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Ham and Corn Chowder Recipe

Ham and Corn Chowder Recipe

My mother is an excellent cook who rarely follows a recipe exactly. My two sisters and I do the same thing, adding something here, omitting something there. With this soup, I sometimes leave out the bacon and butter, and have used canned corn and creamed corn with good results. We like to eat this soup with big soft hot pretzels instead of crackers. —Sharon Rose Brand, Stayton, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:10-12 servings


  • 8 bacon strips, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 3 cups cubed peeled potatoes (about 3 medium)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups whole milk, divided
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen whole kernel corn, divided
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional


  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon to paper towel to drain, reserving 1/4 cup drippings in pan. Saute the onion, celery and green pepper in drippings for 5 minutes. Add potatoes and broth. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • 2. Place 1/2 cup milk and 2 cups corn in a blender; cover and process until pureed. Pour into saucepan. Add ham and remaining corn; simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the butter, parsley, salt, pepper, pepper sauce if desired and remaining milk; heat through. Garnish with bacon. Yield: 10-12 servings (3 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 293 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 918mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.

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Stazee User ID: 8032924 15323
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"I just made this and it is delish, I like that you put the corn and milk in the blender first, then add to the soup instead of trying to purée hot soup and getting all over the kitchen. I sautéed the ham with the veggies, and added half and half instead of milk at the end. I'd make it again"

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 37970
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"The only change I made was to replace the green pepper with diced carrot. The recipe was okay, but we didn't think it was anything special. We prefer the recipe for Creamy Corn Chowder"

tlgilmore User ID: 4535858 39901
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"The first time I made this I made it on the stove top. Tonight I put it in my crockpot. Still so yummy. I cooked the bacon and added the drippings to the crockpot. I put everything but the milk in (I even put the bacon in) and let is go for almost 4 hours. I then added the milk and let it go for about another hour. Turned out great. Looking forward to the leftovers tomorrow!"

Marianm3232 User ID: 5499406 37963
Reviewed May. 18, 2013


bschuck User ID: 3529989 11902
Reviewed May. 4, 2013

"Excellent soup recipe! Fast and easy to make. I omitted the green pepper & we thought this was delicious! The bacon gives it a really nice flavor. This is definitely going into my recipe box!"

GJALEX User ID: 4766330 25722
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"Followed as written except used half whole milk and half skim. Used the butter and flour to make a roux to thicken it a little. I was able to fill 3 quart jars to freeze because there are only two of us but we both really liked it a lot. We gave it a 10 and will enjoy it again. I plan to can some for future meals. Good job and thanks for sharing."

BAYER User ID: 79549 11867
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"I used 2% milk instead of whole milk and it was excellent good dinner on a cool night for supper"

mcdavidson User ID: 4741991 38961
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"Excellent, tasty recipe. I used sweet potatoes instead of white and cooked veggies in coconut oil instead of using bacon grease. I also used skim milk and it worked very well. I will make this again."

cathbrier User ID: 6862119 16011
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"This was a huge hit with everyone in my family - and a nice use of left-over ham and scalloped potatoes from Easter. Thanks!"

ryahvin04 User ID: 6410731 15320
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"Not thick enough"

fredaevans User ID: 6360805 33681
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"You'd have to be a hell of a bad 'cook' to screw this one up. Whack a loaf of French bread in two, baste with butter, garlic and Pam Cheese. Under the broiler for a few minutes and FOOD FOR KINGS, QUEENS, PRINCE AND PRINCES!"

LaVonne Anderrsen User ID: 1425738 41833
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"I make this often and substitute fresh asparagus for the corn."

veramarie User ID: 1541849 14859
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"Didn't even make it yet, but the suggestion of serving with hot, soft pretzels makes it fabulous! Gathering the ingredients now..."

FairyFern User ID: 7083772 15319
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"This is much like the one I make and I like the idea of using ham in corn chowder as a change from beans and ham."

BettySpradlin User ID: 6187514 25688
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"This is smooth, creamy and tasty....what more can you say but delicious!"

Ronda1 User ID: 1049519 15318
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"I cut this in half for just two. I also omitted the green pepper and used cream and a little less milk. It was delicious. My husband actually asked me to make it again."

Marylandmere User ID: 7054507 15316
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"Yum! This is a great recipe overall, I just made a few adjustments for our family. Bacon was omitted, although I'm sure it would be great. Omitted the green pepper for more celery (not a fan of cooked green pepper in many things). Cooked the veggies in the butter used later in the recipe (since we didnt have bacon drippings from omitting bacon). Reduced fat milk worked quite well instead of the whole milk. Increased the hot pepper sauce to 2 tsp AND added 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper. Hubby is from NM and likes things with a little kick. SO good!!! Will definitely make this again!"

kmarqui User ID: 3651843 16009
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2012

"I will make this soup any time of the year. This is a keeper. Full of flavor. Prep time and cook time were easy too. My whole family enjoyed this soup."

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