Slow Cooker Bean Bacon Chowder

  • Yield: 8
  • Servings: 8
  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 8:00 h
  • Ready In: 8:10 h

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

  • Carbohydrates

    13.3 g
  • Cholesterol

    18.4 mg
  • Fat

    6.6 g
  • Fiber

    4.7 g
  • Protein

    10.1 g
  • Saturated Fat

    2.2 g
  • Serving Size

  • Sodium

    1,062.2 mg
  • Sugar

    1.3 g
  • Trans Fat

    4.3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat

    1.2 g
  • Potassium

    619.5 mg
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Slow cooker bean bacon chowder is the perfect meal for a cold winter day. Warm up with this easy-to-make recipe that’s sure to pleasure. This hearty chowder combines the rich flavors of beans and bacon, creating a comforting and satisfying dish. The slow cooker method allows the flavors to meld together, resulting in a delicious and flavorful soup.

How to Make Bean and Bacon Chowder in a Slow Cooker

To make this bean bacon chowder, start by rinsing 1½ cups of dried navy beans. Place the beans in the slow cooker along with 1/2 cup of chopped carrots, 1/2 cup of chopped yellow onion, and 2 large cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped. Add 1½ quarts (1½ L) of chicken broth to the slow cooker, along with 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano for added flavor.

Next, cook the chowder on low heat for 8-10 hours or on high heat for 4-5 hours, until the beans are tender and the flavors have melded together. During the last hour of cooking, add crispy cooked bacon to the slow cooker, stirring it into the chowder for added smoky goodness.

Once the chowder is ready, serve it hot with a sprinkle of fresh parsley on top. The creamy texture of the beans, the savory bacon, and the aromatic herbs create a delightful combination of flavors that will warm you up from the inside out.

In summary, making bean bacon chowder in a slow cooker is a simple and delicious way to enjoy a comforting meal on a cold winter day. With minimal effort, you can create a hearty and flavorful soup that will please the whole family. So grab your slow cooker and get ready to savor the warmth and deliciousness of this bean bacon chowder.

Bean and Bacon Chowder Pairings

Bean and bacon chowder is a hearty and flavorful dish that pairs well with a variety of accompaniments. Whether you’re looking for something to serve alongside this comforting soup or want to elevate the flavors even further, here are some delicious pairings to consider.

1. Crusty Bread: A warm and crusty bread, such as a baguette or sourdough, is the perfect companion to bean and bacon chowder. The bread’s crispy exterior and soft interior provide a satisfying contrast to the creamy soup. Use it to soak up every last bit of the flavorful broth.

2. Salad: Add a fresh and vibrant element to your meal by serving a side salad with the chowder. A simple green salad with a tangy vinaigrette or a Caesar salad with crunchy croutons can complement the richness of the soup.

3. Cornbread: For a Southern twist, serve bean and bacon chowder with a side of cornbread. The slightly sweet and crumbly cornbread pairs well with the smoky flavors of the bacon and the creamy texture of the soup.

4. Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Take your chowder to the next level by serving it with a gooey grilled cheese sandwich. The combination of melted cheese and crispy bread adds a comforting and indulgent touch to the meal.

5. Roasted Vegetables: Roasted vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, carrots, or sweet potatoes, can provide a satisfying contrast to the creamy soup. The caramelized flavors and crispy textures of the vegetables complement the richness of the chowder.

By considering these pairings, you can create a well-rounded and satisfying meal with your bean and bacon chowder. Experiment with different combinations to find your favorite, and enjoy the comforting flavors of this delicious soup.

Slow Cooker Bean Bacon Chowder

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  • 1½ quarts(1½ L) chicken broth
  • 1½ cups dried navy beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
  • 1 cup (250 ml) whole milk
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked


Step 1

In a slow cooker, combine chicken broth, beans, vegetables, and herbs. Mix well.

Step 2

Cover slow cooker and cook on low-heat setting for 6-8 hours. Increase heat to high, stir in combined milk and cornstarch. Cook, stirring, for a further 2-3 minutes.

Step 3

Turn off the slow cooker. Season chowder with salt and black pepper. Ladle into soup bowls. Top each bowl with cooked bacon.

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