7 Spicy Soup and Stew Recipes Helping You Beat the Winter Chill

Winter has reared its ugly head — but instead of simply doubling up on pairs of socks and surrendering to it, why not show this nasty season who’s boss? There is no better way to thaw out during a winter freeze than with a warm, spicy soup cooked up right in your own kitchen.

Try warming up this season with any of these seven spicy soup and stew recipes. Your kitchen — and your taste buds — will be heated up in no time!

1. Chipotle Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

Roast squash and chilli soup

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Velvety cheddar and puréed cauliflower lend this cheesy cauliflower soup its irresistible texture. Le Creme De La Crumb kicks the dish up a notch with adobo sauce and chipotle pepper (you can find canned chipotle peppers packed in adobo sauce in most grocery stores). These spiced flavors play beautifully off of the soup’s mild cheese and milk components, culminating in a warming dish that is sure to become a winter favorite. The recipe takes 30 minutes to make and yields 4 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 6 tablespoons adobo sauce + 1 chipotle pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 to 3 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese

Visit Creme de la Crumb for full recipe. 

2. Spicy Crab Gumbo

Bowl of sausage and shrimp gumbo

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The trick to Whole Bite Blog’s crab gumbo is all in the roux: This simple flour and fat combination lend the gumbo a mouthwateringly thick consistency — but toasting the flour to a dark brown is what results in the dish’s restaurant-worthy levels of flavor. Be sure to whisk the roux constantly as you make it — it’ll take 20 to 30 minutes to perfect this component, but you won’t be disappointed in the results. The richly spiced gumbo serves 4 people, and is an ideal undertaking for a cold night spent indoors. If you’d like, serve it along with rice to help soak up some of the flavorful juices.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 orange pepper, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 7 ounces fire -roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1½ teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1½ teaspoons dried basil
  • 1½ teaspoons black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (16.5-ounce) can jumbo lump crab
  • 7 ounces cooked turkey sausage, sliced (or andouille) 

Visit The Whole Bite for full recipe. 

3. Buffalo Chicken and Orzo Stew

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When in doubt, take the buffalo chicken route for dinner. Bake Your Day shares an interesting take on the beloved flavor combination in her recipe for spicy chicken stew. The dish is a great option for a spicy, warming weeknight meal. Although cheddar and Parmesan are recommended, feel free to get creative with any of your favorite varieties of cheese — same goes for the pasta! This recipe yields 4 hearty servings.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled, and cut into half moons
  • 2 teaspoons ranch dressing seasoning mix
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, divided
  • 32 ounces chicken stock
  • ⅔ cup buffalo sauce
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped and divided
  • ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles

Visit Bake Your Day for full recipe. 

4. Chile Verde Stew

pork chile verde, a Tex-Mex pork stew

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Life Made Simple Bakes’ zesty stew is one of those dishes that practically makes itself. After some simple prep work on the pork, simply combine all the ingredients and let simmer for about 2 hours to lock in the sharp, spicy flavors of the stew. As the tastes of lime, pepper, and spices mingle, your pork will simmer to a fork-tender — almost melt-in-your-mouth — consistency. This one-dish meal yields phenomenal results — with an easy cleanup to boot! The recipe takes 3 hours and 15 minutes to make and yields 6 to 8 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (3- to 4- pound) boneless pork shoulder or butt, excess fat removed
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 3 jalapeños, minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar chile verde salsa
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup long-grain rice

Garnishes:

  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Lime wedges

Visit Life Made Simple Bakes for full recipe. 

5. Coconut Carrot Soup

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Do you like your spicy with a bit of a sweet side? Say hello to Rhubarbarian’s spiced coconut carrot soup! The creamy soup is tinged with the flavor of cooked and puréed carrots. Mild coconut milk lends a subtly exotic touch to the dish, while sambal oelek and sriracha kick up the heat in your final product. The recipe makes 4 servings and takes 55 minutes to make.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock broth
  • 1 (14-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons sambal oelek
  • Sriracha (for serving)
  • Fresh cilantro (for serving)

Visit Rhubarbarians for full recipe. 

6. Spicy Sausage, Potato, and Spinach Soup

sausage kale soup

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Whip up tonight’s warming meal — meat, potato, veggies, and all — in a single pot using Damn Delicious’s recipe for spicy sausage, potato, and spinach soup. In addition to being a wonderful winter warmer, the dish happens to be loaded with nutrients, offering 329.5 calories and 17.3 grams of protein per hearty serving. You’ll relish the flavors of oregano, basil, red pepper, and garlic in each piping hot bite. It’s hard to believe this professional-caliber soup takes just 30 minutes to make!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound red potatoes, diced
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

Visit Damn Delicious for full recipe. 

7. Crockpot Thai Chicken Soup

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It’s hard enough to drag yourself out of bed on a dreary winter’s day, let alone slave over a hot stove for hours preparing the perfect meal. That’s where Foodie Crush’s Crockpot Thai Chicken Soup enters the picture. The eclectic flavors of brown sugar, peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, lime, and coconut milk simmer together in your slow cooker, resulting in a tangy vegetable and chicken curry that tastes fresh out of Thailand. And don’t worry yourself over dishes: This recipe requires just one. The dish serves 6 people as a main course or 8 to 10 as a side dish.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans of coconut milk
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1½ pounds chicken breasts, cut into 1½-inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 heaping tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • cilantro for garnish
  • cooked white rice

Visit Foodie Crush for full recipe.