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    The 35 BEST Summer Crockpot Meals

    Just because the temperatures are rising, don’t mean you have to put away your slow cooker. These Summer Crockpot Meals are perfect for the season!

    Forget slaving over a hot stove or grill, at GypsyPlate we say that summer is crockpot season!

    Here you’ll find a variety of dishes, from appetizers to sides to main courses. And the range of flavors is phenomenal!

    So grab a big glass of lemonade, and let your favorite kitchen gadget do all the sweating!

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    Summer Crockpot Meals:

    1. Crockpot Kalua Pork

    Kalua Pork, or as many Polynesians call it “Kalua Pig“, is super simple. Yet when cooked for hours to fork tender with the right amount of seasoning, it will turn out, as the Hawaiians say, Onolicious!

    Juicy, tender, smoky shredded pork that you find almost everywhere in Hawaii, on their classic lunch plates, at their Luaus, family get-togethers and potlucks is just a 3-ingredient wonder!!

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    2. Crockpot Birria Tacos

    Birria Tacos, AKA Quesabirria, are the ultimate taco experience. If there is a King or Queen of tacos, this is it.

    That moment when you dunk these Birria Tacos into its rich colored consommé and take a big bite…

    All those amazing flavors coming from shredded tender meat mixed in with melty cheese and fried to crunchy perfection, taken to next level when dunked into Birria consommé!

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    3. Crockpot Buffalo Chicken

    Crockpot Buffalo chicken is the perfect filling for so many things… Sandwiches, wraps, tacos, nachos, salads and so many more ideas. Once you make this you are set with a variety meal options.

    You can make a big batch of this buffalo chicken in your crockpot to feed the crowd at a potluck, or as meal prep for the entire week.

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    4. Albondigas Soup

    Albondigas Soup is a hearty, flavorful broth with plump meatballs and tons of summer veggies. This Mexican comfort food is the soup for your soul.

    Despite its light and refreshing appearance, one spoonful is packed with delicious flavors that will amaze your taste buds.

    Give it a try and taste for yourself just how delicious sopa de albondigas can be!

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    5. Cochon de Lait (Cajun Pulled Pork)

    Cochon de Lait is a delicious pulled pork recipe from Louisiana. Traditionally, it was an all day pig roast event for a crowd. But this recipe shows you how to make it in your trusty crockpot.

    It’s a perfect centerpiece for all your summer get togethers, and can be served in a variety of ways.

    The end result is succulent Cajun deliciousness…

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    6. Crock Pot Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

    Indulge in a tropical treat with loved ones, relishing the sweet, tangy, and umami flavors of effortless Crock Pot Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken.

    What’s more, the chicken is super-tender and delicious, satiating the taste buds to the fullest.

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    7. Meaty Cabbage Soup

    Savor the irresistible taste of a hearty and wholesome one-pot cabbage soup, infused with succulent meat and flavorsome vegetables.

    This magical combination has been crafted to perfection in the crockpot, making it an ideal choice for any meal on any day.

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    8. Ropa Vieja

    Ropa vieja, or Cuban braised beef, is the next amazing recipe on this list. This is a delicious Cuban recipe that consists of braised shredded beef, peppers, and onions.

    Cook this slow in your crockpot with a delicious sauce filled with olives, tomato and spices for a delicious meal.

    This dish is popular in many countries, and for good reason! It’s flavorful and savory, a great meal for someone wanting a Cuban dinner!

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    9. Crockpot Greek Chicken

    This Slow Cooker Salmon is tender, flaky fish, topped with delicious creamy lemon sauce. Easy to put together, super flavorful, and cooked to juicy perfection right in your slow cooker. 

    Get the Recipe: Crockpot Greek Chicken

    10. Brunswick Stew

    Brunswick stew – a hearty southern dish that’s perfect for using up your cookout leftovers. If you love barbecue flavors, this is sure to become one of your new favorites.

    It’s loaded with smoked meats, veggies and great seasonings. And best of all, it’s super easy. Only a few minutes of hands on time is all it takes.

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    11. Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

    This addictingly delicious Crack Chicken is loaded with creamy cheesy goodness. And it’s topped with bacon. 

    This crack chicken is super easy to make, which is a huge bonus. And the recipe only requires a handful of ingredients. If you let that crockpot work for you, life couldn’t be easier.

    You can use it many different ways… Fillers for your buns, wraps and quesadillas, or as a party dip for the crowd with tortilla chips.

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    12. Crock Pot Corn on the Cob

    Guys, this summer make your Corn Cob a little different in the Crock Pot, yes you heard it right!

    You will love the juicy, crisp, sweet, corn. It just needs a few minutes of prep time, that’s it. So get ready for a fabulous side dish for summer, or any event.

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    13. Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl

    You’ll definitely want to try this painless Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl. This recipe is all about combining flavorful ingredients.

    Your slow cooker that gives you a mouth-watering meal that is healthy and super delicious. Enjoy your Burrito Bowl today…

    Get the Recipe @ foxeslovelemons

    14. Slow Cooker Ratatouille

    Indulge in the culinary delights of summer with this dazzling Slow Cooker Ratatouille recipe!

    It makes for a fantastic side to complement your grilled protein or can even be served over rice. Let your slow cooker do the work while you relax and soak in the warm sunshine!

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    15. Crockpot Shrimp Boil

    Another smashing summer crockpot recipe is this Crockpot Shrimp Boil!

    Just dump your favorite ingredients along with sausages and shrimp and wait for the magic to happen.

    It’s one of our favorite summer crockpot recipes!

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    16. Slow Cooker Baked Beans

    Baked Beans are a very common summer side dish, but try making this spectacular version in a Slow Cooker, it’s so good.

    The recipe uses 3 different kinds of beans, BBQ sauce, bacon, and other flavorful ingredients to make a smashing dish. It’s a must-try recipe for your summer events.

    Get the Recipe @ ambitiouskitchen

    17. Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

    Indulge in your favorite Japanese delicacy without leaving your home! This remarkable recipe for Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken is a must-try.

    Simple yet scrumptious, it’s loaded with superb ingredients and flavors that will make your taste buds dance with joy. Trust us, this will be the best chicken teriyaki you’ve ever eaten!

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    18. Crockpot BBQ Pulled Chicken

    Make your own BBQ sauce at home and impress everyone with this BBQ Pulled Chicken recipe.

    You are absolutely going to love this crockpot-style pulled chicken. Easy to make and super flavorful, it’s perfect for weeknight dinners or summer parties.

    Get the Recipe @ theschmidtywife

    19. Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

    You’ll enjoy an explosion of flavors with this amazing version of your favorite Chicken Fajitas.

    With this recipe cooked in a Crockpot, you will be surprised at the delectable combination of ingredients that will leave your taste buds begging for more.

    Get the Recipe @ 40aprons

    20. Crock Pot Buttery Bacon Green Beans

    Convert your regular Green Beans into an epic side dish, by making them in the Crock Pot!

    Yes, the garlic, onion, butter, bacon, and Worcestershire sauce make these green beans incredibly flavorful. So it’s super easy to make your side dish a stunner.

    Get the Recipe @ spicysouthernkitchen

    21. Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

    These Cracker Barrel Fried Apples are a must during apple season. It makes a great side, and it’s super painless to make.

    Just dump apples, butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, and spices together in the slow cooker, and let it do all the hard work. Even better than Cracker Barrel!

    Get the Recipe @ themagicalslowcooker

    22. Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

    Craving chicken parmesan but don’t want to hassle with the breading and frying? Consider meatballs made with ground chicken instead.

    Prepared effortlessly in a slow cooker, these meatballs offer the same delicious flavor as their traditional counterparts.

    Serve with pasta, or try them in a sub the next day. Either way, it’s sure to be a hit!

    Get the Recipe @ thekitchn

    23. Slow Cooker Chex Mix 

    Here’s the ultimate snack recipe for your slow cooker: Chex Mix.

    You won’t stop munching on this addictive combination of Chex cereal, pretzels, Cheerios, peanuts, and a rich buttery sauce.

    Just mix everything together and let your slow cooker do the rest. This snack is so irresistible, you’ll keep reaching back until it disappears from your bowl. Enjoy!

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    24. Slow Cooker Salmon

    All fish lovers, have you made your salmon in a slow cooker? If not, then this is the must-try recipe that will give you the most tender, flaky melt-in-your-mouth fish ever.

    This Slow Cooker Salmon is cooked in a yummy creamy lemon sauce, which is healthy and delicious. If you want your fish to be juicy and flavorful, you need to try this version now.

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    25. Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo

    Make your dinner interesting and flavorful with this Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo!

    This easy recipe is super healthy and satisfying with Italian seasoning flavors that are just outstandingly delicious. Simple and elegant dish, just try it…

    Get the Recipe @ pipercooks

    26. Crockpot Pulled Pork Nachos 

    Watch the potluck guests gather around these marvelous Crockpot Pulled Pork Nachos.

    The cheesy, heavenly goodness is just too good to be true. So, what are you waiting for? Try this crockpot version of nachos soon.

    It’s one of the best summer crockpot meals to feed a crowd.

    Get the Recipe @ lemonsandzest

    27. Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Looking to indulge in some tantalizing Asian flavors? Look no further than this healthy recipe for Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps, low-carb and packed with flavor.

    The slow-cooked chicken in this dish is sure to tantalize your taste buds, and it’s easy to whip up in the slow cooker.

    Give this recipe a try soon, and prepare for your taste buds to be amazed!

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    28. Slow Cooker Coconut Lime Chicken

    This Slow Cooker Coconut Lime Chicken recipe is insanely delicious, and you are sure to get addicted to this extremely tasty dish.

    It’s a pocket-friendly recipe that is perfect for any time of the year.

    Get the Recipe @ slowcookergourmet

    29. Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Wings

    Having some company? How about feeding them all their favorite crispy, sticky wings without too much hassle or efforts on your part.

    Cook them in your slow cooker. With this easy tested buffalo wing recipe, we promise you they will turn up finger licking delicious every single time.

    Get the Recipe @ thechunkychef

    30. Crockpot Chicken Tacos

    Another great idea to feed the crowd is to make a huge batch of these crockpot tacos. They are as easy as dumping chicken breasts, salsa, tomatoes and seasonings in your crock and letting it cook on its own.

    After cooking, just shred the meat and serve it on your taco bar The leftovers can be used for making enchiladas or loaded nacho pans.

    It’s one of our favorite summer crockpot meals!

    Get the Recipe @ spendwithpennies

    31. Crockpot Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs

    Slow cooking is simply about creating a delicious, no-fuss meal, and these chicken thighs in a buttery lemon garlic sauce definitely deliver.

    Don’t they look simply irresistible? The chicken is seasoned to perfection, then cooked in everyone’s favorite lemon butter sauce.

    It’s utterly delicious, with flavors that will leave your taste buds tingling.

    Get the Recipe @ eatwell101

    32. Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs

    You have to try this ultimate Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs recipe.

    They’re the most delectable meatballs, with the most outstanding firecracker sauce. Don’t just take our words, give it a sure try.

    Get the Recipe @ chefsavy

    33. Crockpot Stuffed Peppers

    Make these truly delicious and colorful Crockpot Stuffed Peppers, your dinner spread will be a super hit.

    This simple and super forgiving recipe is loaded with all your favorite ingredients like proteins, whole grains, veggies, and other amazing things.

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated

    34. Slow Cooker Chicken Taquitos 

    Try this Slow Cooker Chicken Taquitos, they will be a winning dish with your family.

    The chicken is cooked in the slow cooker with spicy and creamy flavors, and then rolled up in tortillas with other flavorful Mexican fixings. Too yummy.

    Get the Recipe @ realhousemoms

    35. Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler

    Let’s end this list of summer crockpot dishes with something sweet!

    Craving a scrumptious dessert that utilizes those luscious peaches fresh from the farmer’s market?

    Look no further than our Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler with fresh peaches and the most divine Yogurt Whipped Cream – the perfect sweet treat for summertime!

    Get the Recipe @ slowcookergourmet

    We hope you enjoy these delicious Summer Crockpot Meals as much as we do. There’s such a big variety, it’s hard to pick a favorite!

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    Check out these other great recipe collections!
    Summer Appetizers
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    35 BEST Summer Crockpot Meals

    Who says slow cooking is only for colder months? Let your favorite gadget do all the sweating with these amazing Summer Crockpot Meals!


    • 4-6 lbs Boston butt roast
    • 1-1.5 Tbsp Hawaiian sea salt
    • 1 Tbsp liquid smoke
    • 2 Tbsp oil


    1. Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, sear the pork for about 3 minutes per side to brown it all over. 
    2. Place the pork in slow cooker and drizzle liquid smoke over all sides. Season all sides with salt. 
    3. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 10-12 hours, or until fork tender. 
    4. Remove the pork roast from the slow cooker and transfer to a large bowl or serving platter, and shred the meat, removing any large pieces of fat or bone, if any. Spoon as much of the extra liquid from the slow cooker as desired over the shredded kalua pork to keep it from drying out. You might not add all of the liquid back, but save it for storing the pork in if there are leftovers.
    5. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in reserved liquid for a few days.

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