When It's Too Hot To Cook, Try These 27 Summer Crock Pot Dump Meals

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 p.m., 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 is 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.

Why Crock Pots are great for preparing easy dump meals

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.

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

Make the most of your slow cooker this season with these summer Crock Pot dump meals that never disappoint, from Whiskey Meatballs and Chicken Cheesesteaks to Beef Broccoli and Easy Chicken Parmigiana Meatloaf. Your summer just got easier—and you’re welcome!

<p>Enjoy summer’s citrus vibes with a perfect slow-cooker ginger orange beef.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/842358/kristamarshall/slow-cooker-ginger-orange-beef/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Slow-Cooker Ginger Orange Beef;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Slow-Cooker Ginger Orange Beef</a></strong></p>
<p>Spaghetti squash makes a delicious carb-cutting alternative to pasta in this meal. Subbing ground turkey for beef means less saturated fat.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/842763/communitytable/slow-cooker-spaghetti-squash-with-turkey-meat-sauce/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meat Sauce;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meat Sauce</a></strong></p>
<p>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. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/903028/parade/easiest-ever-slow-cooker-meatloaf-potatoes/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Easiest-Ever Slow-Cooker Meatloaf & Potatoes;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Easiest-Ever Slow-Cooker Meatloaf & Potatoes</a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/75-foolproof-crock-pot-soup-201618837.html" data-ylk="slk:Best Crockpot Soup Recipes;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link;ct:story;" class="link  yahoo-link">Best Crockpot Soup Recipes</a></strong></p>
<p>Krista Marshall</p><p>Cook up one of the ultimate comfort foods in your Crock Pot with these Swedish meatballs.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/1345001/kristamarshall/swedish-meatballs-crockpot/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs</a></strong></p>
<p>This flavorful shredded chicken filling is great in burritos, tacos or a chicken taco salad. Leftovers are delicious for lunch!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/903065/parade/add-slow-cooker-chicken-burritos-to-your-back-to-school-dinner-rotation/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Slow-Cooker Chicken Burritos;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Slow-Cooker Chicken Burritos</a></strong></p>
<p>This slow cooker meatloaf is a pot of cheesy goodness! Add potatoes around the pan in the slow cooker to make a complete meal. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="/249785/parade/slow-cooker-chicken-parmigiana-meatloaf/" data-ylk="slk:Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana Meatloaf;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana Meatloaf</a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://parade.com/850290/carolborchardt/25-modern-meatloaf-recipes-for-the-perfect-comforting-dinner/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Moden Meatloaf Recipes;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Moden Meatloaf Recipes</a></strong></p>
<p>Spiced chicken, butternut squash and tomatoes that have been slow-cooked for hours are the perfect accompaniments for crumbly couscous.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/29522/dash/slow-cooker-moroccan-chicken-with-couscous/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Couscous;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Couscous</a></strong></p>
<p>This saucy chicken is perfect over pasta or rice. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://quirkyinspired.com/dump-chicken-recipes/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Garlic Parmesan Chicken;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Garlic Parmesan Chicken</a></strong></p>

This saucy chicken is perfect over pasta or rice.

Get the recipe: Garlic Parmesan Chicken

<p>This meatballs are perfect for game day. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.plainchicken.com/2014/11/slow-cooker-whiskey-meatballs-football.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Whiskey Meatballs;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Whiskey Meatballs</a></strong></p>

This meatballs are perfect for game day.

Get the recipe: Whiskey Meatballs

<p>This creamy, spicy dish is sure to please! </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://myheavenlyrecipes.com/crock-pot-chicken-fajita-pasta/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Chicken Fajita Pasta;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Chicken Fajita Pasta</a></strong></p>

This creamy, spicy dish is sure to please!

Get the recipe: Chicken Fajita Pasta

<p>You're only five ingredients away from this crowd pleasing chili. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/5-ingredient-easy-white-chicken-chili-recipe/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:White Chicken Chili;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">White Chicken Chili</a></strong></p>
<p>This sweet chicken is so yummy over rice or roasted vegetables. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://bargainbriana.com/bourbon-chicken/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bourbon Chicken Freezer to Slow Cooker Meal;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Bourbon Chicken Freezer to Slow Cooker Meal</a></strong></p>
<p>This flavorful roast also makes excellent French Dip sandwiches! </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.thesupermomchef.com/?p=1060" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mississippi Roast;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Mississippi Roast</a></strong></p>

This flavorful roast also makes excellent French Dip sandwiches!

Get the recipe: Mississippi Roast

<p>These chicken cheesesteaks are a favorite in my house. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://life-in-the-lofthouse.com/crock-pot-chicken-cheesesteak-sandwiches/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Chicken Cheesesteaks;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Chicken Cheesesteaks</a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://parade.com/1354669/theresagreco/stromboli-recipe/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Best Cheesesteak Stromboli Recipe;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Best Cheesesteak Stromboli Recipe</a></strong></p>
<p>These tender ribs will be your new favorite. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.therisingspoon.com/2016/05/crock-pot-bbq-ribs.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crock Pot Ribs;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Crock Pot Ribs</a></strong></p>

These tender ribs will be your new favorite.

Get the recipe: Crock Pot Ribs

<p>You can't ever go wrong with a hearty, cozy stew. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://life-in-the-lofthouse.com/crock-pot-beef-stew/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crock Pot Beef Stew;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Crock Pot Beef Stew</a></strong></p>

You can't ever go wrong with a hearty, cozy stew.

Get the recipe: Crock Pot Beef Stew

<p>Store-bought tortellini makes this soup come together in a flash. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.foodsofourlives.com/2013/09/crockpot-dump-and-cook-tortellini-soup/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crock Pot Tortellini Soup;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Crock Pot Tortellini Soup</a></strong></p>
<p>This creamy, cheesy soup is the ultimate comfort food that tastes great in summer, too.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://realhousemoms.com/slow-cooker-ham-and-potato-cheese-soup/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ham and Potato Cheese Soup;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Ham and Potato Cheese Soup</a></strong></p>
<p>Keep bags of this marinated chicken in the freezer for a quick meal that is ready to dump in the crockpot! </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2014/10/lemon-garlic-dump-chicken-whats-dinner.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lemon Garlic Chicken;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Lemon Garlic Chicken</a></strong></p>
<p>This simple dish is so much better than take-out! </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.themagicalslowcooker.com/2015/09/07/pepper-steak/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pepper Steak;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Pepper Steak</a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/40-steak-recipes-bring-steakhouse-231058426.html" data-ylk="slk:Easy Steak Dinners;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link;ct:story;" class="link  yahoo-link">Easy Steak Dinners</a></strong></p>
<p>Just five ingredients and a few hours yields a meal that is full of meat AND veggies! </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://momswithcrockpots.com/crockpot-ranch-chicken-dinner/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crockpot Ranch Chicken and Potatoes;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Crockpot Ranch Chicken and Potatoes</a></strong></p>
<p>This healthy dish is a meal you can feel good about. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/slow-cooker-broccoli-beef" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli</a></strong></p>

This healthy dish is a meal you can feel good about.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli

<p>This addictive chicken is perfect piled on sandwich buns. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://cookiesandcups.com/slow-cooker-crack-chicken/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Slow Cooker Crack Chicken;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Slow Cooker Crack Chicken</a></strong></p>

This addictive chicken is perfect piled on sandwich buns.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

<p>This tender shredded chicken is perfect for taco Tuesday. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://whoneedsacape.com/2014/04/slow-cooker-ranch-chicken-tacos/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos</a></strong></p>
<p>These smothered pork chops are country cooking at its finest. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.thecountrycook.net/2011/01/slow-cooker-pork-chops.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Smothered Pork Chops;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Smothered Pork Chops</a></strong></p>

These smothered pork chops are country cooking at its finest.

Get the recipe: Smothered Pork Chops

<p>This vegetarian dish is packed full of protein. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/slow-cooker-southwestern-fajita-quinoa/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Southwest Crockpot Quinoa and Veggies;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Southwest Crockpot Quinoa and Veggies</a></strong></p>
<p>This simple dish is versatile. Serve it with chips or drain and serve over taco salad. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.passionforsavings.com/easy-crockpot-taco-soup-recipe/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Taco Soup;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Taco Soup</a></strong></p>

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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