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31 Slow-Cooker Recipes for July

Beat the July heat by letting your slow cooker do the work. With these simple sandwiches, easy sides and even desserts, menu planning couldn't be easier.

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Day 1: Slow-Cooked Peachy SpareribsTaste of Home

Day 1: Slow-Cooked Peachy Spareribs

Canned peaches make a delightful addition to my flavorful sparerib sauce. Served over rice, the sweet-tangy ribs make a sensational meal any time of the year.—Jeanne Brino, Woodbury, Minnesota

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Day 2: Beergarita Chicken TacosTaste of Home

Day 2: Beergarita Chicken Tacos

The first time I had a "beergarita" I loved it so much that it became the inspiration for these chicken tacos. They have traditional flavors with a fun margarita twist! —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Day 3: Slow-Cooker German BratwurstTaste of Home

Day 3: Slow-Cooker German Bratwurst

I created this Old World favorite from a dish I had in my travels. This flavorful slow-cooker bratwurst recipe is perfect for weeknights or special occasions. I like to serve it with pasta. —Gerald Hetrick, Erie, Pennsylvania

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Day 4: Slow-Cooked Blueberry Grunt	Taste of Home

Day 4: Slow-Cooked Blueberry Grunt

If you love blueberries, then you can't go wrong with this easy dessert. For a special treat, serve it warm with vanilla ice cream. —Cleo Gonske, Redding, California

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Day 5: Tangy Barbecue SandwichesTaste of Home

Day 5: Tangy Barbecue Sandwiches

Since I prepare the beef for these robust sandwiches in the slow cooker, it's easy to fix a meal for a hungry bunch. The savory homemade sauce assures I come home with no leftovers. —Debbi Smith, Crossett, Arkansas

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Day 6: Hawaiian Kielbasa Sandwiches	Taste of Home

Day 6: Hawaiian Kielbasa Sandwiches

If you are looking for a different way to use kielbasa, the sweet and mildly spicy flavor of these sandwiches is a nice change of pace.—Judy Dames, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania

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Day 7: Saucy Scalloped PotatoesTaste of Home

Day 7: Saucy Scalloped Potatoes

For old-fashioned flavor, try these scalloped potatoes. They cook up tender, creamy and comforting and chopped ham adds a hearty touch. —Elaine Kane, Keizer, Oregon

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Day 8: Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Wings	Taste of Home

Day 8: Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Wings

These slow cooker wings are a fun appetizer for gatherings. I sometimes like to serve the saucy chicken over rice as a main dish. Either way you do it, these Asian-inspired wings will be a hit! —June Eberhardt, Marysville, California

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Day 9: Slow-Cooked Mandarin ChickenTaste of Home

Day 9: Slow-Cooked Mandarin Chicken

Oranges and olives are elegantly paired in this different but delicious dish. The chicken is marinated, then cooked slowly in a flavorful sauce, so it stays moist. —Aney Chatterson, Soda Springs, Idaho

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Day 10: Lemon Red PotatoesTaste of Home

Day 10: Lemon Red Potatoes

Butter, lemon juice, parsley and chives enhance this simple side dish. I usually prepare these potatoes when I'm having company. Since they cook in the slow cooker, there's plenty of room on the stove for other dishes. —Tara Branham, Austin, Texas

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Day 11: Meat Loaf BurgersTaste of Home

Day 11: Meat Loaf Burgers

These hearty meat loaf sandwiches are great for potluck dinners. Served on hamburger buns, the beefy patties get extra flavor when topped with the seasoned tomato sauce. —Peggy Burdick, Burlington, Michigan

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Day 12: Barbecued BeansTaste of Home

Day 12: Barbecued Beans

Most members of my family would agree that no picnic is complete until these delicious beans have made their appearance. Preparing them in a slow cooker makes them easy to transport to any gathering. —Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida

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Day 13: Italian Meatball SubsTaste of Home

Day 13: Italian Meatball Subs

This is one of those recipes you always come back to. A flavorful tomato sauce and mildly spiced meatballs make a hearty sandwich filling, or they can be served over pasta. I broil the meatballs first to quickly brown them. —Jean Glacken, Elkton, Maryland

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Day 14: Caribbean Curried Chicken	Taste of Home

Day 14: Caribbean Curried Chicken

Having grown up in the Virgin Islands, I've eaten my fair share of authentic curried chicken. This recipe hits the mark with big, bold flavors. It's delicious served over rice. —Sharon Gibson, Hendersonville, North Carolina

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Day 15: Cheesy SpinachTaste of Home

Day 15: Cheesy Spinach

My daughter often serves this cheese and spinach blend at church suppers. Even people who don't usually eat spinach like this flavorful dish once they try it. There are never any leftovers. —Frances Moore, Decatur, Illinois

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Day 16: Sweet 'n' Sour RibsTaste of Home

Day 16: Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs

If you're looking for a change from typical barbecue ribs, you'll enjoy this recipe my mom always prepared on birthdays and special occasions. The tender ribs have a slight sweet-and-sour taste that my family loves. I usually serve them with garlic mashed potatoes and a salad or coleslaw. —Dorothy Voelz, Champaign, Illinois

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Day 17: Melt-in-Your-Mouth SausagesTaste of Home

Day 17: Melt-in-Your-Mouth Sausages

My family loves this recipe. It’s such a good all-around dish, either for sandwiches like these or served with hot cooked spaghetti.

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Day 18: Stuffed Sweet PeppersTaste of Home

Day 18: Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Italian sausage and feta cheese give zest to the rice filling in these tender peppers I've prepared often over the years. When I was married in 1970, slow cookers were the rage. In our home, it's one appliance that's never gone out of style. —Judy Earl, Sarasota, Florida

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Day 19: Slow-Cooker Bananas FosterTaste of Home

Day 19: Slow-Cooker Bananas Foster

The flavors of caramel, rum and walnut naturally complement fresh bananas in this classic dessert made easy! —Crystal Jo Bruns, Iliff, Colorado

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Day 20: Root Beer Pulled Pork Nachos	Taste of Home

Day 20: Root Beer Pulled Pork Nachos

I count on my slow cooker to do the honors when I have a house full of summer guests. Teenagers especially love DIY nachos. Try cola, ginger ale or lemon-lime soda if you’re not into root beer. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

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Day 21: Four-Bean MedleyTaste of Home

Day 21: Four-Bean Medley

This side dish always gets compliments. It’s easy to make ahead and simmer in the slow cooker, so it’s super convenient to take to potlucks and church get-togethers. —Susanne Wasson, Montgomery, New York

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Day 22: Saucy Italian RoastTaste of Home

Day 22: Saucy Italian Roast

This tender roast is one of my favorite set-and-forget meals. I thicken the juices with a little flour and add ketchup, then serve the sauce and beef slices over pasta. —Jan Roat, Red Lodge, Montana

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Day 23: Slow-Cooked BroccoliTaste of Home

Day 23: Slow-Cooked Broccoli

This family-favorite side dish is quick to fix and full of flavor. Because it simmers in a slow cooker, it frees up my oven for other things. That's a tremendous help when I'm prepping a big meal at home. —Connie Slocum, Antioch, Tennessee

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Day 24: Slow-Cooker Caponata	Taste of Home

Day 24: Slow-Cooker Caponata

This Italian eggplant dip preps quickly and actually gets better as it stands. Serve it warm or at room temperature. Try adding a little leftover caponata to scrambled eggs for a savory breakfast. —Nancy Beckman, Helena, Montana

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Day 25: Creamy Red PotatoesTaste of Home

Day 25: Creamy Red Potatoes

This rich and creamy potato side dish is my go-to for potlucks. It’s super easy to double, so I usually do. Folks almost always take seconds, and I almost always get compliments. —Shelia Schmitt, Topeka, Kansas

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Day 26: Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Day 26: Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Salad

My husband and sons love chicken with blue cheese, so I created this salad. You can even make the chicken the day before and reheat when ready to serve. —Shauna Havey, Roy, Utah

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Day 27: Green Chili Beef BurritosTaste of Home

Day 27: Green Chili Beef Burritos

Recipes that are leaner in fat and calories—like the one for these burritos—helped me lose 30 pounds! The meat is so tender and delicious. —Shirley Davidson, Thornton, Colorado

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Day 28: Bandito Chili DogsTaste of Home

Day 28: Bandito Chili Dogs

These deluxe chili dogs are a surefire hit at family functions and tailgates. Adults and children alike love the cheesy chili sauce, and the toppings are fun! —Marion Lowery, Medford, Oregon

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Day 29: Slow Cooker Berry CobblerTaste of Home

Day 29: Slow Cooker Berry Cobbler

I adapted my mom's yummy cobbler recipe for slow cooking. With the hot summers here in Arizona, we can still enjoy this comforting dessert, and I don't have to turn on the oven. —Karen Jarocki, Yuma, Arizona

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Day 30: Slow-Cooked Chicken Caesar WrapsTaste of Home

Day 30: Slow-Cooked Chicken Caesar Wraps

I first created these slow-cooker chicken Caesar wraps for our daughter who loves Caesar salads, then later for our extended family on vacation. It's such an easy meal—perfect for days when you'd rather be outside than inside cooking all day. —Christine Hadden, Whitman, Massachusetts

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Day 31: Slow-Cooked SmokiesTaste of Home

Day 31: Slow-Cooked Smokies

I like to include these little smokies smothered in barbecue sauce on all my appetizer buffets since they're popular with both children and adults. —Sundra Hauck, Bogalusa, Louisiana

Sue Stetzel
Sue has been part of the Taste of Home family for over 16 years. Her collection of magazines dates back to the premier issue in 1993. When she isn’t writing, she’s answer your burning cooking questions and working with our team of Volunteer Field Editors.

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