Ham and Corn Chowder is the perfect soup. It’s easy to make, rich and creamy and everyone absolutely loves it! A juicy Honey Baked Ham what my family always prefers  for holiday meals (although I love a traditional roast turkey with stuffing, there is power in numbers).

I always make an extra big ham so I can be sure to have lots of leftover ham for recipes and easy meals for days!

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Ham Chowder

I’m one of those people who can’t just cook a little, I always make a huge feast including a ham big enough to feed an additional 47 people (who aren’t invited) along with our family of 6.  The great thing is that we usually have leftovers so I can make things like Cheesy Ham and Potato CasseroleEasy Ham and Potato Soup and this amazing Ham and Corn Chowder!

Comforting and Versatile

Soup is a wonderfully comforting and versatile meal whether it’s a slow cooker soup or a quick 20 Minute Broccoli and Cheese Soup!  This recipe features loads of fresh corn and ham in a rich creamy broth to warm your belly from the inside out!

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How to Make Ham Chowder

Making this Ham and Corn Chowder recipe is as easy as 1,2,3!

  1. Cook bacon and onion.
  2. Add remaining veggies, ham and broth and simmer.
  3. Add milk/cream and thicken.


I like to top this with crumbled bacon and green onions but of course adding cheese is another amazing way to enjoy this recipe!  You can sprinkle a little on top when serving or stir in 1 1/2 cups of sharp cheddar after you have removed the soup from the heat.

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Ham and Corn Chowder

This ham and corn chowder recipe has loads of fresh corn and ham in a rich creamy broth to warm your belly from the inside out!
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
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  • 3 slices raw bacon diced
  • ½ large onion diced
  • 1 ½ cups peeled diced potato
  • ½ red pepper diced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups corn fresh or frozen
  • 1 ½ cups diced ham
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups milk or use 1/2 cream


  • Add bacon and onion to a pot over medium high heat. Cook until onion is translucent. Add potato, red pepper, thyme, pepper and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer 8 minutes.
  • Add corn and ham. Simmer an additional 7 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through.
  • Stir together milk and flour. Add into ham mixture and bring to a boil while stirring. Let boil 2 minutes.
  • Garnish with crumbled bacon and green onions if desired
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 214 | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 773mg | Potassium: 619mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 30.3mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 2.7mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American


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  1. Great recipe very tasty and easy to make. I did leave out the red bell peppers as I don’t really like cooked peppers. But still very good soup as a meal and very filling. I made my own broth from a ham bone left over from Easter dinner and used that instead of chicken stock. I will definitely make this recipe again.5 stars

  2. Just made this for a church luncheon, so delicious and a crowd favorite! There were so many requests for the recipe I had to email it out to the group!5 stars

  3. Would the ham and corn chowder recipe work with canned corn kernels? I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  4. Yum! I had cooked a large ham and needed some soups or dishes to put it in. This is very easy and super delicious. I added both frozen corn and canned cream corn as well as one can of chopped up carrots. Delish!5 stars

  5. Hi Holly, Can you tell me what you consider a “serving size”? Church fund raising time again and want to give this a try because it sounds as awsome as all the other ” gifts from your kitchen” that I’ve tried over the years. Thank you in advance for your reply.

      1. Forgot to ask, can this be made ahead and frozen then reheated in a crockpot? Also, would canned corn be OK to use?

      2. Hi Carol, I haven’t tried freezing this soup. Cream soups tend to separate when frozen but we would love to hear how it turns out for you. Canned corn should work fine in this recipe though.

  6. I have all ingredients except for bacon!!! Would it be ok if I start the rest of ingredients and add bacon later?

    1. I’d suggest cooking the bacon before adding if you add it later (and cooking the onions in a bit of oil or butter). Enjoy the chowder Chelsey!

  7. I made this to use up leftover Easter ham. It was AMAZING. I used a whole small onion and small red pepper, and I cooked the bacon and onion until the bacon was completely cooked through before adding the other ingredients. I used half 2% milk and half heavy whipping cream. I thought it was weird that there was no salt in it, but it ended up not needing any. I guess the ham is salty enough. I served it with homemade biscuits. My husband loved it, and he’s not usually a fan of soups. Thanks for a great recipe!5 stars

  8. This was an easy and delicious way to use left over ham. I added shrimp and creole seasoning for and extra kick. We loved it!5 stars

  9. Easy and delicious! Used sweet potato instead of white and an extra piece of bacon (which was not needed but was the last one left in the package). This made 2.5 meal-sized servings.5 stars

  10. Loved this!! We added carrots and celery and more chicken broth. Also added some horseradish and a dash of white balsamic vinegar. Super yummy. Thanks!5 stars

  11. AMAZING. I started with Applewood smoked bacon and used hickory smoked ham. Delicious. I am sure I ate more than my daily allotted calories. Easy and so tasty.5 stars

  12. Yes! Ultimate comfort food. Followed the recipe exactly except used two ham bones leftover from Christmas dinner with a coupe of bay leaves to make the broth. This is exactly what I needed today! I tripled the recipe so I could treat my customers to some. Creamy, delicious, perfect!5 stars