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
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
On cool days, which we get plenty of here, I like to get out my slow cooker and make up a batch of this comforting stew. Trying to appeal to 10 picky eaters in our large household is not too easy, but with this recipe, everyone asks for seconds.
-Barb Smith, Regina, Saskatchewan
"This thick, tangy soup has been one of our favorites ever since my daughter gave me the recipe years ago," says Janice Mitchell of Aurora, Colorado. "It's satisfying any time, but especially wonderful on a chilly evening."
I had no choice but to lean to cook some years ago while my wife recuperated from surgery. But I found I really enjoyed trying different recipes and adapting them to my own taste—that's how my now-famous stew recipe came to be! —Gene Pitts, Wilsonville, Alabama
Every spring, my family heads to our timber to collect morel mushrooms and then stock up on this stew, because nothing tastes better than being able to enjoy it out of season. If you aren't lucky enough to have morels, button mushrooms or baby portobellos will work too. —Amy Wertheim, Atlanta, Illinois