Cool down the kitchen and turn up the flavor with our tasty summer slow cooker recipes.
When you think of using a slow cooker, you might think of those cold, dark winter nights where there’s nothing better than a meal from a slow cooker. During the lazy days of summer, your slow cooker can still come in handy. Avoid spending time grueling over a hot stove top or oven. Use your slow cooker to make hearty meals, dips and more, all while keeping your kitchen cool. With our list of summer slow cooker recipes, you’ll have easy, refreshing meals for the whole family.
Summer Slow Cooker Recipes: Dips & Sides
Start off a Tex-Mex night with this recipe from Better Homes & Gardens. Serve the spicy dip with crunchy tortilla chips and whip up some cold margaritas in the blender. It’s a great addition to any summer party on the patio.
The dip from the cookie rookie is not only easy to make, it’s a healthier option, too. The recipe substitutes heavy dairy products with Greek yogurt and light sour cream, making a light snack for hot summer days. Plus, you can keep using the recipe into the football tailgating season.
Add some heat to the menu with the dip from Damn Delicious. The recipe includes cheese, bacon and jalapenos, making the perfect flavor combination. It only takes two hours to cook, making it perfect for any summer party.
Baked beans are a staple of any summer cook-out menu. This recipe from Averie Cooks is no exception. Combine the rich flavors of bourbon, maple syrup and more to make these tasty, gluten-free baked beans.
Summer Slow Cooker Recipes: Soups & Stews
If you want a Southern-inspired dish, you can’t go wrong with collard greens. The stew from the kitchn.com is a great recipe for summer. The leafy greens mixed with spicy chorizo go great over rice, or as a solo dish.
The summer squash soup recipe from Healthy Slow Cooking is a refreshing dish for a hot summer day. You can make it on the stove if you want, but using a slow cooker will keep your kitchen cool. It’s a great recipe if you have your own vegetable garden. There’s nothing like using your own homegrown yellow squash and zucchini.
The spicy and sweet soup from Foodie Crush is easy to make; everything goes straight in the slow cooker. Just throw in the ingredients and enjoy your time relaxing by the pool, not sweating in the kitchen.
Summer Slow Cooker Recipes: Main Dish
If you make any summer slow cooker recipes, you need to make pulled pork. The recipe from pinch of yum mixes bold flavors with grilled, sweet pineapple. It’s the perfect dish for a summer luau, or any get-together.
The easy recipe from Six Sisters’ Stuff is perfect for when you don’t feel like grilling out. Dump everything in the slow cooker, and enjoy some fun summer activities while your brats cook. Try topping off your brats with Southern style chow chow relish or whatever you like.
Give your regular old chicken a Greek twist with the recipe from Chef in Training. You’ll have juicy chicken sprinkled with feta cheese. Pair it with a Greek salad for a low-carb meal the whole family can enjoy.
These beef short ribs from eat, live, run fall right off the bone. After you brown the beef, throw everything in the slow cooker. You’ll be able to come home to a delicious meal after enjoying the summer weather.