Recipe: Ham, Corn, and Potato Chowder


At my house, we always seem to have a ton of leftovers after our Thanksgiving feast. I'm not sure what it is about that fantastic eating celebration that makes us want to make way too much. It could be that we don't want Thanksgiving to end. Most likely, our eyes are just way bigger than our stomachs.

One of my favorite things to have for Thanksgiving dinner is ham, but we always have a lot leftover and end up making a whole bunch of ham sandwiches. As much as I love ham sandwiches, it will be nice to have something different to do with the ham this year! If you happen to have leftover ham and potatoes after Thanksgiving, here's a great recipe to help use them up. This chowder is comfort food at its finest. It's a wonderfully warm and creamy soup to enjoy on a cold, wintery day. And it's very likely that you'll already have a lot of these ingredients in your pantry!

Ham, Corn, and Potato Chowder Recipe


  • 5-6 potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 c. chopped ham (small cubes)
  • 1 can cream style corn
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion (Substitute minced onion for those who don't like regular onions! Just sprinkle it in till you like the flavor.)
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 can cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper


Peel your potatoes and dice them up. Cook them for 15-20 minutes in boiling water, or until cooked.

In a saute pan, melt butter and saute the onions. (Skip this step if you're using minced onion!)

Combine milk, ham, cream soup, and potatoes in a large pot. Add the onions. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the corn, salt, and pepper and reduce the heat. Simmer on medium-low for 10 more minutes.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving leftovers?

Allison Miller loves to cook, craft, host parties, and tell all about it on her blog, Cupcake Diaries ( She is a mom of two young boys and especially enjoys cooking meals that are quick to make and family-friendly to eat. She loves being the hostess and sharing her culinary creations with others. Allison also enjoys photography and music. She resides in South Ogden, Utah, with her husband and children. Connect with Allison on Facebook (, Pinterest (, and Twitter (

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