Slow Cooker Cheesy Ham Chowder

Warm up in the most comforting way… a big bowl of this cheesy ham chowder, made easy in the slow cooker! Perfect for a busy weeknight!

Have some leftover ham?  This cheesy ham chowder is the most mouthwatering solution!  Even if you don’t have any leftover ham, it’s perfect to make on a chilly weeknight, and hearty enough to feed your whole family!

This post was brought to you by the makers of Promised Land Dairy. I received compensation to write this post through the Far From Ordinary Milk program. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Okay I know that it’s not officially Fall until September 22nd, but it’s after Labor Day, which makes it unofficially my favorite season… Fall!  I can’t get enough of the comforting meals like this cheesy ham chowder.  On a chilly day, there’s nothing better than cozying up to a big bowl of thick, creamy chowder!  The best part about this version?  It’s made in the slow cooker!  Just add the first several ingredients to the slow cooker, cover and cook on low, and walk out the door!  When you come back home for dinner, all it takes is a mere 20 minutes before it’s 100% ready to go… so you can use that time to unwind, take the trash out… or maybe sit down and read your favorite food blog (wink wink!).

One thing I love about this ham chowder is that it’s deliciously creamy, but with no heavy cream!  Whole milk and some sour cream give it all the creaminess it needs, while also cutting down on fat and calories.  I know it may seem weird to talk  about cutting back on calories when this soup is rich and hearty like it is, but why add unnecessary calories?!

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Over the next couple of months, there are a few holidays where you might serve ham, and inevitably have a bunch of ham leftover right?  I know every time I serve ham, I’m left with SO much.  After some ham sandwiches, and these puffs, I’m usually stumped as to what to do with all the leftovers.  That’s where this chowder recipe comes to the rescue!  It uses 4 cups of diced ham, so it’ll put a good dent in your leftover pile 🙂

BUT WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE LEFTOVER HAM?

Great question!  You totally don’t have to use leftover ham for this recipe.  Obviously it’s a great leftover idea, but not everyone serves ham and has leftovers right?  I like to grab some fully cooked boneless ham steaks from the grocery store and just cube them up.  In fact, that’s actually what I did for these pictures.  The only ham I wouldn’t use would be really thin sliced lunchmeat… it might disintegrate during the long cook time.

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The thing that takes this chowder to the next level is the quality ingredients you use, which is why I love to use Promised Land Dairy whole milk!  Have you tried their milk?  Promised Land Dairy Whole Milk comes from pampered Jersey cows, which are originally from the British Isle of Jersey, and it’s naturally creamier and richer compared to other regular milks.  How cool is that?!  Not only is it fantastic in dinner recipes like this one, but it adds a great creamy taste to my morning cereal, and my kids LOVE drinking it!  Check your grocery store’s refrigerated section and pick up a bottle to taste the difference.

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Grab some crackers, a spoon, and dig in!!  Also, we love to make this no knead bread to serve alongside… nothing beats it!

I hope you all pick up some Promised Land Dairy Whole Milk and give this recipe a try!!

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5 from 18 votes
Slow Cooker Cheesy Ham Chowder
10 servings
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 25 mins
 

Warm up in the most comforting way... a big bowl of this cheesy ham chowder, made easy in the slow cooker! Perfect for a busy weeknight!

Calories: 340 kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2" cubes (about 3 medium sized potatoes)
  • 20 oz canned corn (drained), or frozen corn (thawed)
  • 4 cups cubed ham steaks, diced into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 ribs celery, diced
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken stock (or broth)
  • 2 cups Promised Land Dairy Whole Milk
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp fresh minced parsley
  • extra parsley, pepper and cheese, for garnish
Instructions
  1. To a 6 qt slow cooker, add the first 8 ingredients (potatoes through and including chicken stock).  Stir, cover, and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours, until potatoes are tender.

  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk milk and cornstarch until smooth.  Stir into soup in slow cooker, cover and cook on HIGH 20-25 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally.  Turn off heat, stir in cheese, sour cream and parsley until cheese is melted.

  3. Serve sprinkled with extra cheese, black pepper and parsley if desired.

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48 comments on “Slow Cooker Cheesy Ham Chowder”

  1. I haven’t made this yet, but it sounds very similar to my clam chowder. I use evaporated milk (fat free or low fat) in place of the whole milk and use instant potatoes for my thickener. I’m going to make this soup tonight.

  2. Cut about 3/4ths of the potatoes somewhat larger so they’re easy to isolate and mash when thoroughly cooked.  Stir this mash in, and you will have a lovely, thicker chowder (my family’s favorite chilly weather  dinner, though we love it so much, I serve it in steaming August as well).  Leftover veggies chillin’ out in the refrigerator can be whirled in a blender or food processor with some of the broth — and poof! — your chowder just got healthier.  If you don’t think the kids will trust a greener chowder, tell them it’s leprechaun chowder, and if they are like my kids, they’ll gobble it up with big smiles on their little faces!  Really, how often does a kid get to eat a bunch of tiny leprechauns in their soup?!  Leftover carrots are best added in 1/2 to 1/4th” cubes.  If mashed, they’ll make the chowder sweeter, especially if you want to add a lot.  This is the ultimate leftover-user recipe, and you can cleverly name it based on the color of the veggies you used; think, “Green Eggs & Ham!”  Have fun with this fun & easy family pleaser winner dinner!

  3. I made this dish and it was delicious and extremely easy to make, I fed it to my family member and each of them through your enjoyed it

  4. Absolutely delicious!!! First time making this chowder.

  5. I’m always struggling to find a good recipe for leftover ham….my search is over. This soup is it! So delicious. I first sauted the veggies in butter on the Instant Pot saute setting, then I pressure cooked the first step on the Instant Pot soup setting, potatoes cooked perfectly, then finished the milk and corn starch, etc. Next time I will probably add more garlic and I added canned mushrooms too.

  6. I don’t have sour cream could I substitute plain Greek yogurt?

  7. Any chance it would cook the same using fat free or 1% milk? Thinking of ways to make it a little but healthier, if possible. 😊

  8. Made this on the stovetop tonight and we loved it! Added a little more cheese for our taste plus some dehydrated carrots for more veggies.

  9. Made it for the first time after Christmas and I cant believe how BOMB it was !! My husband love it !! I just added more potatoes and ham than usual… but came out great

  10. absolutely scrumptious loved it loved it

  11. Can leftovers be frozen

  12. What is the nutritional value per serving.

    • As I’m not a nutritionist, I don’t provide full nutritional information for my recipes (don’t want to inadvertently pass along incorrect information). Your best bet would be to copy the ingredients into your favorite online nutritional calculator.

  13. Wow! This turned out very good. Very tasty & very filling! Love it! Server with dinner rolls or buns & butter.

  14. This soup looks so good! I love that it cooks right in the slow cooker too. Delicious!

  15. Do you know if this would freeze well after its cooked?

  16. Made this yesterday. Delicious!

  17. Can you make this without a slow cooker?

    • Absolutely! Saute the onion and celery with a pat of butter over medium heat in a large dutch oven or soup pot for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add corn, ham, and diced potatoes. Season with black pepper and a pinch of salt. Add chicken stock and stir to combine. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. In a separate bowl, whisk cornstarch and milk until well mixed, then add to soup pot. Stir and cook until thickened to your liking. Stir in cheese, sour cream and parsley until cheese is melted.

  18. Can I use creamed corn in this, my husband cannot have regular corn?  Recipe sounds amazing, so I am gonna cook it with the creammed corn :o}

  19. how many servings is this recipe?

  20. RAINING CATS AND DOGS OUTSIDE!
    This Chowder is amazing with garlic bread, Thank You!

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  22. Looks amazing! Question: Is there an option to cook this soup on high for a shorter amount of time?

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  25. So good, and so easy. I cut my potatoes on the smaller side, total cooking time on low (including 2nd & 3rd steps of adding milk/corn starch & cheese/sour cream) was right around 6 1/2 hours. Will make again for sure.

  26. So so good! I made it in my Instant Pot and it turned out great. (Manual Pressure for 10 minutes and then a quick release) and then turn it off. I then added my milk, sour cream, frozen corn and cornstarch, stirred it well and put on the sauté function just until it is heated through and thickened. Do not boil the milk will curdle. Serve.

  27. I Love This Chowder.

  28. Wonderful family loved

  29. This looks amazing and such perfect comfort food!! Question: Can this soup be frozen? It’s just my husband and me, so this would make way too much food to be eaten in a day or so. I’d love to make a big batch and freeze the leftovers. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

    • Hi Gloria 🙂 I’ve never frozen this soup, so I can’t say for sure. I do know that I’ve had problems with other dairy soups not reheating well after being frozen, and then some others do just fine… so if you want to try it, I can’t vouch for the results. You could also freeze the soup right after step 1, then add the cornstarch and milk when reheating the thawed soup (either in a pot on the stove or in the slow cooker). If it does work though, I’d love to hear about it, and I’ll amend the recipe to share it 🙂 Hope you love the soup!

  30. Great idea for leftover ham! I’m definitely filing this one away for post-holiday plans!

  31. Slow Cooker recipes are the best and this looks amazing! thanks for sharing can’t wait to give it a try

  32. Yes, yes, 1000x yes! This looks so incredibly delish- the perfect fall soup! And obviously scores extra points for low maintenance. Saving now!

  33. So creamy! A perfect meal for cold weather!

  34. So creamy! This looks delicious, and I just LOVE those chunks of potatoes!

  35. So happy it’s soup season! This looks delicious!

  36. I want to warm up to a big bowl of this now!

  37. This is perfect comfort food! I’m like you, after Labor Day it’s FALL!!

  38. This does look like the perfect way to warm up on a cool fall day!

  39. This chowder looks AMAZING!!!! I can’t wait to try it!