Smoky Corn Chowder Recipe


Smoky corn chowder is a hearty meal that the whole family can enjoy and it's easy to make any time of year, thanks to the use of frozen corn. Top with scallions and bacon, and serve alongside toasted baguette slices.

Smoky corn chowder is served in blue and white bowls.
Photo: Con Poulos
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 serves


  • 8 ounces sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 2 10-ounce packages frozen corn

  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

  • 1 cup half-and-half

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal

  • 1 baguete, sliced and toasted (optional)


  1. Cook the bacon in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

  2. Spoon off and discard all but 2 tablespoons of the drippings. Return the pan to medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Add the garlic, paprika, and red pepper and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

  4. Stir in the corn, broth, and half-and-half and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

  5. Transfer half the soup to a blender and puree until smooth. Return to the pot and stir in ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

  6. Divide the soup among bowls and top with the scallions and bacon. Serve with bread, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

359 Calories
23g Fat
32g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 359
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 597mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 10g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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