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
And, since you can use fresh sweet corn or frozen, this easy dinner recipe is sure to become a family favorite any season of the year.
Wanna make this chowder in the pressure cooker? Try this recipe for instant pot creamy chicken corn chowder (it's also dairy free)!
Love Mexican-inspired dishes? You won't wanna miss this 6-ingredient slow cooker chicken taco chili, it comes together so quickly. Perfect for those busy weeks.
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).
This sauce would go great with homemade meatballs! If you need an easy recipe try these 5-ingredient free meatballs (they're egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free so everyone can enjoy them)
Turn this classic dip into a satisfying, protein-packed dinner by adding chicken! This instant pot spinach artichoke chicken is bound to become a new family-favorite.
Looking for a quick grilled option instead? This balsamic grilled chicken with avocado cherry tomato salad has the easiest marinade & similar summer flavors.
Here's another super simple chicken recipe! If you haven't made this instant pot peach chicken with basil yet, I highly suggest adding it to your list this season.
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!
If you're a fan of chop & drop crockpot recipes, make sure this 6-ingredient slow cooker enchilada chicken is on your list too! It's the perfect weeknight slow cooker meal.
Another foolproof crockpot recipe is this 5-ingredient slow cooker apple cider pulled chicken! Great anytime you're craving an easy dinner or need to feed a crowd.
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.
Let them shred the chicken with you in the kitchen. Helping with the prep may inspire them to try something new.
Set aside and serve them some plain shredded chicken prior to adding the rest back to the sauce in the slow cooker.
Serve the basil on the side.
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