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Bacon Potato Chowder

This is a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs potato soup. In place of the bacon, you can substitute cubed cooked ham.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    12-14 servings


  • 12 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 6 celery ribs, sliced
  • 12 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups milk
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels. Saute onions and celery in the drippings until tender; drain.
  • Place potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain; set potatoes aside. In the same pan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Reduce heat; add onion mixture, potatoes, carrots, salt and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with bacon.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 386 calories, 20g fat (10g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 782mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • maritab
    May 4, 2013

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  • cwegner52
    Dec 21, 2012

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  • peachweb
    Oct 19, 2012

    This is very similar to my own recipe. I use cream rather than milk and much less (I like mine thick). I also add some rosemary, sage, thyme and a garlic clove. Sometimes I put some sharp cheddar cheese directly in the soup. The cream keeps it fluid and also prevents it from sticking to the pan. Alternatively, you can also try adding a country gravy packet or some cabbage or a can of cream of mushroom for different flavor profiles. This is a very good base recipe.

  • marine17
    Sep 3, 2011

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  • cort_forsy
    Feb 7, 2011

    I had high hopes for this recipe and it didn't even come close to tasting good. There was no flavor it tasted like it was missing something really big. I had to put cheese and extra salt and pepper and it still wasn't great. Definitely won't be making this again.

  • patchworkgirl57
    Jan 25, 2011

    very good! this is the first potato soup recipe that i've made that actually came out good!

  • carolbewley
    Nov 1, 2010

    I made this for a church party last night and everyone loved it.

  • ygord
    Mar 10, 2010

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  • auntnani791
    Feb 15, 2010

    I love this recipe. I did add one can of cream of chicken soup, one can of carrots, one can of corn & a couple dashes of nutmeg! This is honestly the best tasting potato & bacon chowder I've ever had!

  • Cindy Lea
    Jul 14, 2009

    This was quite tasty and easy to make. I did add a few extra spices though, just because I like them. I added: sweet basil, rosemary, parsley flakes, and italian seasoning. Also, I froze the leftovers for a quick meal.