Need an easy and hearty soup that cooks while you’re away and is ready when you are? Crockpot Sausage Corn Chowder is one of our dinner faves and is a go-to busy weeknight meal! This post contains affiliate links.
So a quick Halloween confession: I’m a 100% store bought costume mom. My older son’s second Halloween I labored over a teeny tiny scuba diver outfit. I hand-sewed the vest, made flippers, sourced a miniature snorkel. I even got the dog a coordinating shark costume so they could be a scuba diver/shark combo. So the big day arrived and my son just flat out refused. Wouldn’t let a stitch of it touch his body. I’m talking TMD: total. melt. down. So, he went as a kid in a plain black sweatsuit. We could barely carry home all our costume contest awards! So now I just buy the costumes. Not as emotionally invested that way. So this year if my younger son refuses his costume (which is a distinct possibility), I’m totally ready with a rebrand — his “in case of toddler tantrum” alternate costume is going to be plainclothes police officer.
So I can’t promise what kind of a mood your children will be in tomorrow night, but I can set you up with an easy and hearty dinner that will get you energized and ready to trick or treat! And get some veggies in you before you hit the sugar circuit too hard. Have you ever had someone try to tell you about a recipe, but you just don’t listen? Like, “Oh okay, yeah! I’ll try it sometime.” But then you finally do and you’re really sorry you didn’t get on the stick right away? That’s this Crockpot Sausage Corn Chowder. My friend Nikki kept talking about how good it was, and she was so right. It’s a go to at our house now — learn from my mistakes, don’t drag your feet on this one.
Crockpot Sausage Corn Chowder How-to
You’ll need a pound of polka kielbasa sliced up, a half bag of potatoes O’Brien, diced onion, a can of sliced carrots, a can of cream style corn, some chicken broth and a can of cream of (cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, I went with this new cream of sweet corn soup this round. Your choice!) It sounds like a lot of ingredients, but 90% of the work is just dumping everything in the cooker.
Saute up your sausage with a little diced onion. I usually just keep the bagged frozen diced onions on hand for just such an occasion. The saute step is optional — totally fine to cut it if you need to for time, but it does add a nice smokiness to the soup. I try to save a dish by using the Ninja cooker – you can saute right in the cooker and then flip the switch to slow cooker and keep on truckin’ with the recipe.
Next up, just dump everything. Add your carrots, creamed corn, broth, water, potatoes O’Brien (just add them in frozen), etc. Seriously, dump and go!
Cook it on low for 8 hours — I always set my Crockpot to low and it will switch to warm after 8 hours, but we don’t usually get to actually eat it until about 10 hours, so this is a very forgiving recipe — totally fine if it’s on longer than 8. And the nice thing is everything is cooked, so if you’re ready for dinner early, totally fine too. Those are the kind of recipes that are my speed: ready on my schedule, not the other way around!
Come dinner time, just scoop and serve! Ready to go!
Fun fact: this soup tureen was my great grandma’s. So it’s survived over 100 years, so no pressure on me as a fourth generation owner or anything. But I’m a a believer that pass down items are meant to be enjoyed so I put the soup in there and got it soooo full. Then I had to trot it over to the porch to get the best light. Let me tell you, that’s a nail biter of a walk — carrying a 100+ year old soup tureen filled to the brim with scorching hot soup. Through a carpeted kitchen no less (yep, the carpet’s still there. It’s on the list, but it’s a long list 🙂 And you haven’t lived until you’ve scraped up mashed potatoes and gravy out of the carpet weave, so it keeps our life exciting.) So anyway, I think I’ve got a new American Ninja Warrior category to add to my Kids Winter Coat Obstacle Course suggestion. American Ninja Warrior Antique Soup Tureen Edition.
- 1 lb. kielbasa, cut into slices
- Diced onion
- 1/2 bag Potatoes O'Brien
- 1 can sliced carrots, drained
- 1 can of creamed corn
- 3 cups of broth
- 1 cup of water
- 1 t minced garlic
- Chicken granules (optional)
- Brown up the kielbasa with the onion in a skillet until golden
- Dump all the rest of the ingredients in the slow cooker, adding the chicken granules for a flavor boost
- Cook on low 6-8 hours
Tools I used to make Crockpot Sausage Corn Chowder: