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Slow Cooker Cheesy Ham and Potato Chowder

  • Cook Time: 5-6 hours on low
  • Total Time: 18 minute
  • Yield: 4-5 servings 1x


  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced or shredded
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp canola or olive oil
  • 1 lb yellow butter potatoes (if you can’t find butter golds go for another yellow potato)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 6 oz diced cubes of ham
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn (optional)
  • 2 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup half and half (or milk), warmed
  • Green onions, diced


  1. In a microwave safe bowl combine the onion, carrot, garlic, thyme, and oil.  Stir a bit.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes, stirring every 90 seconds.  Transfer mixture to the slow cooker.
  2. While the onions are cooking in the microwave, peel and dice the potatoes.  Add them into the slow cooker.
  3. Add the salt and pepper and chicken broth into the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for about 5-6 hours or on HIGH for about 3-4 hours, or until potatoes are fork tender.
  5. Transfer contents of slow cooker to a blender (working in batches, if necessary) and puree.  Add pureed soup back into the slow cooker.
  6. Stir in bacon, ham, corn, cheese and half and half.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Serve and enjoy!


Ideal slow cooker size:  5 quart

  • Method: Slow Cooker