Taking advantage of the blooming sweet corn that comes in this time of year, this Crockpot Corn Chowder is a must-have this summer! Using potatoes, carrots, and a special ingredient (creamed corn), this creamy corn chowder will be a new family favorite that everyone will enjoy eating. The best part is that you can actually cook and enjoy this chowder year-round!
Summertime is the time of year where you will find the best fresh corn on the cob and I take full advantage of it every year. I know it might seem weird to cook a chowder in the summer but trust me, this crockpot corn chowder is epic!
The best part is it uses a lot of fresh ingredients that you can easily find or, most of the time, already have in your fridge.
Between the tender of the potatoes and the rich flavors coming from the creamed corn and thyme, this corn chowder will have you going back for seconds!
Video: How to Make Corn Chowder
If you are more of a visual person, here’s a quick video showing you how easy it is to put this crockpot corn chowder together.
Frequently Asked Questions About Corn Chowder
Before I share my creamy corn chowder recipe, here are a few questions I have gotten from our readers that I wanted to share:
Can I Use Fresh Corn?
Yes, you can! You can use fresh or frozen corn in this recipe and it will still taste delicious.
What Kind Of Potato Can I Use In This Chowder?
For a chowder, you will want to use a potato that is heavy with starch to help naturally thicken the soup and give it some texture. I would recommend using a russet potato. Try to avoid red or Yukon potatoes!
How Do You Thicken Corn Chowder?
In this specific recipe, I used a cornstarch slurry that was part heavy cream (or water) and cornstarch. If you don’t happen to have corn starch, you can always make a quick roux using flour.
If you want to make this recipe gluten-free, use arrowroot flour to thicken the chowder.
Can I Make This Chowder Recipe Dairy-Free?
If you’re lactose intolerant (or just avoiding dairy for personal reasons), you can leave out the heavy cream and just add the cornstarch slurry by replacing the cream with water.
Also, double-check to ensure the creamed corn doesn’t have any cream as a thickening agent- most use cornstarch.
What Topping Can I Add To Potato Corn Chowder?
I some times like to go really simple with some simple shredded cheddar cheese. But, if I feel like getting really fancy, I like to add some:
- Crispy bacon bits
- Freshly sliced jalapenos
Sometimes, adding that little bit of crunch is the one thing it was missing!
Can You Freeze Corn Chowder To Store For A Later Date?
Yes, you can!
Many times when you freeze soups or chowders that contain dairy, they tend to separate and it does not leave you with the original yummy soup you had. The trick is to leave out all of the ingredients that have dairy in them and freeze the soup the way it is.
When you decide to take it out for dinner one day, place the corn chowder back in the slow cooker to reheat and add the last couple of dairy ingredients to finish cooking the chowder!
Crockpot Corn Chowder
Now it’s time to make a bowl of deliciousness! Here is a list of ingredients you will need to make this corn chowder recipe:
- Potatoes (chopped)
- Carrots (chopped)
- Sweet onion (chopped)
- Celery (chopped)
- Frozen corn
- Creamed corn
- Garlic powder
- Chicken broth
- Cornstarch slurry (2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water)
- Heavy cream
- Sea salt (to taste)
- Cracked pepper (to taste)
How To Make Creamy Corn Chowder In The Slow Cooker
Before you start cooking this recipe, there will be some meal prep involved!
Take your potatoes and carrots and make sure to thoroughly wash them to get rid of any lingering dirt on the veggies.
Using a potato peeler, peel the outer layer of the carrots and chop them up in equal bite-sized pieces.
As for the potatoes, you can peel them or you don’t- the choice is up to you. Either way, you will need to chop them up into bite-sized pieces as well (just like the carrots).
After you have washed and chopped up all of your veggies (celery and onions too), add them all to a 6-quart crockpot! You will also need to add: frozen corn, creamed corn, garlic powder, thyme, and chicken broth.
Gently mix and then cook on HIGH for 4 hours or on LOW for 7 hours.
After the time is up, take a small bowl and mix the heavy cream with the cornstarch to make a slurry. This will help thicken the sauce!
Gently stir and cover to cook for an additional 30 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
- If you are wanting to make a smaller serving size than the one I am providing, you can easily cut this recipe in half if you have a smaller slow cooker.
What To Serve With Chowder
While this creamy corn chowder is absolutely delicious on its own, I always love to serve and stew, chowder or soup with some warm honey cornbread, especially with this recipe! The sweetness of the honey in the cornbread gives the chowder another layer of sweetness you probably didn’t know it needed.
If you are wanting something else to scoop up the last bit f your bowl of chowder, I also love to make homemade biscuits or buy a fresh baguette at the local grocery store.
More Crockpot Recipes
If you loved this Crockpot Corn Chowder recipe, check out some of our best recipes from The Slow Cooking Club:
- 4 potatoes, cubed
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
- 1 celery, chopped
- 1 bag frozen corn, 16oz
- 2 cups creamed corn (approximately 2 – 16oz cans)
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch slurry (2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- sea salt and cracked pepper to taste
- In a 6 quart slow cooker, add potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, frozen corn, creamed corn, garlic powder, thyme, and chicken broth. Gently mix, and then cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 7 hours.
- In a small bowl, mix heavy cream and cornstarch slurry. Gently stir, and cover to cook for an additional 30 minutes.
- You can easily cut this recipe in half if you have a smaller slow cooker.
- You can delicious toppings like shredded cheddar cheese, crispy, bacon, sliced jalapenos, or even croutons to the chowder. Have fun and jazz it up!
- If you’re lactose intolerant, you can leave out the heavy cream and just add the cornstarch slurry. Also, double check to ensure the creamed corn doesn’t have any cream as a thickening agent, most use cornstarch.