As the cold, crisp winter air descends on us, we long for a crackling fireplace, cozy sweaters, and good books. For food, we're warmed by simmering stews, slow cooked pot roasts, and hearty, delicious soups. Here are some of my favorite recipes for winter weather, dishes you can count on to keep you warm and comforted even on the coldest days and nights. From beef stews and pot roasts to chili recipes and warming soups, you're sure to find a family favorite in this list!
Photo of Chicken and Sausage Stew © Diana Rattray
This chicken stew gets extra flavor from chicken sausage and Cajun seasonings. There are dozens of varieties of chicken sausage on the market, or use sliced andouille sausage in this recipe for a spicier version. Serve this chicken stew with crusty rolls or biscuits and a tossed salad.
Photo of Home-Style Pot Roast © Diana Rattray
This is an old-fashioned beef pot roast with vegetables, simmered with beef broth and a little red wine. Feel free to add other vegetables to this pot roast, such as small white onions, parsnips, or sweet potato chunks.
Photo of Beef and Pork Chili © Diana Rattray
This tasty chili is made with minced or ground pork and ground beef, along with diced tomatoes, beans, and a little beer. Serve this flavorful chili with cornbread for a fabulous family meal.
Photo of Slow Cooker Beef and Beer Stew © Diana Rattray
This flavorful beef stew is easy to prepare and cook in the slow cooker. A little beer flavors this wonderful warming stew. Warm a purchased loaf of French bread to go with this stew. It's delicious with Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, or a Pinot Noir.
Photo of Southwestern-Style Beef and Potato Bake © Diana Rattray
This all-in-one meat and potato dish is hearty and delicious, a great casserole to enjoy after a day of skating or skiing. Add a tossed salad and crusty warmed rolls for a perfect meal.
Photo of Pinto Bean Cassoulet © Diana Rattray
This dish, made with chicken thighs, bacon, smoked sausage, and pinto beans, is slowly baked to perfection. This makes a delicious dinner with warmed French bread or freshly baked cornbread and a salad.
Photo of Ground Beef and Black Bean Chili © Diana Rattray
Serve this delicious, hearty ground beef and black bean chili with cornbread or Savory Corn Waffles
. This is a great everyday family meal your family will ask for again and again.
Photo of Pulled Pork Sandwiches © Diana Rattray
This oven barbecued pork roast is shredded then heated with a barbecue sauce and seasonings. This makes a great dish for a party (serve it from a slow cooker!) or game day gathering.
Photo of Pork and Tomatillo Stew © Diana Rattray
This pork stew is just perfect for a busy weekend meal. Just prepare the ingredients and let the slow cooker do the cooking. Serve this stew with hot baked cornbread or biscuits for a satisfying family dinner. Choose jalapeno peppers if you want a little extra heat in this stew.
Photo of Chicken Tortilla Soup © Diana Rattray
This easy soup is a great lunch or dinner soup, perfect for fall or winter. This is also a great hearty soup to serve to a Super Bowl crowd or winter family gathering.