Tender pork, green chilies and hominy have roots in Southwestern cuisine but help bring the heat to the Midwest for those long winter nights. An easily adaptable stew, it's ready in 4 hours if cooked on high in a slow cooker, or in 8 hours if cooked low and slow. —Paul Sedillo, Plainfield, Illinois
In East Granby, Connecticut, Teresa D'Amato needs only five ingredients to fix this thick, flavorful stew. "It's very easy to make and a favorite with my family." she writes. "I top bowls of it with grated cheese."