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25+ Easy Summer Crockpot Recipes

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These easy summer crockpot recipes will have you out of the kitchen and out spending time in the beautiful weather.

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Easy Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

With summer in full force, I know the last thing we want to do is stand in a hot kitchen for dinner. That’s why I’m sharing some of my favorite summer crockpot meals!

I’ve even included a few desserts for those that have a sweet tooth (ahem…me).

Summer Crockpot Meals

I know, the thought of a crockpot doesn’t immediately scream summer. I usually associate them with winter meals but hear me out.

Summer is so busy and by the time we get home, we are exhausted. Add in the fact that it’s been super hot lately… well, standing over a stove or heating up an oven is not my idea of a good time.

A slow cooker meal allows you to do a little prep time in the morning, before it’s hot, and come home to the finished meal, without heating up the whole house.

Crockpot summer meals, especially dump & go recipes, are perfect for hands-off, easy meals.

apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream in a white bowl

What to cook in the crockpot for summer

I love crockpot recipes, especially during the summer. You can prepare it in the morning before you head out and then when you get home, you have a delicious dinner! Or if it’s dessert you’re after, it’s a great way to have something sweet and delicious without turning on that hot oven.

Which slow cooker should I get?

I use and recommend this slow cooker.

You can review my full Hamilton Beach slow cooker review here.

The recipes I’ve included are great for summer and do not sacrifice taste at all! They’re all full of flavor, delicious, and recipes you’ll return to again and again – even after summer is over. I am CERTAIN you will be begging for seconds after you taste these!

Let’s get started…

Easy Summer Crockpot Recipes

overhead shot of a shrimp boil in a crockpot.
Crockpot Shrimp Boil
This crock pot shrimp boil is a perfect dinner for any night of the week. Loaded with succulent shrimp, andouille sausage, corn, red potatoes, and of course classic cajun spices, this seafood boil is made so easily in the slow cooker.
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Slow Cooker Beer Brats - Tornadough Alli
Slow Cooker Beer Brats – Tornadough Alli
Quickly grilled then cooked low and slow these deliciously easy Slow Cooker Beer Brats are an amazing recipe that is fix it and forget it with amazing results when you’re done!
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apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream in a white bowl
Slow Cooker Apple Crisp
Easy Slow Cooker Apple Crisp with brown sugar cinnamon oat topping is the perfect way to use some of your favorite apples. Served warm or cold, this dessert is a favorite!
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sloppy joe sandwich on a seeded bun with chips and a pickle.
Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
This old fashioned sloppy joes recipe is made extra easy in the slow cooker! The meat mixture slow cooks for hours and then is ready to pile onto a bun. This easy recipe is perfect for the whole family and makes enough for a crowd.
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wooden spoon scooping mac and cheese from a slow cooker
3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
There are only 3 ingredients in this easy, no boil Mac and Cheese and it's made in the slow cooker! No butter or flour but full of creamy, cheesy flavor that only takes minutes to prep.
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white bowl full of cajun chex mix
Cajun Ranch Party Chex Mix
Cajun Chex Mix – Bold, spicy, and full of texture. This party Chex mix recipe has everything –  A flavorful cajun spice blend paired with garlic, onion, butter, and ranch seasoning for a snack experience your guest will never forget! Throw it in the slow cooker, heat, and serve!
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Crock Pot Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken
I love me a good tuscan chicken recipe and this is no exception. Perfect flavor combination that will make your taste buds go wild!
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hot honey shredded chicken sandwich on a brioche bun topped with pickles.
Slow Cooker Hot Honey Chicken Sandwiches
Slow Cooker Hot Honey Chicken Sandwiches are an easy, spicy dinner idea made right in the crock pot. Pulled chicken cooked in a hot honey sauce and then piled onto your favorite bun. The perfect slow cooker meal for any time of year!
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spoon scooping lava cake from a crockpot.
Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake
This Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake is made entirely from scratch in the crockpot! Warm chocolate cake with a gooey center, filled with dark chocolate chips and then topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream making a rich dessert that the entire family will love!
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Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo
Five ingredient, super simple, slow cooker chicken alfredo with sun dried tomatoes and spinach.
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Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken
You can never get enough cheese and this dish will surely satisfy your cheesy cravings. The flavors are pretty perfect and it’s a great weeknight dinner!
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Crock Pot Cherry Pie Oatmeal
The only thing better than oatmeal is oatmeal that doubles as dessert. The cherry flavor against the oats is so perfect – even better with a dollop of cool whip! You might want to double this recipe for good measure, ha.
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Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup isn’t just for when you’re sick, you know. This is such a delicious soup recipe that we love to make on regular occasion. If you’re a chicken noodle fan, this will be your go to from here on out!
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Crockpot Ribs
It wouldn’t be summer without some ribs. Who knew they would come out so moist and flavorful in the crockpot? Welllll, they do. You better grab some quick, because these will be gone in a blink.
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Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed peppers are some of my favorite recipes during the summer. This one is soooo easy to make, too. Nothing too complicated is involved and the flavors are on point!
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Slow Cooker Honey Bourbon Chicken | Persnickety Plates
Crock Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken
If you love bourbon chicken from the food court at the mall, you’ll love this version of Crock Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken that’s made right in your slow cooker!
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white plate with tri-colored noodles topped with creamy italian chicken.
Creamy Italian Crock Pot Chicken
There are only five ingredients in this Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken so it can quickly be thrown together in the crock pot for a meal the whole family will love! Serve over rice or noodles for a very easy dinner.
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Slow Cooker Salsa Pork
If you love anything salsa, you will love this recipe. I go crazy over a good pork recipe and this is one we love making on repeat. The flavors are pure perfection!
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Cabbage Soup
If you’ve never had cabbage soup, you’re definitely missing out. The flavors in this are so good and it’s basically the poster child recipe for summer.
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shredded bbq chicken on a spoon
Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken
Crock Pot BBQ Chicken is an easy pulled chicken recipe made right in your slow cooker. There are only six ingredients in this quick and flavorful recipe which makes it perfect for a simple dinner or your next potluck.
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Creamy White Chicken Chili
I love a good chili recipe – especially white chicken ones. They’re the perfect choice for summer and this is soooooo good!!
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Blueberry Dump Cake
Blueberries are so perfect in the summer and I won’t lie… I wish I could get them this good year round. This dump cake has the perfect blueberry goodness without ever turning on an oven. It’s a keeper for sure!
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Portobella Mushroom Chicken
I’m a huge mushroom fan, personally. For all you others out there that share my love, this is a must try!! The chicken and mushroom flavors are a match made in heaven. Sooooo good.
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Mango Salsa Slow Cooker Chicken
I don’t know what it is about mango salsa… but it just screams summer to me. Add it with some chicken though and you can pretty much guarantee I’ll be stuffing it in my mouth. Needless to say, this is a must try recipe!
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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders
I LOVE sliders during the summer! These buffalo chicken sliders are so full of flavor is absolutely delicious. You might want to double this recipe, they’re that good.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
If you like flavorful chicken, you will love this one! It has so many great flavors and is truly drool-worthy. We love this paired with pasta or potatoes. That does require heating up the stove, but it’s worth it for this one!
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bowl of spinach artichoke dip surrounded by tortilla chips
Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip
A delicious no-mayo version of Spinach & Artichoke Dip made right in the slow cooker!
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Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf
Oh how I love a good meatloaf! It’s one thing I used to miss in the summer as I am just not willing to turn on the oven for it. This slow cooker recipe is pretty delicious though. I’m certain you’ll be satisfied with the flavors in this recipe!
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Summer Crockpot Meals

There you have it. Over 25 easy slow cooker recipes for you to use in the summertime.

Which one will you try first?

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  1. Evelyn says

    The links to the cheery pie oatmeal and apple pie pudding cake do not work. Or is it just me?

    • Melissa Williams says

      NONE of the links were working! Thanks for bringing it to my attention – they’re fixed 🙂

  2. Dawn Lopez says

    What a fab resource for summer! I ADORE tossing ingredients into my slow cooker and keeping the oven off. It’s amazing!

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