I concocted this recipe several years ago when I went to a restaurant and ordered their soup of the day, which was called "Cheeseburger Chowder." I was disappointed when they brought me a bowl of cheese-flavored broth with bits of ground beef in it. When I hear "chowder" I expect a thick, creamy, chunky soup. So I wrote my own recipe for it:
1 lb ground beef
2 10 oz cans cheddar cheese soup
1 8 oz package cream cheese
3/4 cup chopped onions
1/3 cup ketchup
1 1/2 cups milk
1 15 oz can corn
Step 1: Cook ground beef on stove top. Pour off grease. Add onions and cream cheese and cook until the cream cheese is melted. Add to a greased slow cooker.
Step 2: Add all other ingredients to the slow cooker and stir. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
Since I wrote this recipe, I have come up with several ingredient swaps to make it healthier:
- Use "no sugar added" corn instead of regular corn
- Use sugar free ketchup instead of regular ketchup
- Use almond milk instead of regular milk
- Make your own cheese sauce instead of using cheddar cheese soup
To make your own cheese sauce, you will need 1 cup of almond milk and 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. Heat the almond milk in a saucepan on medium heat. Add the cheese about one tablespoon at a time and wait until it is melted to add more.
There you have it. This makes about 4 big bowls of chowder. It's something that both kids and adults will enjoy!