There’s nothing quite like a bacon cheddar corn chowder to lift your spirits in the middle of a New England winter. I mean you’ve got bacon, cheese and corn in soup form. How can that not make anyone happy?!
Besides the joy factor, a bacon cheddar corn chowder is super simple to make and will keep you well-fed for several days if you make a large portion.
Another bonus: It will give you some extra energy to shovel over a foot of snow. The night I made this recipe a big nor’easter storm blew through so I speak of experience here.
A few things about the recipe are below. First, don’t use wimpy strip bacon or the typical brand-name crap from conventional supermarkets. Get some good quality slab bacon (preferably pastured) with thick, hearty layers of fat in it. You want that fat to render when you add it to the stockpot. This will give the soup a nice smoky flavor. It will also give you some nice thick pieces of bacon bits which you can see in the picture above.
Next, don’t be a wuss and use half and half, whole milk, or god forbid low-fat milk. They’re not creamy enough. Bacon cheddar corn chowder is meant to be thick and rich! Please use the heavy cream.
Finally, the flour will help thicken the soup but it’s optional if you’re on a gluten-free diet. If you choose to forego the flour, smash some of the cooked potatoes on the side of the stockpot and stir it in. The starch from the potatoes will help thicken the soup.
Bacon cheddar corn chowder is a simple, nourishing chowder recipe with chunky pieces of potato, onion and bacon. Optional herbs such as green onions, chives or parsley add a nice touch at the end!
Serve in individual bowls and add additional bacon and seasonings, to taste.
Craig Fear is the creator of Fearless Eating and the author of three books, The 30-Day Heartburn Solution, Fearless Broths and Soups and The Thai Soup Secret. After years helping clients with digestive issues, Craig decided to pursue writing full-time. He intends to write many more books on broths and soups from around the world! Click here to learn more about Craig.