Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Onion-Jalapeño Corn Bread
Get creative with your slow cooker this summer! We've chosen our best summer slow cooker recipes for you to try. With dishes like brats, pulled pork, chicken wings, and even cake, there's a slow cooker recipe for every meal.

Tomatillo Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

We're pulling out all the stops for this recipe: It has all our favorite things in one. Serve it up for simply scrumptious summer sandwiches.

Spicy Buffalo Tacos

Taco night is going to be easier (and tastier!) than ever this summer. Poblano chile peppers bring the fire, and fresh veggies from your garden make the perfect topper for these fiesta-worthy tacos.

Braised Chickpeas with Midsummer Vegetables

Put your bumper crop of tomatoes, zucchini, and sweet corn to good use by whipping up this veggie-filled side dish. Serve this side at a potluck or a backyard barbecue to add flavors straight from your garden.

Veggie-Stuffed Peppers

For vegetarians in the family (or just veggie-lovers), these stuffed peppers will be a welcome break from summer barbecues and cookouts with burgers and brats. Use fresh kale and tomatoes from the farmers market when stuffing these peppers to give them a bright burst of summer flavor.

Pesto Chicken Sandwiches

These sandwiches may look fancy, but the chicken, mushroom, and zucchini filling comes straight out of your slow cooker! When you serve them on ciabatta bread with a spoonful of pesto, you'll have one happy crowd.

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde

Start off your summer party without a bowl of chips and fresh salsa. Luckily, you don't have to spend extra time in the kitchen making this salsa recipe. Just let it simmer away in your slow cooker while you enjoy the summer weather.

Peach Graham Cracker Upside-Down Cake

We can never resist fresh summer peaches! And here's a great recipe to show them off: upside-down cake with a crunchy graham cracker crust. For an extra-special treat, serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Spicy Cuban Flank Steak

Add a little spice to your summer with these zesty flank steak sandwiches. Cook up a big batch of steak, peppers, and onions in your slow cooker, and these potluck-perfect sandwiches are ready to feed a hungry crowd.

Turkey, Parsnip, and Tomatillo Tostadas

Get the fiesta started with these flavor-packed tostadas. Line up your favorite fresh summer ingredients, and get stackin'.

Slow Cooker Taco Salad

Tex-Mex has met its easy-make match. This slow cooker salad is full of fresh ingredients that will add pep to any mealtime.

Slow Cooker S'more Cake

Bring backyard treats into the kitchen with this gooey rendition of a fireside classic! 

Turkey Orzo Salad with Dried Cherries

Update your go-to comfort food recipes with this colorful one-dish dinner!

Herb and Garlic Peasant Bread

This light and flavorful bread recipe is sure to be a summer staple! Leave it in the slow cooker for the day for a fresh loaf that's ready by dinnertime. 

Chicken Bratwurst and Onions with Broccoli Slaw Salad

Who says you need a grill to make a juicy batch of bratwursts? Slow-cook the summer staple in garlic and bubbly apple cider, then top with icy-cool broccoli slaw for a crisp, crunchy finish.

Greek Lamb Wraps

Enjoy a light take on the Greek gyro with bright and fresh veggies that lend summery satisfaction.

Slow-Toasted Granola

Summer calls for creamy-cool parfaits topped with spoonfuls of crunchy granola. Make yours homemade by slow-cooking oats in peanut butter, applesauce, honey, and cinnamon. It's a surprising—and delicious—way to use your slow cooker.

Beef Fajitas

We've done the math, and these fajitas add up to a positive combination. Simple + delicious = a win for everyone.

Jerk Pork Wraps with Lime Mayo

Try this quick and easy slow cooker dish for a fresh summer dinner with minimal effort. Jamaican jerk seasoning infuses slow-cooked pork shoulder with bold Caribbean flavor that's tempered with a creamy lime mayo. Mango salsa and crisp red pepper add sweet, crunchy texture to this no-fuss wrap.

Asian Broccoli and Beef

Pot roast tastes best after it's been cooked low and slow. This easy slow cooker recipe ensures maximum taste and tenderness!

Apricot Chipotle Ribs

Include these tangy ribs at your next backyard bash! Guests will come back for seconds—and they'll ask for your recipe!

Teriyaki Pork with Asian Slaw

Make your own tender teriyaki pork for dinner tonight. Top with a fresh slaw made of snow pea pods, carrots, yellow pepper, and napa cabbage for a delicious meals filled with summer greens.

Zesty Fajita Bites

Slow cooker chicken tastes even better when it has sizzled in spicy brown mustard and feisty fajita seasonings. Scoop it onto warm tortillas alongside crisp peppers and onions for bite-size party wraps you can't resist.

Beer Brisket

Ice-cold brews, chili sauce, onions, and your favorite steak seasoning team up in this unbeatable slow-cooked brisket. Slice the tangy meat and serve on whole wheat buns for a scrumptious (and low-cal!) dinner.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Perfect your party skills at your next potluck or BBQ! Guests will line up at the table to satisfy their craving for a crunchy, savory snack with a hint of spice.

Greek Sloppy Joe Pitas

These light and fresh Greek pita sandwiches are perfect for lunch on the go. Slow-cooked garlicky lamb and veggies pair with tangy feta cheese for only 300 calories per serving!

Spicy Pulled Pork

A cup of Dr. Pepper soda lends a sweet counterpart to the spicy barbecue sauce that drips from each and every bite of this slow cooker pulled pork.

Apple-Bourbon Country-Style Pork Ribs

Make an old-fashioned country-style meal in your slow cooker this summer. Tart apples and saucy pork ribs combine to form a sweet barbecue dinner. A splash of bourbon adds smoky flavor to this summer slow cooker recipe.

Ginger-Curry Chicken with Lentils and Leeks

All by itself, the cooking liquid—chicken broth flavored with ginger, oranges, and leeks—would be a great soup recipe. Poultry, lentils, and bok choy make it a meal. 

Triple-Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pudding Cake

Creamy peanut butter and chocolate-bar pieces make this nutty slow cooker pudding cake even more luscious. Top with ice cream for a scrumptious dessert a la mode.

Loaded Creamed Corn with Tomato and Bacon

Get ready for a loaded bowl of Southern-style goodness. This easy summer side features sweet and creamy corn topped with melty Monterey Jack cheese and hearty bacon.

Pear and Chai Breakfast Cake

Rich in caramel flavor and topped with a buttery pear layer, this chai-infused slow cooker breakfast cake is an impressive brunch dish.

Quinoa Salad with Slow Cooker Beets, Oranges, and Fennel

Quinoa gets a kick in this power-food-packed recipe. Beets, oranges, and fennel add strong flavor and extra nutrients to give you quick energy in a slow-cooked dish.

Cola-Chipotle Pork Tortas

A bubbly can of cola transforms ordinary pulled pork into a zesty sandwich. Ours features chipotle chile peppers and avocado on a soft bolillo bun. Add even more zip with a batch of grapefruit-infused red onions.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Make your favorite restaurant dish at home with our healthier, tastier version of chicken lettuce wraps. Savory teriyaki sauce and spicy mustard give a burst of Asian flavor to every bite.

Fruited Pork Chops

Summer barbecue gets a quick and easy makeover with the help of your slow cooker. Tender slow-cooked chops and peppers in a thick barbecue sauce give this pork recipe sweet and savory flavors.

Jalapeno Steak 'n' Mushrooms

There's nothing better than a juicy steak in the summertime. Try our slow-cooked version that's simmered in a savory garlic sauce and paired with fresh mushrooms, onions, and jalapenos.

Crustless Spinach-and-Mushroom Quiche

This amazing bacon-topped slow cooker veggie quiche is a great go-to for any summer brunch. Biscuit mix gives the quiche a flaky texture, while fresh portobello mushrooms and Gruyere cheese provide a rich flavor profile.

Dark Chocolate Fondue with Fruit Kabobs

Colorful and sweet fruit kabobs have always been a slow cooker favorite. Dunk and drizzle them in a rich, dark chocolate fondue made with a splash of hot coffee and light whipped dessert topping.

Onion-Jalapeno Corn Bread

This incredibly simple corn bread recipes takes advantage of two summer favorites in one: spunky jalapeno peppers and sliced green onion.

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