Best Slow-Cooker Soups and Stews

Make a meal that feeds a crowd with these satisfying slow-cooker soup and stew recipes.

  • Potato Soup
    Oxmoor House

    Potato Soup

    This classic soup gets a double hit of cheese--stirred into the soup and sprinkled over the top.
  • Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili
    Oxmoor House

    Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

    This soup has a mild chile flavor. If you want more heat, increase the amount of chili powder and don't seed the jalapeños.

  • Curried Lentil-Tomato Soup
    Oxmoor House

    Curried Lentil-Tomato Soup

    If it’s buried under bacon, then you know it’s got to be good. This is a yummy comfort food perfect for the winter months and appropriate for all members of your family.

  • Posole
    Oxmoor House


    You'll love the aroma of cumin, oregano, and gently braised pork that will fill your home as the stew cooks.
  • Easy Brunswick Stew
    Oxmoor House

    Easy Brunswick Stew

    The secret is in the name of this recipe–it's so easy to make! Just combine all of the ingredients, set your slow cooker for 8 hours and serve this stew with your favorite side of bread.

  • Chicken Stew with Green Olives
    Oxmoor House

    Chicken Stew with Green Olives

    Give this stew a little crunch by lightly sprinkling almonds on top. The consistencies of the ingredients will mesh nicely with the flavors.

  • Smoked Sausage Cassoulet
    Oxmoor House

    Smoked Sausage Cassoulet

    This hearty soup is exploding with flavors. Meat lovers will crave this bacon-packed and sausage-enriched delight. For a thicker consistency, let the cassoulet stand 30 minutes before serving.

  • Butternut Squash-Parsnip Soup
    Oxmoor House

    Butternut Squash-Parsnip Soup

    This soup is simple, savory and extremely soothing on a cold winter night. To serve twelve to sixteen, make two batches of soup instead of doubling the recipe.

  • Tuscan Chicken Soup
    Oxmoor House

    Tuscan Chicken Soup

    This recipe uses many common pantry and refrigerator staples. All you have to pick up at the supermarket is fresh spinach and chicken thighs.
  • Hearty Potato Soup
    Photo: J. Savage Gibson

    Hearty Potato Soup

    Bread bowls are a sandwich shop favorite for a reason. Instead of venturing out into the cold night air, fill homemade Italian Bread Bowls with chunky potato soup featuring potatoes, onions, carrot, celery, and savory seasonings.
  • Spicy Chicken Stew

    Spicy Chicken Stew

    Warm up on a cool evening by serving a stew with an extra punch of heat. Salsa and tortillas give this recipe Mexican flair.
  • Slow-Cooker Recipe: Classic Beef Stew
    Photo: Susie Cushner

    Slow-Cooker Recipe: Classic Beef Stew

    Just like Mom used to make, our beef stew is packed with hearty chunks of meat and an array of vegetables. Be sure to have plenty of bread on hand to sop up the savory gravy.
  • Smoked Turkey-Lentil Soup
    Oxmoor House

    Smoked Turkey-Lentil Soup

    The quintessential slow-cooker recipe, all you need to do for this soup is throw all the ingredients in the cooker and let it do the work.
  • Peasant Stew
    Karry Hosford

    Peasant Stew

    Raid your pantry for everyday canned goods to prepare this classic stew. And at just over 200 calories per serving, feel free to go back for seconds!
  • Black Bean Soup with Shredded Pork

    Black Bean Soup with Shredded Pork

    Budget-friendly black bean soup gets a makeover with the addition of tender pork. Have a garnish station ready with tons of toppings so that family members can customize their bowls.
  • Moroccan Vegetable Stew
    Karen Steffens

    Moroccan Vegetable Stew

    This Moroccan stew recipe is rich in nuts and spices and sweetened with currants. Serve with couscous and a dollop of plain yogurt.
  • Vegetable-Beef Soup
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Vegetable-Beef Soup

    Think your weeknights are too hectic for a home-cooked meal? Then you haven't tried this recipe. With a little chopping and emptying of cans and bags, dinner is served!
  • Thai-Style Pork Stew
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Thai-Style Pork Stew

    Take your slow-cooker recipe collection to new heights with the introduction of Thai cuisine. Serve this stew with lime wedges for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Slow-Cooker Recipe: Smoky Pea Soup
    Photo: Susie Cushner

    Slow-Cooker Recipe: Smoky Pea Soup

    Ham gives your average pea soup a savory twist that is prefect to enjoy as a simple, yet hearty meal. Add croutons for a crunchy bite, or bake a pan of cornbread to pair with this soup.
  • Easy Brunswick Stew
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Mary Lyn Hill Jenkins

    Easy Brunswick Stew

    Brunswick stew, a favorite Southern supper, combines vegetables, hash browns, and cooked chicken and pork for a super-satisfying meal that's easily prepared in a slow cooker.
  • Curried Squash and Apple Soup
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Curried Squash and Apple Soup

    This soup celebrates two of autumn's favorite flavors: butternut squash and apples. It's also a great make-ahead meal, since it keeps in the fridge for up to four days and up to two months in the freezer.
  • Pork-and-Hominy Stew

    Pork-and-Hominy Stew

    Pork and hominy (a type of corn) are a classic flavor pairing, especially in soups and stews. This easy slow-cooker stew calls for only nine ingredients and costs less than $2 per serving.
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  • Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings

    Make a classic chicken and dumplings recipe even more Southern by topping the vegetable-and-chicken-packed stew with cornbread dumplings.
  • Steak Soup
    Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Mary Lyn Hill Jenkins

    Steak Soup

    Brown your meat, and throw ingredients into your slow cooker. Eight hours later you've got a warm, hearty soup perfect for a chilly night.
  • Provençal Beef Daube
    Photo: Nina Choi; Styling: Lisa Lee

    Provençal Beef Daube

    An inexpensive cut of beef is elevated by flavorful herbs and vegetables in this classic French-style soup.
  • How to Make Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

    Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

    Eight hours in the slow cooker yields comforting, from-scratch taste with economical ingredients.
  • Fricassee of Chicken with Cream and Morel Mushrooms
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Sara Neumeier

    Fricassee of Chicken with Mushrooms

    This earthy chicken stew features dried mushrooms, new potatoes, leeks, bacon and fresh herbs for a savory, satisfying one-dish meal.
  • Caribbean Black Bean Soup
    Oxmoor House

    Caribbean Black Bean Soup

    A little of this spicy soup goes a long way, so it's best when served as an appetizer soup. If you want to decrease the heat, seed the jalapeños.
  • Thyme-Scented White Bean Cassoulet
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Thyme-Scented White Bean Cassoulet

    Butter-tossed breadcrumbs stirred in at the end give this dish a robust stewlike consistency. Meatless Italian sausage stands in for the traditional pork sausage.
  • White Bean Soup

    White Bean Soup

    This hearty soup is comfort food at its best with white beans and pork in every bite.
  • Shrimp-and-Sausage Gumbo
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Shrimp-and-Sausage Gumbo

    This simple shrimp-and-sausage gumbo is the perfect way to add a little Cajun flair to your slow-cooker recipe collection.
  • Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili
    Photo: Kate Sears

    Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili

    This easy black bean and butternut squash chili will fill your kitchen with wonderful aromas while it simmers in the slow-cooker all day. Serve with cornbread and your favorite toppings.
  • Classic Minestrone
    Photo: Kate Sears

    Classic Minestrone

    Try our slow-cooker version of minestrone, a traditional Italian soup.
  • Brazilian Feijoada
    Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver

    Brazilian Feijoada

    This traditional Brazilian stew of pork and black beans is served over rice with fresh orange slices.
  • Chickpea Chili
    Photo: Nina Choi; Styling: Lisa Lee

    Chickpea Chili

    Add this tasty chili dish to your winter month meal plans. It’s loaded with fiery flavors and served hot off the slow cooker. Serve over couscous with lime wedges and sprinkle with cilantro.
  • Vegetable-Lentil Soup
    Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Elizabeth Blake

    Vegetable-Lentil Soup

    After a hectic day at work, hearty bowlfuls of Vegetable-Lentil Soup await you in the slow cooker.
  • White Bean, Kale and Sausage Stew
    Photo: Julie Bidwell; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps  

    White Bean, Kale and Sausage Stew

    Serve White Bean, Kale and Sausage Stew with lots of crusty bread to soak up the flavorful liquid.
  • Creamy White Bean Soup with Smoked Ham Hocks
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr  

    Creamy White Bean Soup with Smoked Ham Hocks

    Creamy, starchy, and filling, this hearty, rustic soup is the epitome of comfort. And convenient: Beans go in dry--no need to soak.
  • Green Tomato Chile Verde
    Photo: Hector Sanchez

    Green Tomato Chile Verde

    We like the tang and body that green tomatoes give this comforting stew.
  • Smoky Slow-Cooked Chili
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Smoky Slow-Cooked Chili

    This hearty slow cooker pork chili with pinto beans gets its smoky flavor from the combination of chili powder, cumin, oregano. tomatillos, and Mexican-style hot tomato sauce.
  • How to Make Crock-Pot Chili

    Crock-Pot Chili

    Start this chili before you head to work in the morning and come home to a perfect winter meal.
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