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Get Your Soup on with Delicious Slow Cooker Corn Chowder

This corn chowder is a perfect kick-off to soup season. As the seasons shift and the weather turns cooler, there's one dish that always manages to bring warmth and comfort to the table – a steaming bowl of creamy corn chowder.


It amuses me that as soon as I flip the calendar from August to September each year my cravings for soup begin.  This year is no different from any other because soup has been on my brain since the first of September.  

How to Make Corn Chowder in Your Slow Cooker

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Corn Chowder in an orange bowl.

What if I told you there's a way to elevate this beloved classic to a whole new level of corny goodness? Enter our Slow Cooker Corn Chowder recipe, where we take the essence of corn and infuse it into every spoonful by cooking it with the cobs for hours on end.

This isn't your ordinary corn chowder because it harnesses the intense, natural sweetness and depth of flavor that corn cobs have to offer. Imagine a chowder so rich and luscious, with kernels that burst with the essence of corn goodness. Best of all, it's effortlessly prepared in your trusty slow cooker, allowing you to savor those flavors with minimal effort.

Reasons to Love This Corn Chowder Recipe

Intense Corn Flavor: This Slow Cooker Corn Chowder stands out because it doesn't just use corn; it celebrates it. By adding the corn cobs to the pot and letting them simmer for hours, you'll extract every ounce of sweet, earthy flavor the corn has to offer. This extra step ensures that your chowder is infused with a deep, robust corn taste that's simply irresistible.

Easy Preparation: This recipe makes the most of your slow cooker, doing the heavy lifting for you. Once you've assembled the ingredients, your slow cooker takes over, allowing you to go about your day while the magic happens in the kitchen. Say goodbye to constant stirring and monitoring on the stovetop.

Perfect for All Seasons: While corn chowder is often associated with summer, this slow cooker version is versatile enough to enjoy year-round. It's a comforting bowl of warmth in the winter and a reminder of sunny days in the summer. Plus, it's a fantastic way to use up fresh corn when it's in season or frozen corn when it's not.

Customizable Goodness: This chowder serves as a blank canvas for your creativity. Customize it with your favorite toppings like crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions, or a dollop of sour cream. Add other ingredients like diced potatoes or chunks of ham for a heartier version. Make it your own, and it'll never get old.

Family-Friendly and Crowd-Pleasing: Corn chowder has a universal appeal that makes it a hit with both kids and adults. It's a family-friendly dish that you can easily scale up to feed a crowd. Whether it's a weeknight dinner or a potluck party, this recipe is sure to earn you rave reviews.

Leftover Love: Leftovers? No problem! This corn chowder reheats beautifully, making it an ideal option for meal prep or enjoying the next day. The flavors meld even further, intensifying that delicious corn goodness.

Nourishing and Filling: Corn chowder is not only flavorful but also hearty and filling. It's a complete meal in a bowl, packed with fiber, vitamins, and a comforting creaminess that satisfies your appetite and warms your soul.

With all these reasons to love our Slow Cooker Corn Chowder recipe, there's no doubt that it will become a staple in your kitchen. So, prepare to fall in love with the big corn flavor, convenience, and versatility this dish brings to your table. It's time to savor the essence of corn in every spoonful!

Tips for Corn Chowder Success

Creating a delectable corn chowder is easier than you might think, and these tips will help you achieve soup perfection every time:

1. Use Fresh Corn When Possible:
While frozen or canned corn can work in a pinch, fresh corn off the cob is the star of this dish. It's sweet, juicy, and packed with flavor. And, you'll use the cobs. If corn is in season, take advantage of it for the best results.

2. Save the Corn Cobs:
The secret to this chowder's big corn flavor is simmering the cobs in the broth. Don't discard them after removing the kernels; they are culinary gold! The cobs infuse the soup with a rich, corny essence that elevates the entire dish.

3. Balance Your Ingredients:
Achieve a well-balanced chowder by paying attention to ingredient ratios. Adjust the amount of corn, potatoes, onions, and other components to suit your taste, ensuring that no single flavor overwhelms the dish.

4. Slow and Steady Wins the Race:
When using a slow cooker, patience is key. Allow the chowder to cook on low for the recommended time to ensure all the flavors meld together perfectly. Resist the temptation to rush; it's worth the wait.

6. Season Thoughtfully:
Seasoning is crucial in a corn chowder. Taste and adjust with salt, pepper, and any additional seasonings like thyme, bay leaves, or a pinch of cayenne for a touch of heat. Remember, it's easier to add more seasoning than to fix an overly salty dish.

7. Customize Your Toppings:
Enhance your chowder's flavor and texture by adding a variety of toppings. Crispy bacon, grated cheddar cheese, chopped chives, or a drizzle of hot sauce can all take your corn chowder to the next level. Experiment to find your perfect combination.

8. Reheat with Care:
If you have leftovers, reheat them gently over low heat to prevent the soup from separating or becoming grainy. Stir occasionally and add a splash of milk or cream if needed to maintain the desired consistency.
Tip:  Add corn cobs to your pot when making corn chowder for hearty corn flavor.

How to Make Slow Cooker Corn Chowder


Corn Chowder Ingredients
Corn Chowder Ingredients
Makes 8 cups

  • 6 ears of fresh corn on the cob, corn kernels removed
  • 4 slices of bacon, diced and cooked crisp
  • 2 russet potatoes, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced, seeds removed
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups milk 

Directions
Cook the bacon over medium heat until brown and crispy. 

If you have a slow cooker with a browning function you can do this right in the pan of the slow cooker. I love that! Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on paper towels.  

Overturn a small bowl inside a larger bowl and cut the corn kernels off the cob using a large knife.

A easy way to cut corn from the cob
An Easy Way to Cut Corn Off the Cob

Tip:  Hold an ear of corn on a small bowl inverted in a large bowl to collect corn kernels when cutting them off the cob.

Break the cobs in half and place in the bottom of your slow cooker.  Add all of the ingredients except the milk to the slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high for 7-9 hours, until the corn is tender and flavorful.  

Discard the corn cobs.  Remove half of the mixture from the slow cooker to your food processor, or use an immersion blender to puree the mixture and return it to the slow cooker.  

Stir the milk into the mixture.  Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.  Continue cooking on high until warmed through.

Corn Chowder in a bowl.
Yummy Corn Chowder

Serve and enjoy.

The Slow Cooker Corn Chowder Recipe


soup, corn soup, chowder
dinner
American
Yield: 8
Author: Donna Urso
Slow Cooker Corn Chowder

Slow Cooker Corn Chowder

Make hearty corn chowder in your slow cooker or crock pot.
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 30 MinInactive time: 9 HourTotal time: 9 H & 50 M

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cook the bacon over medium heat until brown and crispy. If you have a slow cooker with a browning function you can do this right in the pan of the slow cooker. Drain the fat.
  2. Overturn a small bowl inside a larger bowl and cut the corn kernels off the cob using a large knife.
  3. Break the cobs in half and place in the bottom of your slow cooker. Add all of the ingredients except the milk to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 7-9 hours, until the corn is tender and flavorful.
  4. Discard the corn cobs. Remove half of the mixture from the slow cooker to your blender. Puree the mixture and return it to the slow cooker.
  5. Stir the milk into the mixture. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Continue cooking on high until warmed through.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

168.56

Fat (grams)

4.5 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

1.86 g

Carbs (grams)

27.63 g

Fiber (grams)

2.74 g

Net carbs

24.9 g

Sugar (grams)

8.92 g

Protein (grams)

7.44 g

Sodium (milligrams)

475.49 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

12.45 mg

Nutritional information is approximate.

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