Bacon & Corn Chowder

Bacon & Corn Chowder

This corn chowder seemed like the perfect dish to take the chill of an entirely-too-cold day.  It was definitely warming, but not the most outstanding chowder I’ve ever had.  I had high hopes for this dish…I mean, potatoes, bacon, corn, and veggies just sounded so hearty and delicious.  The result, however, was just so-so.

First of all, this is not nearly as thick and creamy as chowder should be.  I think a solution to this might be leaving the lid off during the last hour or so of cooking to help thicken it up.  So if you encounter the same thickness issue, you might want to try that.  Also, the recipe instructed to cook the bacon and then put it in with the other ingredients in the crockpot while everything cooked.  This made all that delicious, crispy bacon just turn limp and tasteless, floating around in the chowder.  I would DEFINITELY recommend cooking up all the ingredients and then adding the crispy bacon last as a topping instead of having it cooked in the crockpot.  Lastly, this could’ve used a bit more seasoning.  Maybe some garlic powder or something.  But it was a little bland for me.

Ok, so if you’re thinking, “why is she posting this recipe if she didn’t like it that much?”  Well that’s a great question!  First, you may have very different tastes and opinions than I do, and you might think very differently about it (it did, after all, get rather good reviews on the Betty Crocker website, so apparently other people liked it).  Second, this recipe might give you an idea for a different, similar recipe.  You can take what you see here and then modify it to turn it into something amazing!  If you do modify it, please let me know in the comments!

Bacon & Corn Chowder

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Source:  Betty Crocker

Serves: 4

1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 c peeled and cubed potatoes
2 c frozen corn, thawed
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 c chopped carrots
1/2 c chopped red bell pepper
1 can (18 oz) Progresso Recipe Starters creamy roasted garlic cooking sauce
1 can cream style sweet corn
1 Tbsp sugar
1 c milk

Spray 6- to 7-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.

Place bacon in slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients except milk; stir to combine. (I would also omit the bacon until the end, as it got limp and tasteless in the slow cooker)

Cover; cook on low heat 4-6 hours or until potatoes are tender. Stir in milk.

Cover; cook about 30 minutes longer or until hot. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

(If you omitted the bacon earlier, sprinkle it on before serving)

10 thoughts on “Bacon & Corn Chowder

  1. rhiannon langley March 2, 2013 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    hey mrs. allen its rhiannon langley (one of your students). i love ur blog. all of ur food looks amazing. ur an awsome cook

  2. Laura Pishnak-Sylvia March 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    I agree with you as far as the bacon goes, I also thought just reading this it needed more spices. I’d add some garlic and maybe a couple of dashes of cayenne pepper, a good tsp. of Ms. Dash’s Original and then a sprinkle of cheddar cheese before serving would also be great. I also plan to increase the carrots to a cup of carrots and a large onion vs. a medium onion; but this is my families preferences. A good starter recipe, lol I’m always tweaking anyway. Thanks for the recipe, will try it soon. Oh, I also would eliminate the sugar, hubby is a diabetic and the corn itself is sweet as is the red pepper.

  3. Love the fact that you still posted the recipe as it gives people ideas of what to make and it’s good how you comment on what you would improve next time! The reality is that we can’t all get it perfect first time. Have had many recipes not go as planned but you learn for next time! 🙂

    • Exactly! I mean, as much as I’d like for all of my meals to be perfect, that’s not the case But I know that all my wonderful readers out there can give suggestions on how to make it better!

  4. I like to add chef’s season salt (Publix brand) and sprinkle cayanne pepper to taste. Add chicken tenders and bouillion enriched chicken broth. The possibility of chopped green onions or broccoli sounds good too. add shredded cheddar cheese at the table?

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