Zucchini Corn Chowder is a creamy and delicious soup filled with garden-fresh corn, zucchini, and crispy bacon.  It’s a creamy and comforting soup with a delightful combination of flavors. I also have Corn Chowder and Corn Soup you will love!

Summer Zucchini Corn Chowder
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Ingredients & Substitutions

Bacon: Dice the bacon before frying it up nice and crispy for a savory flavor to the soup.

Potatoes: Russet potatoes are washed, peeled, and diced into ½-inch cubes. They help thicken the soup and provide a hearty texture. Yukon gold potatoes would also be delicious.

Chicken Broth: If you don’t have broth on hand, you could substitute chicken stock.

Corn: When corn is in season, use fresh ears of sweet corn, cutting the kernels from the cobs. However, you could also use 2 cans of corn kernels, drained.

Zucchini: With the abundance of zucchini that I have, the more recipes to use it the better! You will need only one zucchini, diced for this chowder.

Heavy Cream: The heavy cream, or heavy whipping cream, gives the chowder a creamy consistency. You could substitute half and half.

Optional Garnish: I like to add some freshly chopped parsley to my bowl of chowder. And, for a little kick, add some jalapeno peppers and cayenne pepper to the mix!


Can I Make This Chowder Without Zucchini?

Some people just are not fans of zucchini, and that is okay! You can make this without the zucchini, you will basically just need to ramp up some of the other veggies. The corn and the potatoes will need some more weight to balance out the loss of the zucchini.  I would suggest adding a full pound of potatoes, and maybe an additional cup of corn.  Also, most corn chowder recipes call for cheese, and there is nothing wrong with that! Try adding a cup of cheddar to fill out that soup.

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Variations To Zucchini Corn Chowder

The best thing about this summer chowder is how versatile this soup is.  The main staples in this zucchini corn chowder recipe are zucchini, corn, and potatoes, but you could easily add peppers, carrots, celery, parsnips, or anything else in the cabinet. Another option is adding some special additions to spice it up.  I like to throw some jalapenos on top and a double dash of cayenne pepper. Do this with caution, especially if you are opposed to spicy dishes.

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How to Store Zucchini Corn Chowder

Any leftover chowder should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last up to a week. I like to make extra just to have it on hand for easy lunches or a light dinner. I do NOT recommend freezing this recipe.

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4.94 from 30 votes

Zucchini Corn Chowder

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Zucchini Corn Chowder is a creamy and delicious soup filled with garden fresh corn and zucchini and crispy bacon.


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 strips bacon, diced
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound russet potatoes, washed, peeled, diced into ½-inch cubes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced into ½-inch cubes, (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 4 ears sweet corn, husk + silk removed, kernels cut from cob (2 ¾ cups or 2 cans corn kernels, drained)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon black pepper


  • fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeno, seeded, minced
  • cayenne pepper, optional


  • In a large heavy-duty bottom stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat, melt butter.
  • Add diced bacon and cook until bacon renders its fat and begins to brown, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add onion and garlic. Cook until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes, stirring a couple of times.
  • Add potatoes and broth.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Decrease the heat to medium and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  • Add zucchini, corn, heavy cream, salt, and pepper. Simmer for additional 8-12 minutes, or until all of the vegetables are completely tender.
  • Remove half of the chowder, pouring it into a separate bowl. Using an immersion blender, puree the remaining chowder until smooth. Stir the other half of the chowder back into the pot.
  • Salt and pepper to taste. Serve garnished with freshly chopped parsley, jalapeno, and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, optional.


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Reader Comments

  1. Could yellow potatoes be used instead of russet potatoes? If so, I may have all I need to make this:)

  2. 5 stars
    This has become one of our “go to” recipes for quick soup and salad dinners. I do cheat and use Trader Joe’s frozen Roasted Corn – sweet fire roasted flavor without having to grill 😉

  3. 4 stars
    Lots of yummy flavor. Texture is great. Would maybe recommend more bacon bits to garnish instead of jalapeño. Since no spices were used in the chowder, it was a strange suggestion. Could even do fried onions over japs and cayenne.

  4. 5 stars
    A favorite year round! I add more jalapeños by sautéing one seeded and chopped pepper in with the onion. Then fresh at the end to taste.

  5. 5 stars
    One of our favorite go to recipes<3
    I do cheat and use a bag of Trader Joe's frozen roasted corn. We like garnish it with thin sliced avocado and jalapeños.

  6. I added shredded carrots, instead of bacon I used ham. Added a little extra garlic and no salt because of the ham and it’s so delicious.

  7. 4 stars
    I used double the amount of broth since I love it really broth-y, it was great! could use a little more seasoning though.

  8. This chowder was really tasty. I only used 1/2 cup of heavy and added 1/2 cup of nonfat Greek yogurt to cut back on the fat. Amazing!

      1. I have frozen this soup many times, I use light cream and the reheat on the stove after freezing. It lasts about 3 months in freezer.

    1. 5 stars
      I would think if you omitted the cream and then added it when you heated it up would probably be ok. Any cream soup does not do well frozen.

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