26 Slow-Cooker Recipes for Summertime

26 Slow-Cooker Recipes for Summertime

Kelli Foster
Jul 25, 2016

There's a good chance that your slow cooker is gathering dust at the back of some cabinet or shelf at this moment. If that's the case, it's time to dig it out and get it cleaned up. Summer is one of the best times to use this ultra-handy appliance. It keeps the oven off and puts a warm meal on the table without heating up the kitchen. From breakfast casseroles and crispy granola to shredded chicken tacos, sloppy joes, and fruit-filled cobbler, here are 26 slow cooker recipes to take you through summer.


Not only does your slow cooker mean bringing a warm breakfast to the table, but it's an easy way to serve a crowd with minimal effort.

Meaty Slow Cooker Mains

Whether you've got chicken, pork, beef, or even salmon penciled into your meal plan, the slow cooker is your number one ally to bring it to the table without totally heating up the kitchen.

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Vegetarian Slow Cooker Meals and Sides

We even adapted some summertime favorites, like ratatouille, corn pudding, and caponata, to the slow cooker to make them even easier to pull together.

Dips, Spreads, and Sauces from the Slow Cooker

The only thing better than a cookout with a solid spread of condiments, is the extra special touch of homemade spreads, sauces, and dips. Keep the oven off, and reach for your slow cooker to get the job done.

Slow Cooker Desserts

Because, we can't forget dessert.

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