11 Hearty Recipes for Cold Weather (Just in Time for Winter)

Updated 04/29/19

As fall progresses and frost rolls in, we need to update our meal prep with recipes for cold weather. Just the thought of ceviche or ice cream in a snowstorm elicits goosebumps. Salads are still a great way to get greens, but we thought we would turn our sights to hot, comforting meals.

We took the initiative to compile warm recipes for cold weather. The criteria are broad: A good warm-weather meal should heat us up, whether through temperature or spice. Immediately, soups and stews come to mind as well as chili; the latter contains many spices to check both of our boxes.

The idea of comfort food provides a nostalgic warmth as well. What exactly constitutes comfort food changes depending on who you ask—in the South, they cherish chicken and biscuits. Other cold places favor soups and chilis to stay warm. There are international comfort foods, such as bulgogi bowls in Korea.

From traditional plates to adapted classics, any of the following would make great recipes for cold weather. Add our selections to your seasonal rotation for durable warmth.

Recipes for Cold Weather — Turkey Chili
Courtesy of Carlsbad Cravings

Turkey Chili

If we could eat chili for every meal in the winter, we would. Anyone who has given up red meat might not have such an aspiration, but one bowl of this turkey-based recipe from Carlsbad Cravings may change things.

Recipes for Cold Weather — Healthy Tomato Soup
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Healthy Tomato Soup

Tomato soup is the go-to dish for any ailments that cold weather could bring about. Lauren Nolan at Lakeshore Lady also incorporates some protein into her version of the classic soup to ensure that you are full by the time your bowl is empty.

Recipes for Cold Weather — Chicken Tortilla Soup
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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Vibrant spices will make you momentarily forget what season it is, filling your belly with warmth. This traditional Mexican dish from Carlsbad Cravings incorporates tortilla chips for a nice crunch, rounding out the flavors and textures beautifully.

Recipes for Cold Weather — Lasagna Soup
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Lasagna Soup

Any recipe that transforms one comfort food into another will be a great one for whipping up this winter. Try this lasagna soup from Carlsbad Cravings on for size; it contains all the cheeses and herbs that make this Italian dish soar but without any of the layering and coordination.

Recipes for Cold Weather — Slow Cooker Quinoa Minestrone
Courtesy of Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Slow Cooker Quinoa Minestrone

Minestrone is a classic soup, and Chelsea’s Messy Apron throws quinoa into it for a textured twist. Any soup is good for the winter, but minestrone is great year-round as well.

Recipes for Cold Weather — Korean Bulgogi BBQ Steak Bowls
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Korean Bulgogi BBQ Steak Bowls

If you’re looking for heat, Korean BBQ should do the trick. This bulgogi recipe from Half Baked Harvest has simple instructions, with the bulk of the time spent marinating the beef.

Recipes for Cold Weather — Crockpot Chili
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Crockpot Chili

Making chili in a crockpot like in this recipe from Chelsea's Messy Apron allows you to cut the prep time for the meal in half—and walk away while it cooks. Not to mention how cozy you’ll feel after gobbling up the spices and beans.

Recipes for Cold Weather — Pozole Rojo
Courtesy of Hola Jalapeno

Pozole Rojo

Pozole is a pork and hominy stew, and this particular iteration differs from the verde dish with ample chiles in the broth. The best part about this delicious stew from Hola Jalapeno is that the leftovers will almost certainly taste better after being stored in your refrigerator for a day or two. That makes leftovers worth anticipating.

Recipes for Cold Weather — Tomato Basil Penne With Spicy Italian Chickpeas
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Tomato Basil Penne With Spicy Italian Chickpeas

Motivation flies out the window when we are too cold, so our snow days consist of the easiest meals we can cook. Introduce this well-rounded tomato basil penne from Half Baked Harvest to your rotation, with simple pesto and chickpeas with a kick.

Recipes for Cold Weather — Simple Lentil Stew
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Simple Lentil Stew

Cooking for a stubborn eater? This lentil stew from Hello Glow is universally loved and remarkably simple to make. Perfect for defrosting yourself at the end of a wintry day.

Recipes for Cold Weather — Braised Pork Belly Kimchi Stew
Courtesy of I Am a Food Blog

Braised Pork Belly Kimchi Stew

Kimchi and pork belly are central ingredients to Korean comfort food, something anyone can take advantage of. This stew from I Am a Food Blog offers diverse flavors that your kitchen could benefit from, and what better time to try a new recipe than when you’re snowed in?

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