My husband and I both work full time and we have three daughters, so good, quick meals are important. This stew works wonders. It always tastes great and is a regular menu item for us. —Marie Shanks, Terre Haute, Indiana
“This zippy stew is very easy and quick to prepare,” promises Bonnie Marlow of Ottoville, Ohio. “The hardest part is peeling and dicing the potatoes, and even that can be done the night before.” TIP: “Just place the potatoes in water and store them in the refrigerator overnight to speed up assembly the next day,” Bonnie recommends.
Come home to warm comfort food! This is based on my mom’s wonderful recipe, though I tweaked it for the slow cooker. Add a sprinkle of Parmesan to each bowl for a nice finishing touch. —Marcella West, Washburn, Illinois
Here is a variation of a beef stew that I came across. With sweet flavor from apricots and squash, we think it has South American or Cuban flair. The addition of corn makes it even more hearty.
—Ruth Rodriguez of Fort Myers Beach, Florida
I adapted a pork and squash stew recipe, using tomatoes and Southwestern-style seasonings. My husband and sons loved it, and the leftovers were even better the next day! Try it with fresh corn muffins. —Molly Newman, Portland, Oregon
Kids of all ages will be delighted with the seasonal twist on this hearty beef stew, which also features mushrooms and parsnips. Rich mashed potato "ghosts" are piped onto each bowlful. The cook will love the convenient slow cooker preparation. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
"I love anything with Cajun spices, so I came up with this slow-cooker jambalaya that’s just as good as that served in restaurants," says Jennifer Fulk from Moreno Valley, California. "If you can’t find Andouille sausage, hot links, smoked sausage or chorizo will also work. I like to serve it with warm cornbread and garnished with sliced green onions."
This hearty stew made with convenient canned items is perfect for spicing up a family gathering on a cool day. "It tastes great and requires so little time and attention," notes Pamela Scott of Garland, Texas.
"The recipe for this special stew was given to me by a dear friend before she moved to another state," shares Janell Schmidt of Athelstane, Wisconsin. "She served it with dumplings, but my husband prefers noodles."