Slow Cooker Turkey and Potato Chowder

A hearty slow cooker chowder recipe loaded with a medley of vegetables and leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Slow Cooker Turkey and Potato Chowder Recipe from A hearty chowder to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Last week I had what was just a tickle in my throat, making me cough because of that one spot that just wouldn’t go away. You know that feeling? You just can’t get it to go away no matter what you do so it’s a battle against the tickle inducing cough. And you know what traveling does to that little tickle? It makes it worse. Being confined in multiple plane rides will apparently make that little tickle turn into more of a cold. And thus, that cold fog last night caused me to totally forget to write this post. I wanted to share it before any major traveling or full on recipe plans got under way this week, so forgive me if this is a shorter than average post. I’m sure you won’t mind though, right? It’s the food that counts and this food is totally worth it.

Slow Cooker Turkey and Potato Chowder Recipe from A hearty chowder to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Continuing with the leftover turkey theme, I wanted to share another super easy slow cooker dish utilizing those leftovers! But instead of going a more traditional route or even a totally fun reinvented Thanksgiving dinner route, I wanted it to be chowder. Because chowders just scream hearty to me. Full of flavor and packed with goodies. This chowder is no different, being loaded to the brim with veggies, turkey and topped off with salty bacon crumbles. Bacon is always necessary when it comes to chowder.

If you’re looking for another fun recipe to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers, look no further than this chowder. You taste buds will thank you!

Slow Cooker Turkey and Potato Chowder Recipe from A hearty chowder to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Slow Cooker Turkey and Potato Chowder

A hearty slow cooker chowder recipe loaded with a medley of vegetables and leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time4 hrs 45 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dinner, Slow cooker
Servings: 6 plus



  • 4 1/2 - 5 C potatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 C yellow onion chopped
  • 3/4 C carrots chopped
  • 3/4 C red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 C whole kernel corn
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 3-4 C turkey
  • 4 C turkey or chicken broth
  • 1 C heavy cream


  • 2-3 slices bacon cooked and crumbled


  • Peel and chop potatoes into 1-inch chunks. Add potatoes and remaining chowder ingredients to the bowl of a 5-6 quart slow cooker, reserving heavy cream and bacon for later. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until potatoes are fork tender.
  • Stir in heavy cream. Cover and cook on high for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Serve with crumbled bacon and crackers.
  • Store remaining chowder in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to several days. Stir and reheat as needed.


Recipe serves roughly 6-8.
This recipe was created in a 5 1/2 quart slow cooker on High.
If a thicker consistency is desired, mix together 1 Tbsp of flour at a time with 1 cup liquid in a separate container before adding to slow cooker.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

More chowder and chili recipes to try:
Slow cooker two bean buffalo chicken chili
Slow cooker sausage and poblano chili
Slow cooker New England clam and corn chowder
Slow cooker Mexican chicken chili
Slow cooker corn and bacon chowder with shrimp
Slow cooker lobster chowder
Slow cooker buffalo chicken chowder

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26 Responses to “Slow Cooker Turkey and Potato Chowder”

  1. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — November 26, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Just perfect for leftovers, and love the slow cooker for an easy meal after a marathon of cooking!

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      Rachel — November 26, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Thanks Marie! :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  2. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — November 26, 2013 at 10:04 am

    mmm bacon! great idea for leftovers – slow cookers are the best for them :)

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      Rachel — November 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Needs more bacon, right? lol ;)

  3. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — November 26, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I don’t want to wait three more days of thanksgiving leftovers, I want this NOW!!!!

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      Rachel — November 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Haha! Get cookin!

  4. #
    Laura @ Laura's Baking Talent — November 26, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Wow! I bet this tastes great. I want some so i can eat while the snow falls outside my cube at lunch :) Thanks for sharing.

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      Rachel — November 26, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks Laura! That sounds perfect :)

  5. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — November 26, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I love this. I love that you can toss it in a slow cooker and walk away forever :) Gorgeous soup!

    • #
      Rachel — November 26, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Well maybe not quite forever ;) Thanks Claire!

  6. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — November 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    This is how you make chowder! My mouth is watering over these photos :)

  7. #
    carrie@bakeaholicmama — November 26, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Yum!!! I love a creamy soup and I especially love turkey leftovers soup. Hope you cold gets better and you have a great Thanksgiving!

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      Rachel — November 26, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks Carrie! You too! :)

  8. #
    Bun Boy / Bryan Sander — November 26, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Love that bowl! (and the chowda ain’t bad either) :)

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      Rachel — November 26, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks Bryan!

  9. #
    Monet — November 26, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    OH MY! This looks so good. I’m all about my slow cooker (especially now that I have a baby) and we’ll be trying this very very soon.

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      Rachel — November 27, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Enjoy! :)

  10. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — November 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Yup, another fantastic recipe. I love all these turkey leftover ideas you have been posting! Soup is one thing I can never have enough of in the winter!!!

  11. #
    Cheri — December 16, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I made this recipe this weekend. I used chicken instead of turkey and half & half instead of cream. It was DELICIOUS!!! Excellent! Yummy!! Everyone loved it. I will definitely make it again! Thanks to PW for sending me your way. So glad to discover your blog.

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      Rachel — December 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      So glad you found me and enjoyed the recipe! :)

  12. #
    Emma — November 24, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Hi! I just recently posted a blog post about ways to use thanksgiving leftovers and this was one of the recipes I mentioned! I was sure to link your blog to the mention- but let me know if you would like me to take it down! You can find the post on my blog! Have a great day!

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      Rachel — November 25, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Thanks for including it! :)

  13. #
    Amy — November 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Can this be frozen and thawed/reheated later?

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      Rachel — November 29, 2014 at 10:24 am

      I haven’t personally frozen it so I can’t be sure. Typically most soup recipes can, but I would question freezing a soup that has cream in it.

  14. #
    Dawn — February 6, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Instead of flour, I like to get a box of real potato flakes. Add those and your stews and soups won’t have to be cooked longer to get rid of the taste and it thickens in a hurry, so go slow with the amount in the beginning. There’s plenty of flavors as well/ I thicken almost everything with it! I used it in this recipe and it was perfect!

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      Rachel — February 8, 2021 at 9:53 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Dawn!

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