Sensational Summer Slow-Cooker Recipes

The slow-cooker can be your best friend during those summer months. You can enjoy the weather with friends and family while the slow-cooker does all the work.

  • Fricassee of Chicken with Cream and Morel Mushrooms
    Christina Kim, Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Sara Neumeier

    Fricassee of Chicken with Mushrooms

    This recipe is full of fresh herbs and aromatics that are abundant and cheaper during the summer months.
  • Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
    Christina Kim, Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

    Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos

    Whether you're planning an easy dinner or a hearty snack, these tasty nachos feature simple ingredients that combine for bold flavor.
  • Lemon Poppy-Seed Cake
    Christina Kim, Photo: Anson Smart

    Slow-Cooker Lemon Poppy-Seed Cake

    Make 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.

  • <p>Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Bourbon-Peach Barbecue Sauce</p>
    Christina Kim

    Pulled Pork with Bourbon-Peach Sauce

    The 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 BLTs
    Christina Kim

    Melted-Tomato BLTs

    Upgrade your BLT with this must-try "roasted" tomato recipe. Your taste buds will thank you!
  • Slow-Cooker Green Chile Pork
    Christina Kim, Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: P.J. Mehaffey

    Slow-Cooker Green Chile Pork

    Make tonight Taco Night by preparing this flavorful pork and dishing it up alongside all the trimmings.
  • Beef Pot Roast with Turnip Greens
    Christina Kim, Photo: Nina Choi; Styling: Lisa Lee

    Beef Pot Roast with Turnip Greens

    This 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.
  • Slow-Cooker Veggie Chili
    Christina Kim, Jennifer Davick; Buffy Hargett; Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

    Slow-Cooker Veggie Chili

    We 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.
  • Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches
    Christina Kim

    Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches

    This 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 Olives
    Christina Kim, Christina Schmidhofer

    Glazed Carrots with Green Olives

    Here’s a simple side done in the slow-cooker that's perfect for your next outdoor gathering.
  • White Bean, Artichoke, and Chard Ragout
    Christina Kim, Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    White Bean, Artichoke, and Chard Ragout

    This 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 Tapioca
    Christina Kim, Photo: Oxmoor House

    Peaches 'n' Cream Tapioca

    Use fresh, gorgeously sweet peaches in this slow-cooker tapioca for a treat that the whole family will love.
  • Cheesy Grits with Shrimp
    Christina Kim

    Cheesy Grits with Shrimp

    A 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 Salmon
    Christina Kim, Photo: Kate Sears

    Poached Salmon

    Here’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 Beans
    Christina Kim, Photo: Antonis Achilleos

    Slow-Cooker Tuscan Beans

    We 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 Pudding
    Christina Kim, Photo: Kate Sears

    Cheesy Savory Bread Pudding

    Use 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 Nuts
    Christina Kim, Photo: Kate Sears

    Red Quinoa Pilaf with Tomato, Spinach and Pine Nuts

    This 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 Meatballs
    Christina Kim

    Tangy Asian Meatballs

    With a different and delicious Asian-style glaze, these meatballs are a great addition to any potluck meal, indoors or outdoors.
  • Turkey Stuffed Peppers
    Christina Kim, Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Lynn Miller

    Turkey Stuffed Peppers

    Use 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 Sauce
    Christina Kim, Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Elizabeth Blake

    Chicken with Peanut-Butter Barbecue Sauce

    Finishing 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 Tacos
    Christina Kim, Photo: Kan Kanbayashi

    Pulled-Pork Tacos

    Tacos 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.
  • Jalapeno and Lime Refried Beans
    Christina Kim, Photo: Andrew McCaul; Styling: Lynn Miller

    Jalapeño and Lime Refried Beans

    We 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 Fixings
    Christina Kim, Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller  

    Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos Al Pastor with All the Fixings

    Start 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 Pork
    Christina Kim, Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham  

    5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

    Five 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 Cob
    Christina Kim, Photo: Oxmoor House

    Peppered Corn on the Cob

    Have 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.
  • Slow-Cooker Recipe: Seafood Gumbo
    Christina Kim, Susie Cushner

    Seafood Gumbo

    Seafood gumbo is a perfect meal after a day on the beach. We love this slow-cooker version from Real Simple.
  • Slow-cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches
    Christina Kim, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Slow-cooked BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

    Serve this crowd-pleaser at your next backyard get-together. The tangy barbecued chicken pairs perfectly with the light and refreshing slaw.
  • Mamma Mia Italian Stew
    Christina Kim, Oxmoor House

    Mamma Mia Italian Stew

    We 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 Joes
    Christina Kim, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Slow-cooker Sloppy Joes

    Sloppy 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 George-Style Boiled Peanuts
    Christina Kim, Photo: Oxmoor House

    Sina's Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts

    This 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 Supper
    Christina Kim, Photo: Oxmoor House

    Provençale Chicken Supper

    We love this quintessential slow-cooker recipe any time of year. Just throw everything in and 8 hours later, dinner is ready.
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