Depression Era Corn Chowder

Depression Era Corn Chowder


"This is the recipe my grandmother used when she was growing up during the great depression. 70 years later, it's still a delicious, satisfying form of comfort food. Serve immediately with saltine crackers. Tastes even better after sitting in the refrigerator over night. In my grandmother's day, they would have 'refrigerated' it on the back porch overnight!"


1 h servings 331 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 331 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 15.8 g
  • 24%
  • Carbs:
  • 41.5g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 10.4 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 48 mg
  • 16%
  • Sodium:
  • 470 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine broth, corn, onion and potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, until potatoes are just tender.
  2. Stir in evaporated milk and butter until butter is just melted. Season with salt and pepper and serve at once.
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  1. 92 Ratings


Since so many people said it was watery, I used one can of chicken broth and one can of cream of chicken soup instead of two cans of chicken broth. That worked fine.

Really delicious basic recipe. I used a bag of frozen corn and added chicken, carrots, mushrooms and some minced garlic. I also used skimmed milk and then added powdered coffee creamer to make...

I loved this soup and so did everybody I gave it to. I would definitely make it again. I figured from the start that it would be a bit bland for my taste so I added--- 2 cloves of garlic ...

My Nana made this soup for me countless times while I was growing up. I never took the time to get the recipe from her. Now that she's been gone two years and the cold weather is starting up, I ...

i really like this recipe. i'm just a teen and it was my first time making anything like this. i have to say i did an excellent job (not to be cocky). but i added 1 and a 1/2 cups of chopped car...

I was looking for a base recipe and found this. I ended up making quite a few changes. I sauteed a clove of garlic with the onion, added a few dashes of garlic and onion powder and two branche...

We did not like this very well. I love corn chowder but not this. It tasted like evaporated milk. I fixed it by adding a package of cheese sauce and some velveta to it and making it cheesy co...

This was great. I have made it a few times for 2 different groups and they all loved it. This is a keeper. Only thing I did was add cream style corn in addition to the regular corn.

Quick, easy, delicious! This is just like the old-fashioned corn chowder I grew up with. The ingredients are dirt cheap and it makes a pretty big batch. I love it.