Corn Bacon Potato Chowder- this thick, creamy soup with potatoes, corn, and bacon is filling, delicious, and easy to prepare. Perfect dish for a cold day!Corn Bacon Potato Chowder- this thick, creamy soup with potatoes, corn, and bacon is filling, delicious, and easy to prepare. Perfect dish for a cold day!When it’s cold outside, a big pot of hot soup always helps to take the chill off! A few days ago, on a drizzly, cold Pacific Northwest day, I made corn bacon potato chowder, from a recipe I’ve used for over 30 years. This thick, creamy soup is easy to prepare, very filling, delicious, and is an old family favorite!

The recipe is simple to prepare, and the reward for a small amount of your time is a big pot of thick, tasty chowder! Here’s how easy it is to prepare:

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Cook the Bacon

Start by cooking the bacon (everything is better with bacon, right?). Fry the bacon until crisp. I like to stack the bacon, slice into thin strips, then fry it in the pan I am going to use for the soup. The smaller pieces seem to cook faster this way.

Cutting bacon before cooking chowder.
Frying the bacon in the same pan I cook the soup in, makes this a one pot meal! Less cleanup!  YES!!!

Bacon pieces are cooked in large soup pot.

Once bacon is really crisp, remove (using a slotted spoon) to a paper towel lined plate.  Set a few bacon pieces aside to garnish the soup with later, if desired.  Leave 3 Tablespoons of bacon grease in pan, and discard the rest.

Crisp, cooked bacon is drained and ready to use in the chowder.

Prepare The Chowder Base

Add onion and celery (including celery tops) to the 3 Tablespoons bacon drippings left in the pan. Cook & stir until the onion is translucent in color and tender (3-4 minutes).

Chopped onions and celery are cooked in bacon drippings before adding to corn chowder.

Add 3 Tablespoons flour (this will act as a thickening agent for the corn bacon potato chowder). Stir to combine, and cook on low heat for a minute or two (this helps to “cook out” the floury taste).

Flour is added to cooked onions and celery to help thicken corn chowder.

Flour is cooked with onions and celery.

Add milk to the pan. Stir well, to combine all the ingredients. Heat the liquid until it boils, stirring constantly, and scraping the bottom of pan, so it doesn’t stick. Once it boils, cook for one more minute, stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken as it cooks.

Milk is added to corn chowder base and cooked until thickened.

Time To Add The Corn And Potatoes

The next step is to add in the cream style corn, potatoes, bacon, salt and pepper. Here is a photo of the kind of potatoes you need for this recipe. They are called new potatoes or whole white potatoes at the grocery store.

Cream style corn and new potatoes about to be added to chowder.

Drain, then dice the potatoes before adding them to soup. I cut them in half length-wise, then in half again lengthwise, then dice.

New potatoes are diced before adding them to corn chowder.

Once potatoes are diced, add in the potatoes, cream style corn, bacon pieces, salt and pepper; stir to combine.

Corn, bacon and potatoes are added to chowder in soup pot.

Cook The Corn Bacon Potato Chowder Until Hot And Thick, Then Serve 

Cook the corn bacon potato chowder only until it is heated through. Take a small taste of the chowder, and add additional salt and pepper to suit your preference. See how nice and thick this corn bacon potato chowder is?

Corn bacon potato chowder has thickened and is ready to eat.

Ladle the soup into bowls (or cups). If you use bowls, it will make 4-5 servings. If you use small mugs or cups, it should make about 6-8 servings. Garnish each portion with reserved bacon pieces, and chopped celery tops, if desired. Enjoy this hearty, filling soup!

Corn bacon potato chowder is served with garnishes in bowl.

I really hope you will consider making this corn bacon potato chowder… it is so good for lunch OR dinner, especially on a cold day! If you enjoy this chowder, be sure to check out my recipe for Fully Loaded Potato Soup! Have a great day, and may God bless and hold you close throughout it.

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Recipe Source: I got this recipe from my sister-in-law over 30 years ago, written on a 3×5 card. Do not know the original source, however!

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Corn, Bacon & Potato Chowder
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Corn Bacon Potato Chowder- this thick, creamy soup with potatoes, corn, and bacon is filling, delicious, and easy to prepare. Perfect dish for a cold day!
Category: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: corn bacon potato chowder
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 349 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • 1/2 pound bacon (I used 6 thick slices bacon)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery (including the celery tops)
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 can cream style corn
  • 1 can new potatoes (whole white), drained and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Bacon pieces and celery tops (chopped), for garnish if desired
  1. In large soup pot, cook bacon until crisp; drain and set aside (save a few bacon pieces for garnish). Leave 3 Tablespoon bacon drippings in pan (discard the rest).
  2. Add onion and celery; cook/stir until onion is tender (3-4 minutes).
  3. Add and blend in flour; cook over low heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Stir in milk, mix well to combine. Heat to boiling, then boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  5. Add in creamed corn, diced potatoes, bacon pieces, salt and pepper to pan. Heat only until heated through. Taste test soup; add additional salt/pepper, if necessary, to suit your taste.
  6. Ladle soup into serving dishes. Garnish with crisp bacon pieces and chopped celery green tops. Serve hot, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Corn, Bacon & Potato Chowder
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 726mg32%
Potassium 745mg21%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 415IU8%
Vitamin C 18.5mg22%
Calcium 216mg22%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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