summer crock pot

Slow cookers are mostly linked with hearty wintertime food, but the summer season really gives them a chance to shine. They do the hard work of cooking and mixing flavors while you’re busy doing other things. Here are a few summer time recipes that show how these versatile these super appliances are with everything from breakfast to dinner.

  1. Frittata with Zucchini, Tomato and Feta. Who could say no to a breakfast recipe that’s so good you can eat it all day? This Mediterranean-inspired dish has a rich flavor of thanks to the combo of thyme and Greek feta.
  2. Vegetarian gumbo. Take advantage of the fresh summer vegetables at your local farmer’s market with this reimagined vegetable gumbo. Paired with brown rice, it makes a filling and healthy dinner that can simmer while you’re busy doing other things.
  3. Summer Chowder. “Summer in a bowl” could be another way to describe this dish, which also uses fresh summer veggies. Be sure to use turkey or Canadian bacon, or skip them altogether to make it 100% vegetarian.
  4. Barbacoa Brisket Tacos and Burritos. One of the great things about slow cookers is bringing out the flavors that you wouldn’t get with a shorter cooking time. This summery, zesty recipe manages to taste both hearty and light, especially with some sliced avocado added.


Have you tried any slow cooker recipes that go especially well with summer? Share in the comments!