Slow cooker and crock pot meals are lifesavers in the cold months, but what about when the weather turns warmer? Believe it or not, as the days get longer, you can still rely on that favorite appliance to wow the family with seriously delicious meals. These 30 spring and summer slow cooker recipes require virtually no effort, which means more time for you to get out and enjoy that sunshine. Keep scrolling to see them all.

1. Slow Cooker Lo Mein

Damn Delicious

Want a delicious, veggie-packed lo mein that rivals your favorite restaurant? Try this easy slow cooker version from Damn Delicious. You can swap out proteins and adjust the spice level to your family’s preferences. Get the recipe here.

2. Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Shredded Pork

365 Days of Slow Cooking

A batch of this yummy shredded pork with cilantro and lime will give you options all week long! Stuff some in a quesadilla, pop some into those lunchboxes or mix up a delicious salad. 365 Days of Slow Cooking has the recipe right here.

3. Slow Cooker Ramen

City Foodsters via Flickr

Make a steamy, brothy and delicious ramen soup with this recipe from A Spicy Perspective. With noodles, poached chicken and soft-boiled eggs, you won’t believe that you can do it all in the Crock Pot. Learn how to make it right here.

4. Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Tacos with Mango Salsa

Floating Kitchen

Spicy barbecued beef and refreshing mango salsa combine to make some flavorful tacos that are out of this world. The best part? Your handy slow cooker does most of the work for you! Welcome summertime with this recipe from Floating Kitchen.

5. Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

Creme de la Crumb

Let’s face it—BBQ ribs are one of the essential flavors of summer. Now you can whip up a fantastic slow cooker version worthy of the neighborhood cookoff. Crème de la Crumb has your winning recipe right here.

6. Slow Cooker Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce

The Food Charlatan

There’s plenty of big flavors in this yummy Slow Cooker Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce by The Food Charlatan. It’s hearty and filling, but still easy enough to throw together on a busy evening. Click here to get the recipe.

7. Slow Cooker Chicken Pasta with Corn

Will via Flickr

If you’re dreaming of summer, this is one recipe that will take you there! Sweet corn, tangy goat cheese and fragrant basil are just a few of the ingredients in this tasty recipe by Slow Cooker Gourmet. 

8. Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Soup

The Daring Gourmet

Get inspired by this creamy tortellini soup that’s full of flavor. It’s nourishing and comforting, with a handful of veggies thrown in for a burst of vitamins. Get the recipe here from The Daring Gourmet.

9. Slow Cooker Barbacoa

Eugene Kim via Flickr

Mouthwatering barbacoa makes a great recipe for sunny days! Make an extra big batch so that you can freeze some for later. Mango and pineapple give some tropical flair to this version from New Leaf Wellness.

10. Slow Cooker Poached Salmon

Jan Sokoly via Flickr

An easy salmon dinner in the slow cooker? We found the recipe, and it’s delicious. Lemon and fresh herbs make this one pop. Grab the recipe from The Kitchn here.

11. Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Chili

Mountain Mama Cooks

Take two kid-pleasing favorites and what do you get? This crave-worthy Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Chili. Hearty chili combines with those classic taco flavors for a meal that’s guaranteed to satisfy. Get the recipe from Mountain Mama Cooks right here.

12. Slow Cooker Low Country Boil

Food Guy Adventures

Get those Low Country seafood boil flavors right in your own Crock Pot. Food Guy Adventures has a recipe that will transport you to the Southeastern coast. Grab it right here.

13. Crock Pot Corn Chowder

Meal Makeover Moms via Flickr

Fresh corn and smoky bacon are the stars in this Crock Pot Corn Chowder by Spicy Southern Kitchen. Add some bread on the side for an easy meal. Get the recipe right here.

14. Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham

Dinner Then Dessert

Here’s a recipe the kids will ask for again and again. Luckily, it’s ridiculously simple, so you’ll be happy to keep it on the menu rotation! Dinner Then Dessert’s mouthwatering Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham is about to become your new obsession.

15. Slow Cooker Pesto Sweet Potato Chicken


This Slow Cooker Pesto Sweet Potato Chicken is just as gorgeous as it is tasty! Kids will love the bright colors, and you’ll love that it’s packed with veggies and nutrients. Get the recipe from BakingQueen74 right here.

16. Beef Tips with Mushrooms

The Food Cafe

These savory beef tips are an instant weeknight winner. Just add rice or mashed potatoes and a veggie, and you’ve got a complete healthy dinner. Shannon at The Food Café created this recipe that your whole family will love.

17. Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna Soup


Got little lasagna lovers in the house? They’ll love this twist on the old favorite. FoodieCrush’s Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna Soup takes the basic elements of lasagna and transforms them into this super tasty, super simple soup. Dinner made easy!

18. Lemon Braised Chicken

Foodista via Flickr

Braised lemon chicken has everything we love about a spring recipe. Fresh bright flavors and totally easy to prepare. This version from The Kitchn adds beans and mint pesto, and is one you’ll definitely want to try! Find the recipe here.

19. Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes

Persnickety Plates

Short on time but need a hearty dinner for those hungry tummies? These creamy ranch pork chops are ready to save the day. Melissa of Persnickety Plates created this recipe that will be your new weeknight magic trick.

20. Slow Cooker Taco Stew

The Salty Pot

For a fresh spin on taco night, this Taco Stew from The Salty Pot is a fun variation. You’ll get all your favorite flavors in one cozy bowl. Get the how-to right here.

21. Slow Cooker BBQ Wings

dirtsailor2003 via Flickr

The perfect sticky, saucy BBQ wing is high on our summer picnic wishlist. This slow cooker version cuts down on mess and time without sacrificing any flavor. Good Dinner Mom has the recipe here.

22. Wild Mushroom Pasta Alfredo

alanagkelly via Flickr

Creamy ravioli with cheese, veggies and walnuts hits all the right notes. The pasta cooks right in the slow cooker, so once you throw everything in, you can relax until dinnertime! Try this version from MyRecipes.

23. Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Joy via Flickr

Beef and broccoli is always a knockout combo. Instead of calling for takeout, try making your own in the slow cooker version. This recipe from Divas Can Cook is delicious and foolproof.

24. Crockpot Quinoa Chicken Primavera

Pinch of Yum

You’ll get plenty of veggies in this Crockpot Quinoa Chicken Primavera by Pinch of Yum. It’s simple and delicious with asparagus, peas and fresh herbs to give a healthy dose of green. Get the recipe right here.

25. Crock Pot Honey BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Chelsea's Messy Apron

Get those summer barbecue vibes with these easy Honey BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. A sweet and spicy sauce and a quick coleslaw make this one a definite crowd-pleaser. Get the recipe here.

26. Slow Cooker Chicken Corn Chowder

Austin Matherne via Flickr

This creamy chowder with sweet corn and potatoes from The Spring Mount 6 Pack is sure to become an instant favorite. Your family will love the dynamite flavor combo, and you’ll love that it’s such a breeze to make. Make your own with this recipe.

27. Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup

Julie's Eats and Treats

A creamy soup made of fresh tomatoes sounds amazing. With this recipe from Julie’s Eats and Treats, it’s simple, too! Toss the ingredients in your slow cooker, and you're done! All you need is that classic grilled cheese on the side.

28. Portobella Mushroom Chicken


This creamy chicken dish with baby Bellas is the perfect way to introduce kids to mushrooms. It’s so delicious and literally preps in five minutes. Get the recipe from Cutefetti right here.

29.) Slow Cooker Fajita Salsa Chicken

Real Food Whole Life

This easy and versatile 5-Ingredient Fajita Chicken Salsa Recipe makes a great base for any number of meals. You can build a taco bowl, or spoon it over rice or any other combo that you can think of. Robyn at Real Food Whole Life created this simple favorite that will be a hit with your whole crew.

30. Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Meal Makeover Moms via Flickr

Beef bourguignon may sound complicated, but with the help of a slow cooker, it comes together in a snap. This version by Delish uses asparagus and herbs for a little freshness. The perfect meal for a spring evening.

Do you have a favorite spring/summer slow cooker recipe? Will you try any of our picks? Let us know in the comments below!

—Anna Doogan



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