Stew can be the perfect comfort food, and there are so many variations—beef stew, chicken stew, pork stew: The possibilities are endless. Adding chili and short ribs to the list because they are, after all, very “stew-like” just expands your options. Most stew recipes are easily made in a slow cooker. And serving up a side of mashed potatoes along with a salad is a great way to enjoy your stew with the family at meal time. Don't forget to end it with a quick dessert.