Cheesy Ham Chowder

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Cheesy Ham Chowder

This hearty Cheesy Ham Chowder was made so easily thanks to Smithfield® Anytime Favorites®. 

You know that feeling when you get home from a long day at work, you’re tired, the kids are cranky and homework still isn’t finished – AND you’re all starving??

Yeah, I know that feeling really well.

Cheesy Ham Chowder

With a little bit of planning ahead, at least dinner will be one thing you don’t have to worry about. I’m a huge fan of my slow cookers, especially during busy and stressful times.

By using Smithfield Anytime Favorites Cubed or Diced Ham, you can save time (cubing or dicing is already done), and have a dinner made in no time at all.

This chowder is made with simple ingredients in just a few steps, so that dinner is on the table in no time when you get home, or maybe even ready for the football party in the afternoon.

I started with Smithfield Anytime Favorites Cubed Ham, which comes in an easy zipper pack that closes easily. I also love the fact that I can always pick them up at my local Publix, which is my favorite grocery store for just about everything.

Cheesy Ham Chowder

Keep in mind that you don’t have to use your slow cooker for this; it can be easily made in a stock pot on the stove and ready in 30 minutes.

This chowder is exactly the way it’s supposed to be; hearty, full of flavor, and tummy warming!

I served this with fresh French bread, and it was screaming to be dipped in the chowder…

Cheesy Ham Chowder

You have to go in for seconds if you have room left; it’s that good.


Along with Smithfield Anytime Favorites Diced Ham, I used a can of mixed veggies, cream of mushroom and chicken soups, pre-diced potatoes and shredded sharp white cheddar.

Ham and cheese have always had a love affair.

I did not season this with salt and pepper after tasting it beforehand; the ham is so full of flavor that you may not need it at all. We did add some pepper, however, but its depends on your own personal preference.

Depending on how big your family is, you may have leftovers and like most soups and chowders, this is excellent the next day.

Cheesy Ham Chowder is versatile – want to change it up?

  • Try adding chopped clams or shrimp for a seafood chowder.
  • Add mushrooms and/or artichokes for more veggies.
  • Add a can of petite diced tomatoes and a touch of Sherry for a richer soup.

If you’re not watching your carbs, this is good over rice or couscous.

It would also make a fantastic pot pie!

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By the way, make sure to take advantage of Publix’s digital coupons – you can save $1.00 on any two Smithfield Anytime Favorites, available to download through 11/21 and use until Mid- December by going here (make sure to search for “Smithfield” to download the coupon).

The coupon expires mid December, so be sure not to miss it!

Side note – check out Smithfield’s variety of options! They have a wide assortment of cuts; including boneless pork chops, and ham steaks, as well as the ham I used in my chowder today.

I’ve had their pork chops and can say they’re so good; lean but flavorful and not dried out after cooking, like others can be.

Here’s your printable recipe – 

Cheesy Ham Chowder

Cheesy Ham Chowder

A hearty, delicious chowder made with ham, veggies and sharp white cheddar.


  • 28 oz. Smithfield® Anytime Favorites® Cubed Ham
  • 28 oz. Vegetables of your choosing
  • 22 oz. Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 12 oz. Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 20 oz. bag pre-diced potatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 6 oz. sharp white cheddar, shredded
  • French bread, warm


  1. Combine everything in a crock pot and cook on low 6-8 hours.
  2. If mixture seems too thick, add more broth or water to desired consistency.
  3. Serve with bread.

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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

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