For delicious, make-ahead, summertime meals, nothing beats a slow cooker. It's the only tool you'll need to transform simple ingredients and lean cuts of meat into filling, flavorful dishes.
Looking for a way to serve your family slow-simmered goodness without spending hours over the cooktop? Our collection of summer
slow-cooker recipes uses fresh produce and ingredients for delicious dishes, which highlight the vibrant flavors of the season.
First up are our Pulled Chicken Sandwiches. You already love pulled chicken, so why not try it in a slow cooker? Savor this tender, melt-in-your-mouth chicken sandwich with ketchup-based sauce for lunch or dinner.
View Recipe: Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Serve this dip with assorted vegetable dippers. It's also tasty as a condiment spread on turkey burgers.
View Recipe: Gruyère-Bacon Dip
If you can't find Italian rolls, substitute a sturdy bread that will soak up the juices in this moist, delightfully messy
View Recipe: Italian Beef Sandwiches
Small pearl tapioca combined with coconut milk and fresh pineapple makes a simple tropics-inspired treat. The key to success
is using small pearl tapioca, not instant or minute tapioca. Fresh mango or papaya works equally well as a substitute for
the fresh pineapple.
View Recipe: Pineapple-Coconut Tapioca
The meat sauce can be made ahead and then served over mafaldine, a flat noodle with ruffled edges. You can substitute spaghetti.
View Recipe: Slow-Simmered Meat Sauce with Pasta
Soft tortillas wrap savory pork, fresh tomatoes, garlic cloves, and citrus juices blending to make the perfect slow-cooker
delicacy. Serve with black beans and rice, if desired.
View Recipe: Pork Carnitas
Assemble the sliders before dinner. Or, consider showcasing a slider assembly station for your family or friends to make their
View Recipe: Rosemary Pork Sliders with Horseradish Aioli
The grated fresh ginger in this classic Chinese recipe makes the chicken extra sweet. Substitute pork tenderloin in place
of chicken thighs, if desired.
View Recipe: Sweet and Sour Chicken
Black beans are a staple side to any Mexican dish. Serve these beans warm and tender after 10 hours in the slow cooker.
View Recipe: Santa Fe Black Beans
Heating the chicken drummettes in the oven helps to brown them. You can also brown them, in batches, in a skillet on the cooktop.
View Recipe: Buffalo-Style Drummettes with Blue Cheese Dip
Freshly sliced bananas and pinapple meet soft vanilla ice cream and a savory cinnamon-flavored sauce to give you one decadent
dessert. Fresh fruit is always best, but for the sake of convenience, the precut variety is also worth reaching for.
View Recipe: Tropical Bananas Foster
The garlic becomes creamy and mellows as it cooks. Spread it on chunks of crusty French baguette and soak up the fabulous
sauce as you enjoy every morsel of this super-tender chicken. If you're tight on time, substitute 3 pounds of chicken pieces
rather than cut up the whole chicken. Also, look for garlic cloves that are already peeled.
View Recipe: Garlic Chicken
Before there were nachos, there were chilaquiles. Tomatoes and spices simmer with any kind of meat to make the ideal topping
for tortilla chips. Here, chipotle, chicken, and cilantro meld in this filling Mexican favorite.
View Recipe: Chilaquiles
This rustic dish takes its cue from the typical fare served in Provence, a region in the southeastern part of France that
is known for dishes highlighting fresh, local ingredients such as garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, olives, and sweet bell peppers.
Be sure to use bone-in chicken breasts for this recipe, or substitute bone-in chicken thighs.
View Recipe: Provençale Chicken Supper
This cheesy crab dip makes a savory party appetizer with minimal preparation time. Serve warm with pita chips or whole-grain
View Recipe: Cheesy-Spinach Crab Dip
This creamy custard is about as simply delicious as it gets. Using evaporated milk helps the custard stabilize and not curdle.
View Recipe: Vanilla Bean Baked Custard
Pulled pork is an instant classic and slow-cooking it is simply genius. Use packaged cabbage and carrot coleslaw to shave
off prep time.
View Recipe: Pork and Slaw Sandwiches
Loaded with grains and vegetables, these burritos make a complete one-dish meal.
View Recipe: Barley, Black Bean, and Corn Burritos
This high-flavor dish combines fresh vegetables with curry, cumin, cayenne, and chutney.
View Recipe: Curried Vegetables on Couscous
Make your friends "green" with envy at your slow cooker savvy by serving up this savory Southwestern-style entrée, loaded
with tomatillos, onion, and roasted poblano and jalapeño peppers. Corn tortillas and a simple green salad round out the menu.
View Recipe: Chicken Verde
Serve with jasmine rice to help soak up some of the sauce. Snow peas make a great side dish for rounding out your meal.
View Recipe: Plum Pork Tenderloin
Brandy-spiked dried plums bejewel this delicious vanilla-infused bread pudding, putting a decadent spin on comfort.
View Recipe: Brandied Plum-Vanilla Bread Pudding
Guaranteed to heat up any meal, this corn pudding is a tasty menu item for a Mexican-themed buffet.
View Recipe: Poblano Corn Pudding
Think outside the "dish." You can enjoy the flavor and texture of enchiladas in a slow cooker; just stack the tortillas instead
of rolling them. We suggest lining your slow cooker with a slow-cooker bag so you can easily remove the stack from the cooker.
View Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Stack
With their crisp texture and sweet flavor, bell peppers are a nice complement to the pork in this dish. If you plan to use
peppers within a day or two, keep them at room temperature for better flavor.
View Recipe: Caribbean-Style Pork
Cheesecake in a slow cooker is a brilliant idea for a heavenly dessert. Top with fresh raspberries to complete your sweet
View Recipe: Amaretti Cheesecake