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Potato Chowder Recipe

Potato Chowder Recipe

One of the ladies in our church quilting group brought this savory potato soup to a meeting, and everyone loved how the cream cheese and bacon made it so rich. It's easy to assemble in the morning so it can simmer on its own all day. —Anna Mayer, Fort Branch, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 8 cups diced potatoes
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 pound sliced Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon, cooked and crumbled, optional
  • Minced chives, optional


  • 1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first five ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until potatoes are tender.
  • 2. Add cream cheese; stir until blended. Garnish with bacon and chives if desired. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without bacon): 179 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 690mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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Judy User ID: 9214352 269082
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2017

"Cream cheese would not completely melt so ended up with tiny clumps of cream cheese. If try again will bring cheese to room temp first as others recommend. Will also reduce volume of broth, maybe by as much as 1/3 to 32 oz. Taste was bland so needs tweaking."

lvalcani User ID: 4394375 263203
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2017

"This was excellent!"

joanie32145 User ID: 6960330 260850
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2017

"good receipe"

cindiak User ID: 221828 260250
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2017

"This was very good. Agree with others, the cream cheese needs to at least be at room temperature to blend in. We added ham instead of bacon, garlic and more pepper."

jetluvs2cook User ID: 1675049 259233
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2017

"Very delicious and so easy to make!"

luvdemgrits User ID: 8486223 256886
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2016

"If you are having trouble getting the cream cheese to blend without lumps you could try allowing it to soften first.."

reedqueen User ID: 2507765 254596
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2016 Edited Sep. 26, 2016


tippi.mitchell User ID: 5101325 254315
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"I made this after reading the most negative reviews, and my result was great. First, I started off on HIGH and after two hours, I added the cream cheese, which I had not only cubed, but microwaved until it was melty. I stirred it into the soup, and after about an hour, it was all incorporated perfectly--no flecks nor lumps, and it thickened the soup perfectly. I kept it on HIGH for four hours, then switched to LOW and with a potato masher, pressed down some of the now-soft potatoes. The soup was good, but bland, so I added four small cloves of fresh, minced garlic. I added a bit more pepper.

The way I diced my (red organic) potatoes, 8 C = three pounds. I could see adding chopped ham (you can buy it chopped) in lieu of bacon. Chopped chives and bacon make a pretty and tasty garnish, as would cheddar shards or shreds.
easy; a bit time consuming to cube the potatoes. I'd make it again, though!"

chris28304 User ID: 2137086 236152
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"This was OK but I like my potato soup much thicker. I even added cornstarch, tried mashing some of the potatoes and added shredded cheddar cheese to try and thicken it some and it was still to watery. It also took a lot of time to get the cream cheese to blend in. I had used the whipped cream cheese hoping it would work better but it did not. This didn't taste bad but I don't believe I'll make this recipe again. I have other potato soup recipes that I know I like better. I would definitely recommend, if you like your potato soup on the thicker side, reducing the amount of chicken broth."

lem318 User ID: 1639501 55482
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"Fantastic. Sometimes I add diced ham and at the end I add shredded swiss cheese"

saichen User ID: 6483703 89837
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2012

"easy, cheap, and simple to put in the crockpot. only issue i had was a cream cheese doesn't incorporate completely and there can be lumpy."

minnie User ID: 7775663 48827
Reviewed May. 13, 2012 Edited Sep. 26, 2016

"TI LOVE this recipe, it is so quick and easy to make and one of our favorite recipes, I make it on on the stove and its done in no time. I use real bacon bits its so much easier then cooking my own bacon. This is a must try."

cr_1295 User ID: 5888497 89834
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"Amazing recipe!! My whole family loved it! I added about 2 cups of chopped, fully-cooked ham instead of bacon, and topped with chopped green onions! Very good recipe!"

lawhipp User ID: 4583903 55481
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"Not exactly diet friendly, but very yummy!"

udderlymooving User ID: 754847 87817
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe..its so easy and a no fail recipe! I used lowfat cream cheese to lighten up and it is a family favorite!"

udderlymooving User ID: 754847 89832
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"My family LOVES this recipe! I made it at a Craft Retreat this weekend up in the mountains for 30 women and it was a HIT! I'm now sharing with all of them who want to make it! You can also add a couple ears of roasted fresh corn of the cob and some celery...and its wonderful! I have also thrown in some sweet potatoes for color and great flavor....I top mine with cheese too!"

IRUNINCIRCLES User ID: 6003433 122647
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"This was so yummy! I actually cooked up the bacon and added it about an hour prior to serving. YUM!"

eliz798 User ID: 1320150 32334
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"This is a wonderful soup! Very creamy, great on a cold day."

afoth73 User ID: 1490711 36373
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"This soup was good but in my opinion a bit bland. I added cracked pepper and salt to my bowl after tasting it and that's just what it needed. I would still make it again but add more seasonings to it."

tastadj User ID: 1170009 89830
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011 Edited Sep. 26, 2016

"This was very easy and was also yummy."

sands351 User ID: 1036170 31206
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"Great recipe. I did make a few changes that other reviewers suggested. I used 98% fat free celery soup, added 2 chopped celery stalks and 2 chopped carrots. I also used less chicken broth, since we like thicker soup. When it came time to add the 1/3 less fat cream cheese, I used a whisk and it mixed in well. Thank you for our "only" potato soup recipe."

lutherallie User ID: 2823623 88539
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"Can't begin to tell you how much my family loved this recipe....we only added a few green onions as garnish along with the bacon. Awesome dish!"

Barbie P User ID: 5544512 87816
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"This is a wonderful recipe! I can't tell you how many potato soup recipes I've tried over the past years. I'm replacing all past recipes with this one, it's THAT good! I did alter the amount of chicken broth to 32 oz (we like thicker soups) and added diced carrots. Tastes wonderful! Can't wait to finish the leftovers off this week."

Barbie P User ID: 5544512 55385
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"This is a wonderful recipe! I can't tell you how many potato soup recipes I've tried over the past years. I'm replacing all past recipes with this one, it's THAT good! I did alter the amount of chicken broth to 32 oz (we like thicker soups) and added diced carrots. Tastes wonderful! Can't wait to finish the leftovers off this week."

heatherdthomas User ID: 2627714 48807
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"This recipe was ok. I will make it again, but the cream cheese did not melt, it stayed seperated from the soup, even after 12 hours of cooking on low, any suggestions?"

forcommongood User ID: 5500370 36371
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2010

"My family liked it but it isn't all that good for us. I added over a cup of chopped kale for flavor and vitamins. With the canned soups and meat there is already a lot of salt so I did not add more. It is tasty, easy to make, and a good comfort food."

kellystirratt User ID: 2813834 87814
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2010

"I almost forgot, I use cream of celery soup instead of cream of chicken. I like the added flavor that it brings. It is also wonderful with a chopped up rotisserie chicken thrown in at the end for a complete meal. Yum!"

kellystirratt User ID: 2813834 55382
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2010

"For years this has been a "go to" recipe for me whenever I need to bring something for a pot luck. I found this in the hardbound quick cooking book that this was published in many years ago. It could not be any easier than this, and it is wonderful. I always get requests for the recipe. My husband likes to add a can of clams to his (I don't care for clam chowder), and he assures me it is delicious. It is very filling and budget friendly."

kris vandeventer User ID: 4566063 30925
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"This chowder is AWESOME, you must try it!"

anndino User ID: 276723 80345
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"Great and simple I added some celery"

meg-leo-23 User ID: 3865713 87813
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2009 Edited Sep. 26, 2016

"This chowder was amazing, my roommates and i loved it. I added a bay leaf and some basil to kick up the flavor."

doridee User ID: 3865012 55381
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2009 Edited Sep. 26, 2016

"I made this recipe yesterday for an evening meeting at work. I brought in all of the ingredients and let it sit in the slow cooker all day. By the time work was finished and the meeting was about to begin, dinner was all ready! I did, however, leave the slow cooker on high most of the day (about 6 hours) just to be sure it would be ready because I doubled the recipe. Yum yum soup!"

danettemroy User ID: 984959 204368
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2008 Edited Sep. 26, 2016

"this is one of our family favorites and it is easy to add in corn or ham. whatever your family fancies. we absolutely love it . you can also cut the cook time by softening the potatoes by boiling them then adding them to soup."

aljobritt51 User ID: 2762001 122646
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2008 Edited Sep. 26, 2016

"Don't miss out on this one!"

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