Recipe Roundup: 5 Stews for Every Taste

There’s more to the world of stew than just beef, potatoes, onions, and gravy. You can toss just about anything in a pot, add some broth, crank up the heat, let it simmer until it’s soft, and baby, you’ve got a stew goin’.

Case in point: the following five recipes, which prove you can make a stew for every taste:

Classic Beef Stew

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This may be just your basic beef and potato stew, but it doesn’t have just your basic flavor. The addition of Emeril Lagasse’s Essence seasoning blend takes it up a notch. Don’t worry, you don’t have to buy the special seasoning blend — the ingredients are just common spices, and are included along with the recipe. BAM!

Sausage Stew

Not a fan of beef? No problem. This scrumptious sausage stew can be made in the crockpot, making it simple to prepare a lot of so you can have leftovers all week long. Use hot Italian sausage if you want to add a little kick, and stretch the recipe even further by serving the stew over hot cooked rice.

Chicken Stew

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Get a little further away from the traditional stew with this chicken stew recipe. No beef or potatoes here — chicken, beans, tomatoes, and spices bring the flavor. While this recipe recommends you use bone-in chicken, you could easily substitute boneless skinless chicken breasts if you don’t feel like dealing with the bones.

Spicy Tofu Stew

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Lots of people think they don’t like tofu — but that’s often because they’ve never had it prepared correctly. This low-cal spicy tofu stew, featuring extra-firm tofu, chili sauce, and bell peppers, might just change their minds. If you’re worried the cooked tofu in this recipe will be a little on the squishy side, you can always bake or pan fry it and add it to the stew near the end of cooking time.

Meatless Stew

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Stew with no meat? What is this sorcery?

This sorcery is curried red lentil and Swiss chard stew with chickpeas. If you’re the type who thinks a meal just isn’t a meal without meat, try this stew. Devoted carnivores, beware: this delectable vegetarian dish might just tear your culinary worldview asunder.