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The Best-Ever Corn Chowder Recipe

Updated on November 28, 2016

Love Corn Chowder? Looking For A Great Recipe?

If you love corn chowder and you are looking for a great corn chowder recipe, you have come to the right place. We have been eating and loving this corn soup ever since I purchased my Time-Life American Country books in the 1980s. We have altered the recipe a little bit to suit our tastes and we think you are going to love it, too. It always wins rave reviews for us.

On this page you will find the recipe for the The Best-Ever Corn Chowder and some information about the cookbook from which it came.

Can't you smell the chowder cooking already?

The Best-Ever Corn Chowder Recipe - Makes 6 servings.


4 to 6 slices of bacon

1 1/4 c chopped onion

1/4 c flour

2 c chicken broth

1 c water

3 c peeled, diced yams or regular potatoes

1/2 tsp thyme

2 10-oz cans creamed corn

1 c diced red pepper

1 c diced zucchini

1 c milk

2 tbsps parsley


  • In a 3 or 4 quart pot, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon but leave the fat in the pan. Drain the bacon on paper towel and chop.
  • Saut√© the onion in the pot in the bacon fat over medium heat just until softened. Increase the heat to medium high and add the flour. Cook stirring for one minute.
  • To the pot, add chicken broth, water, potatoes and thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for about 15 minutes or until the yams or potatoes are cooked.
  • Add the creamed corn, red pepper, zucchini, milk and bacon. (Some people prefer to add the bacon afterwards.) Then simmer for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated.
  • Add the parsley and serve!

Join Me For A Bowl of Soup, Won't You?

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Time Life American Country Country Cooking Cookbook
Time Life American Country Country Cooking Cookbook

Country Cooking: Recipes for Traditional Country Fare

This Time-Life American Country cookbook is one of my favorite cookbooks

The best-ever corn chowder is a recipe from this cookbook, Country Cooking: Recipes for Traditional Country Fare that I adapted slightly, exchanging corn kernels for creamed corn, which results in a creamier chowder. If you want a lighter corn soup, you could of course, revert to using corn kernels.

This cookbook is from the beautiful Time Life American Country book series and it is one of my favorite cookbooks. It is, of course, packed with great recipes. Not recipes that are light-hearted or fast and easy but rather recipes that are satisfying down-home comfort foods that fill your house with the smell of home cooking.

The recipes in this cookbook are ones we use for special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas or for company, rather than for everyday, although they could be used for regular meals. Our favorite recipes include the instructions for cooking a turkey, for turkey stuffing, for the best-ever chicken pot pie and, of course, this corn chowder recipe.

I was surprised that this cookbook is still available, new or used, through the sellers on Amazon. It is perfect for anyone who wants to build their own collection of best-ever recipes, recipes that will be family favorites.


A Delicious Bright Yellow Corn-on-the-Cob Apron - Just add butter!

Corn on the cob apron
Corn on the cob apron | Source

"Did you know that chowder is best cured for one hour to three days after it's made to allow flavors to meld?"

- 50 Chowders

Chowder Cookbook
Chowder Cookbook | Source

50 Chowders: One Pot Meals - Clam, Corn, & Beyond


This cookbook contains a range of chowder recipes, instructions and tips as well as the history and folklore of chowder.


"I've just purchased my 6th copy of this book, one of my most favorite cookbooks ever. My own original copy is years old, stained, and dog-eared. I've given four as Christmas presents and I just gave one as a wedding gift along with a Le Creuset French oven." - Toller Girl

"I frankly love one-dish meals of any type, particularly soups and stews. White provided me with great alternatives to my basic autumn fare--beef and lamb stews, lentil and vegetable soups. If you think "chowder" only applies to clams and corn, this book will open your eyes."- D. Russell

"...concise, easy to follow instructions with delicious tasting chowders...not only tells you what to do in his recipes but he also tells you why you are doing it...something you normally only find in an instructional video. It gives you the understanding of where you are heading instead of blindly following instructions...every member of my family loves the recipes, even my 5-year old! They're the best I've ever tasted. Bravo Jasper! Your love produced a masterpiece! - Diane Houslanger

Click here to order your copy of 50 Chowders.


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    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      @Gypzeerose: I haven't made this chowder yet this fall but I am hungry for it now. Adding tomatoes would be an interesting way to prepare it, too.

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      Rose Jones 

      8 years ago

      I just took some of this from the Bay area to Sacramento to cheer up a sick friend. She loved it. We did not have zucchini, but we added tomatoes. We also used fresh corn. And the biggest substitution was almond meal for flour, my son couldn't find the regular flour. It all came out great and was much appreciated.

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      9 years ago

      I love the zucchini in the chowder, great touch!

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      10 years ago from England

      Yum, Yum! Now featured at Brr!! My Feet (Hands, Nose, Ears) Are Cold!!

    • OldStones LM profile image

      OldStones LM 

      10 years ago

      Corn chowder is one of my favorite comfort foods. I will have to try your recipe it sounds delicious.

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      Virginia Allain 

      10 years ago from Central Florida

      I impressed my husband-to-be with my corn chowder and he thought he was marrying a good cook. I do want to learn to make a good seafood chowder though.

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      10 years ago from Montana

      I love corn chowder, it has been a favorite of mine growing up. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

    • bikerministry profile image


      10 years ago

      Yum, now I'm hungry. Mimi's in Phoenix has a great Corn Chowder - and a Pot Pie to drive miles for. I need to try these recipes ... marked you as a favorite - THANKS!!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thanks for adding your corn chowder lens to my Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup lens. Still looks good on here.

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      10 years ago

      This sounds amazing with the diced yams and bacon along with the corn, I think I can almost taste it, this is certainly a step above other corn chowder recipes that I have seen.

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      the777group lm 

      10 years ago

      Mnnn. Love that corn chowder recipe!

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      10 years ago

      There is nothing more comforting than just enjoy the best food, chowder included!

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      10 years ago

      I've eaten corn chowder, but never prepared it myself. I'm going to have to give this a try. Sounds great for a cold winter day...with biscuits! Thanks you!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      11 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This sounds great and would be so wonderful on these chilly evenings. We love soups and our favorite is what we call Hen Mulligan which has corn, potatoes, onions and hen. It is our traditional Christmas Eve supper. Hey, I need to make a lens about it. We will have to try out your Corn Chowder.

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      11 years ago

      Growing up in the Midwest, we ate a lot of corn-based dishes such as this. Your chowder recipe here really takes me back!

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      11 years ago from Western Mass

      i love corn chowder. drop the bacon and sub veg broth and you've got a great vegetarian version, too :)

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      11 years ago

      I'm a huge fan of chowders. Must be the Yankee in me, but I'm stuck here in the south surrounded by people who mock my chowder love.

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      Susan Deppner 

      11 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm back to print out this recipe. The weather's getting cooler - and it's chowder time!

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      11 years ago from British Columbia

      I love chowder, but my corn chowder always looks so white! Yours looks great -- I'll try it for sure! You've also got so many other really interesting recipes linked here. It looks like a page I'll have to return to in order to discover what else you're cooking up.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      11 years ago from Concord VA

      Mmm, this looks so good! I gotta try it!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      11 years ago from United States

      Ah, girl, I know this will be fabulous! As much as I like a bit of adventure, I do always return to my country cooking roots. Btw, I love that corn apron.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      The corn chowder looks real good.

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      11 years ago

      Your corn chowder sounds wonderful!

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      Susan Deppner 

      11 years ago from Arkansas USA

      You betcha I love corn chowder! This is a great recipe. I wouldn't have thought to add zucchini, which we love. Despite our steamy weather, I'm going to have to make this soon. Thanks for sharing!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      11 years ago

      I do love corn chowder. Your recipe sounds very good with the bacon in it. Never heard of yams in chowder but I'd be willing to try that.


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