Slow Cooker Corn and Bacon Chowder with Del Monte

Slow Cooker Corn and Bacon Chowder with Shrimp Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

When colder weather becomes the norm, I like cozying up with a bowl of soup or cup of hot chocolate. A blanket and a movie or a good book is a bonus. And let’s not forget the fire. Last year we didn’t have any fires, so this year we will absolutely make better use of the fireplace.

Slow Cooker Corn and Bacon Chowder with Shrimp Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

But what’s better than soup? Easy and incredibly tasty soup, that’s also good for you! Okay so there’s bacon, but you can’t have corn chowder without bacon. You just can’t. I used fresh packed whole kernel corn from Del Monte. They boast about their freshly packed veggie which preserve both flavor and nutrients and they are also primarily grown in the US. Bonus points. You could make this even creamier and thicker by adding their creamy style corn.

When I previously made a corn chowder, it was good but had room for improvement as nearly anything does. The Mr requested that this time I add some tiny shrimp. I’m personally not a huge fan of seafood so I tasted the soup prior to that addition and holy moly… you need this soup in your life. I’m not kidding. Pull out your slow cooker and get crackin’ right now.

This chowder is packed with flavor. It’s a creamy corn chowder with hearty chunks of tender potatoes, shrimp and crumbled bacon.  It doesn’t get any better.

Yield: Serves 6-8

Cook Time: 4.5 hours

Slow Cooker Corn and Bacon Chowder

Ingredients:

5C potatoes, cubed
1 16oz can Del Monte whole kernel corn, drained
1C onion, diced
6 slices of bacon
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme
3C chicken stock
1 can tiny shrimp, drained
1/4C flour
1 1/2C heavy cream

Directions:

Peel, rinse and cube potatoes into bite size pieces. Add potatoes, drained whole kernel corn, salt, pepper and thyme to slow cooker.

In a large skillet over medium heat, fry bacon until crisp. Drain and chop into desired size. Reserve 1/4 cup of bacon for topping, transfer remaining chopped bacon to slow cooker.

Add diced onion to skillet, cook in bacon grease over medium-low heat until nearly translucent or roughly 5 minutes. Transfer onion to slow cooker. Top off with chicken stock. Gently stir, cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until potatoes are fork tender.

Combine heavy cream and flour, whisking until smooth, pour into slow cooker along with drained shrimp. Cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes

Serve with reserved bacon.

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98 Responses to “Slow Cooker Corn and Bacon Chowder with Del Monte”

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — November 19, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I am a massive fan of corn chowders and love that this can be made in a crockpot. Hello healthy, hearty weeknight meal.

    Meals that make me feel good use whole ingredients (especially veggeis) and allow my husband and I to have quality time at dinner. I definitely make use of canned goods and frozen veggies to create healthy meals faster too!

    This looks so yummy. Thanks Rachel!

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    Chelai — November 19, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Bok Choy Salad. Its raw bok choy w/peppers and carrots w/ a soy sauce based dressing. DIVINE

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    Karla G — November 19, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I love making a big batch of chicken soup. Loaded with chicken breast chunks, a wide variety of veggies, it is healthy and delicious!

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    Mami2jcn — November 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I love salmon! It tastes great and I feel good about what I’m eating.

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    Kelly Massman — November 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I like meals that are well balanced to include veggies!!! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
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    Ellie W — November 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I make slow cooker spicy chicken stew. It”s delicious and healthy.

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    Ellie W — November 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm
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    Elena — November 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I like to make smoothies with fresh fruits and veggies

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    Elena — November 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm
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    stephanie — November 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    i love to make Homemade spaghetti sauce!

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    stephanie — November 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm
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    Lisa Brown — November 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    A meal that is good and good for you is the chicken pot pies I make that use vegetarian “faux” chicken, organic veggies, and other organic ingredients. So good!
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    Lisa Brown — November 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm
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    Jessica To — November 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I like taco salad. It mixes healthy with spicy!

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    Karla G — November 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm
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    amy @ fearless homemaker — November 19, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Ooh, you know I love both soup + my slow-cooker, so this looks fabulous. A meal that makes me feel good AND is good for me? I love stews with chicken, beans, + lots of veggies – those seem pretty good for me! =)

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    Meghan Finley — November 20, 2012 at 3:31 am

    I love baked salmon

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    Meghan Finley — November 20, 2012 at 3:32 am
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    Steven — November 20, 2012 at 5:48 am

    I like to enjoy a wonderful Avocado BLT. They seem to go great any time of the year!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — November 20, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Yum! So making this– I just saw a recipe for slow cooker creamed corn I want to make, and this recipe of course!

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    Anne — November 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    A meal that makes me feel good and that is good for me as well: Turkey meatloaf with baked potatoes. I put shredded carrots in the meatloaf for extra flavor, texture and nutrition, but that takes nothing away from its comfort-food value. And since the potatoes cook in the oven with the meatloaf, it’s energy efficient, too.

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    Anne — November 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm
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    kim — November 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    sometimes a big cesar salad with grilled chicken realllly hits the spot for me

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    JulieD — November 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Your chowder looks so good! Perfect for this fall weather!!

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    Cindy Brickley — November 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I make a salad with lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, chick peas, and tuna fish with olive and balsamic vinaigrette.
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    Karen Medlin — November 22, 2012 at 4:01 am

    With holidays we like to make Turkey Pot pies loaded with veggies

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    Tiffany Winner — November 22, 2012 at 11:34 am

    meals made with ingredients picked fresh from my garden make me feel good and are good for me
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    Kelly D — November 23, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Veggie soup always makes me feel good & is good for me. I add lots of fresh veggies.

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    Kelly D — November 23, 2012 at 11:02 am
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    Heather S — November 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I like to make 15 bean soups in my crockpot, then make a green salad and fruit salad as side dishes. A mixture of healthy servings!

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    Heather S — November 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm
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    Erika — November 23, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I love eating homemade- homemade chicken noodle soup sounds amazing right now!

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    Alaine — November 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Salmon makes me feel great because it is healthy.
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    June L — November 25, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Oatmeal with blueberries, almonds, cinnamon, and a bit of maple syrup

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    Chineka (savorthebaking) — November 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    This would be great on a cold night. It sounds yummy. I like slow cooker recipes. They are great for preparing dinner and don’t require you to be in the kitchen all day. :-)

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    Tracey — November 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I love salmon with a balsamic reduction – it always tastes way more indulgent than it is!

    This chowder sounds amazing. I made one over the summer and have been craving it for a few weeks but with corn out of season I thought I was out of luck. I definitely need to try this!

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    Carolsue — November 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I like to make chicken noodle soup with lots of celery and carrots and onions

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    Lisa Mattern — November 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    This sounds fabulous but can you suggest something to use in place of the heavy cream? I can use some heavy cream but I have to watch it with my lactose intolerance. Perhaps I could make a roux to thicken it up and add less cream? I have a soy butter I can use. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you.

    • Rachel — November 28th, 2012 @ 7:06 am

      You could certainly use a lactose-free milk alternative and thicken it up if needed or desired with flour or cornstarch.

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    cw — November 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Veggie quesadillas are yummy and make me feel good

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    Cheryl Ganser — November 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I love to make one soup very similair but add a block of cream cheese. Slove the corn and seafood in it. Definitely a rare occassion soup with the calories but so good.

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    sy — November 28, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I like arugula salad with vinaigrette dressing and dried figs, I like having it with chicken breast. Thanks for the recipe and giveaway.
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    sy — November 28, 2012 at 11:28 pm
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    Jessie C. — November 29, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I like Kale Salad with Quinoa and salmon.
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    Jessie C. — November 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm
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    Rebecca Graham — December 1, 2012 at 4:40 am

    My husband and I like baked talapia and it is good for us.

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    Janette Welsh — December 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I like to make stews and soups in my crock pot.

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    Debbie B — December 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I recently got a Vita Mix blender and I’m starting to eat a lot healthier by making soups and smoothies

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    Debbie B — December 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm

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