Reinventing Classic Stews with CHEF iQ

Reinventing Classic Stews with CHEF iQ


While soups and stews are both warming and comforting, they hold distinct places in culinary traditions. Soup is often served as an appetizer, a light and sometimes clear broth that may include vegetables or be served cold, particularly in warmer months. On the other hand, Stew is heartier and acts as the main course. It's the epitome of comfort food, ideal for long, dark winter days when the cold bites and the body craves something substantial and nourishing.

Transforming Stew Making with the CHEF iQ Smart Cooker

The CHEF iQ Smart Cooker revolutionizes how we approach stew-making. This modern kitchen gadget simplifies the process, allowing even the most robust stews to be easily prepared. Its precise temperature control and timing functions ensure that each ingredient is perfectly cooked, maintaining flavor and texture. This cooker is especially adept at tenderizing tougher cuts of meat, a common component in stews, turning them into succulent, melt-in-your-mouth morsels.

Featured Stew Recipes from the CHEF iQ App


Beef Stew

A classic for chilly evenings, this beef stew pairs beautifully with crusty bread or over egg noodles. The CHEF iQ Smart Cooker tenderizes the chuck roast perfectly, while carrots, potatoes, and peas meld with tomato paste, beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce for a rich flavor. Ingredients include olive oil, chuck roast, carrots, russet potato, onion, garlic, tomato paste, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, bay leaf, peas, and fresh parsley. For a thicker stew, consider adding a cornstarch slurry at the end.


Italian Seafood Stew

Reminiscent of San Francisco's cioppino, this Italian Seafood Stew is fragrant and brimming with seafood. The Smart Cooker gently cooks mussels, shrimp, calamari, and fish, ensuring they're tender but not overdone. Ingredients: Olive oil, yellow onion, fennel bulbs, garlic, tomato paste, white wine, diced tomatoes, fish stock, mussels, shrimp, calamari, haddock, and tarragon, served with crostini or crusty bread. For a more budget-friendly version, use local, seasonal fish.


Curried Lentil Stew

This vegetarian stew is a burst of flavors and aromas. Serve with rice or naan for a hearty meal. The Smart Cooker ensures the lentils are perfectly cooked without being mushy. 

Ingredients: Coconut oil, garlic, ginger, onion, garam masala, coriander, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, carrot, red bell pepper, red lentils, vegetable broth, fire-roasted tomatoes with green chiles, baby spinach, coconut cream, lime zest, cilantro. For a vegan option, ensure the coconut cream is unsweetened and plant-based.


Spanish Beef and Chorizo Stew

With the unique addition of chorizo and green olives, this stew is a flavorful twist on the traditional beef stew. Fresh chorizo adds a spicy depth, perfectly complemented by the Smart Cooker's slow-cooking prowess. 

Ingredients: Fresh chorizo, beef chuck, green bell pepper, onion, garlic, flour, carrots, red potatoes, crushed tomatoes, beef broth, green olives, parsley. For a less spicy version, choose a milder sausage.


Jamaican Oxtail Stew

Rich in flavor and collagen, oxtails become incredibly tender in the Smart Cooker. This stew is a comforting blend of curry, allspice, and hearty vegetables. 

Ingredients: Curry powder, garlic powder, browning sauce, soy sauce, allspice, oxtails, canola oil, carrot, onion, ketchup, beef broth, butter beans, Worcestershire sauce, served with rice and scallions. For a lighter stew, substitute oxtails with beef shank.


Hungarian Beef Goulash

This goulash is a rustic and hearty dish distinguished by its generous use of paprika and caraway seeds. The CHEF iQ Smart Cooker enhances the beef chuck's tenderness while infusing the flavors of onion, red bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, red wine, carrots, potatoes, and herbs. 

Ingredients: Canola oil, beef chuck, onion, red bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, paprika, dry red wine, carrots, russet potatoes, caraway seeds, bay leaf. For a vegetarian twist, use hearty mushrooms instead of beef.


Irish Stout Stew

Irish stout gives this beef stew a rich, deep flavor profile, perfect over mashed potatoes or with bread. The Smart Cooker's slow-cooking feature ensures the beef chuck is tender and the carrots, parsnips, onion, and garlic flavors are melded seamlessly. 

Ingredients: Beef chuck, carrots, parsnips, onion, garlic, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, tomato paste, Irish stout, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, cornstarch, water, peas, parsley. Substitute the stout with a non-alcoholic version for a lighter stew.



Reinventing classic stews with the CHEF iQ Smart Cooker and CHEF iQ App brings convenience and efficiency to your kitchen and elevates the flavors and textures of these beloved dishes. Whether you're craving the robustness of a beef stew or the delicate flavors of a seafood stew, these recipes demonstrate the versatility and culinary prowess of the CHEF iQ Smart Cooker. Enjoy exploring these comforting stews that satisfy your cravings on cold winter days.