Ham and Corn Chowder Recipe
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Ham and Corn Chowder Recipe

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My mother is an excellent cook who rarely follows a recipe exactly. My two sisters and I do the same thing, adding something here, omitting something there. With this soup, I sometimes leave out the bacon and butter, and have used canned corn and creamed corn with good results. We like to eat this soup with big soft hot pretzels instead of crackers. —Sharon Rose Brand, Stayton, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 8 bacon strips, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 3 cups cubed peeled potatoes (about 3 medium)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups whole milk, divided
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen whole kernel corn, divided
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 293 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 918mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon to paper towel to drain, reserving 1/4 cup drippings in pan. Saute the onion, celery and green pepper in drippings for 5 minutes. Add potatoes and broth. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Place 1/2 cup milk and 2 cups corn in a blender; cover and process until pureed. Pour into saucepan. Add ham and remaining corn; simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the butter, parsley, salt, pepper, pepper sauce if desired and remaining milk; heat through. Garnish with bacon. Yield: 10-12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Ham and Corn Chowder in Country Extra November 1994, p49

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Stazee User ID: 8032924 15323
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"I just made this and it is delish, I like that you put the corn and milk in the blender first, then add to the soup instead of trying to purée hot soup and getting all over the kitchen. I sautéed the ham with the veggies, and added half and half instead of milk at the end. I'd make it again"

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 37970
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"The only change I made was to replace the green pepper with diced carrot. The recipe was okay, but we didn't think it was anything special. We prefer the recipe for Creamy Corn Chowder"

tlgilmore User ID: 4535858 39901
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"The first time I made this I made it on the stove top. Tonight I put it in my crockpot. Still so yummy. I cooked the bacon and added the drippings to the crockpot. I put everything but the milk in (I even put the bacon in) and let is go for almost 4 hours. I then added the milk and let it go for about another hour. Turned out great. Looking forward to the leftovers tomorrow!"

Marianm3232 User ID: 5499406 37963
Reviewed May. 18, 2013


bschuck User ID: 3529989 11902
Reviewed May. 4, 2013

"Excellent soup recipe! Fast and easy to make. I omitted the green pepper & we thought this was delicious! The bacon gives it a really nice flavor. This is definitely going into my recipe box!"

GJALEX User ID: 4766330 25722
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"Followed as written except used half whole milk and half skim. Used the butter and flour to make a roux to thicken it a little. I was able to fill 3 quart jars to freeze because there are only two of us but we both really liked it a lot. We gave it a 10 and will enjoy it again. I plan to can some for future meals. Good job and thanks for sharing."

BAYER User ID: 79549 11867
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"I used 2% milk instead of whole milk and it was excellent good dinner on a cool night for supper"

mcdavidson User ID: 4741991 38961
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"Excellent, tasty recipe. I used sweet potatoes instead of white and cooked veggies in coconut oil instead of using bacon grease. I also used skim milk and it worked very well. I will make this again."

cathbrier User ID: 6862119 16011
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"This was a huge hit with everyone in my family - and a nice use of left-over ham and scalloped potatoes from Easter. Thanks!"

ryahvin04 User ID: 6410731 15320
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"Not thick enough"

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