Friday, January 20, 2012

Cheeseburger Chowder

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:

Cheeseburger Chowder


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!

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