Gifts from the Kitchen, Winter Warmth Chowder with Potato Croutons

I know people think I spend tons of time in the kitchen, but I really don’t…my son cooks a lot for us, and so does my husband…and when we cook, we tend to go big so we have leftovers to eat or freeze…

Or, as in this case, so we can share with my busy daughter and son-in-law


They have their hands full with these two!


This soup comes with bacon, green onions, cheddar, and tater tot garnish!


This is a soup recipe full of short cuts to make it easy for you to get out of the kitchen quickly!

It’s a satisfying and hearty potato chowder, loaded with vegetables


Frozen hash browns and corn, cheddar, mirepoix {chopped carrots, celery & onion}


Chicken broth, Cream of Chicken & Mushroom Soup, bacon, cream cheese, tater tots and green onions


Cook bacon strips,* then remove to drain on paper towels and sauté carrots, onion and celery in a little of the remaining bacon grease until soft, covering with a lid to speed cooking along

*if you don’t want to use bacon, just sauté the vegetables in a dash of olive oil


Put potatoes in a greased or lined large slow cooker and add broth, vegetables and cream soup

You can use any cream soup you like, cream of broccoli, celery, mushroom, onion, chicken or cream of chicken & mushroom which is what I had in my pantry


Set the cooker to low and let the soup cook for 6 hours


About 1 hour before serving, stir in cubed cream cheese and cheddar, recover and let the cheese melt into the soup


Stir again before serving and garnish with lots of bacon, tater tots, green onions, and grated cheddar


Winter Warmth Chowder with Potato Croutons

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Course Main Course, slow cooker, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 20 oz frozen shredded hash browns
  • 16 oz corn
  • 2 cups mirepoix {equal parts chopped carrot celery, onion}
  • 4 cups 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 1/2 lb bacon strips {I used thick slices Applewood Smoked bacon}
  • 1 can Cream Of Chicken & Mushroom Soup or cream soup of choice
  • salt & pepper
  • 8 oz cream cheese cubed {low fat is fine, but don’t use fat free, it won’t melt}
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese cubed
  • chopped green onions optional garnish
  • grated cheddar optional garnish
  • cooked tater tots optional garnish


  • Cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Pour off grease from pan, reserving 1-2 T. Saute mirepoix in reserved bacon fat until softened, covering pan with a lid for a few minutes to steam the vegetables.
  • Place potatoes in greased or lined slow cooker. Add broth and vegetables. Season with salt & pepper. Stir in cream soup. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Add cream cheese and cheddar cubes. Stir. Replace cover and cook for 1 more hour. Stir again before serving
  • Just before serving cook tater tots according to package directions, and reheat bacon for a few seconds in microwave. Garnish soup with bacon, green onions, grated cheddar and tater tots
Keyword chowder, comfort food, easy potato soup, potato croutons, slow cooker soup

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24 Responses to “Gifts from the Kitchen, Winter Warmth Chowder with Potato Croutons”
  1. Mary says:

    Your chowder sounds delicious Jenna! Love the giant potato croutons/tater tots as garnish! I miss having a Trader Joe’s close by 🙂

  2. Lovin’ the tator tot garnish! Potato Soup just might be on the menu this Sunday:@)

  3. Jenna, with the prediction of snow and wintry weather tomorrow, your chowder would be perfect. The grands are just too cute!!

  4. Jodi says:

    What a wonderful gift and warm comforting soup. 👍❤

  5. Okay, that looks like a winner to me, Jenna! Thank you! Pinning and printing.

  6. Yum! Jenna, we love potato soup here so this loaded version would be a winner here! Lucky daughter to have gifts from your kitchen. Bookmarking this recipe………

  7. I forgot to mention the cutie pies, adorable.

  8. Great ideas! These looks really good. And wintry, too!

  9. Sharing with a family member…what a great idea! This sounds amazing.

  10. Cecilia says:

    This would be my first chowder to try, but your recipe sounds so delicious, I want to try it. Thanks!

  11. Ellen Shook says:

    This looks perfect for our impending “winter storm”😀 I think I will do something similar for tomorrow! (I don’t have some of the ingredients, but I can wing it). Stay warm!

  12. This sounds delicious! I have a potato soup I haven’t made in too long. I never thought of using tater tots for a garnish- neat idea!

  13. Julie says:

    Hello Jenna, wow this soup looks and sounds so good.
    Thanks for sharing at C&C with J&J.
    Happy New Year.
    Hugs, Julie

  14. JESS44903 says:

    This sounds amazing! PINNED!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  15. Lacey says:

    Looks like pure comfort in a soup crock!

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