Surprise Clam Chowder Recipe

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When family and friends first sampled this stew some 40 years ago, they were pleasantly surprised by the combination of ingredients. Now it's a dish they frequently request.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup diced peeled potato
  • 1/4 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup diced fully cooked ham
  • 1 can (7-1/2 ounces) minced clams, undrained

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 135 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 694mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1/2 starch.


  1. In a saucepan, combine the first seven ingredients. Cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add ham and clams; heat through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Surprise Clam Chowder in Country Pork 1996, p39

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