9 Scrumptious Slow Cooker Recipes You Need to Make This Summer

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired June 04, 2015

by Lisa Lozano

If it’s so hot out that you can’t tolerate the idea of turning on your oven, we have just the remedy. Check out nine of our favorite recipes for the slow cooker that won’t heat up the kitchen.


Sunny Anderson’s Skinny Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili

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This slow-cooker chicken chili is super easy to prepare in the morning, and won’t derail your summer diet plans because it’s all good for you! Plus it’s super easy to put on the table since it’s a one-pot meal.


Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches with Red Cabbage Mango Slaw

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These barbeque chicken sandwiches are the perfect summer meal when you’re craving BBQ flavor but don’t want to stand over a hot grill.


Kelsey Nixon’s Slow Cooker Chicken Meatball Parmesan

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Sometimes you just want good ‘ole comfort food. You can prep these chicken meatballs in the morning and then just assemble the sandwiches when it’s time to eat!


Stephanie O' Dea's Slow Cooker Chipotle Pork Soft Tacos

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Something about tacos just says “summer.” These chipotle pork tacos are the perfect antidote to a long day – they are easy to assemble and customize.


Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Lasagna

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This Mexican casserole is delicious and, like the chili, is a one-pot dish that you just need to serve up when dinnertime comes. How easy is that?


Erin Chase's Slow Cooker Rosemary Chicken with Red Potatoes and Green Beans

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This healthy and hearty meal features chicken, potatoes and green beans and won’t heat up your kitchen like roasting a chicken would.


Ryan Scott's Slow-Cooked Chicken Thighs with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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This one is a winner – tender chicken thighs slow-cooked in a savory sauce and served over garlicky mashed potatoes.


Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole

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We didn’t want to only give you dinner options! Here’s a delicious breakfast recipe you can put in the crock pot early, then enjoy later in the morning. (And we won't tell if you turn it into "breakfast for dinner.")


Slow Cooker PBJ Cheesecake

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We didn’t forget dessert! This is a cheesecake that is cooked entirely in a slow cooker! And it’s peanut butter and jelly flavor so the kids will love it!

What’s your favorite slow cooker meal? Tell us in the comments.

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