The slow-cooker can be your best friend during the summer months. Enjoy the weather with friends and family while the slow-cooker does all the work for you. With great dinner recipes like tender and juicy pork, sandwiches, and even desserts, you can easily reap all of the benefits of this great kitchen appliance with just a few simple ingredients.
Slow-Cooker Beef NachosWhether you're planning an easy dinner or a hearty snack, these tasty nachos feature simple ingredients that combine for bold flavor.
Pulled Pork with Bourbon-Peach SauceThe name of this barbecue sauce says it all. If that doesn't sound like summer in a dish, we don't know what does!
Melted-Tomato BLTsUpgrade your BLT with this must-try "roasted" tomato recipe. Your taste buds will thank you!
Slow-Cooker Green Chile PorkMake tonight Taco Night by preparing this flavorful pork and dishing it up alongside all the trimmings.
Slow-Cooker Veggie ChiliWe normally reserve chili for warming our bones in the winter, but this version that calls for lots of summer produce, like zucchini and yellow squash, is too good for just one season. We also love adding fresh corn kernels instead of frozen for a bit of sweet summer goodness.
Slow-Cooker Lemon Poppy-Seed CakeMake this easy cake in your slow-cooker for your next backyard BBQ or garden party. Fresh lemon juice and zest give the cake a brightness that will rival the summer sun.
Fricassee of Chicken with MushroomsThis recipe is full of fresh herbs and aromatics that are abundant and cheaper during the summer months.
Beef Pot Roast with Turnip GreensThis recipe calls for veggies and herbs you can find at your local famers market or maybe have growing in your own backyard, like parsnips, turnip greens, thyme, and parsley.
Sausage and Pepper SandwichesThis recipe is great for all those gorgeous bell peppers you see around this time of year but have no idea what to do with. It’s also an easy lunch that everyone will enjoy.
Glazed Carrots with Green OlivesHere’s a simple side done in the slow-cooker that's perfect for your next outdoor gathering.
White Bean, Artichoke, and Chard RagoutThis recipe calls for lots of great produce like leeks, Swiss chard, carrots, bell peppers, fennel, and lemon. Plus, it’s hearty, delicious, and good for you!
Peaches 'n' Cream TapiocaUse fresh, gorgeously sweet peaches in this slow-cooker tapioca for a treat that the whole family will love.
Cheesy Grits with ShrimpA Southern favorite is made simpler in the slow cooker. Grits are slow-cooked for 6 hours, and then topped with cream, Cheddar cheese, and hot sauce. Tender, quick-cooking shrimp are the final touch, making this one meal you won't soon forget.
Poached SalmonHere’s a unique take on salmon that is a perfect light summer dish. Serve with steamed veggies or try it on top of your favorite salad.
Slow-Cooker Tuscan BeansWe like this easy side that calls for just four ingredients. It’ll be a nice change from the standard baked beans at your next BBQ.
Cheesy Savory Bread PuddingUse just-picked tomatoes still warm from the vine if you have them in this savory bread pudding. We love serving this at brunch, just remember it takes at least 3 hours in the slow-cooker.
Red Quinoa Pilaf with Tomato, Spinach and Pine NutsThis is a great recipe for all those tantalizingly tasty tomatoes you see during this time of year. It’s also packed full of nutritious ingredients like fresh baby spinach and red quinoa.
Tangy Asian MeatballsWith a different and delicious Asian-style glaze, these meatballs are a great addition to any potluck meal, indoors or outdoors.
Turkey Stuffed PeppersUse those beautiful bell peppers and that fresh basil you have growing in your backyard or find at the farmers market in this light and fun summer dish. Add a mixed green salad, and it’s a perfect, easy meal.
Chicken with Peanut-Butter Barbecue SauceFinishing chicken in a slow cooker helps it to be moist and flavorful, not dried out and tough. This barbecue sauce might just be your new favorite recipe.
Pulled-Pork TacosTacos are always a great summer meal you can eat with your hands. In this recipe, your pork gets perfectly tender and shreddable in the slow cooker.
Jalapeño and Lime Refried BeansWe like this zesty, south-of-the-border side dish for picnics and outdoor get-togethers. Top with queso fresco and fresh cilantro for something truly special.
Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos Al Pastor with All the FixingsStart by slow-cooking pork shoulder in an aromatic bath of pineapple, beer (try a floral, spiced white ale like Hoegaarden or Blue Moon), and canned chipotles in adobo. Then shred the meat and set out a taco bar full of fresh flavors, bright colors, and crunchy textures. You can't go wrong here. We like bowls of crumbled cheeses, sliced radishes, chopped onions, avocado, shredded cabbage, and plenty of fresh cilantro.
5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled PorkFive ingredients and a few minutes of prep are all you need to prepare this delicious BBQ dinner for friends and family.
Peppered Corn on the CobHave fun with fresh corn in this unique twist on corn on the cob. You’ll love the subtle heat from jalapeno, and we all know everything is better with bacon.
Seafood GumboSeafood gumbo is a perfect meal after a day on the beach. We love this slow-cooker version from Real Simple.
Slow-cooked BBQ Chicken SandwichesServe this crowd-pleaser at your next backyard get-together. The tangy barbecued chicken pairs perfectly with the light and refreshing slaw.
Mamma Mia Italian StewWe love this stew because we can pack in all our favorite summer produce and just leave it to do it’s thing while we do ours. A cool summer night and a glass of wine, and we are in heaven.
Slow-cooker Sloppy JoesSloppy Joes are great during the summer because you can just send the kids outside to eat and not have to worry about the mess. Spend a few hours at the pool while this recipe cooks and come back to an easy lunch or dinner.
Sina's Georgia-Style Boiled PeanutsThis salty snack couldn’t be simpler or tastier. It calls for just three ingredients and pairs perfectly with those small-batch summer ales from local breweries.
Provençale Chicken SupperWe love this quintessential slow-cooker recipe any time of year. Just throw everything in and 8 hours later, dinner is ready.