Potato Chowder Recipe
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Potato Chowder Recipe

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"One of the ladies in our church quilting group brought this savory potato soup to a meeting," recalls Anna Mayer from Ft. Branch, Indiana. It's easy to assemble in the morning, then cook all day. Cream cheese and a sprinkling of bacon provide richness.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 8 cups diced potatoes
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled, optional
  • Minced chives, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without bacon): 179 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 690mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first five ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until potatoes are tender.
  2. Add cream cheese; stir until blended. Garnish with bacon and chives if desired. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Potato Chowder in Quick Cooking July/August 2001, p42

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Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"This was OK but I like my potato soup much thicker. I even added cornstarch, tried mashing some of the potatoes and added shredded cheddar cheese to try and thicken it some and it was still to watery. It also took a lot of time to get the cream cheese to blend in. I had used the whipped cream cheese hoping it would work better but it did not. This didn't taste bad but I don't believe I'll make this recipe again. I have other potato soup recipes that I know I like better. I would definitely recommend, if you like your potato soup on the thicker side, reducing the amount of chicken broth."

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"Fantastic. Sometimes I add diced ham and at the end I add shredded swiss cheese"

Reviewed Aug. 17, 2012

"easy, cheap, and simple to put in the crockpot. only issue i had was a cream cheese doesn't incorporate completely and there can be lumpy."

Reviewed May. 13, 2012

"TI LOVE this recipe, it is so quick and easy to make and one of our favorite recipes, I make it on on the stove and its done in no time. I use real bacon bits its so much easier then cooking my own bacon. This is a must try."

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"Amazing recipe!! My whole family loved it! I added about 2 cups of chopped, fully-cooked ham instead of bacon, and topped with chopped green onions! Very good recipe!"

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