If you’re looking for ridiculously easy summer slow cooker recipes, you’re in the right place! These recipes are all super simple to throw together and my family loves them. Use your crockpot during the warm months to keep your kitchen cool and spend more time enjoying the sunshine while dinner cooks away at home.
Don’t put away that crockpot just yet! Put it to use this summer to keep your kitchen cool and to create hands-off slow cooker meals that will allow you to play all day and still come home to a delicious, healthy, easy dinner.
To get you inspired, I’ve rounded up my favorite fresh, healthy real food summer slow cooker recipes!
summer is still slow cooker season
There’s no reason to miss out on the convenience & ease that comes with just throwing a bunch of real food ingredients into your crockpot and having more time to spend enjoying the sunshine. All you need to do is switch up the flavors a little bit!
These are simple, vibrant recipes that are inspired by farmer’s market produce & classic barbecue flavors.
Use these recipes on hot nights when you can’t stand to turn on the oven, busy weekends when you’re enjoying time outdoors, or for gatherings like barbecues & potlucks.
These recipes are great for weekly meal prep or whenever you need to feed a crowd simply & easily.
simple recipes that are fast & easy to make
All of these recipes have easy to find ingredients and simplified prep steps. They’re designed to help you make the most of fresh summer produce – like corn, basil, tomatoes, and fresh fruits – while it’s in season (and at it’s most affordable price).
There’s so many things my family & I love to cook in our crockpot, but here’s a few of our favorites we look forward to enjoying every summer:
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I’ve included some paleo friendly, whole 30 friendly, and vegetarian options too. Each recipe has simple adaptations and tips waiting for you, like ingredient swaps and making these meals kid-friendly.
I hope you’ll make these delicious slow cooker recipes soon! If you do, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me at @realfoodwholelife so I can see!
Soups & Stews
Ingredients: russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, broth, coconut milk, onion, garlic, white wine vinegar and other spices
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or thighs), chicken stock, zucchini, tomato sauce, leafy greens, onion, chili powder, cumin and other seasonings
Ingredients: chicken breast (or thigh), stock, quinoa, zucchini, corn, garlic, onion, carrots, chickpeas, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and other spices
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or thighs), baby potatoes, celery, cauliflower, onion, chicken stock, coconut milk, lemon juice, turmeric and other seasonings
Sides & Snacks
Looking for more recipes that use chickpeas? These 5-ingredient smokey maple roasted chickpeas are the perfect sweet-salty-crunchy combo to snack on.
Did you know you can use your crockpot to cook dried beans too? I'll show you how to do it in this recipe for slow cooker refried bean tacos (another great vegetarian dinner option).
Ingredients: fire-roasted tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, onion, smoked paprika.
Ingredients: frozen spinach, artichoke hearts, raw cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, mayo or veganaise
Looking for a quick grilled option instead? This balsamic grilled chicken with avocado cherry tomato salad has the easiest marinade & similar summer flavors.
Ingredients: chicken breasts or chicken thighs, gluten-free tamari, honey, grated ginger, canned crushed pineapple, tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder and salt.
I love pairing fresh fruit with chicken. If you're looking for another great combo, you can't go wrong with this smokey lime grilled chicken with 5-ingredient strawberry salsa!
Ingredients: chicken, onion, bell pepper, salsa, lime juice and salt
Ingredients: chicken breasts, chicken stock, potatoes, carrots, yogurt (traditional or plant-based), mayo, apple cider vinegar, and the easiest homemade ranch seasoning
Ingredients: pork loin roast (or pork shoulder), orange juice, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, and other seasonings
Rather cook a whole chicken? I'll show you how to make it happen in this recipe for slow cooker garlic balsamic whole chicken. It's easier than you'd think!
Another delicious way to use these refried beans is by making them into a tasty dip! This real food 7-layer dip is gluten-free & dairy-free. Just the thing to bring to your next potluck or get-together.
16 Easy Summer Slow Cooker Recipes, plus Peach Chicken with Basil
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
- 1 large white or yellow onion very thinly sliced
- ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 6 peaches no need to peel, sliced
- ¼ cup tightly packed basil leaves thinly sliced
- hot sauce to taste optional
- Place the sliced onions in the bottom of the slow cooker, 1 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, and vinegar. Stir in peach slices from 4 peaches, then nestle the chicken breasts into the mix making sure they’re covered with some of the peach-onion mixture. Do not add the basil—that goes in at the end.
- Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
- When ready to serve, turn off the heat, remove the chicken breasts, and stir in the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Stir to combine.
- Shred the chicken with two forks, then return to the slow cooker, stirring to combine.
- Top with the remaining sliced peaches and plenty of basil. Add hot sauce to taste and serve. Serve the shredded chicken over rice, greens, or on its own.
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