Crockpot Winter Stew Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Frozen Food Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Savory Winter Stew

Did you know that nearly 80 percent of Americans fail to consume the recommended amounts of fruit, with nearly 90 percent failing to meet dietary recommendations for vegetables?

Did you also know that fruits and vegetables are major contributors of essential nutrients in our diets, and consuming fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced risk of many chronic diseases?

Given the increase in the rates of chronic diseases among all age groups, eating a diet rich in a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables is more important than ever. A variety of factors may contribute to low consumption, including cost and convenience. A recent study revealed one easy solution: frozen.

The University of California-Davis (UC Davis), in partnership with the Frozen Food Foundation, conducted an in-depth study to evaluate the nutrient content of eight commonly-purchased frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables:

The study analyzed vitamins B2 (riboflavin), C and E, and B-carotene (a precursor to vitamin A); the minerals calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper and iron; dietary fiber; and total phenolics (health-promoting plant compounds).

Results reveal that frozen fruits and vegetables are most often (or generally) nutritionally equal to – and in some cases better than – their fresh counterparts.

This research adds to the growing body of evidence that supports the important role frozen fruits and vegetables can play to help Americans meet daily intake requirements. Frozen fruits and vegetables offer consumers convenient, affordable and easy to serve options that help simplify meal preparation. Plus we are able to save money by buying frozen.

We LOVE our crockpot around here. I mean we really love it. We use it no less than 3-4 times per week in the fall and winter.

Freezing is simply nature’s pause button. Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked and frozen at their peak ripeness, locking in the nutrient value at the point of freezing. We actively use a variety of frozen foods in our everyday cooking.

This crockpot winter stew is one of our new favorites. It is hearty and spicy.

Crockpot Winter Stew



  • 1/8th cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 med onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 4 med carrots (we used heirloom purple, white, and orange), chopped
  • 1 cup of frozen red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 jalepino pepper, seeded and chopped fine
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 pound fingerling potatoes, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, chopped into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp chopped thyme
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 3 cans (medium) fire roasted chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups frozen green beans
  • 1 package of Applegate Farms turkey Andouille sausage, sliced
  • 1 pound frozen peeled and devained shrimp (we used Trader Joes)


  1. In a crockpot on saute setting, add the oil, onions, celery, carrots, bell peppers, jalepino pepper, garlic, and potato. Saute until the veggies begin to sweat and soften.
  2. Add the chicken and saute for a few minutes more. Then add all of the herbs and spices, saute for 30 seconds, and turn the crockpot to low setting.
  3. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, and green beans.
  4. Cook for around 6 hours.
  5. Add the sausage and shrimp and cook on low for an additional 30 minutes.
  6. Eat and enjoy crockpot winter stew.

Savory Winter Crockpot Stew


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24 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. Dandi D

    This looks so warm and comforting for a cold winter night!

  2. Cynthia R

    I love the fall and winter time for soups, thank you for the giveaway, i can’t wait to give this recipe a try.

  3. We love stews and soups this time of year, especially now that it’s so darn cold and football season has kicked into high gear.

  4. That sounds perfect for a cold winter day. I Love anything I can make in a crock pot!

  5. you said crock pot, I am hooked especially over the holidays when I can put something in the crock pot in the am and just finish it up b/f dinner.

  6. Wow this looks delicious and filling too! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. This looks like a great stew to have on cold winter’s day. I am going to have to save this recipe.

  8. Mmm…that looks yummy!
    Well, minus the shrimp.
    I just can’t put one in my mouth after having them swimming around my fish tank!

  9. I love my Crock Pot and keep telling hubby I need to use it more often. Right now, I only use it for pot roast and chili. Every once in a blue moon I’ll try something different. This sounds like a good (and easy) recipe.

  10. Alisha Kostiuk

    This looks delicious. Love winter for pulling out the Crockpot recipes.

  11. That stew looks really good and hearty. I love that it has shrimp in it!

  12. Your Winter Stew looks amazing with sausage and shrimp! I use the Crock Pot all the time in the winter and fall months too!

  13. This looks like a cozy meal for a chilly fall night. I love shrimp!

  14. Looks like a nice hearty recipe especially for these cooler months ahead!

  15. Shauna

    Wow, that recipe has everything in it. HA! I love it… Thanks for sharing.

  16. That looks delish. Love stews and soups this time of year.

  17. I am literally drooling over that shrimp! This looks SO good!

  18. Looks like good old fashion gumbo going on! That looks so delish!

  19. ellen beck

    That really looks good. I use the slow cooker a lot in the winter, but I have never made anything using shrimp. Shrimp is so high priced here I save it for special occasions but this stew does look like it might work well for a potluck and would be imprressive.

  20. Stews are my absolute favorite food in winter. Time to pull out the crockpot!

  21. I am the queen of stew during the winter months! I love that you added shrimp to this! Yum!

  22. I’m all for a hearty stew like that. I love the andouille sausage in this especially.

  23. Yum. I love stew and this looks fantastic.

  24. I love the look of that stew with shrimp. This is going to be made in my household very soon.

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