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Crockpot Corn Chowder Recipe ( Instant Pot Instructions included)

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This hearty crockpot corn chowder recipe is perfect for a tasty fall soup. Use up your fresh corn and potatoes from the garden or farmer market.

Close up instant pot corn chowder

Deep into winter and no fresh corn in season? Frozen or canned corn works too.

Corn chowder will warm your tummy with delicious flavors and nutrients in the cooler fall evenings.

We are gardeners. Our garden gives us challenges every year. This year the corn is stellar. However after four wonderful seasons of tomatoes… this summer they are a bust.

So corn chowder it is.

instant pot Potato Corn chowder

If you have a bumper crop of corn you can also freeze it. I show you how to freeze corn in this post. Frozen corn also makes good corn chowder.

We adjust our diet to fit what’s harvested out in the garden and greenhouse this time of year.

Even with our reduced harvest the year, we still get a breather on the food bill right now. Oftentimes entire meals come from the garden and freezer.

We cut back on heavy, expensive meats and go for the lighter, vegetable-based, meals. All it’s costing us is the time to go pick the produce and the energy to make the meals.

More Harvest Soups:

Here are a few more of our Farm to Table Soup recipes.

Soups are a delicious way to combine many flavors from the garden in unique ways that make each soup special.

instant pot potato and corn soup

Potato Corn Chowder Recipe Notes:

This is a sweet chowder due to the corn. Adding the smoked paprika increases the savory aspects of this recipe.

sweet corn and smoky flavorings make a wonderful flavor combination. This recipe is a complete meal. You need nothing else for a nutritionally sound lunch or dinner.

Using Corn on the Cob:

2017 Garden Corn
Garden Corn is perfect for corn chowder.

If using your garden corn prepping the corn on the cob requires shucking. Then cut the kernels off the cob. This chowder is a great way to use up extra ears of corn.

Substitutions and Variations:

There are endless ways to change up this chowder recipe. Try your favorite seasonings, vegetables and broths.

  • You can omit the bacon and use vegetable broth instead of chicken stock for a vegetarian meal.
  • The bacon can be traded out for (browned) bulk or link sausage chopped small. Use any type sausage you like.
  • The peppers can be hot or sweet.
  • Replace heavy cream with half and half or 1 12oz. can evaporated milk.
  • Smoked paprika-substitute chipotle chili powder or Turmeric.
  • For the corn you can use fresh or frozen corn. Canned will work but the texture and flavor may be a bit less stellar.
  • Potatoes- I used the red boilers. Russets will also work well for this soup. Softer fleshed potatoes like yellow Yukon will break down more for a thicker chowder.

Crockpot Corn Chowder

I made this recipe for many years in my crockpot. Instructions for the crockpot method are included in the printable recipe card below.

Instant pot Corn Chowder:

instant pot soup function

The instant pot makes this soup even easier to make. Watch our video recipe demonstration to see this soup made in the instant pot on soup function.

You can make this soup in about an hour by pressure cooking it on soup function.

instant pot potato and corn soup
Corn chowder Instant pot made with the soup function.

Your instant pot also works as a slow cooker. And it’s sautè function ensures a one pot experience if that is what you want.

Your Printable Recipe Card:

I have included BOTH the methods for the crockpot and the electric pressure cooker in our Printable recipe card below.

Try serving this chowder with our Mexican cornbread or our homemade Sourdough Bread . It’s also great with our Southwestern Toasted Cheese Sandwich.

Close up instant pot corn chowder
Yield: 10

crock pot Instant (or Instant Pot )Corn Chowder

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Delicious crockpot (or instant pot) corn chowder is perfect for a tasty fall soup. Nutritionally Balanced, Gluten-Free corn chowder will warm your tummy with delicious nutrients in the cooler fall evenings.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. bacon-chopped small (can also use bulk or link sausage)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped poblano pepper (or any type of pepper)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 4 cups organic chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 4 cups finely diced potato
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels (may double for a cornier soup)
  • 1 Cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasonings
  • Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

CrockPot Corn Chowder Instructions:

  1. Sautè the chopped bacon.
  2. Sautè the diced onions, peppers and garlic until onions are translucent and the peppers are soft.
  3. add the chopped potatoes and corn.
  4. Pour in the chicken broth, bay leaves and Italian Seasonings.
  5. Cook on high for four hours in your crock pot or low for 6 hours until the potatoes are tender.

At Serving:

  1. Stir in the smoked paprika and cream.
  2. Season with salt and pepper as desired and serve

Instant Pot Corn Chowder -slow cook Instructions:

  1. On Sautè function Brown the chopped bacon until almost cooked. *browning bacon in white skillet
  2. Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are translucent.frying onions, pepper and garlic in a white skillet-corn chowder
  3. Set the instant pot to slow cooker function (high heat) and add the potatoes, corn, bay leaves, Italian seasonings and chicken broth. bacon, onion peppers and garlic in instant pot
  4. Stir in the cream and smoked paprika.added smoked paprika and cream
  5. Serve

Instant Pot Corn Chowder -Soup function:

For a quicker meal:

  1. Set the instant pot to the sautè function. Brown the bacon, onion, peppers and garlic. *
  2. Add in the potatoes, corn, bay leaves, Italian seasonings and broth.
  3. Set the instant pot to soup function.instant pot soup function
  4. Quick release the instant pot.
  5. Stir in the cream and smoked paprika.adding cream to corn chowder
  6. Serve.

Notes

Options:

Adjust the corn and potato amounts as you wish. Add more liquid as needed if you do this to attain your desired consistency.

Substitutions:

  • For Chicken broth use either water or vegetable broth.
  • Cream can be replaced with half and half, milk or evaporated milk.
  • For the smoked paprika use either turmeric (make a very yellow soup) or chipotle chili powder.
  • The bacon can be traded out for (browned) bulk or link sausage chopped small. Use any type sausage you like.
  • The peppers can be hot or sweet.
  • Smoked paprika-substitute chipotle chili powder or Turmeric.
  • For the corn you can use fresh or frozen corn. Canned will work but the texture and flavor may be a bit less stellar.
  • Potatoes- I used the red boilers. Russets will also work well for this soup. Softer fleshed potatoes like yellow Yukon will break down more for a thicker chowder.

* If you watch our video we use a skillet on the stove to brown the bacon and cook the garlic, onion and peppers.

* In an instant pot you can do this on sautè function if you prefer to use a single pot.

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 271Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 54mgSodium 699mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 4gSugar 9gProtein 17g

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Potato corn chowder-pin image
This creamy corn and potato chowder is filled with nutritious veggies and hearty potato chunks. This recipe is easy to make in your instant pot for a quick weeknight family dinner. #cornandsausage #chowder #instantpot #weeknightdinners #soup
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This hearty crockpot corn chowder recipe is perfect for a tasty fall soup. Use up your fresh corn and potatoes from the garden or farmer market.


Recipe adapted from: www.foodnetwork.com/

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Heather

Friday 27th of November 2020

Great recipe wonderful rich flavor, loved this recipe will make again. Took forever to get the recipe so many popup ads constantly popping up was really irritating.

Diane

Friday 27th of November 2020

Hi heather, I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe. I'm sorry the ads are annoying. I agree and am working on trying to get the amount of ads lowered in the recipe card. This time of year the ad companies are pretty aggressive. Thanks for letting us know and the great recipe review. Have a wonderful day!

Cathy D.

Thursday 29th of October 2020

I’ve been using your wonderful sourdough recipe for the last 9 months and finally tried out another one of your recipes! I made this delicious soup for the first time last night and it was fabulous! I don’t own an instapot, so I used my slow cooker and prepared the soup as written with only a couple tiny adjustments due to ingredients I had on hand. Instead of heavy cream I used half and half, and for the peppers I used 1/2 red pepper and 1 large mild jalapeño. (Also, I’ve started using Better than Boullion organic chicken broth and believe it’s more flavorful than the carton type of broth—of course, if I had prepared my own broth from scratch it might be even better). It made the whole house smell wonderful and we almost finished the entire crockpot, just between my husband and me! This will definitely into our regular rotation of recipes! PS we enjoyed the soup with your sourdough bread I made over the weekend! I can’t wait to try out more of your recipes!

Diane

Thursday 29th of October 2020

Hi Cathy, How wonderful to hear. Thank you so much for exploring the site. I'm so happy you're enjoying our recipes. I LOVE the better than bullions too! Thanks for bringing that up as an option. I'll give it a try next time I make this corn chowder. Yes you could also try this soup with homemade bone broth. (You really need an instant pot) :) It would add LOTS of flavor and nutrients. Thanks for being a part of our Homemade Food Junkie Community. Have a great day.

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