Main Dish Soups and Stews Recipes

Make a complete dinner in a bowl with 180+ trusted main dish soup, stew, and chili recipes.

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Quick and Easy Clam Chowder

Rating: 4.5 stars 412
The best ever clam chowder you have ever tasted, and it is easy and fast. You will pass this recipe along to your family and friends. If you like more clams you can always add more. Sometimes I will also cube potatoes and throw them in.
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Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

Rating: 5 stars 570
This is the best soup I have ever had. It has lots of vegetables, Italian sausage, and even tortellini. Soup is one of my favorite foods and this recipe tops the list.
By Allrecipes Member

Bubba's Jambalaya

Rating: 4.5 stars 1034
Easy Southern classic, with chicken, sausage, ham, and shrimp.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Rating: 5 stars 3036
A supremely filling, hearty soup. I serve this on cold rainy days with a loaf of homemade bread. Hint: this is perfect for leftover rotisserie chicken or chicken you've pulled from the bone after making homemade chicken stock! This soup makes great leftovers, but you might want to thin it slightly with skim milk or water when reheating.
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew I

Rating: 4.5 stars 5398
A hearty, savory slow cooker stew with potatoes, carrots, celery, broth, herbs and spices. You won't be slow to say 'yum'!

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Lentil Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 38
This is an excellent slow cooker recipe... Mix ingredients and let cook. Delicious! Spiced with cumin and coriander and flavored with tomato paste, this veggie-filled lentil stew will keep you warm for winter, and all year round! Good with a loaf of fresh-baked rustic bread! Vegetarian and vegan. Serve with a piece of bread for dipping.

Good New Orleans Creole Gumbo

Rating: 5 stars 1158
This authentic Creole Gumbo from New Orleans starts out with a slow cooked roux.Traditional gumbo file powder is used to flavor shrimp, crabmeat, and andouille sausage.

Best Damn Chili

Rating: 4.5 stars 683
After years of adjustments I have found a recipe for all to enjoy. Previous ones were either too hot or too mild, this one even was to the liking of my finance who hates chili.

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 7398
You can call this soup or chili, but either way it is wonderful! This recipe is also very adaptable to your personal taste. I recommend using Bill Echols' Taco Seasoning from this website. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, if you like. I hope you enjoy!

Classic Goulash

Rating: 4.5 stars 2150
Easy recipe for making a classic goulash. Can also be done in a slow cooker. Inspired by Paula Deen's Bobby's Goulash.

Instant Pot Best Beef Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 185
Am no-fuss, hearty meal of tender beef, potatoes, mushrooms, and carrots.

Beef Barley Vegetable Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 1395
Slow cooker, hearty, easy. Serve with a hearty bread, and enjoy.

Inspiration and Ideas

Beef Stew
Rating: Unrated 14
"This was the best stew I have ever made! The broth was rich and flavourful. My husband raved about it." – audlyn
Bean with Bacon Soup
Rating: Unrated 196
"My family loves this for dinner. And the leftovers freeze great for later!" – Paigesmomma