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Grilled Corn Potato Chowder with grilled corn, potato, and crisp bacon bits. Rich, creamy, and hearty, it's the perfect comfort food!

Grilled Corn Potato Chowder

Grilled Corn Potato Chowder with grilled corn, potato, and crisp bacon bits. Rich, creamy, and hearty, it's the perfect comfort food!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Corn Potato Chowder
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 542kcal
Author Lalaine


  • 4 ears sweet corn, shucked
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 large potato, peeled and minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup green onions, peeled and minced


  • Lightly brush corn ears with olive oil. Over medium-high heat, heat a grill or cast iron skillet until very hot. Place the corn in the pan and using tongs, cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, turning on sides as needed, or until corn is nicely charred.
  • On a cutting board, place an ear of grilled corn flat on and cut down one side of the cob to remove the kernels. Turn the cob so the cut side is on the bottom and continue cutting and turning until all the kernels are removed. Repeat with the remaining corn ears. Discard the cobs and set aside corn kernels.
  • In a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, add bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally until it renders fat and crisps. With a slotted spoon, remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Discard fat except for about 1 tablespoon.
  • Add onions and cook, stirring regularly, for about 2 to 3 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and cook, stirring regularly, for about 1 minute.
  • Add chicken broth and bay leaf. 
  • Bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes or until halfway tender. 
  • Add grilled corn, reserving about 1/4 cup for garnish if desired.
  • Lower heat and add 1 cup of the milk. Add cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • In a bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup milk and flour. Stir until smooth. Gently add mixture to pot, whisking vigorously to prevent lumps. Continue to cook for about 7 to 10 minutes or until liquid is thickened and potatoes are tender.
  • Add bacon, reserving about 2 tablespoons, and stir. To serve, ladle into serving bowls, garnish with reserved grilled corn, bacon and green onions. Serve hot.


Serving: 676g | Calories: 542kcal | Carbohydrates: 77.8g | Protein: 25.1g | Fat: 16.8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 1572mg | Potassium: 1624mg | Fiber: 9.2g | Sugar: 12.2g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 65.2mg | Calcium: 160mg