Cheesy Ham Chowder Recipe
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Cheesy Ham Chowder Recipe

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This recipe is one of my family's favorites. The chowder is chock-full of potatoes, ham and carrots. I like to make this comforting soup at least once or twice a month during the fall and winter. —Jennifer Trenhaile, Emerson, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 10 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2-1/2 cups cubed potatoes
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 418 calories, 28g fat (14g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 1056mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. In the drippings, saute onion and carrots until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually add milk and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Add the potatoes, corn, bouillon and pepper. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add cheese and ham; heat until cheese is melted. Stir in bacon. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Cheesy Ham Chowder in Quick Cooking September/October 2000, p7

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PastorTim User ID: 7965637 265804
Reviewed May. 9, 2017

"Absolutely delicious! Wouldn't change a thing!"

TrishtheDish1 User ID: 8923594 265239
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2017

"Very good! easy to make especially with leftover Easter ham. Not low calorie by any means. :-)"

MyBunBun User ID: 8652082 263555
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2017

"WONDERFUL CHOWDER! Although, don't use packaged shredded cheese ~ it curdles. Still tastes fab but doesn't present as well. A DEFINITE KEEPER!"

amygerman15 User ID: 6030819 261351
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2017

"I really liked. Jim and Austin so-so. Ashley- big NO"

Jasten User ID: 9012716 259023
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2017

"simply delicious. It only needs a couple TB of bacon grease. Also, you should add a dash or 2 of sage(or thyme) and a dash of garlic powder. These additions make it perfect!"

nsmom User ID: 3860578 258363
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2016

"Made this for dinner tonight and it's very good. I didn't have bacon so I added some extra ham. I will definitely make this again."

Christy User ID: 8976282 257440
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2016

"FANTASTIC! I included several minced garlic cloves along with the carrots & onion and sauteed in chicken broth as I used pre-cooked bacon. Also, used half evaporated milk and half 1% milk. Lastly, I used ham soup base/seasoning as alternative to the chicken bouillon.

Some may find it somewhat thick/hearty.... very easy to thin with chicken broth."

mpchei User ID: 4005980 257051
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2016

"Fantastic! Even my 12 year old twins who are NOT soup people proclaimed this the best soup they've ever had!"

Smaldonado User ID: 8714751 256009
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2016

"OMG! What a delicious soup. My husband wanted a soup the other day and a knew I printed this and I've been trying to make for a while. It turned out to be so hearty, thick, sweet tasty soup. The YUMS and MMHH were as loud as the clinking spoons on every bowl. I used beef bouillon instead of chicken(out of stock) lol. The potatoes, carrots and corn are perfect match. The bacon turns out to be almost difficult to notice, but you can still taste it. PERFECTA!"

rbyb User ID: 1319171 255424
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2016

"This was great and the whole family enjoyed! The pickiest grandson asked for seconds . . . a first for him! Thanks so much, will make again soon."

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