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10 Slow Cooker Recipes For When It's Too Hot To Cook

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Buying a slow cooker is one of the best decisions any home cook can make.

Not only will you save time and money, you will be cooking more because the recipes are so easy and require very minimal prep.

You'll be able to spend more time at the dining table and less in the kitchen, especially during the summer months when temperatures keep rising. When it gets too hot to turn on the oven, switch on the slow cooker and try one of these creative and scrumptious recipes we've rounded up for you.  

There's a recipe for every meal, from side dishes for your BBQ fare to main courses that you can make while you head for the beach.

1. Spicy Sausage and Cheese Dip

This cheese dip kicks it up a notch with the addition of spicy sausage, jalapeno and salsa. The recipe also calls for sour cream and a bit of milk to keep it smooth, creamy and easy to dip. Serve with chips, crackers or baked tortillas for a combo that'll keep everyone begging for more.

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2. Honey Lime Chicken Taco Cups

Add a touch of summer to your taco night with these fiesta-worthy bite-sized honey lime chicken taco cups seasoned. The tangy mango guacamole topping not only adds an irresistible flavor, it also creates a perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

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3. Garlic Ale Beef Sliders

What's a summer without sliders? Burgers are great but there's nothing like the bold taste of beer-infused garlic slow cooked beef topped with cheese. Serve it on a warm, toasted buns and you'll have a very happy crowd.

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4. Barbecue Crock Pot Chicken

For those days when you don't have the patience to stand over a stove or BBQ, opt for this juicy and tender pulled chicken sandwich. There's no special prep required so you can just throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker then kick-back and relax.

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Wait! There's more! Check out the next page for more summertime slow cooker recipes including dessert.

The slow cooker isn't just for lunch and dinner meals, you won't believe the number of tasty breakfast dishes and desserts you can make using the countertop appliance.

5. Chocolate Lava Cake

After a long day at the pool or beach, you deserve to treat yourself to a slow cooker decadent chocolate lava cake. Top it with your favorite ice cream flavor for an even more indulging treat to cool down with.

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6. Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal

Gingerbread isn't just for the holiday season. This cookie-flavored oatmeal is a hearty breakfast that will help you effortlessly start the day right. Top it up with your choice of fruit for a perfectly balanced meal.

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7. Honey Buffalo Meatballs

This is not your typical meatball meatball recipe. This slow cooker meatball dish gets its distinct taste by combining two contrasting flavors, honey and buffalo, so that every bite is filled with a hint of sweetness and slight piquancy.

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Click on the next page for even more irresistible slow cooker recipes.

8. Parmesan Honey Pork Roast

Shutting off the oven doesn't mean you don't get to enjoy a yummy comfort meal. Impress with a delightful pork roast slow cooked in a delectable mixture of parmesan cheese, honey, soy sauce, garlic and basil.

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9. Crockpot Orange Chicken

There's no better time than summer to infuse your dishes with citrus. If you're craving takeout, opt for this Chinese-inspired orange chicken instead. Not only is it easy to throw together, it's also very budget friendly. Serve it with rice and your favorite veggies for a filling meal that you can even pack up for lunch the next day.

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10. Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

One of the easiest and tastiest sides you can add to any meal is a baked potato. All you have to do for these incredible loaded baked potatoes is wrap them up in foil and stick them in the slow cooker for the fluffiest results.

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Which one are you looking forward to try? Let us know in the comments!