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Crock Pot Corn Chowder

Crock Pot Corn Chowder

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The idea for this corn chowder recipe came from a church cookbook. Seeing as how I have about 20-30 of them, I get lots of ideas there. :-) Some of the ideas turn out good. Some of them don’t turn out at all and I have to scrape them out with the assistance of a chisel and a sledgehammer.

I used to feel bad about this fact – until I read that most great chefs get their groundbreaking ideas from something they see somewhere else. They just put their spin on it, add something new, or use a different technique. So, if a chef can do it, so can I! Take a seat, Chef Boyardee! After all, no recipe will ever come out that hasn’t been made before. I just have to Stacify them.

What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9

Corn Chowder, Crock Pot Whole Foods style!

The original recipe called for: margarine, hash brown patties, cream style corn in a can, and cream of mushroom soup. Well, I don’t use margarine (what’s the point?), cream style corn in can reminds me of something Dottie threw up (sorry for the visual again), I don’t buy hash brown patties, and well, you know I make my cream-of soups.

I totally understand the lure of using all these pre-prepped ingredients. They are easy. You just chuck them in your crock, give a little stir, and you’re done. It’s like its own mini miracle. But really, you don’t need that. Making things from scratch really isn’t HARD…it just takes advance planning. Buy frozen corn instead of canned – buy potatoes instead of hash browns – make your own cream soup. It’s not hard – and guess what? It’s probably CHEAPER! Whew – I felt the Spirit – did you feel that?

NOTE: This was my last bag of frozen conventional corn. We’ve switched to organic corn products because how of we feel about GMO products…and almost all corn is GMO now. I thought that organic corn would be a lot more than regular, but it’s not. At my store it was only $.20 more a bag. Not too shabby. Some organic item prices make me cry and feel like I’m going to hyperventilate. This was a surprising discovery. This is why we are Poorganic.

Corn Chowder, Crock Pot Whole Foods style!

Yes, it takes more time to chop veggies yourself versus adding a can of something-something. But, a potato is a potato is a potato. Can you tell me what’s in your hash brown patties? I think if you read the ingredients, you might be surprised. They’re putting salt and sugar in everything these days. Do you know why? I recently read in The Kitchen Counter Cooking School that manufacturers actually formulate their products to make you crave more – they create items that don’t fill you up and make you crave more so you buy tons of their products. CONSPIRACY! CONSPIRACY!

Switching to potatoes instead of potato products is such an easy change to make – it falls in line with my Change One Thing At a Time philosophy. And guess what? Potatoes are almost always cheaper than their processed counterparts. BOOYA!

Corn Chowder, Crock Pot Whole Foods style!

Most of the time, when a recipe calls for cream of whoknowswhat, I can use sour cream with great results. CREAM-of and sour CREAM. See? It makes perfect sense to me. I know – your mind is totally blown right now. Cream all around! I love cream – it makes life happy. Butter is made from cream. It all makes sense now. I must stop before I get too giddy!

So, anyway…here is a yummy soup. Proof that SAD (Standard American Diet) recipes are easy to convert to whole-food cheap recipes…most of the time. There are always exceptions – thankfully this wasn’t one of them, otherwise there would be no post today.

Corn Chowder, Crock Pot Whole Foods style!

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. Cristin Callahan says:

    Would this work with coconut milk? I haven’t tried to use it in a slow cooker recipe yet. Thanks, sounds great

  2. Debbie Bates says:

    Oh My Gosh! This looks waaaayyyy too easy! :) Must try. Thanks for posting this.

  3. I have always looked at cookbooks as idea books. I rarely follow a recipe exactly. This quote of Thomas Jefferson sums up this thought perfectly, “A cookbook must have recipes, but it shouldn’t be a blueprint. It should be more inspirational, it should be a guide.” Love how you incorporate this into the recipes you share. This soups looks yummy, but oh, so many carbs! The family will love it, but I may have to pass for myself.

    • :-) We love carbs over here. We find our health and happiness is better when we eat them in abundance. And I LOVE that quote!!! Thank you for sharing!

  4. This looks so delicious! And I must say I love your posts. They always make me smile :) <– see?! By the way, do you mill your corn meal yourself or do you purchase it somewhere?

  5. Hey, I never would have thought to replace cream-of-what’sit-soup with SOUR CREAM! What’s wrong with me? Thanks!

  6. This looks great and will put on menu for week – and easy – thanks for the tip about the corn – I am going to definitely look for the organic corn now – hopefully it is as reasonable here on the west coast of Canada

  7. Sonja Sarr says:

    Cream Corn was my only vegetable growing up. Yuck! Yay for non-GMO corn.

  8. I was just thinking the other day that I’d like some corn chowder! We’re lactose intolerant here, so no sour cream. I usually use plain yogurt instead of sour cream. Do you think it would work in this? By the way, I love your “cream connection”. So simple… =)

  9. Stacy, I’m crazy about your recipes and I love your other info. I only have one problem…when I read from your site (which I already subscribe to) and your “subscription/sign-up page” pops up, I can’t get it to go away so I end up just not being able to finish the page. I usually read from my phone and prefer to use it in landscape position. If I turn it upright, the pop-up goes away but then the print is too small to read comfortably. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • There should be an X in the upper right of the box to let you close it. If you’re finding text too small double tap on your phone screen to zoom to fit the screen. Let me know if these don’t work for you.

  10. I love this! It was the perfect thing to put in my crockpot on this cold winter day. I have tried several of your recipes and this is definitely a favorite. Thank you!

  11. I made this on Saturday. I added a touch of cayenne (1/4-1/2 tsp to taste) to give it a kick and topped with shredded cheddar. YUMMY!!!

  12. Funny, I didn’t read this until today, when I was vaguely thinking potato soup for tonight. I found exactly 3 cups of corn in the freezer – fate! It is cooking away now. I believe I will crumble some cooked bacon on the top before serving. :-)

  13. This sounds great! I just got a crockpot and have been looking for vegetarian recipes for it, and I’m finding a lot that involve canned and packaged crud. Why on earth bother to use a crockpot on canned vegetables or beans, which are already cooked?? But when you can start with frozen corn (and maybe the onion, potato, and/or red pepper could be frozen, too?) it’s convenient while still being healthy.

  14. Beth Cranford says:

    I love that you took a recipe that uses all premade ingredients and transformed it into something much healthier (and cheaper). I have a good corn chowder recipe but this looks different enough that we could do both! Thanks!

  15. Annaleis Topham says:

    Corn Chowder is one of those homely filling meals I love in Winter. And you are right. Why use those other ingredients when it really is so easy to make.

  16. Pat@Back Porch Musings says:

    I haven’t made this in awhile. My recipe comes from a cookbook found at a restaurant (now closed) in a historic small town in Illinois. Your corn chowder looks wonderful. I will have to try it. Never made it in a crockpot. I love crockpot meals.
    I find the best recipes in church cookbooks.

  17. Amanda Yoder says:

    Wow the sour cream tip is a lifesaver! Mind blown :-)

  18. Heather Smith says:

    I think I will make this, this weekend it looks so good!

  19. I just found dinner for tomorrow! Yippee :)

  20. Your chowder looks wonderful and so simple to put together. Glad you brought it by foodie friday.

  21. I’ve been in the mood for corn chowder, but most of the recipes call for the canned corn that I don’t want to use. Another one used corn cobs to thicken the soup and since it’s the middle of winter, I do not have any fresh corn on the cob. This looks like a delicious soup that I could actually make. Novel concept!

  22. This sounds great ! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope your week is great! Can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

    Cindy from

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