When I was still living in Missouri, a friend gave me all of her family cookbooks. I got the idea for this easy stew from one of these books. Believe it or not, the taco seasoning adds just the right touch. —Kristen Hills, Layton, Utah
Preparation couldn't be simpler for this hearty no-fuss stew! I created this dish when I didn't have some of my usual ingredients for vegetable beef soup. My husband says it's the best I ever made! —Margaret Turza, South Bend, Indiana
Our Test Kitchen created this satisfying stew that’s colorful, full-flavored and family-friendly. Chicken thighs are slowly simmered with stewed tomatoes, butternut squash, green peppers and onion for meal-in-one convenience.
Pork slowly stews with jalapenos, onion, green enchilada sauce and spices in this flavor-packed Mexican dish. It's great on its own or stuffed in a warm tortilla with sour cream, grated cheese or olives on the side.
A great family dish, Jackie Kohn's recipe boasts a rich creamy sauce certain to satisfy goulash lovers. “I enjoy sharing recipes with friends and family,” says the Duluth, Minnesota cook, “and this one's great for pot-luck suppers, too.” TIP: Garnish with fresh parsley for flavor and color. —Jackie Kohn, Duluth, Minnesota
Savory flavors blend beautifully in this hearty recipe from field editor Ruth Ann Stelfox of Raymond, Alberta. “This stew can also be made in a slow cooker,“ she notes. “In a pinch, I use a ring of garlic bologna cut into chunks in place of the pork shoulder.“
For a stick-to-your ribs meal, try this hearty combination of beans and sausage. Because it calls for several canned items, it's easy to prepare and let cook for the afternoon. It's also inexpensive to serve. —Judy Sumner, Riverton, Utah
I created this slow cooker recipe using convenience products to save time chopping vegetables and browning beef. Apple cider and cinnamon are the unique additions that give a down-home flavor to this oh-so-easy and economical stew. It also makes a rich, flavorful potluck dish for holiday gatherings or on busy school nights. —Margaret Wilson, Sun City, California
"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."
“I work long hours and try to find recipes for hearty meals that'll be ready when I arrive home,” writes Donna Wenger of Little Rock, Arkansas. “Everyone who tries this really enjoys the rich taste and tender meat.”