Ham chowder made in the crockpot.

Ham Chowder

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!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot, Ham, potatoes, slow cooker
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 25 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 389kcal
Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!


  • 8 cups russet potatoes 1-inch cubes
  • 4 cups cubed ham cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 medium onion yellow, white or red
  • 1/2 cup celery 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups milk anything but skim
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • 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