Beef and Bacon Chowder Recipe

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My mother discovered this recipe while I was still a child, and we loved it! To save time, I sometimes cook the carrots and potatoes in the microwave. Either way, this chowder is perfect for a family supper and special enough for company.—Marilyn Yost, Livingston, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:10-12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 12 bacon strips, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 to 3 cups diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 to 4 cups diced peeled potatoes, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups sliced fresh carrots, cooked and drained
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 214 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 764 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 13 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp; pour off drippings and remove bacon to paper towel to drain.
  2. In the same skillet, cook the beef, celery and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink and the vegetables are tender; drain. Add the soup, milk, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper and reserved bacon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until heated through. Garnish with parsley. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Beef and Bacon Chowder in Country Ground Beef 1993, p17

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Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"We had this tonight for supper and everyone loved it. I agree with a previous review that 2 tsp of salt would be too much. I just added salt to taste. This recipe will go into my regular rotation!"

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"This is a very tasty soup but called for WAY too much salt, and I'm not typically shy about using it. Maybe bacon varies in it's salt content but 1/2 tsp. would have been plenty instead of the 2 tsp. it called for. I recommend tasting the soup before adding the salt."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009

"This has become one of our family favorites."

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