Don’t even think about putting your slow cooker in mothballs for the summer. There’s a legit argument that summer, not autumn or winter, is truly the season of the slow cooker. For one, the contraption doesn’t heat up the kitchen. For another, we’re just plain busier in the summer; and with the crock pot, dinner's ready when we are.
But primarily, if you put the slow cooker out to pasture, you’ll be missing out on some of summer’s greatest hits. Like these.
Best slow cooker recipes for summer
"A wonderful 'fix and forget' recipe. Great served with rice or pasta, or even alone." - Carla Joy
Like that? Try this: Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken
"Easy, authentic pozole. Serve with chopped onion, cilantro, shredded cabbage, lime wedges, and corn tortillas or tostadas." - Isabel
Like that? Try this: Carnitas with Pico De Gallo
"Serve with hot cooked spaghetti noodles." - HUNNIE0913
Like that? Try this: Slow Cooker Lasagna
"Easy and uses pantry staples. Serve with basmati rice or quinoa." - Myrna
Like that? Try this: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken
"Very tender and flavorful. Serve over rice, egg noodles, or chow mein." - MJWAGNER68
Like that? Try this: Slow Cooker Thai Pork with Peppers
"Come home to the warm Indian spice smell....LOVE IT! Serve with basmati rice and warm naan bread." - The Meal Planner
Like that? Try this: Keon's Slow Cooker Curry Chicken
"A wonderful Italian neighbor showed me how to make this recipe. Adding cheese gave it something special, it also made it mine." - Sneakyteaky
Like that? Try this: Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
This simple method works equally well with any stewing or braising meat -- duck legs, chicken thighs, pork chops. Serve with steamed rice.
Like that? Try this: Slow Cooker Chicken Mole