Best Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer

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Take some the heat out of the kitchen this summer and put your slow cooker to work. Add these best summer slow cooker recipes to your meal plan rotation.

pulled pork on a bun
I don’t know about you, but this summer, I want to take it easy. Whether you have school schedules impacting your life, or not, I propose that summertime is naturally a season to slow down. The days are longer; there are no major holidays; there’s no hussle.

Summer is the time to take a chill pill. So that’s why I love using my slow cooker in the kitchen in the summertime. It allows me to save time in the kitchen and enjoy the summer more.  

And while I love cooking and enjoying good food as much as the next person, I like it even more when dinner’s all ready when I get home from galivanting about. Not that I galivant all that much, but I’d like to know that I could, should the occasion arise. 

And return home to dinner all ready for me.  Pair one of these summer slow cooker recipes with a frozen dessert and you have the perfect summer meal.

Best Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer

Here are some of my favorite, tried and true slow cooker recipes. I’m kind of a slow cooker snob. I don’t want to use it unless the meal will truly be the best prepared. No soggy vegetables or mushy noodles. Know that your slow cooker experience is safe with me!

Best Ever Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (VIDEO)

Best Ever Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (VIDEO)

This is a simple, yet flavorful, way to cook up the Best Ever Pulled Pork that can be served up in a number of ways. I purposely made the spices to go with BBQ as well as Mexican flavors, so the possibilities of how to serve the final product are truly endless. Use the savory pulled pork in tacos, burritos, taquitos, chimichangas, lettuce wraps, salads, and sandwiches. It’s good as a main protein as well with a few vegetable sides; if you want to enjoy it paleo-style, you can! Pair these with some homemade hamburger buns for the perfect summer meal.

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Chicken Street Tacos

Chicken Street Tacos

The prep time for these Chicken Street Tacos can’t be beat, a mere 5 minutes to get everything in the slow cooker, and the cook time isn’t too bad either at just 2 hours. Then, just shred up the chicken and serve it taco style on tortillas or gluten-free style in lettuce leaves.

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Favorite Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Favorite Slow Cooker Pot Roast

If you’re looking for comfort food without too much work, this recipe for Favorite Slow Cooker Pot Roast is it. Spend 15 minutes preparing it in the morning and then let the slow cooker braise it throughout the day to allow the flavors to develop. Those who eat gluten-free will appreciate that the gravy that’s produced during cooking is gluten-free too.

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How to Cook a Chicken in the Slow Cooker

How to Cook a Chicken in the Slow Cooker

ake things easy on yourself! Roast a whole chicken in the slow cooker for tender, delicious cooked chicken. The resulting chicken is fall apart tender, perfect for throwing on salads, stuffing in sandwiches or just plain good eating.

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Crockpot Chili Mac Recipe

Crockpot Chili Mac Recipe

Pasta can be tricky to cook in the slow cooker. That’s why for this Crockpot Chili Mac I prepare the meat and beans in the slow cooker first and then add pre-cooked, cold noodles to the pot just a few minutes before serving. This allows you to have perfectly cooked noodles without the mush.

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Healthier "Refried" Beans

Healthier "Refried" Beans

Dried beans are a seriously cheap eat. The slow cooker makes them very easy to prepare and when it’s done you’ve got HUGE amount of Healthier “Refried” Beans to serve as a side dish, to fill burritos, or to top nachos. You can also freeze them in 2-cup portions to use later.

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Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

French Dip is one of my husband’s favorite foods to eat at a restaurant — as long as the jus is served on the side. No soggy bread lovers here. This version cooks in the slow cooker, meaning that the beef has a slightly different texture than your traditional French Dip sandwich filling. Slow cooker meats tend to shred more than slice, and such is the case here.

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Easy Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Easy Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

These easy, slow cooker pork tacos allow you to escape the kitchen and come home to a delicious meal all ready to go.

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Easy Slow Cooker Chili

Easy Slow Cooker Chili

This Easy Slow Cooker Chili really is easy. Cook up meat and onions, open some cans, dump some spices, and walk away.

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Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Mushrooms and Peppers

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Mushrooms and Peppers

Wow your dinner guests with this simple yet filling ragu. It’s quick and easy which allows you to pull out the stops for presentation and side dishes.

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Can You Leave The Slow Cooker On While At Work? 

Yes absolutely you can. So whether you’re out running errands, enjoying the nice weather or at work. You can leave the slow cooker on. It runs on a low wattage, so it allows you to leave it on for 8-10 hours. 

Can You Put Raw Meat In The Slow Cooker? 

Absolutely! As you can see from many of the recipes above I put the raw meat in and let the slow cooker do its thing. In fact, I think its one fo the best ways to cook meat because it results in a tender fall apart juicy meat in the end. 

Do You Have To Put Water Into The Slow Cooker? 

Unlike cooking in the Instant Pot which requires water being added, you don’t need to with the slow cooker. Just add any liquid if the recipe calls for it. But otherwise more water will actually dry out the meat. 

What’s your favorite slow cooker recipe for summer?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Mary says:

    I thought us Okies were the only ones who went gallivanting around!! ? Those recipes look great. Thanks!!

  2. Alice E says:

    Kept trying to think how to answer that question. My favorites are meat and beans. Pork shoulder roasts rank real high on the meat side, I admit. I do like them for stews and soups as well, especially in the summer. In the winter I like to have a big pot of soup on the stove, but when summer comes I’d rather keep in cool and use the crockpot.

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