Easy Crock Pot Meals – Corn Chowder with Bacon, Potatoes and Chives

The weather outside yesterday was overcast, with intermittent sprinkles, and as soon as I had looked out the window, I quickly decided corn chowder would be on the dinner menu. I knew my day would be packed with gardening, cleaning and running errands, so I pulled out the crock pot and tossed {almost} everything in.

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty pumped about this fall.  As soon as the tomato harvest is over, I have a feeling I’ll be spending more time in my footed pajamas than in the garden.

* You can make this recipe without the bacon, but everything is better with bacon if you ask me.


3 cups corn kernels {I used fresh corn}
8 oz small potatoes, quartered
8 slices cooked bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper to taste
3 cups chicken broth
3 cups milk {I used 2%}
1/4 cup butter


Combine the first 8 ingredients in slow cooker, cover and cook high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.  Stir in milk and butter and cook for an additional hour.
Serve with warm rolls or buttered toast.

Want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time doing the things you love?  Check out the book Fix-It And Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes By Phyllis Pellman Good.  The reviews are awesome and Amazon currently has it on stock.

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  1. Jenn says

    I love the perfect layers of the ingrediants in lines :-) It looks great for the pictures! Do you do this with non-photo op dinners as well? :-)

  2. says

    Mavis, did you know that if you get on the Fix-It-And-Forget-It email list, you can test recipes and receive free cookbooks? All I have to do is agree to test a certain number of recipes, then I will receive 1 cookbook for every 3 recipes that I test. Pretty cool, huh? They are always coming out with new cookbooks. And I think that if you submit a certain number of recipes, you may earn free cookbooks too.

  3. says

    I live by my Fix-It-And-Forget it cookbook. Love your blog Mavis, giving me TONS of ideas for cooking, storing and saving. Although I can say I make a pretty mean apple butter and pumpkin soup. Also garden for next year. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Alysha in Seattle says

    I’m TOTALLY making this when it gets ‘chilly’ again (this weekend perhaps?). Getting home from work and being thrown into the “after-school-work-chores-make-dinner” witching hour means this recipe will be used a lot this fall. Anything to give me more T-I-M-E. And thanks for all the garden porn this summer. I’m able to live the gardeners life vicariously though your website. Works for me. :-)

  5. Deb says

    I love corn chowder, this recipe is da bomb! I made this today and we had it for dinner with homemade rosemary/garlic bread.

    I didn’t have chives so I added a handful of chopped red and green bell peppers for extra flavor and color.

    This is definitely a keeper :-)

  6. Johanne says

    Forgive my absolute, total ignorance, but when you say 8 0z. potatoes, do I weigh it? What is a rough equivalent in cup measurements? Again, so sorry for this fool hardy question. You are my favorite blogger EVER!!!

  7. Susan says

    This soup was amazing!!! I made it last night and added some torn up fresh Kale from my garden — sooooo yummy. I’ve already shared the recipe with friends and can’t wait for today’s lunch leftovers. Thanks for introducing me to such a delicious recipe. Your blog is da bomb!!!!

  8. Debbie says

    I am a vegan and I made this with soy milk, earth balance and fakin bacon and it was delicious. I just put all the ingredients in the pot.

    Thanks for the recipe I am going to make this again

    • tMary says

      I wanted to try this recipe but I have a child with a severe dairy allergy, so I’m thrilled to hear the vegan version worked for Debbie. Thanks Debbie!

  9. Toniah says

    I was so excited to try this….I added all the ingredients at once. :( By adding the milk & butter from the beginning, is it still ok?

  10. says

    How many people does this serve? I need to bring lunch for a group of 8 people, and am wondering if I need to adjust the recipe at all, or if it should be enough.

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