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Dust off Your Crockpot: 10 Slow Cooker Recipes Perfect for Summer

Did you always think that the slow-cooker is only useful when it's cold? Think again with these ten amazing recipes! 

The slow-cooker is everyone’s best friend. It saves time, energy, and money! But, when it comes to using it, we tend to think of the slow-cooker as having a time stamp--fall through winter only! After all, why use a slow-cooker when you’ve got a grill? Well, we’re here to show you that the summer is a wonderful crockpot season as well! We’ve found our favorite summer slow-cooker recipes. Find your new favorite below!


Summer Vegetable Stew

image via Butter With a Side of Bread 

Take those summer veggies to the crockpot with this recipe from Butter With a Side of Bread. Packed with corn, potatoes, carrots, and zucchini, this recipe is perfect for those summer nights after a long day at the beach or park. Just because it’s warmer doesn’t mean you can’t have a hearty stew!



Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

image via Cooking Classy 

Chicken fajitas scream summer for me; they remind me of celebrating! Check out this easier slow-cooker version from Cooking Classy. Make it at your next dinner for a colorful show-stopper. It’s bursting with peppers and bright flavors like cilantro! Top them with guac and sour cream for a true Mexican delight!


Crock Pot Zucchini and Yellow Squash

image via Low Carb Yum

I love summer squash; they’re healthy and colorful, but still hearty enough to keep me fuller longer! Low Carb Yum is taking advantage of those in-season squash with this crockpot casserole. It’s deliciously seasoned, topped with yummy parmesan, and includes crushed pork rinds for even more decadent flavor!


Slow Cooker Light Berry Crisp

image via The Magical Slow Cooker 

I love recipes that I can customize for either breakfast or dessert, and this one from Sarah at The Magical Slow Cooker is no exception! It’s a deliciously light berry crisp topped with granola. The berries get smooth, warm, and juicy in that crock pot, and they taste delicious topped with granola and ice cream or whipped cream!


Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob

image via The Yummy Life

Corn on the cob doesn’t have to be exclusively grilled! The Yummy Life shows us how to steam it up in the slow cooker and avoid packing on that extra butter! Check out the 6 (yeah, SIX!) awesome flavor suggestions, plus the how-to for perfectly steamed, sweet corn on the cob. Pro tip: be sure to take off those husks for yummier results!


Summer Corn Chowder

image via Cooking Classy

If grilled corn isn’t your thing, try out Cooking Classy’s summer corn chowder. It’s sweet and savory, and includes one of the most important food categories--bacon. The honey gives it a deeper flavor, and the potatoes and cheese add to its heartiness. Serve it as an appetizer, or as a main course.


Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Slaw

image via Host the Toast

Hawaii and tacos--two of the most summery things to come to mind (at least, for me)! This recipe from Host the Toast puts the two together for the ultimate summer meal. The pineapple slaw gives a sweet tropical touch to the meal, and sriracha and barbecue sauce add a spicy kick! Give this recipe a try and it’s sure to be a hit!


Margarita Chicken Dip

image via Dip Recipe Creations

Dip Recipe Creations answered my prayers with this dip: the perfect accompaniment to my favorite summer cocktail! This margarita chicken dip is packed with cheese and topped with pico de gallo for perfect summer snacking indulgence! Serve it up with some margaritas and tortilla chips, and your guests will love it!


Ultimate Crockpot BBQ Baked Beans

image via Whole and Heavenly Oven 

Barbecued baked beans are the ultimate summer side dish. They’re perfect for easy meals and barbecues, and they’re a great way to get kids to eat their veggies! Check out this amazing slow-cooker version from Whole and Heavenly Oven; it makes baked beans even easier, and adds a delicious barbecue flavor!


Three-Ingredient Peach Cobbler

image via Prairie Gal Cookin 

You know we had to end on a delicious summer dessert! We’re not fans of baking during the summer, especially during the hottest months;  but, you can still have delicious warm desserts during the summer! This easy cobbler from Prairie Gal Cookin takes advantage of delicious summer peaches and creates a delicious, decadent cobbler!


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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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