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Corn Chowder with Potatoes

I developed this soup out of two others to create my own low-calorie recipe. It turned out so well that I entered it in my county fair and won a blue ribbon. —Alyce Wyman, Pembina, North Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings (1-1/2 quarts)


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk, divided
  • 3 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cubed reduced-fat process cheese (Velveeta)
  • 1/2 cup beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional


  • Place a large saucepan coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until tender. Add potatoes, carrot, water, parsley and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, covered, until potatoes are tender, 15-20 minutes.
  • Stir in corn, 1-1/4 cups milk and bacon. In a small bowl, mix flour and remaining milk until smooth; stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add cheese; stir until melted. Stir in beer and, if desired, liquid smoke; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 179 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 681mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Carol
    Apr 14, 2020

    My first time to make corn chowder, and this recipe was absolutely perfect. Wow!!!!

  • jhevner
    Jan 27, 2014

    We loved this! My husband and I both thought the liquid smoke was what made it. Without it, it might have been bland. Just don't use too much. :)

  • wyyooper
    Dec 16, 2013

    I made this last night for supper and it was really, really good! I left out the onion as I'm highly allergic to them , added more garlic and it turned out great. When my husband eats two bowls of soup, I know it has to be good. Great flavor and have enough left for a couple more meals.

  • Ruined
    Nov 3, 2013

    Really bland. I was looking forward to this, it sounded good.