14 Favorite Soup and Stew Recipes

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I returned from Houston last night just in time to sit down to supper with my family! It isn’t really fall there (yet!) but it sure is here in Bama, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite soup and stew recipes with you today.

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BBQ Joint Stew (Commonly Called Brunswick Stew)

At the first sign of chill in the air, BBQ joints around here start cranking out this delicious stew. It helps them use up any leftover shredded pork and chicken that they may have. By mixing in their signature bbq sauce (my No. 5 signature bbq sauce recipe is in my cookbook in case you need one) and whatever vegetables they have on hand they can turn out a flavorful and filling stew unlike any other.

My Favorite Potato Soup 

Includes lots of ideas to customize this classic and make it your own!

Chicken Tortilla Soup 

Full of flavor thanks to the Enchilada sauce, this soup is a cinch to throw together!

Christy’s Slow Cooker Chili

Any southerner worth their salt has a great chili recipe, preferably a signature one. This is mine 🙂

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Ground Beef Stew (with a secret!) 

Here is a  fuss free, economical, and delicious beef stew to warm you from the inside out. I just love stew weather! To me, this tastes a lot like Cracker Barrel’s Vegetable Beef Stew, but with more goodies inside! 

Our Family’s Chicken Stew Recipe

This stuff is good, you really need to make it!

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Simple Tomato Soup 

With a few ingredients and a few minutes, you can have an outstanding tomato soup. Can you say Grilled Cheese?

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Shortcut Senate Bean Soup

Oh my goodness is this ever good. Warm, soothing, filling, and with shortcuts to save time!

Tina’s Corn Chowder

This corn chowder is a great meal for vegetarians. Simply substitute the chicken broth with vegetable broth and you’re off to the races!

Chicken Noodle Soup

This soup is the absolute favorite of my son and all of my nephews!


“Free Soup” – Dieter’s Best Friend! 

This recipe is one my mother and I have used for over twenty years, and we still love it. Many diets have “free” vegetables, which are basically vegetables that are allowed without restriction. What this soup does is combine those vegetables in with a richly flavored broth and serves them up as the perfect anytime dish to fight off the munchies, serve as a quick and easy lunch, or a filling side dish with your evening meal.


Tomato-less Rustic Beef Stew

I worked up this recipe especially for my Aunt Sue, who makes the worlds best pound cake but can’t eat tomatoes. How are those two related? Well, beyond me just putting them in a sentence together I reckon that’s about it, but you can get her pound cake recipe in my cookbook ~winks~.


Spaghetti Lover’s Soup 

So if you love Spaghetti…

Taco Soup

World’s Easiest Supper – Nuff Said! 🙂

 If you’ve made any of these recipes I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!


Which of these recipes is your family’s favorite?

(I’m trying to decide which one I want to make for supper!)

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‎”We can always be a little nicer. We can smile a little bigger and more often, instead of passing by folks on the street quietly we can greet them with “Good Mornin”. We can be the bigger, nicer person to the persistent grump at work. In time, you’ll be amazed at the people you can soften through the simplest kindnesses but you’ll be even more amazed to find that each little act removes another brick over a huge fountain of joy within you. Eventually, you’ll have a geyser.”  ~Christy
P. S. Good Morning!

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  1. I made the chicken stew last night, again, and my friends loved it. My husband called me yesterday to ask if I had my chicken stew made yet. He really likes it. Made extra to freeze so we can take it out on a cold day and enjoy. Love, Love the recipe.

  2. I have made the Free Soup a couple of times and also the Taco Soup. I bought ingredients for the Taco Soup last night and might throw it together at lunch and put it in the crock pot for the afternoon. I am going to use ground turkey instead of hamburger. We will see how that goes. There are several others here that I need to try. I love potato soup. 🙂

  3. Hi Christy,

    I’ve made your ground beef stew several times, my husband and I love it, especially with cornbread. The Spicy V8 juice gives it so much flavor, just delicious! Its been cool and very fall like here in Northern Virginia, so it has been perfect for supper.

    Thanks much,

    As a born and raised Georgia girl, you are 100% right about the satisfaction of pleasing your man with a good meal 🙂

  4. I fixed a big old batch of the taco soup this weekend and froze half of it. I also do not care for tomatoes in my stew so will be trying out your recipe next week. I’m having everybody and their dog over for gumbo this saturday so it will be a few days before soup will be on the menu again!

  5. I’m glad you enjoyed Houston. We don’t have fall here. Our seasons are almost summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas. (Or as my daughter said the other day, summer, summer, summer, Christmas.) However, we are expecting a major cold front tomorrow morning with falling temps all day. 😀

    I look forward to making the Free Soup! I need to drop some serious weight (as in surgery would be an option if we could afford it), so I think I’m going to keep that on hand.

  6. I made the ground beef stew this week. 2 other male friends came over and decided to stay for dinner when they saw what I had on the stove! It was a perfect meal for family and friends.

    1. I don’t know if this is just me and my Southern upbringing but when I can make food that pleases a man’s stomach, I feel like I’ve really done something!! lol
      Thank you for this great comment!

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