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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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    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 6 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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      Susan Deppner 6 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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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Your corn chowder sounds wonderful!

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      The corn chowder looks real good.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 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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