Hearty Slow Cooker Soups, Stews, and Chilis

Slow Cooker Pot Roast Stew
Slow cooker soup makes the best warm-you-up meal for a chilly evening. Here you'll find our favorites: slow cooker chili, potato soup, hearty chicken noodle, and slow cooker beef stew—just to name a few. We've provided lots of tips on prepping ingredients for throw-together soups, plus ideas for spicing it up and stretching your soups to serve a crowd.

Beef Pozole

This convenient twist on the traditional Mexican stew features hominy, potatoes, flank steak, and poblano peppers. It simmers to spicy-savory perfection as a slow cooker beef stew. Crumble a little queso fresco over each bowl and add a squeeze of lime, if you like. (We like!)

Chocolate Chili with Three Beans

Chocolate chili? We don't believe it! Just 2 ounces of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate in this slow cooker chili adds richness without making the dish too sweet.

Spring Lamb and Fava Bean Soup

Tender lamb, mushrooms, and rich bone broth add savory depth to this easy-peasy slow cooker stew. We brightened things up with colorful carrots and shelled peas, plus a fresh topper of parsley, lemon zest, and garlic.

Indian Chicken Slow Cooker Stew

The exotic flavors of aromatic curry and ground ginger blend in this colorful, easy meal. Serve it over basmati rice for an authentic taste of India. Slow cooker chicken soup has never been this flavorful!

White Chicken Chili

It's time to meet the chili of your dreams. This slow cooker chili—seasoned with bold ingredients like jalapenos and cumin—is a delightful twist on the traditional red bean variety.

Pumpkin-Kale Calico Bean Stew

There are so many delicious ingredients in this soup that we don't know where to begin! Whether you come for the smooth pumpkin flavor, hearty kale, or splash of hot sauce, you'll stay for every spoonful of this slow cooker stew.

Chili Verde Soup

We couldn't possibly resist this soup that is bursting with tomatillos and lime juice. The green slow cooker soup starts with pork roast and navy beans and finishes with tangy sour cream and cilantro.

Corn Bisque

Who knew a frozen package of corn had such potential? Toss a bag with russet potatoes, chicken broth, and Spanish sherry vinegar for a slow cooker soup that's as good as gold.

Bonus: Get ready to party with fun soup toppers like avocado, bacon, and crabmeat.

Mushroom Bisque with Dill and Lemon Gremolata

Filling yet fresh—it doesn't take long to say yes to this slow cooker soup. Creme fraiche and white wine create a silky base, while mushrooms and DIY lemon gremolata dress it up.

Sopa de Albondigas

Meaning "soup of meatballs," this Mexican slow cooker soup is sweeter than you'd expect. You can thank dried cranberries and a jar of mango-peach salsa for that.

Lentil Soup with Beef and Red Pepper

If it's made with sirloin, it's got to be good. This French lentil slow cooker soup is bubbling with other delish add-ins, too, like cumin and cayenne—and it has less than 300 calories per serving!

French Chicken Stew

The keys to rustic French cooking are fresh ingredients and simple flavors. Thyme and herbes de Provence bring their subtle ambrosial flavors to chicken and fresh vegetables in this simply delicious slow cooker stew.

Italian Vegetable and Pasta Soup

Corn, onion, carrots, zucchini—oh my! Our Italian pasta soup is jam-packed full of delicious nutrient-rich veggies. Top each bowlful of this slow cooker vegetable soup with Parmesan to finish.

Garam Masala Chicken Stew

Garam masala, which translates to "hot" and "a mixture of spices," is a blend of common ground spices originating in North Indian and Southern Asian cuisines. Embrace the exotic spice blend with this hearty slow cooker chicken soup.

Beef and Black Bean Slow Cooker Chili

Sometimes classic black bean slow cooker chili is the way to go. Our beef-packed version requires just 25 minutes of prep before spending quality time simmering in the slow cooker. So easy!

Orange and Saffron Fish Soup

A mix of salmon and whitefish fills our delicious slow cooker soup with loads of lean protein. The zesty orange juice and aromatic saffron in the dish offer layers of flavor.

Creamy Tortellini Soup

Pantry-ready white sauce mix and dried tortellini make this satisfying slow cooker soup extra easy to prepare. Just stir in spinach at the last minute for fresh-from-the-garden flavor.

Spicy Ancho Chili with Tomatillos

Tomatillos are a staple in Mexican cooking, adding hearty flavor to stews and salsas. Combine the green fruit with kidney beans, corn, and jalapeno and ancho chile peppers for a zesty slow cooker chili.

Chili Prep Tip: Add a portion of the tomato juice to the ancho chile peppers to make blending easier.

Chunky Pot Roast-Portobello Soup

Wondering how to use that leftover pot roast? Toss it into your slow cooker with baby portobello mushrooms, red sweet pepper, and an indulgent burgundy broth for a chunky slow cooker soup you're sure to love.


Bouillabaisse is a seasoned fish stew prepared with fresh seafood and flavorful spices like saffron and cayenne pepper. For extra warmth, we've added fire-roasted tomatoes and hearty hunks of potato to the traditional French recipe.

Asado de Boda (Mexican Pork and Chile Stew)

With indulgent ingredients like Mexican chocolate, juicy raisins, and three types of peppers, this slow cooker stew is brimming with flavor. Serve with warm flour tortillas and your choice of toppings.

Chile Stew Tip: Dried chiles often come in packages that contain more chiles than you need for one dish. However, chiles keep for at least a year when stored tightly sealed in a cool, dark place.

Tomato Soup with Basil Dumplings

Amp up traditional tomato soup with hearty chunks of carrot, onion, red pepper, tomato, and celery. A dash of cayenne pepper adds heat, while a basil-dumpling topper takes this slow cooker soup recipe to the next level.

Coconut-Chicken Curry Stew

Coconut milk and curry powder combine for a silky broth that forms the base of this exotic yet comforting slow cooker stew. This Indian-inspired recipe works well with both red or classic yellow curry powder.

Indian Cauliflower and Potato Soup (Aloo Gobi)

Leftover mashed potatoes and cauliflower blend together to make this silky jalapeno-seasoned slow cooker soup. A 130-calorie bowlful is perfect for a no-fuss holiday side dish or a weeknight dinner entree.

Pork Rib Chili with Corn Bread

Try a new spin on classic cold-weather chili by using pork ribs instead of ground beef and adding strong coffee and poblano peppers. You'll add tons of flavor and warmth to the traditional soup.

Quick Soup Prep Tip: To save time when preparing this slow cooker chili, omit roasting the peppers and garlic. Simply seed and chop the fresh peppers and substitute 2 teaspoons bottled minced roasted garlic for the garlic bulb.

Dijon Beef Stew

A spoonful of Dijon mustard adds a flavorful twist to classic slow cooker beef stew. Serve with crusty bread or toasted baguette slices for a warming fall dinner.

Beef Stew Tip: Although precut stew meat is convenient, slicing your own takes just a few minutes and allows you to select the best cut for your recipe. When a recipe calls for "beef stew meat," choose a cut from the chuck, and cut it into 1-inch cubes, trimming away bone and excess fat as you go.

In-Your-Sleep Slow Cooker Chili

Our five-ingredient slow cooker chili is so easy to make. Just combine ground beef, diced onion, chili beans, tomatoes, and vegetable juice in your slow cooker for delicious chili made simple.

Ham and Sweet Potato Soup

With 17 grams of protein per serving, this hearty ham and sweet potato slow cooker soup is sure to keep you satisfied. A spoonful of creme fraiche and a sprinkle of paprika finish the appetizing dish.

Tomatillo Chicken Soup

Tomatillos, jalapenos, and lime juice give this slow cooker chicken soup recipe a Mexican twist. Customize your bowl of steaming soup with toppings like sour cream and shredded cheese.

Brazilian Black Bean Stew

Even at just 250 calories per serving, this slow cooker soup is delightfully filling. Black beans and ham hocks form the soup's base, while dry sherry and orange juice add layered flavor.

Italian Wild Rice Soup

This soup gets its name from Italian seasoning and the choice of wild rice over white rice. You'll love how the ground pork tastes after simmering in the slow cooker with beef broth, diced tomatoes, onions, spinach, and spices. This one is sure to become one of your favorite slow cooker soup recipes.

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Ditch the can opener. Tonight, dinner is made fresh with a scrumptious, creamy slow cooker chicken soup. Cooked chicken speeds up the prep, so all you have to do is chop the veggies. 

Red Bean, Chicken, and Sweet Potato Stew

This dish has tons of flavor and fill-you-up heartiness. Combine red beans, cubed sweet potatoes, chicken, tomatoes, chiles, spices, and—surprise!—peanut butter for a set-it-and-forget-it slow cooker stew.

Hearty Vegetable Beef Stew

Set aside 30 minutes in the morning to throw together this hearty slow cooker beef stew. Most of the prep time is spent browning the chuck roast to bring out its rich flavor.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Save time when making this slow cooker soup by buying chicken broth and tomatoes preseasoned with Mexican herbs. Fresh jalapenos add a touch of heat.

Italian Vegetable Soup

With fiber-rich veggies and barley, this slow cooker vegetable soup makes a filling and delicious supper. Pesto adds zip to the tomato broth.

Butternut Squash Soup with Thai Gremolata

A Thai-inspired topping of fresh basil, peanuts, and lime peel adds crunch to this creamy slow cooker soup. Sriracha sauce adds heat, while coconut milk makes the entree extra creamy.

Mediterranean Kale and Cannellini Stew with Farro

This is one of our most popular soups at Better Homes and Gardens! The flavorful vegetarian slow cooker soup has just 4 grams of fat because it relies on garlic, fire-roasted tomatoes, lemon juice, and a bit of feta cheese to add flavor to the grains and vegetables.

Chicken and White Bean Stew

Bottled Alfredo sauce lends a creamy texture to this hearty slow cooker stew featuring chicken thighs. Green chile peppers add a touch of heat.

French Country Slow Cooker Soup

Cannellini beans add creaminess to this classic beef-and-bean slow cooker soup. A side of crusty bread completes the satisfying dish.

German Potato Soup

With just five ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time, this easy sausage-and-potato slow cooker soup makes a convenient weeknight supper.

Sausage and Tortellini Soup

To make this simple slow cooker soup, just add tortellini, smoked sausage, tomatoes, and green beans to canned onion soup for a quick and easy dinner.

Pork and Edamame Soup

Enjoy the flavor of this Asian-influenced soup that features nutritious edamame (sweet soybeans). Chunks of tender pork add filling protein to the ginger-spiced slow cooker soup.

Creamed Chicken and Corn Soup

A thick and creamy broth is filled with tender chicken, carrot, onion, corn, and celery. Top each bowl of this delicious slow cooker chicken soup with a sprinkle of crisp bacon.

Pot Roast Stew

A blend of crushed red pepper, tomato paste, red wine, cinnamon, and rosemary flavors this beautiful squash and pot roast slow cooker stew.

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