This Slow Cooker Ham Chowder recipe is creamy, cheesy and so easy to make. It’s a great way to turn leftover ham into a comforting weeknight dinner! 

Ham chowder in a white bowl.

Ham Chowder

The other night we had a spiral ham for dinner and we had a ton of leftovers. I wanted to do something different with the leftovers instead of just sandwiches or scrambled eggs with ham. Some of my favorite recipes for using leftover ham are Hawaiian Fried Rice, Ham and Cheese Quiche, Ham Salad, and Ham and Potato Breakfast Casserole
This Ham Chowder recipe is some serious comfort food. It’s creamy, cheesy and full of ham and potatoes. What’s not to love?! It’s also a great recipe for using up leftover Easter ham or Christmas ham, or heck–anytime ham! Another great thing about this chowder is that my entire family LOVES it. As with most chowders, it’s even better the next day. I love this because everyone looks forward to the leftovers of this ham chowder!
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Ham chowder that uses leftover ham in the recipe.

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  6. Boston Baked Beans
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Cook’s Note – Ham Chowder:

  • Leftover chowder can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • You can add more vegetables to this chowder like carrots and corn. JUst add them to the slow cooker during step 1 of the recipe below.
  • If you don’t have leftover ham in your refrigerator, then you can buy a couple of precooked ham steaks and cut them into cubes for this slow cooker ham chowder recipe.

Ham chowder made in the crockpot.

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Cook’s Tools – Slow Cooker Ham Chowder:

  • Slow Cooker: I love this one because it programmable. 
  • Whisk: This sturdy whisk is a real workhorse in my kitchen. 
Ham chowder topped with cheese and cubbed ham.

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Ham chowder made in the crockpot.
5 from 9 votes

Ham Chowder

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 25 minutes
8 people
This Slow Cooker Ham Chowder is creamy, cheesy and so easy to make. It’s a great way to turn leftover ham into a comforting weeknight dinner!



  • Add the potatoes, ham, chicken stock, onion, celery, garlic, salt, and pepper to a large (at least 6 quart) slow cooker. Give everything a good stir, and then over and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or HIGH for 4-5 hours.
    Step 1 How to Make Ham Chowder
  • In a small bowl whisk together the milk and cornstarch until combined and no lumps remain. Add the milk to the slow cooker and stir until combined. Cover the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 20 minutes or until the chowder is thickened. Then, turn off the heat and stir in the cheese and sour cream until the cheese is melted and there are no streaks of sour cream.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with extra shredded cheese.
    Ham chowder for an easy weeknight dinner.


Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 1242mg | Potassium: 914mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 430IU | Vitamin C: 10.5mg | Calcium: 268mg | Iron: 2.1mg

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This post first appeared on FFF on October 31, 2010. I have since updated the pictures and the original is below.

Slow Cooker Ham Chowder in a bowl

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  1. I made this WAY back when you first shared and it’s a fabulous post-Easter use for leftover ham. So yummy!

  2. Amanda Finks says:

    This soup is so creamy and comforting. Love it!

    1. There’s just something so comforting about a bowl of creamy soup. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. Yum! This looks delicious and is super easy! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Andrea Metlika says:

    It looks so rich and creamy. Love this for leftover ham.

  5. Abigail S. Raines says:

    The best and yummiest way to use up all that left-over ham for Easter! Love this!

  6. That is a great way to use up the leftovers, ham and potato chowder is such a classic.

  7. Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes says:

    A delicious bowl of comfort food right here – full of flavour! My whole family love it 🙂

  8. Such a wonderful slow cooker ham chowder recipe. So easy to make but so hard to forget. And the more lefotver recipes I have the better. Just perfect!

  9. Nellie Tracy says:

    Delicious, plus the Slow Cooker makes it for me so naturally, I love it!

  10. Renee Goerger says:

    Great timing! I know what I’m going to be doing with my leftover Easter ham this year! Thanks for the great recipe!!