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Bacon-Potato Corn Chowder

I was raised on a farm, so a warm soup with homey ingredients, like this corn chowder with bacon, was always a treat after a chilly day outside. My hearty chowder nourishes the family. —Katie Lillo, Big Lake, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes (about 5 medium), peeled and cubed
  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings, reserving 1-1/2 teaspoons in pan. Add onion to drippings; cook and stir over medium-high heat until tender.
  • Meanwhile, place potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cook, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain, reserving 1 cup potato water.
  • Add corn, milk, salt, pepper, potatoes and reserved potato water to saucepan; heat through. Stir in bacon and onion.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • I always fry 2 lbs. or more of bacon at a time, drain the slices well, then freeze them. The slices don’t stick together, so it’s easy to remove a few from the bag for a sandwich or to crumble for a recipe.
  • Peel onion; cut in half vertically. Leave root end intact. Place onion half flat side down on cutting board. Make several slices parallel to board into the onion, leaving root uncut. Then slice perpendicularly to chop the onion.
  • Check out these 50 fresh corn recipe ideas.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 335 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 592mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.


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    • Phoenix
      Feb 4, 2021

      We love this recipe. We had about a pound of salmon to it and fell in love with it. So filling

    • Becky
      Jan 26, 2021

      This is my go to chowder recipe! But usually I add regular milk instead of evaporated milk. With a bit of garlic, paprika and just a pinch of sugar. It comes out so delicious and is so great with some nice fresh bread on the side!

    • David
      Jan 9, 2021

      Made this and read reviews so added garlic and pinch of smoked paprika to change it up a bit. Loved it

    • Yvonne
      Jan 5, 2021

      I really loved this recipe. It doesn't take long to make either. I added a little extra onions and bacon, also some shredded cheddar cheese on top of the individual bowl so it melts over top. So delicious...

    • Kathy
      Oct 27, 2020

      I really liked the simplicity of this. I love onions so added more than the recipe calls for I also added more pepper and topped with shredded cheddar cheese. Next time, I’ll add more corn. This is a flavorful soup that I will make again.

    • Elaine
      Jun 16, 2020

      It’s better with frozen corn or Mexican street corn and half and half or a little heavy cream and green peppers, and yellow, orange, honey cornbread Needs some kick

    • Albert
      Apr 6, 2020

      Probably the best soup recipe I have tried!!

    • Jill
      Mar 26, 2020

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    • tptaylor13
      Mar 4, 2020

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    • Elle
      Mar 3, 2020

      Instead of milk, I use 2 cups of 1/2