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Slow Cooker Bacon and Corn Chowder | Taste and Tell
 
Facebook and Twitter are both full of updates about kids going back to school.  Either already back in, just started, or getting ready to go back shortly.  I have to admit – while everyone is updating and fretting about back to school, I’m secretly sitting and smiling, knowing that we can still spend all day in our pjs.  And that we can now go to the store without crowds.  And that the park and the swimming pool will be back to normal.  Yep, these are the perks of having young kids.  We have one more year before Abbi will start pre-school, and then we’ll have to have a strict schedule, but until then, we are going to take advantage of our relaxed schedule and school-free days.

But I know that most of you are back in school now, and that schedules are busy and crazy.  And even if you are like me and don’t have school schedules to tend to, we are all looking for ways to make dinner easy on those nights when there is just not time to spend in the kitchen.  Enter that magic appliance – the slow cooker!
 
Slow Cooker Bacon and Corn Chowder | Taste and Tell
 

A little while back, I teamed up with Progresso.  The goal was to come up with 5 slow cooker recipes – using each of the 5 flavors of their new Recipe Starters.  I have to be honest – I was a little worried at first, worried that they would be more like condensed soups.  Now, I’ve used condensed soups a time a two, but it’s no secret that they aren’t my favorite.  But I went into this assignment with an open mind, and I’m glad that I did!  These Recipe Starters definitely don’t taste like condensed soups.  And they don’t have the same texture.  But what they do is add lots of flavor.  I was sold!

So over the next 2 weeks, I’m going to be bringing you my 5 slow cooker recipes.   Along with my regular posting schedule.  (Just a warning that you’ll be hearing from me a lot through the end of the month!) Up first – this Bacon and Corn Chowder.  It doesn’t get much easier than this.  Just chop and dump.  And then let the slow cooker work it’s magic.  I used frozen corn, because when I made this corn wasn’t in season, but the beauty of this recipe is that you can use either frozen or fresh.  It will work any time of year!!

So bring on the crazy nights and schedules – with recipes like this one, you’ll be prepared!!

Slow Cooker Bacon and Corn Chowder
 
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An easy slow cooker soup filled with corn - perfect for any season!
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ lb bacon, cooked and chopped
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ½ cup diced carrot
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 cups peeled, diced potatoes
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 (16 oz) can creamed corn
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 can (18 oz) Progresso Creamy Roasted Garlic Recipe Starter
  • 1 cup milk
Instructions
  1. In a 6 to 7 quart slow cooker, combine the bacon, onion, carrot, red bell pepper, potatoes, corn, creamed corn, sugar and Progresso Creamy Roasted Garlic Recipe Starter. Season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Cook on low for 4 hours, or until the potatoes are tender.
  2. Stir in the 1 cup milk and cook until warmed through, about 30 minutes. Serve warm.

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26 Responses to Slow Cooker Bacon and Corn Chowder

  1. Who DOESN’T love the ease of slow cooker recipes?! This chowder looks so hearty and comforting. Makes me think of fall and winter…but I wouldn’t turn this down in the summer. :-D

  2. Niiiice! I totally got sent the same cans of recipe starters from GM, and I haven’t done a THING with them. Now…now I have seen the light….

  3. Definitely putting this idea in my back pocket for when the weather turns and a bowl of soup is just what the doctor ordered. Though this looks so light, it would be perfect for an easy summer dinner!

  4. Rachel Cooks says:

    Mmmm talk about comfort food!

  5. Mmmm…this sounds so perfect for fall! :)

    I received the cans too! Although they accidentally sent me all tomato cans — ha!

  6. Sounds great. I’ll have to give the recipe starters a try.

  7. RavieNomNoms says:

    UM YUM! This looks incredible! I love a good corn chowder :-)

  8. One of the reasons I like fall is soup.
    Never heard of the recipe starters, good to know.

  9. I have been on a slow cooker kick lately so this is definitely going on my list to try. :) I love corn chowder! Add in bacon and its even better! :)

  10. Oh, I love this! And I love that you can do it in the slow cooker. Perfect!

  11. Jen says:

    I was just looking at these this morning at the store and had the same thoughts (condensed soup)…. now I wish I had picked it up!!!!

  12. I seriously went to the store last night to buy everything to make corn chowder (fresh corn was on sale for ridiculously cheap)! Your photos have me wanting to make it asap!

  13. Joanne says:

    Just the fact that this recipe starter has the phrase Roasted Garlic in the title tells me that it isn’t condensed soup! This chowder sounds great!

  14. You had me at slow cooker! Can’t wait to dust off my slow cooker and make this bad boy. I don’t care if it’s 100 degrees out there – I am totally making this :)

  15. teresa says:

    pinning! i’m all about crockpot meals, especially when they’re this delicous. and you’re right, as much as i love having kids in school, it can be a pain having to work around their schedule. enjoy your freedom!

  16. I’ve been curious about those Recipe Starters! Looks delicious!

    I went to the mall today and it was EMPTY for the first time in months. It was so awesome. Love back to school time!

  17. Kristy says:

    Definitely enjoy these school-free days! This is the last year that my daughter will be home most days still since it’s her last year of pre-K. Next year both kiddos will be in school all day. It went to so fast. So I plan to enjoy this year too!!! :) Love the slow cooker recipe and looking forward to more. These will come in handy this fall!

  18. Chels R. says:

    I cannot wait to try this as soon as it gets cooler and more Fall like here. Since I homeschool the kids, I sit back and smile too, because our school year doesn’t start till October. But I’m always looking for crockpot recipes that I can use once our Awana Club starts back up once a week and we’re scurrying in the evenings to eat dinner and get to the club, lol!

  19. carrian says:

    I’m all about the soups coming back on. First of all they are easier, and second so delicious. Love this one!

  20. Bree says:

    This looks great and I was very curious to see the dinner starter from Progresso! I have a dinner starter (all natural) coming out in September!

  21. Matt says:

    Trying it now will tell you all how it was

  22. Matt says:

    This was really good kids loved it and it was all gone no leftovers

  23. Diane Young says:

    Looks delicious, however prep time does not include time spent chopping, dicing, etc. this seems something less than honest.

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