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Adding smoky bacon to my favorite summer corn soup resulted in this wonderful Bacon Corn Chowder. Perfect for those nights when a heavy meal is just too much.

We always have bacon in the freezer. It comes out on the weekend when Bill makes a proper hot breakfast. The salty, smokiness of bacon also enhances so many recipes.

Bacon Corn Chowder in a white soup terrine

Bacon Corn Chowder

Just what is a chowder? Although a chowder usually is seafood-based, with onions and potatoes, this term can also refer to a soup or stew made in the “style” of chowder. Since clams and most seafood won’t fly around here, a corn chowder filled with potatoes, bacon, and chicken is a delicious alternative. Especially when it’s the peak of corn season and fresh corn on the cob is readily available.

Overhead view of Bacon Corn Chowder in a white serving bowl

When to Make Corn Chowder

With Indiana sweet corn at its prime, I dug through my files for this Bacon Corn Chowder recipe. This summer soup was a marvelous change of pace from our traditional grilled entrees. Every August, I make numerous trips to our nearby produce stand when the locally grown “gourmet” sweet corn makes its appearance. Bi-colored, tender and oh, so sweet, we eat it off the cob, in salads, and in this summer chowder.

Usually loaded with cilantro and a squeeze of lime, this time, I added sprigs of fresh thyme to the broth and garnished with parsley. But don’t forget the bacon!! Both in the soup and as a topper, it’s an integral flavor component of this corn chowder.

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Bacon Corn Chowder in a white basket weave bowl with lime, avocado and grape tomato garnishes


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Bacon Corn Chowder

Bacon Corn Chowder

A delicious summer chowder adapted from Sunset Magazine

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 6 servings


  • 3 slices bacon, chopped (may want to use an extra slice or two to garnish)
  • 1 onion, chopped (white or yellow)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and chopped (waxy potatoes like Yukon Gold work best)
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups shredded chicken (for a shortcut use a rotisserie chicken)
  • 4 cups corn, cut from the cob or (frozen may be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Grape tomatoes, sliced
  • I avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges, optional
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste if needed (depends on saltiness of your chicken broth)


  1. Saute the bacon until it's nearly crisp. Remove any you'd like to reserve for garnish. Add onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the flour and stir to cook off the raw taste without browning, about a minute or two.
  2. Add potatoes, thyme, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are just tender, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken and corn cook till hot. Reduce heat to low and add cream to taste. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat. Serve garnished with tomatoes, avocado, reserved bacon, a squirt or two of lime juice if desired, a dusting of chopped parsley, salt, and pepper to taste.

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 509Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 1203mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 7gSugar: 8gProtein: 33g


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32 comments on “Bacon Corn Chowder”

  1. You have a very popular theme this week! Everything sounds good-stay cool:@)

  2. What a beautiful bowl of chowder, Liz! I can almost taste the fresh sweet corn and smoky bacon just looking at it!

  3. Colorful and yummy! I very rarely have bacon at home, if I have it I finish it :)))

  4. I love corn chowder, adding the bacon makes it even better! Love the way you use fresh corn here too.

  5. Your bacon corn chowder made me absolutely hungry. I must try this recipe right away. Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a great mix of flavors and it looks so pretty in the bowl!

  7. Looks delicious and so beautifully presented.

  8. I love a good summer soup! It’s nice that this isn’t too bacon heavy so the other flavors come through.

  9. I grew up eating a lot of corn chowder! My mom didn’t put bacon in hers because she was vegetarian, but it would have been soooo much better if she did! 🙂

  10. Bacon and corn…a great combo! It must be very tasty and flavoursome.

  11. Looks delicious – love all those toppings!

  12. Even though it’s in the triple digits here in Phoenix I could totally go for a big bowl of this chowder!!

  13. It sounds great! Bacon with soup it’s great idea.

  14. I love a good corn chowder in the summer! The avocado and tomatoes on top look great with it.

  15. I’m a firm believer that bacon enhances the flavor of everything and this soup is one of them. I don’t know why I never think to make corn chowders – it must be the Italian in me. I never think of it until I see an amazing dish like this!

  16. Liz, this looks beautiful and delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  17. This recipe is like the kitchen sink of my favorite ingredients. Well, at least favorite non-sweet ones! Can’t wait to give this a try!

  18. Yum!! This sounds so good, didn’t realize I would crave chowder even in the hot weather, but I need this!

  19. Looks delicious for a great supper, bacon love here!

  20. Hi Liz, what a beautiful bowl of deliciousness, love how you sliced your corn. My husband would love this!

  21. Did somebody say bacon? This is my kind of meal!

  22. I have printed this recipe and will be making this for sure – looks and sounds absolutely delish!!!!

  23. The soup looks fresh and delicious. I love sweet corn at this time of the year. This is the perfect recipe to make with the corn in season.

  24. Love the classic clam chowder but you with all that smoky bacon..(and corn!) I may just change my mind!

  25. I must say, I’m impressed that your picky Bill eats cilantro! Did you have to rename the soup ‘creamed corn’ instead of chowder?😉
    We just grilled some local corn last night and I plan to stop in at a farmers market on our way back to the city, I want a freezer bag filled with sweet corn for the winter!
    Your Cobb salad was a huge hit! Our cottage guests loved it!!! Thank you for the kitcheninspiration!

  26. You have a serious talent for making every dish look so beautiful!

  27. Love chowder, and this one looks so special with the chunky bits and bacon! YUM! 🙂

  28. My husband also often makes breakfast…that and barbecues. 🙂 This chowder sounds like a perfect supper.

  29. The thyme is a very nice addition and I’m pretty sure the whole family would agree on this bowl of yum!

  30. I was scrolling through recipes for corn soup. This is not like what I thought I would be making but it’s what I like. Totally different than what I visualized.

  31. Oh yes! Fall to me means the return of hearty soups and CHOWDER! Bacon and corn chowder is one of our favorites! Yours looks delicious!

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