These 31 fast to pull together slow cooker recipe ideas for chicken, meat, seafood, and vegetables are the secret to easy summer cooking.
For many of us, pulling out the slow cooker for cozy, warming, winter meals is as natural a thing to do as heating up the grill for summer burgers, brats, chicken and fish.
Ah, but alas! You may be missing out on one of the most advantageous qualities of the beloved slow cooker, the fact that this kitchen appliance can actually be your secret weapon in summer, too.
So pack up the sunscreen and head to the pool or out for a hike, because just like in winter, summer is the perfect season to put your slow cooker to work for you.
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This recipe is simple. No herbs, no broth and no need for corn starch for thickening and it’s all made in the slow cooker. It all starts in the oven with a roast of fresh tomatillos, chiles, onions and garlic for a slow cooked bite of Mexican heaven.
July 2: Faux-Rotisserie Chicken Two Ways
This is one of those ultimately easy dinner recipes that takes a summer staple and plops it in the crock pot for a super delicious, juicy chicken thanks to a whole lot of herbs, some garlic, and a bit of lemon and that is it.
July 3: Slow Cooker Banh Mi Rice Bowls
This recipe keeps all the classic fresh Vietnamese flavors but scraps the bread in favor brown rice (or use any grain) in a slim remake with the tender meat made in the slow cooker.
July 4: Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs
Dinner Then Dessert
These ribs cook in the slow cooker without the bbq sauce making them juicy and fall off the bone, with the sauce then added just before broiling for a caramelized rib everyone will lick their fingers for.
Running to the Kitchen
Summer meal prep doesn’t get easier than this flavorful bowl with slow cooked Mexican beef over a black bean and cilantro rice blend that can be eaten all week long.
How Sweet It Is
Fresh cherries make this chipotle sauced pulled pork sandwich the only thing you’ll want to stuff between those fluffy brioche buns.
July 7: Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
BBQ chicken that falls off the bone has the slow cooker to thank for this summer time classic.
Tender slow cooked chicken in a peanut butter flavored sauce tops high-protein purple rice for a healthy meal that will stick with you all day long.
This soup lets it Italian flavors shine, with plenty of girth to fill up growling stomachs with a little extra flavor bump with a dollop of creamy herb-enhanced cheese that decadently melts right in.
Summer zucchini gets a spiralized twirl for a healthy and totally flavorful meal that’s one of my favorite ways to soak up mama mia’s bolognese.
July 11: Slow Cooker Chicken and Corn Chowder
Baked by Rachel
Fresh corn cut from the cob easily subs for canned to make this simple chicken and corn soup, add jalapeño if you’re craving a spicy slurp.
July 12: Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
A great BBQ chicken recipe can be the base for so many other meals. Shred it up and load it on.
Pinch of Yum
Peppers of every color of the rainbow are the base to this healthified protein-loaded meal that puts healthy eating at the top of this crock-pot recipe list.
Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
The mango salsa brightens up this slow cooked, low carb chicken wrap situation, with every tender shredded chicken bite.
July 15: Slow Cooker Reuben Sandwich
My favorite reuben sandwich gets its start from slow cooked corned beef in a bath of beer with a topping of sauerkraut and melty swiss cheese for one of the tenderest reubens you’ll ever sink your teeth into.
Honey and Birch
Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are where this slow cooker Mexican flavored chicken gets its start, but the grand finalé lettuce cups has us wrapped around it’s finger.
365 Days of Slow Cooking
This pork bowl comes out of the crock pot fork tender with a chili garlic and secret ingredient sauce that’s added to shredded cabbage, quinoa, diced green onions and finally topped with a drizzle of sriracha to make a beautiful and delicious summer meal.
July 18: Crock Pot Cuban Pork Tacos with Fried Plantains
Gluten-free and full of flavor, the simple marinade makes this crock pot cuban meal totally bananas.
July 19: Hot and Sweet Orange Pulled Pork
Whole 30-approved, Instant Pot-ready, this pulled pork recipe is ready for one big Asian-inspired salad bowl or paleo-friendly tortilla.
An all-in-one bowl of summer, this slow cooker green chile dinner gets a creamy topping of everyone’s favorite: avocado!
July 21: Slow Cooker Poached Salmon
This is proof positive you CAN make a great fish in the crockpot, Just add a splash of wine and set it and forget it.
July 22: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Gyro Bowls
Oregano and garlic rub down the pork shoulder that then stews in the crock for 8 hours that pulls apart and pairs with all the classic gyro flavors for a bowl that’ll leave you screaming, “Opa!”
July 23: Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas
Traditionally, the secret to carnitas is frying the meat in lard, but this recipe kicks that fat to the curb and uses a marinade in the slow cooker to create that classic carnitas flavor instead.
July 24: Slow Cooker Bahn Mi Sandwich
What makes this slow cooked sandwich special is Its fusion of flavors, the influence of French and Vietnamese, and the gorgeous toppings that transform it from plain Jane bread and pork to something spectacular.
July 25: Slow Cooker Tacos al Pastor
Gimme Some Oven
Pineapple is the secret ingredient that makes these slow cooked pork tacos an always beloved favorite.
July 26: Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Sliders
Chuck roast is a great meat for the slow cooker, where the slow cooking time breaks down the fat to make a juicy and delicious bite every single time.
July 27: Slow Cooker Asian Pork Ribs
They may not possess a smoke ring or have that charbroiled flavor, but with a sauce as good as this, you’ll never miss the fire.
This easy recipe takes about 5 minutes to pull together for the slow cooking of the flank steak, with fresh flavors that are ready to eat, no fork required.
Food Faith Fitness
When dinner is this veg-heavy, this healthy, and made in the slow cooker, you know even before the first bite that it’s a delicious winner.
July 30: Slow Cooker Seafood Stew
Slow Cooker Gourmet
Shrimp, clams, crab, and so many other options from the ocean, this is one stew you are definitely going to want to “sea.”
July 31: Slow Cooker Creme Brûlée
Dessert for Two
What do you know? The slow cooker cooks the creme brûlée even more evenly than the oven–finishing off this month of recipes with the sweetest bite.
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