Easy Summer Slow Cooker Recipes That Will Keep Your Kitchen Cool

1.Spicy Buffalo Tacos

Make tacos easier than ever with this hands-off slow cooker taco recipe. If you prefer, make these buffalo tacos with ground beef instead.
Prep:
30 mins
Slow-Cook:
6 hrs
Total:
6 hrs 30 mins
Yield:
14 tacos
Spicy Buffalo Tacos Jason Donnelly

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large nonstick skillet cook buffalo, onion, and garlic over medium-high heat until brown, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat. Spoon meat mixture into a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Add beans, kale, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chile peppers, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours.

  • Divide romaine among warmed flour tortillas. Top each with about 1/2 cup of the meat-bean mixture. Top with chopped tomatoes, green onions, and cheese.

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Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts

 
289 calories; fat 7g; cholesterol 16mg; saturated fat 2g; carbohydrates 42g; mono fat 2g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 5g; sugars 3g; protein 16g; vitamin a 3158.4IU; vitamin c 62.6mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 1.8mg; vitamin b6 0.2mg; folate 32.3mcg; vitamin b12 0.9mcg; sodium 659mg; potassium 458mg; calcium 191.8mg; iron 5.4mg.

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Pesto Chicken Sandwiches
Dine out at home with chicken sandwiches just like those served in fancy bistros. Ciabatta bread is available at most bakeries and supermarkets.
Prep:
30 mins
Cook:
4 hrs
Total:
4 hrs 30 mins
Yield:
6 to 8 sandwiches
Pesto Chicken Sandwiches Blaine Moats

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a small bowl combine Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Sprinkle mixture evenly over all sides of chicken; rub into chicken with your fingers. Place chicken in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker.

  • Add onion, mushrooms, and garlic. In a bowl combine tomatoes and vinegar; pour over chicken mixture in cooker.

  • Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 2-1/2 hours. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in zucchini and sweet pepper. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 30 minutes more.

  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine mayonnaise and pesto. Spread pesto mixture evenly over cut sides of bread.

  • Transfer chicken to a cutting board. Using a slotted spoon, spoon vegetable mixture onto bread bottom. Discard cooking juices. Thinly slice chicken. Arrange chicken slices over vegetables. Add basil and bread top. Cut loaf into 6 or 8 serving-size portions.

Nutrition Facts

 
447 calories; fat 16g; cholesterol 50mg; saturated fat 3g; carbohydrates 48g; mono fat 1g; poly fat 7g; insoluble fiber 5g; sugars 6g; protein 27g; vitamin a 1263.3IU; vitamin c 45.5mg; thiamin 0.5mg; riboflavin 0.5mg; niacin equivalents 11.6mg; vitamin b6 0.6mg; folate 177.4mcg; vitamin b12 0.2mcg; sodium 830mg; potassium 593mg; calcium 111.1mg; iron 3.6mg.

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