10 Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Make Right Now

10 Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Make Right Now

Kelli Foster
May 3, 2018
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You might think that summer is the time to put your slow cooker away, but you shouldn't! While I'm quick to rely on my slow cooker all year round, this is the season when it really earns its place in the kitchen. I rely on my slow cooker for lightened-up summertime favorites that keep the oven off.

From veggie-filled ratatouille and the easiest chicken fajitas, to crispy (yes, crispy!) chicken thighs and tender salmon, add these 10 slow cooker recipes to your meal plan now through the end of summer.

1. Slow Cooker Ratatouille

There is no better (or more delicious) way to channel your excitement for all the farmers market veggies than with ratatouille. This slow cooker recipe makes a lot, so use it for lunch and dinner throughout the week on toast, grain bowls, and grilled meats.

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2. Slow Cooker Queso Dip

Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue or just having nachos for dinner (I say yes!), this smooth and creamy cheese sauce is a noteworthy addition. It comes together with just three ingredients and will remind you of the nacho cheese sauce of your youth.

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3. Slow Cooker Chicken and Broccoli Bowls

Get ready to have a new favorite in your meal plan. Juicy chicken thighs and fresh broccoli are front and center in this easy weeknight dinner. Inspired by a classic chicken and rice casserole, it comes with an Italian twist that mixes in white beans, oregano, and Parmesan.

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4. How To Make Slow-Cooker Caponata

This sweet and savory Sicilian relish is made from eggplant, onions, and tomatoes. In this version the slow cooker does all the heavy lifting — all you have to do is decide how to eat it. I love caponata on grilled meat and fish, tossed with pasta, and spooned over toasted bread.

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5. How To Make Crispy, Juicy Chicken Thighs in the Slow Cooker

On those hot and humid days when you can't bear to turn on the oven, your slow cooker is the ticket to getting crispy chicken thighs on the table for dinner. Yes, I said crispy!

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6. How To Make Slow Cooker Fajitas

Bringing chicken fajitas to the dinner table just got a whole lot easier. This nearly hands-off version is infused with warm spices, like cumin and chipotle, rich tomatoes, and of course tender peppers and onions.

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7. How To Cook Salmon in the Slow Cooker

This method promises tender, succulent salmon fillets every single time. Who can say no to that?

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8. How To Cook Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker

Good news: This is how to keep the oven off and still get your pork chop fix. Better yet, this recipe calls for cooking the chops on a bed of veggies, which means the main course and sides are ready at the same time.

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9. Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Come summer, this is my favorite way to tackle Taco Tuesday. Lean chicken breasts are infused with a blend of warm spices for big flavor, and all that's left for you to do is shred the meat and grab your favorite taco toppings.

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10. Slow Cooker Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

Dinner isn't complete without dessert, and the slow cooker is the easiest way to treat yourself to a sweet and fruity cobbler.

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