Slow-Cooker Clam Chowder

Plan to make this slow-cooker chowder recipe when you have a busy day at work. Put in just a few minutes of prep in the morning and you'll be rewarded with a hearty clam chowder come dinnertime.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
6 servings


  • 3 stalks celery, chopped (1 1/2 cups)

  • 3 medium onions, chopped (1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 ½ cups chopped red-skin potatoes

  • 2 medium carrots, chopped (1 cup)

  • 1 ¼ cups water

  • 1 (8 ounce) bottle clam juice

  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or low-sodium vegetable broth

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can fat-free evaporated milk

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans chopped clams, drained

  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

  • 2 slices turkey bacon, cooked according to package directions and chopped

  • 1 Chopped green onion


  1. In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine celery, onions, potatoes, carrots, the water, clam juice, broth, thyme and pepper (see Tip).

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 hours.

  3. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. In a medium bowl, combine evaporated milk and cornstarch. Stir milk mixture, clams and sherry (if desired) into cooker. Cover and cook for 30 to 60 minutes more or until bubbly around edge. Stir in vinegar just before serving. Sprinkle each serving with bacon and if desired, green onion.


Tip: For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

222 Calories
2g Fat
27g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 1/3 cups
Calories 222
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 25g 51%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Vitamin A 4106IU 82%
Vitamin C 27mg 30%
Folate 50mcg 12%
Sodium 599mg 26%
Calcium 254mg 20%
Iron 20mg 110%
Magnesium 46mg 11%
Potassium 934mg 20%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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