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Southwest Slow Cooker Corn Chowder

Thick and creamy, loaded with sweet corn, chunks of tender potatoes, carrots and crumbled, smoky bacon this Southwest Slow Cooker Corn Chowder gets a slight kick from a chipotle pepper and actually uses no cream! Nutrition information does not include added chicken as that is optional. Recipe video included.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: American, Western
Keyword: chipotle corn chowder, corn chowder, slow cooker soup
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 4 Russet potatoes (See Note 1) peeled and chopped
  • 2 large carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 16 oz bag of frozen corn
  • 16 oz can of creamed corn
  • 1 chipotle pepper with adobo sauce
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 12 oz can of evaporated milk
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed parsley chopped
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken (optional)


  • Either render bacon in skillet until crisp or wrap slices of bacon with several layers of paper towel and microwave for 4 minutes to render fat and get crisp. Chop and set aside.
  • Dice potatoes, carrots and onion into 1/2 inch pieces, set aside.
  • In a slow cooker add diced vegetables, frozen and creamed corn, chipotle pepper, seasonings and chicken broth. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours until vegetables are softened and cooked.
  • Whisk together the evaporated milk and cornstarch. Stir into slow cooker and cook for another 30 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally. Stir in chopped chicken and chopped bacon. Adjust seasoning if needed.
  • Before serving add the parsley and ladle into bowls.


If I am planning on freezing I would use red potatoes, next Yukon Gold and Russet last in choice. I find Russets tend to get mealy in texture after being frozen, though not every time. My thinking is it’s the amount of starch in them, not positive. Just something to think about.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.6g | Protein: 11.3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5.8g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 30.3mg | Sodium: 570.3mg | Fiber: 3.8g | Sugar: 9.3g