Chuck Wagon Chowder Recipe

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Serve fresh fruit or a salad with this hearty chowder and you have a complete meal! My family really enjoys it.—Regina Somerlot, Wabash, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 quart plus 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 package (1 pound) noodles
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 to 2 cups (4 to 8 ounces each) shredded American cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 375 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 997 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 24 g protein.


  1. In a skillet, cook beef with onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the peas, tomatoes and tomato juice. Add noodles and seasonings.
  2. Cover and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring as needed. Reduce heat; simmer 10-15 minutes longer. Sprinkle cheese on top and let it melt before serving. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Chuck Wagon Chowder in Country Ground Beef 1993, p10

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