26 Comforting Soup, Stew & Chili Recipes

Hearty and comforting, these recipes prove that a main dish doesn't have to be a knife-and-fork affair.

Taco Soup

"This was super easy and tasty! I highly recommend trying shredded chicken in the place of ground beef."

-Clamoleon

Slow-Cooker Rustic Lamb Stew

"This is home-style cooking at its best. The gravy was bread-dipping delicious, and the lamb and vegetables were fork-tender."

-Lorac

Easy French Onion Soup

"Outstanding, easy and satisfying."

-Marion

Clam Chowder

"Just the way my grandmother used to make — very rich and creamy. I use a little extra clam juice to get the right consistency."

-Gail Blue Eyes

White Chicken Chili

"This is seriously the best white chili I've ever had! I substituted leftover turkey and added cumin. It has wonderful flavor, and makes an easy, delicious meal!"

-danielle hain

Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew

"We really enjoyed this stew. I used quartered baby potatoes and baby carrots to make the prep time even quicker! It's comfort food at its best."

-ellie_

Mahogany Beef Stew

"I have never used hoisin sauce and I would have never considered adding it to beef stew, but I am so glad that someone in this world decided to do it because it's amazing!"

-marie115

Chili con Carne with Beans

"This is my go-to chili recipe. I usually double everything except the meat, and add extra beans instead."

-Wendy~

Sweet & Spicy Vegetarian Chili

"I think I just found my new favorite vegetarian chili recipe! I absolutely LOVED the hint of sweetness and the great mix of spices."

-Kozmic Blues

Puerto Rican Beef Stew

"This is my favorite stew. Back home in Puerto Rico it is served with grainy, yummy white rice."

-l0ve2c00k

Moroccan Vegetable Stew with Couscous

"Perfect for a cold fall evening. The prunes added a lot of depth and complexity, and the cilantro was a nice touch."

-Chef #1355403

Chicken & Dumplings

"My 3 kids beg for this recipe whenever we have leftover chicken. I usually serve it with mashed potatoes."

-traciaross

Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup

"This is a great vegetable beef soup! I really liked the touch of spice from the hot sauce. I added a pint of canned green beans."

-Mike McCartney

Tuscan Chicken Stew

"A hearty stew, packed with flavors that really meld well together."

-NcMysteryShopper

Simple Chili

"I'm not a big chili fan, but I LOVE this recipe. I use the leftovers on tortilla chips with cheese and it's amazing!"

-Chef #958249

Unbelievably Easy Potato Soup

"This is the way my mom always made potato soup. I love how wonderful it tastes with so few ingredients. It's best made with whole milk or half-and-half."

-QueenJellyBean

Corn Chowder

"This is one of my favorite comfort foods. I have used this recipe for years with the exception that I have always used milk instead of the water."

-Christy P

Albondigas (Mexican Meatball Soup)

"Living in Tucson, Ariz., it's easy to get an incredible bowl of albondigas around every corner. But this is my new favorite recipe. The flavor is amazing!"

-WannaBeChefCM

Kansas City Steak & Vegetable Soup

"I was searching for a meat-and-potatoes soup that my husband would consider a meal, and this fit the bill! It was a hit."

-KeyWee

Broccoli & Cheese Soup

"I love this soup, and I like that it does not include Velveeta. I added carrots to the celery and onion. It is a wonderful recipe!"

-katpak

Slow-Cooker Beef Bourguignon

"I've been making this for years. I often buy beef that is already cubed to save a little time, and I also use jarred pearl onions instead of fresh."

-Lvs2Cook

Chicken & Barley Stew

"We loved it! Instead of using uncooked chicken, I used leftover diced chicken breasts. The barley made it very filling."

-JulieCooks

Sausage & Red Bean Stew

"Outstanding! Easy to prepare and a nice zippy flavor! Cornbread muffins make an excellent accompaniment."

-ckmclements

Bacon & Potato Chowder

"This is an excellent soup! We don't usually eat a lot of soup-only meals, but this one is hearty enough for our family. It's also easy and very budget-friendly."

-CraftScout

Slow-Cooker Chicken Taco Stew

"This is an excellent and super-easy recipe. As a working mom, it's a lifesaver! I added a chopped jalapeno because we like things spicy."

-Red Hot

Easy Beef Tenderloin Stew

"A delicious, satisfying and whole new technique for making beef stew — particularly if you don't want a beef stew in tomato sauce."

-Vivmom