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25 Slow-Cooker Soups and Stews for Winter

Yulia Davidovich

25 Slow-Cooker Soups and Stews for Winter

There is just nothing like the simple comfort that a warm bowl of steaming soup or hearty stew can provide. Especially in winter, when the temperature drops and the air turns icy, stepping through the doorway to the delightful smells emitting from a simmering Crock-Pot is truly one of life’s simplest pleasures.

Although the process of making a soup — the chopping, sautéing, and simmering to slowly and thoughtfully build and layer flavors — can be therapeutic, the ease and efficiency of using a slow-cooker for the task is pure magic. Using a slow-cooker to make a soup or stew will unchain you from watching the stove as your favorite soup comes together to make one hot cold-weather meal that is bursting with flavor.

Because, for some of us, the best kind of comfort food is the kind that cooks itself.

Keep your slow-cooker working around the clock with these 25 delicious slow-cooker soups and stews perfect for warming up on cold winter nights.

Beef Stew

Molly Aronica 

Beef Stew

Serve this classic-style beef stew, which is boosted by cumin and cinnamon spices, over a bed of brown rice to add an extra nutty bite. Find the recipe here.

Beef Taco Soup

Bush's

Beef Taco Soup

This slow-cooker soup is packed with hearty, filling beans and spicy green chiles — a great way to heat up on a cold night! For this recipe, click here.

Butternut Squash Soup With Sausage

Hunt's

Butternut Squash Soup With Sausage

Butternut squash soup is a staple during the colder months of the year, and this hearty slow-cooker soup is fortified with Italian sausage, spinach, and small pasta. Click here for the recipe.

Cheeseburger Soup

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Cheeseburger Soup

Want the flavors of a burger with the ease of the slow-cooker? You got it! This easy, versatile soup only requires 20 minutes of prep, then into the slow-cooker it goes! Find this recipe here.

Cheesy Potato Soup

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Cheesy Potato Soup

Potatoes and cheese? Yes, please! This six-ingredient slow-cooker supper is unbelievably easy and amazingly delicious. Click here for the recipe.

Chicken Cheese Tortellini Soup

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Chicken Cheese Tortellini Soup

Everything except the cheesy tortellini is added to the Crock-Pot to be simmered on high for four to six hours. Then, 10 minutes before mealtime, toss in the pasta and finish the dish with generous shavings of quality Parmesan. For this recipe, click here.

Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

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Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

You don’t need to spend hours over the stove working on that comforting chicken matzo ball soup. Let the slow-cooker put all the effort in, so you don’t have to. Click here for the recipe.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Use store-bought rotisserie chicken in this slow-cooker soup to make it even easier. For the Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe, click here.

Enchilada Soup

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Enchilada Soup

This slow-cooker soup only takes 10 minutes to throw together — just allow the spicy chiles and enchilada sauce to simmer with the chicken for a time while you go about your day. For the Enchilada Soup recipe, click here.

Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup

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Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup

This healthy, flavorful soup is loaded with tons of fresh, nutritious ingredients like spinach, carrots, celery, and onion. The flavors deepen exponentially while the soup simmers in a slow-cooker all day. For this recipe, click here.

Lemon Chicken and Rice Soup

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Lemon Chicken and Rice Soup

This lemon chicken and rice soup is flavored with lemongrass, cilantro, and serrano chiles to give it a unique taste and heat. Check it out here.

Lentil Soup

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Lentil Soup

Just throw everything in the pot and come back later. It’s almost like magic. For this recipe, click here.

Meatball Soup

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Meatball Soup

This recipe suggests that you use frozen store-bought meatballs for this delicious soup bursting with classic Italian flavor. Click here for the recipe.

Minestrone Soup

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Minestrone Soup

This soup base will emit the most amazing thyme- and sage-laced smells. Thirty minutes before you are ready to eat, add the orzo, zucchini, and spinach to the pot. Check it out here.  

"Osso Buco" Stew

Melissa Joulwan

"Osso Buco" Stew

Osso Buco is traditionally made with veal shanks, white wine, vegetables, herbs, and a little tomato, but this version uses cubes of stew meat instead of the shanks to accommodate the slow-cooker. Don’t skip the lemon zest and parsley as garnish, though, because the flavors are key to unlocking the full potential of the dish. For this recipe, click here.  

Poblano Corn Chowder With Chicken and Chorizo

Campbell's

Poblano Corn Chowder With Chicken and Chorizo

Meaty poblano chiles are a wonderful addition to corn chowder. Omit the chicken and chorizo if you want to opt for a vegetarian version. For this recipe, click here.

Sans Tortilla Soup

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Sans Tortilla Soup

This tortilla soup is made without tortilla strips (thus the “sans”) and is perfect for all those who love the flavor or chicken tortilla soup but can’t stand soggy tortilla chips. It is still packed with spicy kicks of chili powder, green chiles, smoky cumin, slow-cooked chicken, and hearty diced tomatoes. For this recipe, click here.

Shanghai-Style Beef Borscht

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Shanghai-Style Beef Borscht

This borscht will bring a wonderful smell to your house as it slowly cooks. Sliced cabbage is stirred in toward the end of cooking and basil leaves are added for garnish. Serve it with your favorite bread or simply enjoy it by itself. For the Slow-Cooker Shanghai-Style Beef Borscht recipe, click here. 

Sopa de Ajo

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Sopa de Ajo

This chicken soup is something serious: Aside from the fact that it's perfumed with more than 40 cloves of garlic, pinches of saffron, cumin, cayenne, and paprika, it is topped with a poached egg, which, when pierced, infuses the soup with its rich flavor. For the recipe, click here.

Spanish Lentil and Chorizo Stew

Valer Murray 

Spanish Lentil and Chorizo Stew

The smoked paprika in the chorizo is the key ingredient is this stew. The ingredient list is otherwise short and simple, so be sure to use the best possible ingredients when you recreate it at home. For this recipe, click here.

Spicy Black Bean Soup

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Spicy Black Bean Soup

This slow-cooker soup is true to its name — it’s definitely spicy! Nevertheless, you can always scale back the heat to satisfy your own taste buds. Check out the recipe here.

Sweet and Spicy Chili

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Sweet and Spicy Chili

This chili is incredibly easy to make and full of sweet, smoky, and slightly spicy flavor. Just brown some ground beef and chop a few vegetables before simmering the chili in your slow-cooker. There’s really nothing better on a cold night than a big bowl of chili,… except maybe a big bowl of chili that requires virtually no effort to cook! For the Sweet and Spicy Slow-Cooker Chili recipe, click here.

Thai Beef Stew

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Thai Beef Stew

This slow-cooker stew is made with coconut oil and gets a hint of umami flavor from the addition of fish sauce. For the Slow-Cooker Thai Beef Stew recipe, click here.

Turkey Fajita Soup

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Turkey Fajita Soup

Serve this fajita soups with chips and salsa, and top your bowl high with Cheddar, sour cream, diced avocados, jalapeños, and tomatoes. A side of cornbread is also advisable. Check out this recipe here.

Vegetarian Chili

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Vegetarian Chili

This chili is vegan — although it does taste divine when topped with shredded cheese and sour cream. For this recipe, click here.

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