasonings.
Thyme-Scented White Bean & Sausage Stew
Say hello to a simple one-pot meal for dinner tonight. White beans, carrots, parsnips, garlic, and smoked Italian sausage make up this rich, dense stew.
Braised Fennel, Cannellini Beans, and Italian Sausage
Recipe: Braised Fennel, Cannellini Beans, and Italian Sausage
Cooked slowly over the course of an afternoon or evening all of the delicate flavors of these ingredients come together in a mixture of balance and bite.
Recipe: Brisket Chili
Enjoy the ball game, go shopping, or work in the yard. Return to the kitchen a few hours later to find a warm pot of flavorful brisket chili waiting for you and your family.
Recipe: Tortilla Soup
Smoky and spicy, this soup is loaded with our favorite Mexican spices like cumin and peppers – plus our favorite garnishes, like queso and tortilla chips.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Recipe: Chicken Soup for the Soul
No dish is quite as soothing as a hearty bowl of chicken noodle soup, and the slow cooker couldn't have made the road to comfort any easier.
Recipe: Beef-and-Bean Chili
Chili is a wintertime staple, and this slow cooker version is excellent served on its own with cornbread or on top of hot dogs.
Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings
Recipe: Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings
These soft and fluffy cornmeal dumplings bake up right in the slow cooker on top of an aromatic chicken stew.
Classic Beef Stew
Recipe: Classic Beef Stew
This one will make you want to fill up a bowl and curl up on the couch.
5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
If you ask any pitmaster, they're likely to agree that the key to perfect pulled pork has a lot to do with how long the meat has been cooking. Unlike quickly searing a steak or some shrimp, cooking a pork shoulder on low for hours allows the moisture and flavors of the meat to be sealed inside. This pulled pork recipe recipe mimics the 'low and slow' method, and the juicy result is certainly worth it. It's tender, soft, and melts in your mouth. Even better news? You've probably got most of the ingredients you need to make this exceptional pulled pork already in your pantry or fridge – now all you need is a great pork shoulder. This simple recipe calls for a few sweet onions, some seasoning blend, chicken broth, salt, and a tenderloin. That's it. Give the pork between eight to ten hours in your slow cooker, and it will be fork tender and ready to shred by dinner time. Plus, it'll fill your house with a mouth-watering aroma.
Pulled pork is a regional classic, and we believe that all Southerners should be able to make it. This slow cooker pulled pork is a great foundation for both amateur and seasoned cooks, and doesn't take much time to prepare in advance. When it comes to seasoning the meat, we recommend a spice blend of garlic powder, oregano, and crushed red pepper. You can often find this already blended in the spice aisle of your local grocery store, but don't be afraid to mix up the ingredients if you've already got them all on hand. We tested this recipe with McCormick Grill Mates Backyard Brick Oven Seasoning, but try swapping in your favorite pork rub if desired. If you'd rather not serve this great pork dinner recipe as a main dish, it can easily be subbed into many of your other favorite recipes. Try making Pulled Pork Nachos for game day or as a Friday night family dinner treat. Or, whip up some Pork Noodle Bowls as a cozy dinner recipe on cold evenings. We also love topping this juicy pork with our favorite local barbecue sauces – like Alabama white sauce – and serving as a pulled pork sandwich next to some creamy potato salad and a cup of banana pudding. If you're looking to share this recipe with friends, we definitely recommend preparing 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork for your next potluck or church gathering; you'll have everyone asking for the recipe.
Fresh Corn and Potato Soup with Sautéed Shrimp
Recipe: Fresh Corn and Potato Soup with Sautéed Shrimp
After tasting the delicious results of "milking" a fresh corn cob, you'll never shuck and chuck again. We fully tap the flavor of in-season corn with this kernel-to-cob cooking method, infusing our soup with rich, sweet flavor.
Green Tomato Chile Verde
Recipe: Green Tomato Chile Verde
This Green Tomato Chile Verde sounds like it will be hot as blazes, but the poblano peppers bring a mild, mellow heat to this delicious dish. We also love the tang and body that green tomatoes give this comforting stew.
Peppered Beef Soup
Recipe: Peppered Beef Soup
A steaming hot bowl of hearty soup served out of a toasted bread bowl warms our hearts in such a distinct and fulfilling way. This comfort soup requires some prep work, but the soul warming result is worth every minute.
Pork-and-Black Bean Chili
Recipe: Pork-and-Black Bean Chili
This is how a chili should be: spicy, savory, and delicious. Grab a spoon and savor every bite. Pork rib pieces are the savory meat that makes this chili so irresistible.
Spiced Beef Stew with Sweet Potatoes
Tender cubed sweet potatoes add color and flavor to this richly spiced beef stew.
Recipe: Shrimp-and-Sausage Gumbo
Our reviewers rave that this recipe is “wonderful and easy,” and “definitely a keeper.” Enjoy a smoky and spicy classic that takes just a few minutes prepare, and then slow-simmers in a slow cooker so that the classic Louisiana flavors have time to soak into each other.
Smoky Turkey-and-Sweet Potato Chili
Lean ground turkey replaces the usual ground beef in this richly spiced, veggie-rich chili.
Spicy Beef Chili
Recipe: Spicy Beef Chili
Beef brisket makes a great filling for tacos, and slow-cooking it for hours, covered in a spicy sauce, makes it even better.