Summer Slow Cooker Recipes - Because You've Got Better Things to Do than Cook

Easy Summer Slow Cooker Recipes for Kids – Because You’ve Got Better Things to Do than Cook

Just because the sun is shining doesn’t mean you need to banish your slow cooker to the back of the cupboard. These easy slow cooker recipes for kids are perfect for hot days because they don’t heat up your kitchen like the oven does, and you can let the slow cooker do it’s work while you get out and enjoy the weather with your family.

And because I’m sure you have so many things you’d rather be doing than preparing dinner while the sun is out, the recipes in this collection all go straight in the slow cooker, with no pre cooking required!
Easy Summer Slow Cooker Recipes for Kids: Because when the sun is shining you have better things to do with your time than cook!

Slow cooker recipes that require no pre-cooking

1. Slow Cooker Beef Gyros

“Every time I make gyros, I serve them with this simple cucumber/yogurt sauce. I know there are other toppings, but this one is so easy and I don’t have to look up how to make it. Easy cooking is how I roll.” – Eat at Home
Slow Cooker Beef Gyros


2. Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork

“It’s like Christmas came early, right?! A slow cooker recipe that cooks 8-10 hours (enough time for you to get in a full work day!), doesn’t require an overnight marinade, and doesn’t dirty up a pan on your stove.” – The Wanderlust Kitchen
Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork


3. Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Pasta

“Making the preparations even easier, I have to confess that I actually cheat and put chicken in the slow cooker straight from the freezer. It comes out beautifully, saving the time of defrost step.” – It Is a Keeper
Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Pasta


4. Healthy Slow Cooked Tikka Masala

“Annnnnnd just in case you had any qualms about trying this recipe, let me just point out to you that it’s made in a slow cooker. With no pre-marinating, pre-searing, pre-anything. Just dump it in and turn it on.” – The Wanderlust Kitchen
Healthy Slow Cooked Tikka Masala


5. Crockpot Cheesy Beef Tacos

“Getting this going in the slow cooker in the morning takes no time at all. Especially if you mix up your seasoning before but even if you don’t like I said this only took me about 5 minutes. You will put your ground beef right into the crock…no need to cook first!” – Crockpot Gourmet
Crockpot Cheesy Beef Tacos


6. Sweet ‘n Spicy Slow Cooker Mango Chicken

“When it’s hot outside and you don’t want to heat up the oven, fire up your slow cooker for some Sweet ‘n Spicy Slow Cooker Mango Chicken!” – It Is a Keeper
Sweet 'n Spicy Slow Cooker Mango Chicken


7. Easy CrockPot Pasta Bake Recipe

“This one has become one of my favorites. I just pair it with a yummy Wedge Salad and BINGO an easy dinner.With summer just around the corner I will be using the CrockPots more often. No sense in heating up the kitchen by turning on the oven.” – CincyShopper
Easy CrockPot Pasta Bake Recipe


8. Slow Cooker Creole Pork Tenderloin

“This recipe came about because I was watching my grandkids and needed something easy to cook for dinner, without having to go to the store. I looked around at my supplies and this is what I came up with. It was a hit too. All of the kids ate it, as well as my husband and son-in-law. I served it with rice and corn and will be making it again.” – It Is a Keeper
Slow Cooker Creole Pork Tenderloin


9. Mexican Quinoa {Crock Pot}

“This Mexican Quinoa is SO easy, and made in the crock pot. It’s healthy, loaded with flavour and perfect for a weeknight dinner or meatless Monday!” – Food Faith Fitness
Mexican Quinoa {Crock Pot}


10. Crock Pot Italian Swiss Steak

“I updated the recipe my mother made so I could make dinner time easier and the kitchen cooler by making her Italian Swiss Steak recipe in the crock pot. This way I could sit back and enjoy the day while dinner cooked on the counter. Crock Pot Italian Swiss Steak is a perfect summer recipe.” – Flour On My Face
Crock Pot Italian Swiss Steak


11. Easy Crock Pot Recipes: Fiesta Chicken

“Easy crock pot recipes are an essential tool in any busy mom’s toolbox. This recipe for Slow Cooker Mexican Fiesta Chicken is one of those easy recipes and healthy meals that comes together in a snap and is easy on the waistline!” – It Is a Keeper
Easy Crock Pot Recipes: Fiesta Chicken


12. Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

“Did you know that using your slow cooker saves you money, too? Especially when you use it during off peak hours, you can save even more! And you can’t get any easier than the slow cooker. Minimal cleanup means you’ll use less hot water because you won’t need to wash pots and pans.” – Making Our Life Matter
Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken


13. Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

“To make this one extra easy, I enlist the help of the kids, who help chop and mix the ingredients in a covered bowl for the fridge. We can do this the night before or in the morning – and then I just have to run home and dump it all in the slow cooker at lunch time to start it.” – Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya


14. Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowls {Crockpot}

“These Crockpot Thai Peanut Chicken Quinoa Bowls are topped with peanut sauce and a spicy cabbage slaw to make a tasty, gluten free and healthy meal!” – Food Faith Fitness
Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowls {Crockpot}


15. Hawaiian Pulled Pork Panini

“This pulled pork panini is a symphony of flavor! Your tastebuds will thank you.” – Live Laugh Rowe
Hawaiian Pulled Pork Panini


16. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork: Island Style

“This slow cooker pulled pork has a little “island” flair and is easy to make. Great for a weeknight meal, and makes great leftovers!” – Food Faith Fitness
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork: Island Style


17. Kalua Pork

“One of the best things about this recipe is that the final product is so adaptable. Eat it with cabbage a la the usual Kalua Pork + Cabbage, stuff it into tacos or burritos, top some eggs or a salad, mix it with BBQ sauce to make pulled pork, whatever your heart desires!” – The Joyful Foodie
Kalua Pork


18. Slow Cooker Beef Taquitos

“Taquitos are one of my favorite recipes for a quick and easy dinner. I especially love this version because you cook the meat in a slow cooker with a little help from Campbell’s® Shredded Beef Taco Slow Cooker Sauce. That means all I need to do is put some beef and sauce in the slow cooker in the morning before I head out of the door and when I get home from work the house smells delicious and the meat is fork tender and ready to be made into taquitos.” – Homemade Interest
Slow Cooker Beef Taquitos


19. Slow cooker Pulled Pork with Avocado Ranch Dressing

“This pulled pork comes out SUPER tender and insanely easy to shred. You could be all dainty and proper and use forks to shred up this bad boy, orrrr you can be uncivilized, like myself, and just get all up in thur and use your hands. Use your hands. You know you want it. It’s 4 bazillion times more fun.” – Food Faith Fitness
Slow cooker Pulled Pork with Avocado Ranch Dressing


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If you loved these summer slow cooker recipes recipes don’t miss our other easy recipes for kids including our collection of baked chicken breast recipes or chicken enchilada recipes for more great ways to make healthy meals the whole family will enjoy together.

Just because the sun is shining doesn't mean you need to banish your slow cooker to the back of the cupboard. Slow cooker recipes are perfect for hot days because they don't heat up your kitchen like the oven does, and you can let the slow cooker do it's work while you get out and enjoy the weather with your family. Because I'm sure you have so many things you'd rather be doing than preparing dinner while the sun is shining the recipes in this collection all go straight in the slow cooker, with no pre cooking required!