Summer slow-cooker meals you need in your life!


When it’s 90 degrees (and counting!) outside, the last thing we want to do is turn on the oven or stove. Below you’ll find a whole bunch of slow cooker recipes suitable for summer noshing, from meaty main courses to lighter, plant-based meals .. and don’t forget delectable desserts with seasonal fruits!

1. Easy BBQ Ribs

Savory, tender, juicy, and slow-cooked to perfection, this dish is finger-licking good.

2. Enchilada Quinoa Bake

All the Tex Mex flavors paired with nutritious quinoa and protein packed black and pinto beans. This is a perfectly hearty and filling meal and it’s so flavorful you wouldn’t believe it was vegetarian!

3. Mac & Cheese

Slow and steady wins the Mac race!

4. Beef Tacos

Throw a beef chuck roast, an onion, and some spices in the slow-cooker before you head out for work,  and come home to a Tex-Mex masterpiece.

5. Barley & Chickpea Risotto

Slow-cooked grains packed with chickpeas, cauliflower and vegetables … let your slow cooker do the rest!

6. Coriander-Coconut-Braised Ribs

These succulent, spiced ribs are sure to make their way into your most-requested recipes repertoire. Simmering low and slow in coconut milk and a rich combination of aromatics allows these pork ribs to cook to tender, flavorful perfection.

7. Quinoa Black Bean Crockpot Stuffed Peppers

These peppers topped with cilantro, cheese, sour cream and avocado are making Monday dinners everywhere just a little more wonderful.

8. Chicken Thighs

Not mad at all about how easy these are.

9. Slow Cooker Peach Crumble

Mixing the topping with the peaches and simmering gently in the slow cooker, rather than baking, yields something rustic and relaxed, with an almost caramelized complexity. In a different era, this could have had a romanticized life on a ranch, simmered in a Dutch oven over a campfire, a special treat after a long day’s work.

10. Spicy-Sweet Ribs and Beans

Here we broil the ribs for extra flavor before adding them to the pot. Serve with cornbread and a simple green salad with creamy Italian or ranch dressing.

11. Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches

Low and slow is how this slow-cooker barbecue chicken gets its flavor. Make a real statement by serving the shredded chicken over cornbread and topping with pickled peppers and slaw.

12. Vegetarian Baked Beans

No bacon necessary! This meatless baked bean recipe makes a tender, tasty, barbecue-worthy side that the meat-eaters will love, too.

13. Ratatouille

The colorful spectrum of summer vegetables can be slow-cooked until meltingly tender and sweet — and Ratatouille, the classic French vegetable stew, is a perfect candidate for this hands-off cooking method.

14. Black Bean Enchiladas

This dish might not win any beauty contests, but we’ll say this: it's seriously good. The tortillas get soft and chewy during cooking, absorbing some of the salsa and becoming the perfect vehicle for beans, corns, and lots of melted cheese.

15. Chili Mac n Cheese

Put in a little bit of prep in the morning, come home to an insanely delish dinner.

16. Slow-Cooker Dal

This version of dal, made with a hearty foundation of tender split red lentils, greets you with the aroma of a warm medley of spices like cumin, mustard, and fennel when you open the lid.

17. Sweet Potato Chickpea Chili

This smoky chipotle chili with a squeeze of lime is an easy (and vegan!) weeknight dinner.

18. Slow Cooker Veggie Omelette

Get your day started right with a delicious and simple breakfast omelette cooked in the crock pot. Place all ingredients in the Slow Cooker and fuhgeddaboudit!

19. Brown Sugar Pork Chops with Peach Barbecue Sauce

The brown sugar marinade caramelizes beautifully on the pork chops when you grill them, and the peach barbecue sauce with fragrant fresh ginger is a perfect match.

20. Cuban Sandwich

Perfect pork layered with ham, Swiss cheese and mustard. One bite and you’ll understand why it’s a classic!

21. Slow Cooker 7 Layer Bean Dip

Make this dip your own! The only real prep work in this Slow Cooker 7-Layer Bean Dip is browning the meat and shredding cheese … assembling the dip after those tasks are done takes just minutes.

22. Slow Cooker Berry Cobbler

This colorful cobbler is very juicy, and the sweetened berry "sauce" is so delicious it's worth spooning up.

23. Curried Eggplant and Zucchini

Eggplant and zucchini slow cooked in a creamy tomato sauce with Indian spices. Serve with cauliflower rice for a flavorful vegan and gluten-free meal!