Slow Cooker Corn and Potato Chowder with Ham |

Slow Cooker Corn & Potato Chowder with Ham

Let your slow cooker do the work for you with this creamy, comforting chowder, loaded with sweet corn, hearty potatoes, and flavorful ham.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Calories 406kcal
Author Samantha Skaggs


  • 2 pounds potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 16 ounces about 4 cups frozen corn
  • 1 1/2 cups diced ham
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 4 cups chicken broth or stock
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 cups half-and-half


  • Place potatoes, corn, ham, garlic, and thyme in slow cooker. Pour chicken broth over ingredients, season with freshly ground black pepper, and stir. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or until potatoes are tender.
  • About 20 minutes before serving, scoop out 2 to 3 ladles full of potatoes onto a plate (it's okay if you scoop out a bit of corn and ham, too). Thoroughly mash potatoes with a fork and return to the crock pot, stirring them in to thicken the broth. Stir in the half-and-half, cover, and cook chowder for 15 more minutes or until heated through.


  • Adjust the ingredients to your liking! My family loves garlic, so I actually end up using more garlic when I make this. You may use more or less ham depending on your preference, or leave it out altogether. You may use milk instead of half-and-half for a lighter soup or heavy cream for a richer final result. (And if you don't have half-and-half on hand, it's the same thing as using half milk and half cream.)
  • This recipe can also be made in a large pot on the stove. Saute garlic in a bit of butter or olive oil until golden, then add broth, potatoes, corn, thyme, and pepper to the pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, cooking for 20 to 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove some potatoes, mash, and stir back into broth, along with ham and half-and-half. Cook over low for a few more minutes until heated through.


Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 677mg | Potassium: 1465mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 510IU | Vitamin C: 33.2mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 8.8mg