This Potato Corn Chowder is a thick, hearty, creamy, and flavorful soup. It’s made with smoky bacon, creamy potatoes, and sweet corn.
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Is there anything better than a comforting, cozy bowl of corn chowder? I don’t think so.
This Potato Corn Chowder is one of my favorite corn chowder recipes. This 30-minute recipe is loaded with fluffy potatoes, delicious seasonings, and bacon. It’s rich, hearty, creamy, thick, and delicious. A dinner everyone will love!
- Bacon: you’ll need 2 slices of diced thick-cut bacon. I don’t recommend turkey bacon because we need the fat to cook the vegetables.
- Aromatics: we’re creating a delicious flavor base with diced onion, celery, and minced garlic.
- Seasonings: a simple blend of salt, dried thyme, and black pepper gives the Potato Corn Chowder just the flavor it needs.
- Chicken Broth: as always, I like to use low sodium chicken broth so I can control the saltiness of the soup. If you only have regular broth, reduce the salt accordingly.
- Potatoes: any variety of potatoes will work. Just dice them up uniformly so they cook at the same rate.
- Corn: fresh or frozen corn will work.
- Milk or Cream: the higher the fat content, the creamier and richer the soup will be. I recommend a higher fat dairy because there’s less of a chance that it will curdle.
- Cornstarch: cornstarch is mixed with milk or cream to form a slurry which helps thicken the soup.
- For Serving: top your Potato Corn Chowder off with your favorite cheese, chopped green onions, and a sprinkle of crispy bacon bits.
How to Make Potato Corn Chowder
This classic soup is ready to go in just over 30 minutes!
- Brown the bacon and aromatics: In a large pot, cook the bacon until browned. Add the onion and celery and cook until the onion is browned, then stir in the garlic and seasonings. Cook for 1 minute.
- Add the veggies and broth: Pour in the broth, then add the potatoes and corn. Simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, then reduce the heat to low.
- Finish and Serve: In a small bowl, whisk together milk/cream and cornstarch, then slowly whisk that into the soup until thickened. Serve and enjoy.
Potato Corn Chowder FAQs
It usually takes just 15-20 minutes for the potatoes in my Potato Corn Chowder to cook all the way through. However, this does depend on the size of your potato cubes, so be sure to check that they’re fork-tender before serving.
The corn chowder is thickened using a mixture of milk or cream and cornstarch. This slurry is whisked into the soup to create a thicker, creamier texture. You can also remove some of the soup and puree it to thicken if you prefer.
Totally! I love making soups in the crockpot because they can cook away all day and you don’t have to babysit. To make corn chowder in your slow cooker, cook the bacon in a skillet, then add the onion, celery, and spices. Dump that into your crockpot, add the potatoes, corn, and broth, and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Thicken with milk or cream and cornstarch, then serve.
I don’t recommend freezing this soup because of the dairy and potatoes. If you choose to, just know that the potatoes will take on a difference texture and the milk may separate.
Leftover Potato Corn Chowder will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days. To reheat, warm on the stove until heated through.
- Add more veggies. You can easily add in extra veggies if that’s your style. Just make sure they are sized properly so they cook in roughly the same amount of time as the potatoes. You don’t want to end up with mushy veggies.
- Spice it up. Give your chowder a kick of heat with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
- Make vegetarian corn chowder. Just leave out the bacon and use vegetable broth!
- Add more meat. Try cooked, crumbled sausage or chicken breast. You can add the chicken right into the soup and it will cook as the soup simmers. Just remove it and chop it up before serving!
- Make it creamier. Make your chowder a little thicker by taking a portion of it out of the pot, blending it up, then adding it back in. The blended potatoes will give it a deliciously creamy texture.
This Potato Corn Chowder is a hearty and delicious meal all on its own. However, it would be also be great served with a chunk of crusty bread or a slice of Garlic Bread, a pile of Roasted Veggies, or as a side dish next to Baked Chicken or Air Fryer Pork Chops!
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Potato Corn Chowder
- 2 slices thick cut bacon diced
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 stalk celery sliced
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 4 medium potatoes diced
- 3 cups fresh or frozen corn
- 3/4 cup whole milk or cream
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- cheese, green onions, bacon bits as desired for serving
- In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, cook bacon until browned.
- Add onion and celery, cooking and stirring until the onion starts to brown. Add garlic, salt, thyme and pepper and cook 1 minute.
- Stir in broth, scraping the bottom of the pot to remove any browned bits.
- Add potatoes and corn. Stir, bring to a simmer, and reduce heat to medium.
- Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until potatoes are tender. Reduce heat to low.
- Combine milk and corn starch and gradually whisk into soup mixture, a little at a time, until thickened slightly.
- Serve as desired.
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