Easy Winter Meals and Winter Soups

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We don't get a ton of what most people call cold weather in San Antonio but the thermometer does occasionally drop. I'm sharing this list of easy winter meals and easy winter soups. I hope you find some new belly-warming favorites.

A day where the high doesn't reach 40 is positively glacial for us, and yes, if you live up north, I know you're laughing at us. That's OK. This list of easy winter meals is handy whether your idea of cold is 40 degrees or 40 below. Use the table of contents to jump to the winter meals that appeal to you most. Or, go in order and try them all!

Easy Winter Meals to make when it's cold outside – Lots of good stuff!

To check out the individual recipe, just click on the caption or the image. To save this entire list to your favorite recipe board on Pinterest, click the image at the very end of this post. 

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Winter Soups

I can eat soup all year round but there's just something amazing about soup for lunch or dinner when it's cold outside. Enjoy these easy winter soup recipes.

Instant Pot Minestrone

Easy cold weather meals - Minestrone

This is a hearty, vegetarian dish that's great on a cold day. Nothing says “cold weather meals” like a bowl of hot soup. Get the recipe here.

Lots of these recipes use slow cookers and pressure cookers (AKA Instant Pots.) I'm sharing some of my recommendations:

Instant Pot Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup winter soup recipe

This is my go-to sports night dish. My kids play flag football in the fall, just when it is starting to get cold here (okay, so…Texas cold but cold to us) and this is their favorite after-practice meal. Fine with me because it's crazy easy and like a lot of these recipes, uses common ingredients you probably have in your pantry. If you're looking for cold-weather meals, this one is perfect. 

Get the recipe here.

Instant Pot Sweet Potato and Jalapeno Soup

Easy winter meals - sweet potato soup


This soup is inspired by my visit to the Homestead Cafe, just outside of Waco, Texas. Click here to grab this sweet potato soup recipe.

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup with Parmesan Cheese Crackers

East winter soup recipes - Pumpkin and black bean soup

This might sound like a weird combo but it just works. One of my kids is picky and he loves it. Grab the recipe here.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Meals to make when it's cold outside cold weather meals

We make this all year round but something about soup and cold weather, right? Recipe here.

I buy all my chicken from Perdue Farms. It ships directly to my door and I can stock my freezer quickly and easily.

Perdue Farms

Perdue Farms also sells pork and beef products.

Slow Cooker Tex Mex Meatball Soup

Easy winter meals - slow cooker meatball soup

We do this one to change up our taco nights now and then. Here's the recipe.

Want more winter soup recipes?

Check out this list of over 75 vegetarian and vegan soups.

You may also want to check out the copycat Autumn Squash Soup and Lasagna Soup from Savoring the Good. Sara is a kitchen rock star and my personal friend. 

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Easy Winter Meals

Although we love soups and stews for dinner when it's cold, we don't eat winter soups seven days a week (although I probably could.) Here are a few of our favorite easy winter meals.

Slow Cooker Chili

Meals to make when it's cold outside cold weather meals

As much as I'd like to take credit for this one, this recipe is all my husband's. It makes a very generous amount of chili. Get the recipe here.

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Meals to make when it's cold outside cold weather meals

Macaroni and cheese is good any time of the year but especially in cold weather. Here's the recipe.

Tuna Melt

Meals to make when it's cold outside cold weather meals

A tuna melt is just good any old time, right? There's just something about comfort foods when it's cold outside for me. Plus, it's simple and you probably have most of the ingredients. This tuna melt will also pair perfectly with lots of the easy winter soup recipes I've already shared with you.

Homemade scalloped potatoes with ham

We traditionally make these scalloped potatoes with leftover holiday ham but it's SO GOOD that it's worth buying an extra ham just to make a few batches of these delicious scalloped potatoes. Grab the recipe here.

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

This easy pressure cooker, Indian-inspired meal is a great one for cold nights. It's very, very saucy, which is great for dipping your nan bread in. Here's the recipe.

And, don't worry. This isn't spicy at all, so anyone can enjoy it.

Baked Acorn Squash

How to make an baked acorn squash dish with butter and cream|Ripped Jeans and Bifocals

Acorn squash is a winter vegetable, so as we move into fall and beyond, you will see lots of these at the market. My acorn squash recipe is made with butter and cream and cheese so that probably cancels out the “good for you factor” of the squash but if you can overlook that, you will not be sorry you tried this indulgent dish.

Baked Blueberry and Apple Oatmeal

Meals to make when it's cold outside cold weather meals

I love a warm breakfast on cold days and this loaded oatmeal gives you the fuel you need if you have to brave the cold weather outside. Grab this easy recipe here.

Chicken Verde Tacos

Meals to make when it's cold outside cold weather meals
Easy crock pot tacos – Chicken Verde!

I make these in a slow cooker – I haven't tried them in the Instant Pot yet but that would be an easy adaptation. This is a good way to enjoy some flavor without adding a lot of heat. This chicken taco recipe makes a great taco night choice and it's SO EASY.

Spicy Meatloaf

Meals to make when it's cold outside cold weather meals

There's nothing like the cold weather to make you want that comfort food, and meatloaf means comfort food to me. If you like some heat, you'll enjoy my twist on the traditional. Grab the recipe here.

VIP Corn Casserole

Meals to make when it's cold outside cold weather meals

This is one from the Wayback machine and every time it pops up, I wonder why I don't make it more often. It's always on the table at Thanksgiving and most Christmases but you can enjoy this every day. It's warm and creamy and indulgent – perfect for cold days.  

Here's the recipe.

I hope you enjoy this list of easy winter meals and that you find some new favorites. I think these are all perfect cold-weather meals but you can enjoy them year round easily. 

More recipe ideas:

Easy Crock Pot Meals for the Sports Mom (or any busy parent)


Ultimate List of Easy Weeknight Meals

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