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Slow Cooker Bacon Potato Chowder

Slow Cooker Bacon Potato Chowder
  • prep time: 15 min
  • total time: 3 hr 15 min
  • serves: 10 people
  • calories: 304 1 serving

Like a loaded baked potato made into a creamy, cheesy soup!  Slow Cooker Bacon Potato Chowder sounds like comfort in a bowl, doesn't it?  Just a handful of pantry-staple ingredients and 3 steps make this soup so easy to make.  The condensed cream of potato soup is what keeps things simple, making a rich and creamy base.  Just add the potatoes, onion, bacon and chives and let the slow cooker do the rest.  Stir in the cheese at the end and you're done!  If you're really pressed for time (you can say you wanted the soup to look more rustic!), you can skip peeling the potatoes- it will still be delicious!


cost per recipe: $15.72

  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 4 cans (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Potato Soup
  • 4 1/3 cups milk (you can use the empty soup can to measure instead- it's 4 soup cans)
  • 2 large white potato (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)


  • Tips

    • Try this beer and Cheddar twist!  Replace 1 soup can milk with 1 bottle (12 fluid ounces) beer.  Proceed as shown above.  Set out bowls of shredded cooked chicken, more crumbled cooked bacon, sour cream, chopped fresh chives, diced avocado, croutons or your favorite potato toppings and let your guests create their own perfect bowl!
  • Step 1

    Stir the bacon, onion, soup, milk, potatoes and 1/4 cup chives in a 6-quart slow cooker.  Season with salt and pepper.

  • Step 2

    Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or until the potatoes are tender.

  • Step 3

    Add the cheese and stir until the cheese is melted.  Season to taste.  Sprinkle with the remaining chives.


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  • excellent choice for soup.

    July 3, 2016

    everyone enjoys the chowder when i make it. the bacon adds flavor as well. do not hesitate to make it for your family supper
    i share my meals with others and those i share with are glad when i bring this soup

  • Best recipe

    Cynthia D.
    May 26, 2020

    I made this per the instructions and my daughter and I loved it!! First time to make it and to have it come out perfectly was so great!! Easy to follow and make Definitely will make again

  • Very tasty

    Annie S.
    January 24, 2016

    Great soup...simple ingredients...will definitely make again. Next time I will precook the onion and parboil the potatoes. I like bigger chunks of both and it took a lot longer to cook following the recipe.

  • Great Chowder

    December 11, 2015

    This is a great recipe. When I first got this recipe it also called for 4 soup cans of milk. It also called for 2 cans of Cream of Potato Soup, 1 can of Cream of Celery Soup & 1 can of Cheddar Cheese soup. My family & friends like it better than this updated recipe. Then, of course, I added a few extras - we like 16 oz of frozen corn in it and a pinch of red pepper flakes, I use dried chopped onions & real bacon bits to hurry things along. It is wonderful. Just made a double batch for a potluck at school & there was not a drop left!

  • Very Yummy!

    May 22, 2015

    I've made this for a few years now and we love it! I also use the Real Bacon bits too. Campbell's changed the amount of milk…my old recipe had 4 soup cans. I also use a lot more potatoes…probably 5-6 large. Time saver hint...I use my french fry cutter to cut the potatoes into french fries first and then cut those into small cubes. I use a crock pot liner (clean up is a cinch) and cook on low for 8-9 hours.

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    Calories 304
    Total Fat 13 g
    Sat. Fat 7.1 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 40 mg
    Sodium 997 mg
    Total Carb 32 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Sugar 8 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 13 g
    Vitamin D 7 %DV
    Calcium 24 %DV
    Iron 5 %DV
    Potassium 14 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.