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Beat the heat with summer slow cooker recipes

By Hilary Meyer, June 16, 2010 - 11:54am

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Hilary asks: Do you use your slow cooker in the summer? What are your favorite summer slow cooker recipes?


I live in Phoenix, AZ and refuse to use my oven during the summer because it causes the electric bill to be even higher plus heats the house up horribly. I fix everything in my electric roaster and slow cooker once the temperatures start hitting 100+ degrees. I put all the ingredients in the slow cooker and then take it to the garage, plug it in and let it do all the hot work while I'm at work. It literally keeps the heat out of the kitchen.

I season pork chops, and then layer then in the slow cooker with cream of mushroom or chicken soup. No need to add water. If you want veggies you can put in some potatoes, onions, and they also help flavor.

A pot roast always works well in the slow cooker, I put my potatoes and cut-up onions on the bottom, season the meat with a packet of onion soup mix, put it on to & then add carrots & celery.

My favorite is to take a chuck roast and sprinkle with Hidden Valley Ranch dry dressing and a packet of dry au jus mix. Place a stick of butter on top of the roast and 5- 6 pepperoncini peppers. DO NOT ADD WATER. Cook on low for 7-8 hours. It's amazingly good and you can make gravy which has such a unique taste from the peppers. Note: Even tho the peppers are spicy if eaten alone and raw, this is not a spicy dish.


07/14/2014 - 11:43am

I like chicken drums or thighs, cooked with some sliced onion, a packet of dry onion soup and a can of apricots. Delicious.


07/14/2014 - 11:12am

I make yogurt in mine as well as crustless pumpkin pie. Yum!


07/06/2010 - 12:28am

I use my crock pot at least 3 times a week, every week from main meals to hot desserts (mostly in winter though). I never "prep" my meat by browning first, to me it tastes the same anyway when I did a couple times. My crock pot is my meal savior most days, I love that foods cook themselves with no babysitting and done when we are ready to eat.

Hmm, I seldom use crock pot recipes that use tomatoes, unless I am making soup.

My favorite way of making a whole chicken is in the crock pot. I cut off as much skin as possible, plop it in crock pot, season it, and use about 1/4 cup water and simmer on low for 6-8 hours, meat falls off the bone.


07/01/2010 - 11:50pm

Yes, I have a few favorites I can do with the slow cooker. That works great. One is a chicken dish, with added vegetables, Prego sauce, bay leaf, etc and for me alone, it provides 3 meals using 3 whole chicken legs. I do beans also, whether for myself or a church supper. A potroast of beef goes well. So many simple things can be done and it's so convenient.


06/30/2010 - 11:07am

Cooking for one is a drag so when I use my slow cooker I always prepare something I can serve in meal-size portions to stow in the freeze. Two of my favorites winter or summer are chicken paprika using either chicken wingettes or chicken drumettes sliced mushrooms, cream of mushroom soup, golden mushroom soup. I rinse and pat dry the wingettes, put them in the slow cooker on a bed of diced onion, liberally layering the chicken and mushrooms. wisk the 2 soups together, adding whatever herbs and spices tickle my fancy, then pour the soup mixture over everything else in the crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve over whole grain pasta - wide noodles, shells or rotini -- with a seasonal fruit salad.

My other favorite is what I call gringo chile. I brown about 1/2 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey) with diced onion and minced garlic, seasoned with sea salt and pepper. When meat mixture is no longer pink, I remove it to the slow cooker with a slotted spoon, and add 1 undrained can of Italian seasoned diced tomatoes, 2/3-3/4 cup (to taste) of mid to hot chopped green chile and 1 undrained can of Green Giant Southwestern style whole kernel corn with black beans. Cook for 6 hours on high. Serve garnished with either shredded jack cheese or a dollop of sour cream, warm tortillas or corn muffins.


06/29/2010 - 10:32pm

buy the book Fix and Forget it Lightly. Tons of crock pot recipes and definately ones without tomatoes!


06/29/2010 - 6:10pm

I bought a name brand slow cooker at a good price off the TV. they went on and on about it. when I actually decided to use the thing, I was looking for recipes, and was surprised and a little disappointed to find that most of the recipes called for prepping some of the food first - browning meats and other things. HMMM. So, I have only one or two things that I use it for, and don't see what all the fuss is about....


06/17/2010 - 5:57pm

I received a slow cooker as a gift, but I am at a loss to find recipies that DON'T include Tomatoes. It seems every book I read all the recipies have tomatoes in the recipies. We cannot eat tomates of citrus fruits I've search the internet and all I find are recipies for slow cookers all have tomatoes. Help please. Thank you. Lorraine


06/16/2010 - 7:43pm

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