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19 Slow Cooker Recipes Perfect for Easy Summer Dinners

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The temps may be rising, but keep that slow cooker out, because summer time is actually a great time to use it! No need to heat up the kitchen, or you can start dinner earlier in the day and then have plenty of time to play, swim, or keep cool. You’ll love these light and bright summer slow cooker recipes that feature fresh flavors.

Pesto Chicken Thighs

Crockpot pesto chicken thighs on a bun with tomatoes.
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

You won’t believe how simple and easy this crockpot pesto chicken recipe is! Made with just chicken thighs and pesto (plus salt and pepper!), this chicken essentially cooks itself in the slow cooker, leaving you with pieces of chicken that have tons of flavor and are super juicy. 

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Wisconsin-Style Brats

Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

This easy meal is the perfect way to prep a classic summer meal for parties or summer gatherings. And once you try it, you’ll probably make it into the fall and winter as well, because it truly works in all seasons. These juicy brats take just 10 minutes to prep and then you can let the slow cooker take over and do the rest of the work.

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Chicken Burrito Bowls

slow cooker chicken burrito bowls 6
Photo credit: My Everyday Table.

These burrito bowls are an easy family dinner that take just 15 minutes to prep and is full of flavor! Serve the meal family style and let everyone create their own perfect meal.

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Salsa Chicken

plate with crispy cheesy chicken tacos
Photo credit: My Everyday Table.

This EASY crockpot chicken and salsa makes the best easy and healthy weeknight dinner. It’s made with just a handful of ingredients and can be prepped in 2 minutes. Simply season the chicken, top with salsa, and turn on your slow cooker. Then use crockpot salsa chicken in baked chicken tacos, burrito bowls, quesadillas, salads, and more.

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Shredded Buffalo Chicken

Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

With a few minutes of prep, you can let your slow cooker do all of the work. This shredded buffalo chicken recipe is made with just 4 simple ingredients and takes just 5 minutes prep. Serve in sandwiches, sliders, flatbread pizzas, and more.

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Root Beer Pulled Pork

Photo credit: Dish ‘n the Kitchen.

Serve up your next BBQ hit… from the slow cooker! Root Beer Pulled Pork is tender, fall-apart boneless pork shoulder in a tangy sauce featuring root beer, your favorite BBQ sauce, and a few extra seasonings. Pile this BBQ pulled pork high on soft hamburger buns with coleslaw and serve!

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Texas Beef Brisket

Photo credit: I heart eating.

Slow Cooker Texas Beef Brisket is a crock pot beef brisket recipe that makes juicy beef that’s perfect to pile onto sandwiches or as part of a BBQ spread.

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Peanut Chicken

Photo credit: Haute & Healthy Living.

This slow cooker peanut chicken is delicious served over noodles or rice and all of your favorite stir fry veggies. It’s easy to prepare and packed with bright and fresh flavor!

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Bruschetta Chicken

Photo credit: Two Pink Peonies.

This crockpot bruschetta chicken is so easy to make. It is perfect over pasta, zucchini noodles, or with a side of garlic bread!

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Baked Beans

Photo Credit: What a Girl Eats.

Cook up a big batch of slow cooker Boston baked beans for your next summer BBQ or party. They are perfect for feeding a crowd.

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Chicken Fajitas

Photo Credit: The Clean Eating Couple.

Learn how to make Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas! The best easy slow cooker chicken fajita recipe that everyone will love. Healthy and delicious!

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Hawaiian Pork Ribs

Photo credit: A Cedar Spoon.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Ribs are tender, fall-off-the-bone pork ribs. The Hawaiian sauce is sweet and tangy and a great addition to ribs. Garnish these with green onions and fresh pineapple and serve over coconut rice for the perfect meal.

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Honey Sriracha Chicken

Photo Credit: The Lazy Slow Cooker.

This slow cooker hot honey sriracha chicken is just plain amazing! Tender, juicy shredded chicken cooked in a sweet, spicy, and altogether lip-smacking sauce!

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Greek Lamb

Photo credit: Mrs. Jone’s Kitchen.

This slow cooker Greek lamb can be made with lamb shoulder or lamb leg, and is cooked with potatoes, garlic, lemon and herbs until it is meltingly tender and falls off the bone

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Summer Frittata

Photo Credit: Running to the Kitchen.
Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This slow cooker frittata is bursting with grated zucchini, sun dried tomatoes, basil and prosciutto then topped with a simple arugula salad. Great for a summer breakfast or dinner.

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Italian Beef

Photo Credit: XOXO Bella.

Slow cooker Italian beef is one of those dishes that, once you’ve tried it, you’ll want to make it again and again. Italian beef sandwiches served on toasted rolls or a hoagie bun are hearty, filling and truly delicious.

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Cashew Chicken

Photo Credit: XOXO Bella.

Sweet and spicy flavors unite in this slow cooker cashew chicken with snap peas dish. Although a lot of Chinese chicken recipes involve stir frying, this one uses a crockpot or slow cooker to make things easy and also helps intensify the wonderful flavors.

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Crab and Lobster Bisque

Photo Credit: XOXO Bella.

Not only is this slow cooker Key West crab and lobster bisque easy to make but it’s supremely satisfying too! Every mouthful of this crockpot seafood bisque boasts seafood flavors and a rich, creamy texture you will love.

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healthy slow cooker turkey french dip
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table.

Need a quick and healthy summer dinner? Try these slow cooker turkey French dips! They are a delicious and easy meal that take just 15 minutes to prep.

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