beef stewOoh, it's been a brutal winter, and we still have weeks to go. How will we ever survive? Through the magic of crock-pot stews, that's how! After trudging home from work through the cold and slush I would really appreciate it if there were a hot meal waiting for me. Why isn't that happening? Because 1. I haven't taught my 10-year-old how to cook yet and because 2. I don't have servants. But there is a work-around! Ye olde crock-pot. Just a little prep before I leave for the day and dinner will be waiting to warm my belly by night. Here's some soul-warming stews we think will hit the spot.

The Best Crock-Pot Beef Stew. You'll have to take their word for it, but this stew does look excellent. If it also looks labor intensive, check out the time-saving tips.

Irish Guinness Beef Stew. If you're up for something a wee bit, er, stronger than that, try this stout-fueled stew. You will not believe the secret ingredient -- it's not the Guinness!

Slow-Cooker Lentil Cauliflower Stew. Let's just say you're in the mood for something super healthy one day. Get your veg on with this lentil and cauliflower stew -- it looks delicious, too.

Slow-Cooker Sweet and Spicy Chicken Stew. It's adventure time! This Martha Stewart stew looks exciting.

Crock-Pot Country Chicken Stew. If you're in the mood for something a little more traditional, this chicken and potato stew will feel more familiar. 

Italian Crock-Pot Stew. What makes it Italian? The tomatoes, the tortellini, the sausage, the herbs, the spices. Yum!

Easy Meatball Crock Pot Stew. Just so you know, this is probably the easiest stew recipe in this list. Also? Meatballs. Enough said.

Do you have a favorite crock-pot stew recipe?

 

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