I would hardly cook in the summer if it weren’t for summer Crock Pot dump meals. The hot temperatures (oh hi, relentless sun and humidity), busy afternoons entertaining the kiddos, and late nights by the pool conspire against me. The next thing I know, it’s 7 pm, I’m still in my swimsuit, and I haven’t even thought about dinner. Plus, I’ve got a house full of hungry humans looking at me expectantly. That’s where those summer Crock Pot meals come in—easy slow cooker recipes that taste great on a hot summer evening.
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What’s a dump meal?
It’s a silly name, but dump meals are pretty much just that. You dump everything into one cooking device—in this case, a Crock Pot—and leave it alone to cook until your food is ready. It’s the easiest type of meal to make, and probably the kind that uses the least amount of dishes.
Crock Pots are the GOAT of the kitchen
It’s true. They’re one of the greatest appliances of all time. Crock Pots are so easy to use. Throw everything in, head out for a day of fun (or work), and then your meal is ready to eat when you get home. There’s only one cooking dish to clean, and the slow cooker doesn’t heat up your kitchen like the oven does—which is a real treat when you’re cooking in summer. It’s a win-win.
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How do I use a Crock Pot?
Crock Pots are among the easiest mostly-hands-off kitchen tools to use. You already know you put everything into it, right? So here’s what’s next.
You set it, and forget it.
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Most Crock Pots have three temperature settings: High, Low and Warm. High covers the things that need extra heat to cook; low is great for foods that you let cook all day long; and warm is perfect for, well, keeping your food warm until you’re ready to eat.
You can set the temperature and the number of hours it needs to cook, and then it’ll do its thing. On some models, you can set it to automatically switch to warm once the cook time is done. And once you get home, dinner is ready to go.
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What can I serve with summer Crock Pot recipes?
You can serve anything you want with these summer recipes. But keep in mind that your Crock Pot food will be warm—so you might want to serve sides that are cooler, like cold pasta salad or fresh fruit.
You can use a Crock Pot in the summer?!
It’s true! Many people may think of the Crock Pot as a fall or winter thing, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Who wants to cook over a hot stove when it’s a zillion degrees outside? Nobody. So throw the meat, vegetables and seasonings into the Crock Pot and it’ll do the cooking for you, without heating up your house.
Make the most of your Crock Pot this season with these of summer Crock Pot dump meals that never disappoint, from Whiskey Meatballs and Chicken Cheesesteaks to Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli and Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana Meatloaf. Your summer just got easier—and you’re welcome!
Best Summer Crockpot Recipes
Slow-Cooker Ginger Orange Beef
Enjoy summer’s citrus vibes with a perfect slow-cooker ginger orange beef.
Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Ginger Orange Beef
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meat Sauce
Spaghetti squash makes a delicious carb-cutting alternative to pasta in this meal. Subbing ground turkey for beef means less saturated fat.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meat Sauce
Easiest-Ever Slow-Cooker Meatloaf & Potatoes
Let your slow cooker do the work for this meatloaf and potatoes meal! With help from aluminum foil, you can cook meatloaf and potatoes at the same time. Serve with steamed green beans to round out your plate.
Get the recipe: Easiest-Ever Slow-Cooker Meatloaf & Potatoes
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Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs
Cook up one of the ultimate comfort foods in your Crock Pot with these Swedish meatballs.
Get the recipe: Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs
Slow Cooker Chicken Burritos
This flavorful shredded chicken filling is great in burritos, tacos or a chicken taco salad. Leftovers are delicious for lunch!
Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Burritos
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana Meatloaf
This slow cooker meatloaf is a pot of cheesy goodness! Add potatoes around the pan in the slow cooker to make a complete meal.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana Meatloaf
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Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Couscous
Spiced chicken, butternut squash and tomatoes that have been slow-cooked for hours are the perfect accompaniments for crumbly couscous.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Couscous
Garlic Parmesan Chicken
This saucy chicken is perfect over pasta or rice.
Get the recipe: Garlic Parmesan Chicken
These meatballs are perfect for game day.
Get the recipe: Whiskey Meatballs
Chicken Fajita Pasta
This creamy, spicy dish is sure to please!
Get the recipe: Chicken Fajita Pasta
5 Ingredient White Chicken Chili
You’re only five ingredients away from this crowd pleasing chili.
Get the recipe: White Chicken Chili
Bourbon Chicken Freezer to Slow Cooker Meal
This sweet chicken is so yummy over rice or roasted vegetables.
Get the recipe: Bourbon Chicken Freezer to Slow Cooker Meal
This flavorful roast also makes excellent French Dip sandwiches!
Get the recipe: Mississippi Roast
Chicken Cheese Steaks
These chicken cheesesteaks are a favorite in my house.
Get the recipe: Chicken Cheesesteaks
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Crock Pot Ribs
These tender ribs will be your new favorite.
Get the recipe: Crock Pot Ribs
Crock Pot Beef Stew
You can’t ever go wrong with a hearty, cozy stew.
Get the recipe: Crock Pot Beef Stew
Crock Pot Tortellini Soup
Store-bought tortellini makes this soup come together in a flash.
Get the recipe: Crock Pot Tortellini Soup
Ham and Potato Cheese Soup
This creamy, cheesy soup is the ultimate comfort food that tastes great in summer, too.
Get the recipe: Ham and Potato Cheese Soup
Lemon Garlic Chicken
Keep bags of this marinated chicken in the freezer for a quick meal that is ready to dump in the crockpot!
Get the recipe: Lemon Garlic Chicken
This simple dish is so much better than take-out!
Get the recipe: Pepper Steak
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Crockpot Ranch Chicken and Potatoes
Just five ingredients and a few hours yields a meal that is full of meat AND veggies!
Get the recipe: Crockpot Ranch Chicken and Potatoes
Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli
This healthy dish is a meal you can feel good about.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
This addictive chicken is perfect piled on sandwich buns.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos
This tender shredded chicken is perfect for Taco Tuesday.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos
Smothered Pork Chops
These smothered pork chops are country cooking at its finest.
Get the recipe: Smothered Pork Chops
Southwest Crockpot Quinoa and Veggies
This vegetarian dish is packed full of protein.
Get the recipe: Southwest Crockpot Quinoa and Veggies
This simple dish is versatile. Serve it with chips or drain and serve over taco salad.
Get the recipe: Taco Soup
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