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Crock Pot Corn Chowder

Crock Pot Corn Chowder is filled with fresh corn, potatoes, sweet corn and lots of crispy bacon. It’s so creamy and rich and makes a satisfying meal when served with some crusty bread or cornbread. This recipe makes a huge batch of soup, but don’t worry. Leftovers reheat well.

Crock Pot Corn Chowder


What I love about this Crock Pot Corn Chowder is that it has tons of corn in it. We’re talking 10 ears worth!

For seasoning there’s garlic, thyme, and red pepper flakes, plus onion, potato, and carrots.

Crock Pot Corn Chowder recipe


All the ingredients get cooked in 2 1/2 cups of chicken broth. Not alot, but it’s plenty of liquid. You don’t want to add too much liquid or the soup will be watery and bland.

To thicken the chowder, half of it gets blended until smooth and then mixed back into the crock pot. Or if you have an immersion blender, just stick it right in the crock pot and process until about half the soup has been pureed.

A cup of heavy cream gets stirred in at the end and then crumbled bacon gets sprinkled on top.

Slow Cooker Corn Chowder


The sweet flavor of the corn really shines through and is perfect with the salty bacon.

Corn Chowder made in the slow cooker


Recipe Tips:

Fresh corn is best, but frozen corn can be used in a pinch. If using frozen, I would use about 6 cups.

To make this chowder spicy, double the amount of crushed red pepper flakes.

Crock Pot Corn Chowder made with fresh corn.

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Crock Pot Corn Chowder

Crock Pot Corn Chowder

Crock Pot Corn Chowder is full of fresh corn, carrots, potatoes, and bacon. Super creamy!
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 6 hours
TOTAL: 6 hours 20 minutes


  • 10 ears fresh corn
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 thyme sprigs or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into slivers
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • sliced green onions


  • Cut corn kernels from cob and place in a 6-quart crock pot. Use the back of a knife to scrape the cobs to get the milk. Place milk in crock pot.
  • Add broth, carrots, potatoes, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and thyme to crock pot.
  • Scatter butter pieces on top.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours.
  • Remove half of chowder and place in a blender. Let cool some and then blend until smooth. Return to crock pot. (Alternately, you can use an immersion blender. But only use it until about half the chowder is pureed.)
  • Stir in heavy cream.
  • Ladle into bowls and top with bacon and green onions.


Calories: 475kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: chowder

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Recipe adapted from Southern Living Magazine

Chowder topped with bacon in black slow cooker.


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10 thoughts on “Crock Pot Corn Chowder”

  1. Cassidy Jordan

    Do you cook the corn before cutting it off the cob? I’m excited to make this recipe!!

  2. This corn chowder is the bomb! It’s well worth using the fresh corn on the cob. I followed the recipe with no changes and my family loved it. I also made baked sweet cornbread to go with it for a nice balance. It’s definitely a keeper!

  3. David McKnight

    Can can or frozen corn be used instead of fresh? If so how much compared to 10 ears?


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