From awesome Thai-inspired chicken stew to incredible gumbo, here are seven extra-simple slow-cooker stews.

By F&W Editors
Updated May 23, 2017
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Vegetable Farro Stew with Figs and Pine Nuts

It doesn't get easier than slow-cooker cooking. All you have to do is throw together some ingredients and walk away. From awesome Thai-inspired chicken stew to incredible gumbo, here are seven extra-simple slow-cooker stews.

1. Vegetable Farro Stew with Figs and Pine Nuts
Star chef Grant Achatz's minimalist slow-cooker stew is sweetened with dried figs and raisins.

2. Slow Cooker Thai-Inspired Chicken Stew
Creamy coconut milk, fresh ginger and fish sauce give this chicken stew its terrific Thai flavor.

Slow Cooker Thai-Inspired Chicken Stew
Make-ahead Tip: The chicken stew can be refrigerated for up to 2 days before serving.

3. Slow Cooker Beef Goulash
Serve this fantastic short rib stew over warm, buttery noodles.

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4. Slow Cooker Ethiopian-Spiced Chicken and Black Lentil Stew
Berbere, an Ethiopian chile and spice blend, adds bold flavor to this comforting chicken stew.

Slow Cooker Ethiopian-Spiced Chicken and Black Lentil Stew
Credit: © Sarah Bolla

5. Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja
This incredible Cuban stew features shredded flank steak, tomatoes and olives.

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

This Cuban stew, featuring shredded flank steak, tomatoes and olives, can be made up to two days in advance for ultra-easy entertaining.

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6. Slow Cooker Ham Hock and Chickpea Soup
Classic split pea soup was the inspiration for this hearty stew.

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7. Seafood-and-Chicken Gumbo
It may not be a classic slow-cooker recipe, but this gumbo is a no-brainer.

Seafood-and-Chicken Gumbo
Credit: CHRISTINA HOLMES