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 don't remember how I came up with the recipe for this swift stew, but it's so easy," writes Kelly Tyras of Houston, Texas. "It has good flavor from the spicy tomatoes and green chilies, and my co-workers love it."
I took this dish to the last church meal we had, and it was a hit! Several of the ladies requested the recipe. I have to admit it is so easy to make—just put the ingredients in the slow cooker, and dinner’s ready before you know it. The tomatoes with green chilies really add some zip.
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
Mexican cooking is rare here. So we've enjoyed treating our friends to some of our favorite recipes, like this zesty stew that we acquired when living in New Mexico. - Kerrie McFarland, Colstrip, Montana
Your family will love the zesty but milk flavor of this hefty stew. But you'll appreciate the change-of-pace flavor-and the extra change you'll pocket using less expensive pork cuts! Serve it over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes.
Sure, the ingredients are simple, but together they make this awesome stew. Bake a quick pan of cornbread to eat on the side. It's perfect for sopping up what's in your bowl. —Suzanne Francis, Marysville, Washington
"One night, I was running late and didn't know what to make for dinner," recalls Wendy Hughes, Easton, Pennsylvania. "So I tossed some steak and everything else I could think of into the pressure cooker. It was a great last-minute meal that tasted very good."