The best way to warm up on a cold night? A big ole' bowl of steamy, savory beef stew. These takes on the dish will keep you full and cozy all season long.

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Classic Beef Stew

classic beef stew

You can't go wrong with a classic beef stew. Brown your beef, chop your veggies, then toss everything in a pot and let the smell of stew fill your house for a couple hours while you cuddle up and watch a movie. 

Recipe: Try our Classic Beef Stew

Turkish Beef Stew

turkish beef stew

Cinnamon and cloves give this dish warm Turkish flavor, and classic buttered egg noodles as a filling, savory touch. 

Recipe: Try our Turkish Beef Stew

Beef Stew with Red Wine & Carrots

Beef Stew with Red Wine & Carrots

Need a way to freshen up the batch of classic beef stew you froze a while back? Sprinkle parsley on top. This quick addition brings bright flavor to the dish and makes it feel brand new. 

Beef & Barley Stew

beef and barley stew

Beef up your beef stew with barley, a grain whose slightly nutty flavor and chewy texture will give your stew a subtle earthy twist and keep you full for hours. 

Recipe: Try our Beef & Barley Stew

Spanish Beef Stew

spanish beef stew

Yellow rice, bell pepper, olives, and Spanish paprika all combine to give this stew a Spanish twist—a perfect pair for a glass of red wine. 

Recipe: Try our Spanish Beef Stew

Beef Stew with Buttered Egg Noodles

Beef Stew with Buttered Egg Noodles

If you're looking for a stew that only slightly strays from tradition, try this dish. It's your go-to beef stew sweetened slightly with brown sugar and cocoa powder (yep!) and ladled over perfectly cooked butter noodles. Sweet, savory, and gone in minutes. 

Moroccan Brisket Stew

moroccan brisket stew
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There are a lot of things to love about this stew: a soft bed of fluffy couscous, tender wine-braised brisket, a sweet touch of apricot. But the best part is you can make up a big batch of the brisket, freeze it, then toss together this dish in minutes any night of the week. 

Recipe: Try our Moroccan Brisket Stew

Potato-Topped Beef Stew

potato topped beef stew

As if beef stew wasn't soul-satisfying enough, we added slightly sweet butternut squash and crispy tots to the mix. It's like nostalgia in a bowl. 

Beef Stew

Beef Stew

It's got a plain name, but the flavor of this stew is extraordinary. In addition to all the classic stew fixin's, this one's got bacon, cremini mushrooms, pearl onions, and a mix of herbs. The description alone is drool-worthy. 

Recipe: Try our Beef Stew

Irish Beef Stew

Irish Beef Stew

This cup o' stew calls for hanger steak and a bottle of Guinness. If that's not Irish enough for you, there are also peas mixed in and crusty bread for serving. Enjoy with a Guinness to complete the aesthetic. 

Recipe: Try our Irish Beef Stew

Beef Stew & Egg Noodles with Horseradish Cream

Beef Stew & Egg Noodles with Horseradish Cream

Need another simple way to take basic beef stew up a notch? Spoon leftover Classic Beef Stew onto buttered egg noodles and top with a sour cream-horseradish sauce and fresh marjoram. Voila! You have a new dish in a few easy steps. 

Beef Stew Calzones

beef stew calzones

Did we just turn beef stew into a bread-y, hands-on meal? Heck yeah we did, and you'll be grateful for it the minute you bite into these crispy calzones. Trust us. 

Recipe: Try our Beef Stew Calzones

Hungarian Meatball Stew

hungarian meatball stew

Something about meatballs feels so comforting. Take that coziness to a new level by serving meatballs in a thick sauce over butter noodles. It'll have the whole family going back for seconds. 

Recipe: Try our Hungarian Meatball Stew

Beef & Beer Stew

Beef & Beer Stew

This stew's got alllll the good stuff in it: 5 pounds of brisket, 4 pounds of onions, 3 pounds of potatoes, and a bottle of beer. And with eight servings, you're sure to have plenty of yeasty, meaty leftovers to take to work the next week. 

Recipe: Try our Beef & Beer Stew 

Slow-Cooker Beef & Potato Stew

slow-cooker beef and potato stew

Slow-cooker meals are always a good idea, especially for those winter nights when it gets dark at 5 p.m. and just the thought of cooking after work makes you tired. Toss this together in the morning, and return home a perfectly cooked stew. 

Spiced Moroccan Beef Bowl

spiced moroccan beef bowl

A little sick of that leftover beef stew? Transform it into a grain bowl with farro, roasted squash, and a variety of spices and herbs. Delicious dinner, minimal effort—that's the way we like it.