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This collection of summer crockpot 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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Collage of summer crockpot recipes.

Love a Good Summer Recipe!

The crock pot is a cook’s best friend and summer staple for many reasons! It gets hot here in Arizona summers and not having to heat the kitchen up for dinner is a HUGE plus.

These summer crockpot recipes are perfect for starting in the morning so you can spend the rest of the day playing – or in our case, swimming!

Why we love these recipes:

  • Set it and forget it. Whether working or playing, you’ll return home to a ready and warm summer dinner.
  • Complete a meal. We’ve included both main dishes and side dishes to help round out your dinners!
  • Keeping a cool kitchen. Keep the house cool, and the AC bill low!
  • Crockpot tips. Achieve a perfect recipe every time with our go-to tips for using a slow cooker.
Slow cooker kalua pork served on a white plate with macaroni salad.

Tips for Summer Crock Pot Recipes

  • Use the right size pot. The ingredients should fill between ½ and ⅔ of the pot. 
  • Go cheap. Inexpensive cuts of meat are often high in fat and connective tissue for a moist tender fall off the bone meat. 
  • Fresh, never frozen. Never use frozen meat in a crock pot.
  • Preheat. Preheating the crock pot for about 20 minutes while you prep your ingredients helps get things to start cooking more quickly.
  • Sauté. Brown your meat in a sauté pan first for a richer flavor.
  • 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 temperature. 
  • Liner. Use a crock pot liner for easy clean up, or coat the inside with cooking spray.
  • Temperature. On many slow cookers, 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.
  • Don’t overcook. Even though the crock pot can be left alone without a lot of attention, you do have to make sure that it doesn’t overcook the food inside. Once the food is done, simply turn the setting to warm until you’re ready to serve.

Top Summer Crockpot Meals

I don’t typically serve soup and Chili in the summer, but that doesn’t mean I forgo all warm meals. Using the crock pot will help put a hot dinner on the table without making you sweat in the process.

These are our favorite easy summer dinner recipes that we enjoy all season long!

1 Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

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2 Hot Dogs in Crock Pot

Main Course Hot Dogs in Crock Pot
Total Time: 2 hours 2 minutes
5 from 36 votes
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3 Crockpot Spaghetti

Main Course Crockpot Spaghetti
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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4 Sweet Pork Barbacoa Recipe

Main Course Sweet Pork Barbacoa Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 23 votes
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5 Kalua Pork Recipe

Main Course Kalua Pork Recipe
Total Time: 9 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 81 votes
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6 Carnitas Recipe

Main Course Carnitas Recipe
Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes

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5 from 8 votes
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7 Pulled Pork Recipe

Main Course Pulled Pork Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

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4.98 from 45 votes
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8 CrockPot Taco Soup Recipe

Soup CrockPot Taco Soup Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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9 Crock Pot Pot Roast

Main Course Crock Pot Pot Roast
Total Time: 7 hours 5 minutes

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4.99 from 118 votes
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10 Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Main Course Beef Stroganoff Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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More Crock Pot Meals for Summer

Summer is often a time for grilled dinners! We love to cook shrimp skewers, salmon, or steak but don’t rule out meat in a crockpot. Pulled pork and ribs can easily be cooked in a slow cooker, along with these main dish favorites!

A favorite is to cook up carnitas and whip out a blender for some fresh Salsa! Or make Pico de Gallo, grab some tomatoes and cilantro from the garden, garlic, red onions, and a bit of lime, and enjoy!

11 Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Recipe

Main Course Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 42 votes
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12 Best Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Main Course Best Slow Cooker Pork Chops
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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13 Crockpot Roast Chicken Recipe

Main Course Crockpot Roast Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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14 Crock Pot Ribs Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Ribs Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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15 Crock Pot Brisket Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Brisket Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 303 votes
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16 Crock Pot Pork Roast

Main Course Crock Pot Pork Roast
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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17 Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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4.87 from 45 votes
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18 Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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19 Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes

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4.98 from 41 votes
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20 Crockpot Lasagna Recipe

Main Course Crockpot Lasagna Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 55 minutes

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4.92 from 12 votes
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21 Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos Recipe

Main Course Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos Recipe
Total Time: 7 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 13 votes
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22 Slow Cooker Barbacoa Recipe

Main Course Slow Cooker Barbacoa Recipe
Total Time: 7 hours 5 minutes
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23 Crockpot Ham Recipe

Main Course Crockpot Ham Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

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5 from 41 votes
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24 Cafe Rio Chicken Recipe

Main Course Cafe Rio Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
5 from 108 votes
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25 Crock Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots

Main Course Crock Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 320 votes
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26 Crack Chicken Recipe

Main Course Crack Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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27 French Dip Sandwich Recipe

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Main Course French Dip Sandwich Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 45 minutes
4.94 from 15 votes
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28 Crockpot Ranch Chicken

Main Course Crockpot Ranch Chicken
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
4.75 from 8 votes
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29 Carnitas Tacos

Main Course Carnitas Tacos
Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes

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5 from 9 votes
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30 Crockpot Tortellini Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Crockpot Tortellini Soup Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

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4.97 from 215 votes
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Crockpot Sides

Side dishes for us often include summer vegetables. We grow veggies in our garden (zucchini, bell pepper, and tomatoes being favorites).

A crockpot is a great way to keep sides like veggies, beans, or even Tortillas warm.

Summer side dishes are perfect for weeknight dinner or to pair with favorite meats cooked on the grill. Cook up some of these easy, delicious sides in the slow cooker to go with any of your favorite easy summer dinner ideas.

31 Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe

Main Course, Side Dish Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
4.89 from 17 votes
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32 Crockpot Spanish Rice Recipe

Side Dish Crockpot Spanish Rice Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
5 from 111 votes
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33 Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Cheesy Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 367 votes
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34 Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

Side Dish Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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35 Slow Cooker Creamed Corn Recipe

Side Dish Slow Cooker Creamed Corn Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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36 Baked Beans Recipe

Side Dish Baked Beans Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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4.98 from 41 votes
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37 Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 181 votes
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38 How to Cook Rice in a Crock Pot

Side Dish How to Cook Rice in a Crock Pot
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 14 votes
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39 Crock Pot Pinto Beans Recipe

Side Dish Crock Pot Pinto Beans Recipe
Total Time: 12 hours

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5 from 45 votes
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40 Crockpot Green Beans Recipe

Side Dish Crockpot Green Beans Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
4.92 from 12 votes
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A Creamy Kid-PLeaser

Everyone loves a good slow cooker recipe, and this Crock Pot Mac and Cheese is so simple, cheesy, and delicious!

If your family is like mine and could eat Homemade Mac & Cheese every night of the week, then you’ve gotta try this super easy slow cooker version!

Here is the recipe:

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35+ Summer Crockpot Recipes

By: Lil’ Luna
This collection of summer crockpot recipes features all the best main dishes and sides that will spare you from heating up the kitchen during the warm summer months!
Servings: 8
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • cups grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 (10.75 ounce can) condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • pepper

Instructions 

  • Cook Macaroni in rapidly boiling water for 6 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Mix butter and cheese in a medium pan until cheese melts. Stir in sour cream, soup, salt, milk and pepper until well combined.
  • Turn crockpot onto low setting. Add entire mixture and macaroni into the crock pot. Stir until combined. Cook on low for 2 hours and stir periodically.

Notes

STORE. Store leftover slow cooker Mac and Cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
The key is to reheat slowly on low heat. Adding in a bit more milk can help smooth out the texture. You can reheat in the slow cooker, covered in the oven, stovetop, or microwave.
Note: Discard Crockpot Pot Mac and Cheese if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
FREEZE. This pasta dish can be frozen for 2-3 months. When you’re ready to use, thaw it in the fridge and reheat slowly over low heat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 405kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 658mg, Potassium: 359mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 836IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 324mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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We love using our crockpot for easy summer dinner recipes that won’t heat the whole house while they’re cooking. The list above has some of our most favorite and most requested recipes that we love to make all year long! We’d love to know which ones you’ve tried too!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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6 Comments

  1. Loved the recipes on this list! I’ve tried the pork chops and loved it, next on my list are tacos! Thanks so much for this amazing list of slow cooker recipes.

  2. I forgot all the different types of dishes my mom used to make in the crockpot until I scrolled through this post! thank you so much for sharing!

  3. There are so many great tips and recipes here that I can’t wait to make all summer long! I love using my crockpot, especially during summer months when I’d rather spend time outside than over the stove!

  4. I didn’t know some of these foods- mostly the sides- could be made in a slow cooker. Im anxious to give them a try.

  5. I love this list!! I do not want to turn the oven on during the summer, so these are perfect! I love the slow cooker mac & cheese!

  6. Some of my most favorite summertime recipes are on this site. Great recipes for the hot dreaded time of the year. All family favorites!