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Top 10 Summer Crockpot Recipes

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These ten crockpot recipes are ideal for summer cooking. The crockpot doesn't emit much heat which makes it perfect for the summer kitchen. Side dishes like rich and creamy potatoes are perfect to serve with grilled steak or chicken. And preparing salad ingredients like rice, chicken, and sweet potatoes in the crockpot means you don't have to turn on the oven or heat up a pot of boiling water. Finally, chocolate sauce made in the crockpot is perfect over ice cream. Stay cool!

1. Crockpot Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Easy Meatballs
Linda Larsen

This excellent recipe can be served as an appetizer, or you can nestle the meatballs in hot dog buns with some lettuce and chopped tomatoes for a quick and easy sandwich. The flavor is really wonderful - and it's a three ingredient recipe!

2. Pesto Chicken Crockpot Pitas

Chicken Pesto Pitas
Linda Larsen
Make this delicious chicken thigh filling in your crockpot, then combine it with mayo, basil, Havarti cheese, and avocados to fill whole wheat pita breads. Yum.

3. Crockpot Barley Black Bean Salad

Barley Black Bean Salad
Linda Larsen

This nutritious and delicious vegetarian main dish salad is perfect for a summer lunch or even a picnic. Barley and black beans cook to perfection in the slow cooker until you're ready to assemble the salad.

4. Crockpot Chili Dogs

Crockpot Chili Dog
Linda Larsen

Chili dogs in the crockpot! You can use any type of hot dog or sausage in this super easy recipe. I like using Polish sausages because the flavor is so good. And use any kind of canned chili and any kind of cheese. The only thing I insist upon is that you toast the hot dog buns for some crunch.

5. BBQ Chicken Drummies

Chicken wings are always welcome as an appetizer. They're really delicious to serve while you're grilling, since everyone's appetite is whetted by flavors drifting off the grill.

6. Chicken Taco Crockpot Filling

I usually think of tacos as a winter food, but with this filling and some fresh ingredients from the garden, they would be excellent for entertaining or a family dinner.

7. Myron's Caramelized Onions

It's difficult to think of a better topping for grilled steak, fish, or chicken than caramelized onions. Made in the slow cooker, they're a snap.

8. Crockpot BBQ Pinto Beans

Barbecued beans are a classic side dish for grilled meats, especially ribs. This recipe is rich, with a wonderful depth of flavor.

9. Sweet and Sour Crockpot Ribs

These super easy ribs cook in the crockpot so all you have to do is fill it and let the machine do the rest of the work. It's really wonderful to come home to the aroma of ribs cooking in a fabulous sauce!

10. Crockpot Chocolate Sauce

Okay, this is a fondue recipe. But it also works really well as a topping for ice cream. Add some chopped brownies, a couple of fresh berries, and some whipped cream for a fabulous cool dessert with very little work.
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