30 Warm and Comforting Recipes for Cold Weather

Almost all of these recipes are easy on the budget and family-friendly, and most of them are excellent choices for any night of the week.

Plan ahead and incorporate some of these meals into your weekly dinner list.

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    Beef and Guinness Stew

    Beef and Guinness Stew
    Diana Rattray

    Guinness stout adds body to this hearty beef stew. Serve it with cheddar bacon scones or Irish soda bread.

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    Hearty Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

    Hearty Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
    Diana Rattray

    Use chicken breasts or boneless chicken thighs in this hearty chicken and pinto bean chili. 

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    Creole Jambalaya with Chicken or Ham

    Jambalaya with Chicken
    Diana Rattray

    This versatile Creole jambalaya can be made with chicken, ham, diced leftover pork, or turkey. Add some shrimp near the end of the cooking time, if you like.

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    Oven Braised Country Style Pork Ribs with Apple Cider

    Cider Braised Country Style Pork Ribs
    Diana Rattray

    This dish is made with country-style pork ribs on the bone. A variety of chopped aromatic vegetables and apple cider add flavor to the wonderful broth.

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    Simple Meatloaf With Optional Topping

    simple everyday meatloaf
    Diana Rattray

    This basic meatloaf is comforting and delicious. Serve it with mashed potatoes and corn or green beans. The ketchup or tangy barbecue sauce topping is optional.

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    Coconut Curry Braised Chicken

    coconut curry chicken
    Diana Rattray

    These braised whole chicken legs are flavored with a combination of coconut milk and curry powder along with tomatoes and ginger.

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    Cheeseburger Soup

    cheeseburger soup
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    This rich and delicious cheeseburger soup is made with lean ground beef, potatoes, milk, and cheese. Top it off with some crumbled cooked bacon. Serve the soup with biscuits or crusty bread.

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    Southern Pinto Beans With Ham Hocks

    southern pinto beans with ham hock
    Diana Rattray

    These basic Southern pinto beans are cooked to perfection in the slow cooker with ham hocks and seasonings.

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    Savory Oven Braised Lamb Shanks

    braised lamb shanks
    Diana Rattray

    These succulent lamb shanks are braised with aromatic vegetables and a tangy red wine sauce.

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    Cabbage Rolls

    Cabbage Rolls
    Diana Rattray

    This dish is always a hit! Serve cabbage rolls with mashed potatoes. 

    Freeze your head of cabbage for several hours and the leaves will be ready to stuff - no boiling required!

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    Fast and Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast Meal

    Fast and Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast
    Diana Rattray

    What could be better on a cold winter's day than coming home to a fully cooked meal? This pot roast was made for long, slow braising, and the slow cooker does the job beautifully. You can prepare the meat and vegetables in the crockery insert the night before and refrigerate overnight. It's the perfect busy day meal.

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    Garlic Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

    Garlic Roasted Chicken Legs
    Diana Rattray

    Whole chicken legs or chicken leg quarters are flavorful and juicy, and they're budget-friendly. The chicken legs are rubbed with a mixture of garlic and seasonings and then they're roasted to perfection. 

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    Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Barbecue

    Pulled Pork Barbecue Slow Cooker
    Diana Rattray

    This is another fantastic slow cooker meal. Pulled pork is always a family favorite, and preparation so easy. Use your favorite barbecue sauce to make sandwiches with the pulled pork. Serve with coleslaw and beans.

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    Simple Chili with Ground Beef

    Simple Ground Beef Chili
    Diana Rattray

    This is a super easy stovetop chili made with ground beef and canned beans. Use a purchased chili seasoning mix or the homemade mix provided with the recipe.

    Use leftover chili to make chili biscuit cups!

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    Beer Braised Chipotle Chicken Taco Filling Two Ways

    Braised Chicken Taco Filling with Beer
    Diana Rattray

    Make this dish fast or make it slow, and then enjoy a tasty Tex-Mex meal. We used a pressure cooker to make the filling, but the dish can be cooked in the crockpot as well. 

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    Crock Pot Red Beans and Rice With Andouille Sausage

    Red Beans and Rice With Sausage
    Diana Rattray

    These homemade red beans are jazzed up with spicy andouille sausage. This is a traditional Cajun-style bean and rice dish.

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    Skillet Pork Chops and Braised Red Cabbage

    Skillet Pork Chops with Braised Red Cabbage
    Diana Rattray

    The spiced red cabbage makes an excellent side dish to go with these skillet pork chops.

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    Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Diana Rattray

    This warm, inviting soup is loaded with flavor. Use fried corn tortilla strips or tortilla chips as a garnish for this soup.

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    Slow Cooker Manhattan-Style Clam Chowder

    Manhattan Style Clam Chowder
    Diana Rattray

    This tomato-based clam chowder gets extra flavor from the bacon and clam juice. If you prefer a New England clam chowder, try this creamy slow cooker clam chowder.

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    Oven Braised Rosemary Chicken Legs

    Braised chicken
    Diana Rattray

    Garlic and rosemary flavor these slow-braised chicken legs, and a little tomato paste and white wine make a hearty, rustic broth. Use whole chicken legs in the recipe or make it with thighs and drumsticks.

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    Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

    Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork
    Diana Rattray

    Shredded pulled pork in an hour and a half? Pulled pork normally takes hours to cook, but the pressure cooker shortens the cooking time significantly. 

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    Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops Recipe

    braised lamb shoulder chops
    Diana Rattray

    These shoulder chops are braised to succulent perfection with red wine and herbs.

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    Baked Ziti Recipe With Ground Beef and Italian Sausage

    Ziti Bake Recipe with Ground Beef and Italian Sausage
    Diana Rattray

    Your family will ask for this meaty ziti bake again and again. It's the perfect dish for a snowy winter evening. Serve it with crusty garlic bread and a simple tossed salad.

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    Roast Pork Rib Roast With Fingerling Potatoes

    Pork Rib Roast With Fingerling Potatoes
    Diana Rattray

    This is an all-in-one meal that's perfect for a weekend or holiday dinner. Use fingerling potatoes or chunks of red-skinned potatoes.

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    Roasted Potatoes With Ham

    roasted potatoes and ham
    Diana Rattray

    This rustic potato and ham dish is an excellent choice for a family dinner. Add a tossed salad or steamed vegetables to make it a meal.

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    Andouille Sausage and Potato Hotpot

    andouille sausage and potato hotpot
    Diana Rattray

    This casserole is my take on the British Lancashire hotpot. We used spicy Louisiana Cajun sausage in this version.

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    Stuffed Peppers With Ground Beef and Rice

    Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef and Rice
    Diana Rattray

    These classic stuffed peppers are a family favorite. The blanched bell pepper shells are filled with a mixture of ground beef, rice, and tomato sauce. The stuffed peppers are finished with a cheese topping.

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    Janetta's Vegetarian 15-Bean Soup

    Janetta's 15-Bean Soup
    Diana Rattray

    For those days you want to be meat-free, there's this soup. Use a "many-bean" soup mix and this recipe to make a satisfying lunch or dinner soup. Add crusty bread and you have a perfect meal. Add ham, sausage, chicken, or ground beef if you like.

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    Slow Cooker Beef and Chicken Stew With Vegetables

    Slow Cooker Beef and Chicken Stew
    Diana Rattray

    This meaty stew is made with chicken thighs and stewing beef, along with potatoes and carrots. The secret to the great flavor is a few tablespoons of steak sauce.

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    Easy Brunswick Stew with Pork and Chicken

    Brunswick Stew with Pork and Chicken
    Diana Rattray

    This Brunswick stew is made with cooked pork shoulder or leftover pulled pork, along with shredded or chopped cooked chicken thighs and vegetables. The meal takes about 1-hour start-to-finish if you cook the chicken and pork in advance.