26 Slow Cooker Recipes to Make This Summer

(Image credit: Diana Yen)

Is your slow cooker gathering dust at the back of some cabinet or shelf at this very moment? If the answer is yes, it’s time to dig it out, get it cleaned up, and put it to use! You might not think it, but summer is one of the best times to use this ultra-handy appliance, as it helps you put a warm meal on the table without turning on the oven or heating up the kitchen.

From breakfast casseroles and crispy granola to shredded chicken tacos and fruit-filled cobbler, here are 26 slow cooker recipes to make right now.

Summer Slow Cooker Breakfasts

Not only does your slow cooker help you bring a warm breakfast to the table, but it’s also an easy way to serve a crowd with minimal effort.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Brisket Sandwiches(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

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 meat to the table without heating up the kitchen.

Slow-Cooker Ratatouille(Image credit: Diana Yen)

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.

How To Make Ketchup in the Slow Cooker(Image credit: Leela Cyd)

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.

How To Make Summer Fruit Sauce in the Slow Cooker(Image credit: Leela Cyd)

Fruity Slow Cooker Desserts

Because we can’t forget dessert.