Summer crockpot recipes are the perfect way to save time and keep your kitchen cool during hot summer months. Instead of spending all your time in the kitchen, add these crockpot recipes to your menu and spend your summer lounging by the pool.
1. Pulled Pork with Peach Barbecue Sauce
Make use of an abundant summer fruit to make salsa for your pork loins or roast. Blanch the peaches and remove the pits, slice and sauté with onions, garlic, vinegar, sugar, and a dash of bourbon. Puree the mixture and combine with your favorite barbecue sauce. Place the pork in your slow cooker and pour in the peach barbecue sauce. Cook for 8 to 10 hours and shred the pork with two large forks. Serve with rolls or a side of your choosing.
2. Creamy Chicken Tacos
Preparing Mexican food couldn’t get easier than this recipe. Pop the chicken in the slow cooker and sprinkle on some taco seasoning. Add bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. Add plain cream cheese, or use a spicy version, and let it melt in the slow cooker for 10 minutes. Serve with tortillas and top with lettuce, tomatoes and cheddar cheese.
3. Chicken Teriyaki
Forget takeout and make this delightful dish for lunch or dinner. Place the chicken breasts in a single layer in your slow cooker. Top with teriyaki sauce and cook for 5 hours or until the chicken falls apart. Shred the chicken with a large fork. Thicken some teriyaki sauce on your stovetop before you toss in the chicken. Serve over brown rice or quinoa.
4. Citrus Salmon with Caramelized Onions and Carrots
Citrus salmon is a perfect dish if you’re planning to entertain during the summer. It’s tasty and simple, so you won’t have to spend all day preparing for your guests. Line the slow cooker with butter and olive oil, add onions and carrots, and leave to cook for six hours or until the vegetables caramelize. Arrange the salmon on top the vegetables and add slices of lemon and oranges. Cover and cook for 1 to 2 hours until the fish flakes. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice pilaf.
5. Potato Leek Soup
A slow cooker soup might not be an original idea, but this is a soup with a difference. Leeks, potatoes, carrots, garlic, croutons, celery stalks, vegetable broth, and heavy cream make a delicious and soothing combination for rainy summer days.
6. Vegetable-Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed peppers are a traditional Spanish cuisine that’s been adopted in various parts of the world. Since ovens tend to dry out the peppers, there’s no better way to cook them than in your slow cooker. You can stuff your peppers with a mixture of rice, tomatoes, sweet onions, corn, olives, and beans or you can go the traditional route and use ground meat. Whatever your choice of stuffing, slow cooker peppers make a tasty meal.
7. Corn on the Cob with Garlic Butter
Slow cooked corn on the cob is an interesting way to eat your corn this summer. Plus, it’s simple and easy to prepare and serve corn at your next backyard barbecue. Simply spread the garlic butter over the corn, sprinkle some salt, wrap in foil and cook in the slow cooker. The corn should be ready in 2 to 3 hours. Leave the corn in the foil so your guests can grab them and go.
8. Honey Crispy Chicken
Forget takeout. Honey crispy chicken made in your slow cooker tastes a lot better than the ones made at your favorite Chinese restaurant. Coat the chicken in cornstarch and brown slightly on the stovetop. Transfer to the slow cooker and pour in a mixture of honey, garlic, chicken broth, rice vinegar, salt, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. Leave for 6 to 7 hours until the chicken cooks thoroughly.
9. Slow Cooked Baked Beans
Who needs baked beans in a can when you can make your own at home? Bits of bacon and molasses add unexpected flavors to baked beans. Serve the beans as a side dish at your next cookout.
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10. Chocolate Swirl Cheese Cake
Slow cooker cheesecake eliminates the problem of your cheesecake cracking in the middle. Mix up your cheesecake as usual and place it in a water bath in the slow cooker. In 2 to 3 hours, you’ll have a perfect decadent treat.
Whether you’re making full entrées, side dishes, or dessert, your slow cooker is a time-saving tool that you should not neglect this summer.