Posts Tagged ‘stew’

Southwestern Stew


  • Three chicken breasts, cubed (can be previously grilled with 1/2 onion)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 diced celery stalk
  • 1 cubed potato
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons chili pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth

What I did:

  • Throw everything into a 6 quart slow cooker and cook on low for about 6 or 7 hours.
  • Michael grilled the chicken and onion the day before, so we added it at the last hour of cooking.

Optional garnishes:

  • Diced green onion
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Finely grated cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream

Slow Cooker Harvest Stew

A big thank you to Stephanie O’Dea for trying out 365+ slow cooker recipes and letting all of us know how they turned out!  Being a slow cooker junkie myself, I find her website, A Year of Slow Cooking, very useful.

It just so happened that this weekend I had all the ingredients to make her Harvest Stew.  It’s as good as she says.

In case you don’t feel like clicking over to that site:


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 3 red potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 acorn squash, peeled and chopped
  • 1 whole can tomatoes and chilies (rotel)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • salt and pepper to taste

What I Did:

  • Use a big slow cooker (I used my 6 quart).
  • Tip for cutting winter squash: microwave it for two minutes then allow it to cool.  It will be a lot easier to cut and peel!
  • Dump everything in the slow cooker, stir well.
  • Cook on low for 7 hours (until veggies are tender).
  • I actually didn’t have ground turkey when I put this all in the cooker, so I cooked it up later and added it to the stew about an hour before eating.

I’m going to warm up a bowl for dinner right now…

Sweet Potato Stew

Honestly, I am not that crazy about this stew.  It isn’t bad, really, just not very interesting.  I don’t think I’ll finish the leftovers.  It is nice and warming, so maybe it would be better on a really cold day.  The cinnamon and nutmeg also gives it a nice wintery flavoring.


  • 3 sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 3 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery sticks, sliced
  • 1 14oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups chicken broth

What I did:

  • Dump it all in a 4 quart slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 7 hours.

The original recipe called for 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, and only 2 sweet potatoes and 2 potatoes.  That might have improved it a bit.  Or not.  Difficult to say.  The original recipe also called for TWO cans of tomatoes, which would have ruined it completely for me.  Total canned tomato overkill.