30+ Easy Summer Slow Cooker Recipes
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, healthy and family friendly, too. 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
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.
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Soups & Stews
Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Corn Chowder (Dairy-Free)
Ingredients: russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, broth, coconut milk, onion, garlic, white wine vinegar and other spices
Crockpot Loaded Mexican Chicken Soup
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or thighs), chicken stock, zucchini, tomato sauce, leafy greens, onion, chili powder, cumin and other seasonings
Slow Cooker Chicken, Veggie, and Quinoa Stew
Ingredients: chicken breast (or thigh), stock, quinoa, zucchini, corn, garlic, onion, carrots, chickpeas, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and other spices
Instant Pot + Crockpot Sunshine Lemon Chicken Chowder
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or thighs), baby potatoes, celery, cauliflower, onion, chicken stock, coconut milk, lemon juice, turmeric and other seasonings
Slow Cooker Taco Soup
Ingredients: ground beef, black beans, pinto beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, diced green chilis, corn, chicken stock, lime juice, onion, olive oil, garlic powder, cumin, mild chili powder, smoked paprika and salt.
Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup
Ingredients: lean ground beef, onion, carrots, celery, tomato paste, chicken stock (or beef stock), olive oil, potatoes, red & yellow bell peppers, red wine vinegar, water, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and salt.
Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken
Ingredients: chicken breasts, tomato sauce, honey, molasses, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, apple cider vinegar and salt.
6-Ingredient Slow Cooker Enchilada Chicken
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or chicken thighs), onion, garlic powder, cumin, lime juice, tomato sauce, chili powder and salt.
Sides & Snacks
Slow Cooker Barbecue Chickpeas
Ingredients: chickpeas, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, kosher salt, tomato paste, maple syrup (or honey), molasses, apple cider vinegar, and water.
Easy-Prep Slow Cooker Baked Beans (Refined Sugar-Free)
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).
Slow Cooker 5-Ingredient Fire Roasted Marinara
Ingredients: fire-roasted tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, onion, smoked paprika.
Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free)
Ingredients: frozen spinach, artichoke hearts, raw cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, mayo or veganaise
The Best Dairy-Free Salsa Cheese Sauce
Ingredients: Russet potatoes, carrots, chicken or vegetable stock, cashews, nutritional yeast, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, chunky salsa, and salt.
Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
Ingredients: Russet potatoes, olive oil and salt.
Slow Cooker Potatoes
Ingredients: small potatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and salt.
Slow Cooker Carrots
Ingredients: carrots, butter, lemon zest, maple syrup and salt.
Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken with Tomatoes and Basil
Ingredients: chicken, roma or cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt.
Slow Cooker Tropical Pulled Chicken
Ingredients: chicken breasts or chicken thighs, gluten-free tamari, honey, grated ginger, canned crushed pineapple, tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder and salt.
Slow Cooker Peach Chicken with Basil
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or chicken thighs), onion, balsamic vinegar, peaches, basil, garlic powder and salt.
5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Fajita Salsa Chicken
Ingredients: chicken, onion, bell pepper, salsa, lime juice and salt
Healthy Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken & Veggies
Ingredients: chicken breasts, chicken stock, potatoes, carrots, yogurt (traditional or plant-based), mayo, apple cider vinegar, and the easiest homemade ranch seasoning
Slow Cooker Carnitas
Ingredients: pork loin roast (or pork shoulder), orange juice, lime juice, cumin, mild chili powder, garlic powder and salt.
Slow Cooker Citrus Chicken (Pollo Asado)
Ingredients: bone-in chicken thighs and legs, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, garlic, onion, honey (optional) and salt.
Slow Cooker Refried Bean Tacos
Ingredients: dry pinto beans, water, salt and any taco toppings you like.
Crockpot Sausage and Peppers
Ingredients: sweet Italian sausage, bell peppers, onions, and jarred marinara sauce.
Crock Pot Taco Meat
Ingredients: ground beef, salsa, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika, mild chili powder, and salt.
Mexican-Inspired Shredded Beef
Ingredients: boneless beef chuck-eye roast, onion, tomato paste, cumin, mild chili powder, smoked paprika, lime juice and salt.
Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce
Ingredients: ground beef, onion, olive oil, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, honey (optional) and salt.
Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs
Ingredients: ground chicken (or pork or turkey), green onion, garlic, ginger, coconut aminos, crushed pineapple, pineapple juice, honey, arrowroot powder (or corn starch), almond flour (or oat flour) and water.
Buffalo Turkey Meatballs
Ingredients: ground turkey, grated onion, almond flour (or oat flour), nutritional yeast, granulated garlic powder, cayenne pepper sauce, butter (traditional or dairy-free) and salt
Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes
Ingredients: ground turkey, tomato paste, ketchup, mustard, olive oil, garlic powder, onions, red bell peppers, water and salt.
Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Tacos
Ingredients: ground turkey, tomato sauce, olive oil, cumin, chili powder, granulated garlic powder, paprika and salt
Easy Crockpot Turkey Meatballs
Ingredients: ground turkey, marinara sauce, basil, spinach, onion, garlic powder, nutritional yeast and salt.
30+ 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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