Potato Bacon Corn Chowder


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
3 gallons


  • 1 pound bacon, diced

  • 3 onions, diced

  • 1 bunch celery, diced

  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 2 quarts water, divided

  • 1 gallon heavy whipping cream

  • 1 cup butter

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 18 potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 2 (16 ounce) packages frozen corn

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 2 pinches red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste


  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
33g Fat
24g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 50
Calories 408
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 43%
Saturated Fat 20g 102%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 143mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 21mg 104%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 486mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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