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12 Easy Slow-Cooker Meals for Summer

Slow-Cooker Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken
Want to know how to make some delicious food and minimize heating up the kitchen? Two words, homie: slow cooker. Keep cool with these beat-the-heat slow-cooker recipes.
By Burn The Wine

I recently had a conversation with a friend regarding the imminent sweltering heat of summer. He had just purchased a 6,000-pound air conditioner that he couldn’t get up the stairs to his place. To which I (ever the optimist) said that maybe this summer wouldn’t be so bad and he wouldn’t even need it! He responded with a flat, dead-eyed stare.

Okay, fine; I get it. Summer’s hot – that’s kind of the whole deal.

So let’s break it down: we wanna avoid the heat, but we need to make food. Somehow the kitchen is going to be involved. Want to know how to make some delicious food and minimize heating up the kitchen? Two words: slow cooker. Yes indeedy! Here’s a list of some delicious noms that will really help you keep your cool.


1.  Slow-Cooker Three Bean and Turkey Chili

Slow-Cooker Three Bean and Turkey Chili

Hearty, yummy and easy-peasy; this great chili is sure to please.

Slow-Cooker Pineapple Pork Tacos

Portable foods are always a great option for summer. These tacos feature the sweet tang of pineapple.

Slow-Cooker Barbecued Pulled Pork Fajitas

Nicely spiced with cumin, chili powder, salsa and a smidge of BBQ sauce for sweetness, these pork fajitas will have you saying “¡olé!”

Slow-Cooker Mexican Beef Stew

Old El Paso taco seasoning, black beans and crisp sweet corn make this beef stew an utter delight.

Slow-Cooker Barbecued Ribs

You heard me: BBQ ribs in your slow cooker. An awesome alternative for those nights that are too bug-ridden or too dang hot to bother with outside.

Slow-Cooker Lasagna

I’m always amazed and astounded by human ingenuity, and would like to present this sterling example for your eyes. Make the most delicious of lasagnas with your slow cooker!

Slow-Cooker Chipotle Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I personally can attest to the powerful and delectable spice of chipotle peppers bathed in adobo sauce. Now you’re playing with fuego!

Slow-Cooker Cheesy Corn Dog Casserole

You could almost argue that this is a fancible take on a deconstructed corn dog – right before you demolish it with your face!

Slow-Cooker Curried Squash Soup

We can both agree that curry is amazeballs, right? I mean, you’re a reasonable, intelligent and attractive person; you already know this. Cleverly employ the use of your slow cooker to make your new flavorful, most favorite soup ever.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

I freakin’ love enchilada soup. I would totally steal too many samples when it was available in the cafeteria at university. That’s how good it is; it makes an otherwise morally upright person take more than the allotted number of samples. Imagine the power you’ll wield when you make this!

Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

If you love the that Buffalo sauce heat and that cooling blue cheese tang, this chili recipe is right up your alley.

Slow-Cooker Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken

An oldie but a goodie: juicy chicken thighs with a sweet and savory sauce that’s made with pantry ingredients you definitely already have handy.

Don’t stop at dinner! Keep your kitchen cool all summer long with slow-cooker desserts, too.


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