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
Recommended: Grandma's Best Suppers
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 12 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged 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 each: 214 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 764mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g 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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Airdriegirl User ID: 7650873 16847
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!"

sjacnsmith User ID: 4105236 14308
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."

shelleyshain User ID: 3118380 44660
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009

"This has become one of our family favorites."

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