25+ Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

This collection of Summer Crock Pot Recipes features all the best main dishes and sides that will spare you from heating up the kitchen during the warm summer months!

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Tips for Summer Crock Pot Recipes

The crock pot is a cook’s best friend for many reasons. For the purposes of this post, a huge bonus to crock pot cooking is not having to use your oven in the heat of the summer!! This is especially important for me in Arizona as it already costs an arm and a leg to keep the house cool without the added heat of the oven. That’s enough to sell me on a crock pot meal. 

Before I get to some of our favorite crock pot dishes I just wanted to share a few general crock pot cooking tips: 

  • Use the right size pot: The ingredients should fill between ½ and ⅔ of the pot. 
  • Go Cheap: In this case inexpensive cuts of meat are often high in fat and connective tissue which will result in moist tender fall of the bone meat. 
  • Plan ahead: make sure you have all your ingredients prepped the night before so that you have to do is toss it in.
  • Never use frozen meat in a crock pot.
  • Preheating your crock pot for about 20 minutes while you prep your ingredients helps get things cooking faster.
  • Brown your meat in a sauté pan first. You’ll end up with a richer flavor that can’t be achieved by slow-cooking alone 
  • Keep a lid on it! Every time the lid is opened heat escapes slowing the cooking process. It takes 20-30 minutes for the pot to return to the right temp. 
  • Use a crock pot liner for easy clean up, or coat the inside with cooking spray.
  • On many pots the High temp is 280°F and the low temp is 170°F. Cooking on high for 1 hour is about the same as cooking on low for 2 hours.
  • Add fresh herbs at the end to keep their flavors bright and fresh.

Main Dishes

Crock Pot Main Dishes

Here are some of our favorite dinner ideas (all made in the slow cooker) that we especially love to make in the summer time.

Main Course How to Cook Hot Dogs in Crock Pot
The easiest way to make hot dogs for a crowd! Cook hot dogs in the crock pot for all of your summer potluck needs.
Total Time: 2 hours 2 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Main Course Kalua Pork Recipe
This Slow Cooker Kalua Pork is a classic Hawaiian favorite made easily in your slow cooker with just a few ingredients. Eat it on it's own, or in tacos or sliders.
Total Time: 9 hours 5 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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Main Course Best Slow Cooker Pork Chops
These Simple and delicious Slow Cooker Pork Chops are sure to become a family favorite. They are so tender and juicy and are topped with an amazing gravy that we love to serve over the chops and mashed potatoes!
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Main Course Sweet Pork Barbacoa Recipe
Sweet Pork Barbacoa is the best slow cooker pulled pork recipe you will ever try. Better than Cafe Rio—you better make a double batch!
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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Main Course Crock Pot Brisket Recipe
Juicy and delicious meat, easily made in your slow cooker! This crock pot brisket is so tender it just falls apart.
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Main Course Crock Pot Veggie and Chicken Recipe
Crock Pot Veggies and Chicken recipe which is a new family favorite. It's so simple and filled with your favorite veggies, pineapple and chicken!
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
Appetizer Crockpot Meatball Recipe
These crockpot meatballs are full of so much flavor, and perfect for parties. Best of all, they only require 5 minutes of prep work!
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 24 votes
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Main Course Crockpot Ranch Chicken Recipe
You'll love how simple, yet flavorful, this delicious chicken is. Made entirely in the crockpot, creamy ranch chicken is perfect on its own or served over rice.
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
4.72 from 7 votes
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Main Course Crock Pot Ribs Recipe
Juicy BBQ ribs cooked in the crock pot is the best and easiest dinner idea! Great for a small family, big family, or cooking for a crowd!
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Main Course Crock Pot Spaghetti Recipe
We make this yummy crock pot spaghetti all the time! Buttery noodles topped with a flavorful meaty sauce—DELISH!
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Main Course Crock Pot Pork Roast Recipe
Prepare to be amazed by this ultra tender, fall off the bone crock pot pork roast. It only takes a handful of ingredients to make, including the complimentary gravy.
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Main Course Carnitas Tacos Recipe
Tender pulled pork makes up these delicious carnitas tacos! These tacos are super flavorful and really easy to make for dinner with the help of a crock pot.
Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Main Course Pork Tacos Recipe
Pork tacos made simple using slow cooker pork and all of your favorite taco toppings! These tacos are flavorful, easy to make, and a big crowd pleaser.
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Main Course Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
Hot and cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas to feed your family any day of the week! So easy to throw all the ingredients in and let the crock pot do the work for you.
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Main Course Crockpot Lasagna Recipe
Classic Lasagna made in the slow cooker! This delicious crock pot recipe has all the layers of noodles, cheese, sauce and meat that everyone loves but made more simply.
4.92 from 12 votes
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Main Course Cafe Rio Chicken Recipe
Copycat Cafe Rio Shredded Chicken - a simple and delicious chicken recipe that is perfect for salads, burritos, quesadillas and tacos!
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
5 from 30 votes
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Main Course Beef Stroganoff Recipe
This Easy Beef Stroganoff recipe is simple and flavorful. Served with egg noodles, this creamy stroganoff made in the slow cooker is a classic Sunday dinner recipe and is perfect to enjoy any night of the week.
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Side Dishes

Crock Pot Sides

Can’t forget the sides too! Cook up some of these easy, delicious sides in the slow cooker to go with any of your favorite meals.

Side Dish Crockpot Mashed Potatoes Recipe
These cheesy garlic Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to any meal, and so incredibly easy to make. They're creamy, smooth and savory, and the cheese adds so much delicious flavor.
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Main Course, Side Dish Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe
The crock pot takes all the guess work out of baked potatoes. Simply prep and wrap your potatoes, throw them in the crock pot, and they come out perfectly ready to be topped with all your favorite fixings!
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
4.8 from 10 votes
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Main Course Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes Recipe
Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes are the perfect easy side dish to your next family dinner. Just dump, cook, and enjoy some cheesy tender potatoes for your next meal or holiday gathering
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Main Course Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe
Everyone loves a good slow cooker recipe, and this Crock Pot Mac and Cheese is so simple, cheesy and delicious. With loads of cheese, butter, and sour cream it's hard not to love this creamy macaroni and cheese recipe.
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
4.93 from 38 votes
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Side Dish Crock Pot Creamed Corn Recipe
A big holiday dinner wouldn't be complete without rich flavorful creamed corn! It's creamy, buttery, and cheesy. Everyone's favorite holiday side dish!
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Side Dish Homemade Baked Beans Recipe
This Homemade Baked Beans recipe is a must-have at all of our BBQ's.  It's such a simple and easy recipe, requires only FIVE ingredients, and cooks in the crock pot. 
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
4.92 from 12 votes
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Side Dish Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes - these creamy potatoes are a perfect side dish to just about any meal! You only need a few simple ingredients, and your crock pot does all the work.
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
4.93 from 13 votes
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Side Dish Crock Pot Rice Recipe
No need for a rice cooker when you have a crock pot in your cupboard! Follow our recipe for crock pot rice—it's the easiest method!
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Side Dish Pinto Beans Crock Pot Recipe
Nutrient rich pinto beans cooked to perfection. These make a great meal or a tasty side dish to any of your Mexican dishes.
Total Time: 12 hours
5 from 7 votes
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