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Potato Bacon Corn Chowder

Rated as 4.65 out of 5 Stars

"This recipe is mine that I have worked on for a few years. People love it. This is a great recipe to enjoy with a nice sourdough bread."
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1 h 20 m servings 408
Original recipe yields 50 servings (3 gallons)


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  1. Place bacon in a large heavy-bottom pot and cook over medium-high heat until crispy, about 10 minutes. Add onions and celery to bacon and stir until coated in bacon grease; add garlic.
  2. Pour 1 quart water over onion mixture and cover pot; steam vegetables until partially tender, about 5 minutes. Add remaining 1 quart water and cream; reduce heat to medium.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; stir flour into melted butter and cook until mixture forms a paste. Add potatoes to flour-butter paste and cook until paste is lightly browned and the raw flavor of flour is gone, about 5 minutes. Slowly stir potato mixture into vegetable and cream mixture and cook until soup is smooth, potatoes are tender, and temperature is 170 degrees F (75 degrees C) to 180 degrees F (80 degrees C), 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. Cook and stir corn and red bell pepper together in a cast iron skillet over medium heat until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Mix corn mixture into soup and season with red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Add a few drops of hot sauce if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 408 calories; 33.4 23.9 5.5 117 143 Full nutrition

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Don't let the scale of this recipe scare you off. 3 gallons of soup is 50 servings. Use the "Change Servings" feature to scale it back. The one thing I don't care for is soggy bacon - I would...

This was really great!! The recipe was easy enough. I substituted ham in place of the bacon. Excellent and hearty.

Wonderful soup! I didnt have all ingredients but still was great. I fried my bacon .Boiled 8 large potatoes, frozen ears of corn I put into steamer basket above my boiling potatoes. Cut the cor...

This was a pretty good recipe. I set aside the bacon once it was crispy and used the bacon fat to sauté the vegetables. I also used chicken broth instead of just plain water to add a depth of ...

I’ve been searching a couple years for a corn chowder recipe, and finally found the one I’ll keep! I did make a couple changes. Instead of strip bacon, I used panchetta and cut it into small cub...

Great, I used half and half instead of heavy cream. Back flavor is there but not overwhelming. Caution, it makes A LOT. Cut it in half and still had a ton left over

Used milk instead of half & half and water and worked great!

Twenty minutes prep time is an understatement. It took well over an hour to prepare a half batch. I would definitely recommend doubling the bacon and saving half of it for garnish purposes. A...

Made this last night, delicious. I did not add the red pepper and added a teaspoon of thyme for more flavor, add a pat or two of butter in the end, it was so good.