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Classic American Stews, Chowders and Chilis

American food served in a large steaming bowl! Some of our country's greatest signature dishes are lovingly ladled from pots and crocks handed down from one generation to the next.
  1. Stew Recipes (11)
  2. Soup and Chowder Recipes (8)
  3. Chili Recipes (5)

Harvest Pork and Butternut Squash Stew

Beef and Vegetable Stew
Nothing compares to the homey flavor of this classic Beef and Vegetable Stew. Find more great stew recipes here.

Manhattan Clam Chowder
Why not try a bowl of America's other chowder? This much lighter clam chowder recipe is tomato-based, and doesn't contain the butter and cream of the more popular New England clam chowder. Manhattan clam chowder was actually an Italian clam soup that was renamed to help its popularity.

Spicy Buffalo Chili
This spicy chili recipe uses buffalo, or bison meat, instead of the usual ground beef. Buffalo chili is lower in fat and calories than a beef chili since buffalo are a leaner animal. Native Indians were cooking bison and chilies for centuries before "chili con carne" became the popular American food it is today.

Real Texas Chili
What the difference between a real Texas chili recipe and other chili recipes? According to some, "real" chili recipes only use cubed chunks of meat instead of ground beef, and also don't contain beans. Cutting the chuck into cubes gives this chili recipe a stew-like texture than the more common ground meat recipes.

Turkey Chili
Lower fat doesn't mean lower favor in this delicious turkey chili recipe. You might make this the first time because it's low-carb, and low-cal, but you'll make it again because it tastes so good!

"Mostly Meat" Low-Carb Chili
Like the name says, this low-carb chili recipe is chuck-full of meat. If you like your chili thick and "mostly meat," this recipe is well worth trying.

Spicy Turkey and White Bean Chili
You're going to love this delicious, low-fat, and full-flavored turkey chili recipe. The subtle, smoky heat of the chipotle works so well with the white beans in this easy-to-make chili. If you thought using turkey meant sacrificing flavor, give this chili recipe a try.

Cioppino - San Francisco's Famous Fish Stew
This amazing recipe is the City by the Bay's signature dish. A rich stew featuring an array of fresh seafood in a flavorful tomato and wine sauce, just waiting for a large hunk of sourdough bread to be dunked into it! This is San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf in a bowl.

"Bowl of Red" Texas Chili
This is my version of a typical Texas-style chili. This is very similar to a recipe that President Lyndon B. Johnson claimed as his personal favorite. He called his version "Pedernales River Chili," and in typical LBJ-style, claimed it to be superior to all others.

Fried Oyster Stew with Cream of Cauliflower and Chervil
The French Laundry is a small gourmet restaurant located in Yountville, CA, in the Napa Valley. It’s considered by many the finest restaurant in the country and the Chef/Owner, Thomas Keller, is consider by many the country’s top Chef. This fried oyster and creamy stew is a hot take on one of his classic cold appetizers; cauliflower “Panna Cotta” topped with a fresh raw oyster and caviar.

Old Fashioned Beef Stew
This is your classic, old-time, "just like mom used to make" beef stew. There's a good reason heirloom recipes like these remain almost unchanged, as they are passed down through the generations.

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