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!

Overhead shot of Ham and Corn Chowder in a white pot

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!

Ladle full of Ham and Corn Chowder

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


  • 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 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
4.96 from 87 votes

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. So delicious! I was looking for a recipe to use with leftover ham and this one sounded perfect. It turned out even better than I imagined. Huge hit – very flavorful! Will definitely make this again.5 stars

  2. This recipe is amazing, I have just completed making it. Not just one recipe, I multiply it by 8 and have filled a Nesco Roaster! My family absolutely love it.5 stars

  3. This was the BEST ham & corn chowder! My husband LOVED IT!! I used Italian seasoning instead of thyme and Half & half instead of milk…also fried up bacon to crumble on top before I served it. Husband told me that this recipe is a definite KEEPER!!5 stars

      1. Sure you can! You might like to increase the salt a bit because ham does add a bit of a smoky/salty flavor.

  4. This soup was really a hit with my family. A great use of leftover ham from Easter. I used the ham bone with the chicken broth.5 stars

  5. We have made this recipe twice already and are looking forward to making some this
    weekend. The best corn chowder recipe and so simple to make. I substitute the thyme with Italian seasoning and usually use more bacon as everyone loves bacon.5 stars

  6. Ugh. This recipe took a decent amount of work and just tasted….weird. It should be called “corn and red pepper soup.” I couldn’t even taste the ham even after doubling it. I would do half the corn and half the red pepper, and no potatoes bc it gave it a grainy taste. I worked at it for two hours trying to get the flavor better- no luck! This is the 2nd bad recipe I’ve tried on this site (hamburger soup) and I won’t be wasting my money trying another.1 star

    1. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it Morgan, this is a corn chowder so we definitely up the corn in this recipe. As for the potatoes, they do have a starchy texture this also adds body and consistency to the soup.

      I can’t say what went wrong with the recipes for you as both have excellent reviews from readers.

  7. Can this be done using broth made from the ham bone? Possibly substituting the chicken broth with the ham broth.

    1. Hi Kelsey, we have only made this recipe as listed. But it should work. Let us know how it turns out!

    1. Hi Joanne, a thick slice of deli ham would probably work, but I find the packaged kind gives such a good flavor!

  8. This is great!! I was worried the potatoes wouldn’t be done in that amount of time, but they are perfect. Thank you for allowing me to add to my ‘soup collection’. 5 stars

  9. I recently made your chicken and dumplings recipe. Easy and delicious. Turned out perfect. Loved it. Will be sure to make it again.5 stars