Crock-Pot Potato & Kielbasa Chowder

Crock-Pot Potato & Kielbasa Chowder {via} - An easy and frugal recipe and oh so delicious!

Crock-Pot Potato & Kielbasa Chowder

This is a super simple soup to toss together. Perfect for starting in the morning, cooking for the day and then finishing it off right before serving with a little cheese and cream.

Perfect for cold day as it will warm you right up. My husband loves these thick and hearty soups and said “yep, this is a keeper”.

I think he is a keeper for being willing to try some of my crazy recipes. This one was totally made up based on ingredients I had on hand. Potatoes are a given, we always have those on hand, and when Kielbasa goes on sale for $1.50-$2.00 a package I buy a few and toss them in the freezer for quick meals. Everything else was just stuff I had.

I hope you enjoy!

Crock-Pot Potato & Kielbasa Chowder

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 hours

Total Time: 10 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 8-10 Servings

Crock-Pot Potato & Kielbasa Chowder


1 Medium Onion, Chopped
1 Clove Garlic, Minced
1 (32 Oz.) Carton Chicken Broth
6 -8 Medium Potatoes, Peeled & Diced
2 Cups Frozen Corn
1 (16 Oz.) Fully Cooked Kielbasa, sliced into 1/4 inch slices (I used Hillshire Farms brand)
1 Bay Leaf
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
8 Oz. Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream


  1. In a 6 quart crock-pot add all of the ingredients except the cream and cheese.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or on high 5-6 hours or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  4. Remove the lid and fish out the bay leaf and discard.
  5. Add the shredded cheddar cheese and cream to the soup and stir to combine and melt the cheese.
  6. Serve with a nice fresh salad and some crunchy bread to sop up the soup juices and enjoy!


To lower the calories you could easily substitute half & half for the cream, use low-fat or fat free cheese and a turkey kielbasa.

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  1. judi mckinney says

    So delicious. I scarfed up the first bowl. I can’t wait for my husband to taste it after he comes home from work!

  2. Yarissa says

    Saw this today & tried it.
    I had to make adjustments since Itony had 2 hours to make this.
    But it was wo yummy! My kids LOVED IT!!!

  3. Heather says

    Oh. My. Stars! This was sooo delicious. Even my 2 year old AND my husband ate it and loved it, so you KNOW it’s gotta be good! In fact, she’s the one who actually made it, I just did the chopping LOL
    I came across the picture on Pinterest and am so glad I pinned it. I will be sharing this recipe and telling everyone how yummy it is.

  4. Robert says

    I made this last night and I’ve got to say it was excellent!! Sliced and buttered some fresh ciabatta bread for dunking – oh my!!!

    Great, great recipe!!

    Hopefully we’ll get more cold days down here in Florida!

  5. Mainermusic says

    I garnished with freshly snipped chives just before serving. This was a big hit with everyone in my family!

    • says

      With full disclaimer :) I have not made this on the stove top but I don’t see why you couldn’t. I would put all the ingredients except the cheese and cream in your soup pot, simmer away until your potatoes are cooked to your liking, add the cream & cheese at the end.

  6. Mama G says

    Put this on cockpot this morning before I left for work. This was delish! My family really liked it. I will definitely be fixing this again (lots).

  7. Kim says

    Ok so I’m a total dummy and missed the “except the cream and cheese” and put everything in the crockpot. Have I ruined dinner?

    • says

      Ut oh Kim, I am not 100% sure if the recipe is ruined. The cheese may curdle with a long cooking time. If you just started cooking, can you still scoop out the cheese?

  8. Kim says

    Hi Heidi,

    Unfortunately no, it’s all mixed together. Ugh! Oh well there’s always pizza if this doesn’t work and I can try it again another day. Thanks!

    • Kim says

      Just a quick update. It was not good due to my own stupidity. The cheese curdled badly. I’ll definitely be attempting this again!

  9. Brittany Harris says

    Hi Heidi,

    I know it says 8 to 10 servings, but how large are the servings? I have two younger brothers that eat… a lot! I just want to make sure that there is plenty for them to have their fill.

  10. Stephanie says

    This was awesome!!!! Everyone in my family loved it so much for a something different for my family to enjoy and it’s so easy!!

  11. Linda says

    I made this today and I was not pleased with the flavor….the thyme and bay leaf take away from the flavor of the kielbasa…had with corn bread….Just a little disappointed..if I make again will use celery and omit the thyme and bay leaf. I am glad so many found it good….it’s probably just my taste….

  12. sanox says

    Why it have to boil for 8-10 hours? What does long cooking time change?

    PS: Linda bay leaf did not affect flavor much… only thyme… if you will put too much to any dish it will be ruined… btw… bay leaf is used when making kielbasa;)

    • says

      It’s not really boiling in a crock-pot it is simmering and that is just how slow cookers work. The instructions read “Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or on high 5-6 hours or until the potatoes are fork tender.”

      So you could use the shorter cooking time and cook on high.

  13. Jennifer says

    I made this on the stovetop tonight and it turned out wonderful–only took about 30 mins. I halved the recipe and it probably made 4 servings or so. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  14. Kelly says

    Terrific recipe, I substituted the heavy cream with cream cheese also omitted the thyme and bay leaf. I used basil. It was amazing!

  15. Wendy says

    I had to look up what kielbasa is.. but I don’t think we have that over here. I did find out that we have something very similar and I might try this recipe soon.

  16. Karen Skaggs says

    I made this tonight and it was fabulous. I didnt have corn so used frozen lima beans instead. Also didnt have the full 32 oz of chicken broth so used water to make up the full amount of liquid and added cream of chicken soup to up the chicken flavoring. My husband and I loved it

  17. Jeanine Carraway says

    I made this tonight!! Amazing!! It was fast and a hit with the family! I added 8 oz of velveeta at the beginning and added 8 oz sharp shedder at the end and a tablespoon of butter!! Love this and will make again!!

  18. Laurie says

    This chowder was AWESOME!!! I did double the kielbasa because we love it so much. This is my absolute new favorite chowder!!! 👍


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