30 hearty winter stews

Winter cooking is all about rich hearty flavours, and there’s no better way to do so than with stews.
Published 26 May 2021 | Updated 5 January 2024
Lamb barley stew with kale

Warming winter stews

Whether you prefer traditional stews or flavours with a modern twist, our collection of hearty winter stews will provide you with new family favourites this winter.

The cooler weather in winter makes it the perfect time to try stews from around the world. Tagine is a North African stew of spiced meat and veg which is usually slow-cooked. Our recipe for quick chicken and date tagine uses fresh dates to add a subtle sweetness and a bunch of spices to fill this stew.

Hungarian goulash is another stew usually made with meat and vegetables and is seasoned with paprika and other spices. Our recipe for slow-cooked veal goulash uses both sweet and smoked paprika to give it an authentic flavour.

No matter which protein you prefer; chicken, lamb, beef, seafood or vegetarian we have delicious hearty winter stew here to try.

Cooking tips for a tasty stew

1. Brown meat on all sides to seal in the juices before adding to a stew.

2. Cut meat and veggies into similar-sized pieces so they cook evenly. Add softer veggies near the end.

3. If there is too much liquid, remove all meat and/or vegetables and simmer until reduced.

4. Stews and casseroles often taste better if you make them a day ahead. Fat will harden on the surface as it cools in the fridge so you can easily scrape it off.

5. For a thicker stew, you can mix some flour or cornstarch with water and stir it into the pot. This will help to thicken the sauce.

6. If you're short on time, you can also make a stew in a pressure cooker. This will help to cook the meat more quickly and lock in more flavour.