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The cold and dreary days are over, and you’re thinking of retiring your slow-cooker for the season. Not so fast, hotshot: You really should be using this wonder appliance throughout the summer. Here, 17 delicious Crock-Pot recipes to make from now through Labor Day.

tacos

Slow-Cooker Carnitas

¡It’s a fiesta!

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stew

Slow-Cooker Seafood Stew

Nothing says summer like seafood.

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lettucewrsp

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Skip the takeout boxes.

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spinach

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

No summer BBQ is complete without a little party dip.

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corn

Corn and Jalapeño Dip

...or two.

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lasagn

Spinach Ricotta Lasagna

A lightened-up version of the classic.

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chowder

Summer Corn Chowder

It’s chowdah season.

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pork

Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork

Did someone say sliders?

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paella

Slow-Cooker Paella

#fancy.

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plumbutter

Blueberry Plum Butter

Whip out the English muffins.

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tauito

Honey Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

Every once in a while you need a good finger food.

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salmon

Slow-Cooker Poached Salmon with Lemons and Herbs

Sometimes less is more, like this simple (but seriously flavorful) poached salmon.

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taco2

Slow-Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos

You can never have too many taco recipes in your arsenal.

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ribs

BBQ Ribs

These bad boys fall right off the bone.

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wings

Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings

Everything’s better when wings are involved.

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grits

Shrimp and Cheesy Grits

Make this southern staple all summer long.

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cobbler

Berry Cobbler

Dessert, anyone?

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