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5 from 2 votes

Instant Pot Smoky Bacon Cheddar Chowder

Thick and hearty, this bacon cheddar chowder is a stick to your ribs meal served in a simple soup bowl. Made in the convenience of your Instant Pot, it's a great go to recipe to have on hand on busy nights when the weather turns cold.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 382kcal


  • 8-10 strips bacon- cut into small pieces
  • 4 Tablespoon butter
  • ½ Cup red or white onion diced
  • 5 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ lb. red potatoes chopped and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bullion
  • ½ teaspoon onion salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1-2 cups corn canned or frozen
  • 1.2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  • Turn your Instant Pot on the “sauté” function and allow to warm up. Add the bacon pieces and sauté until brown. Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel. If there is a large amount of grease in the bottom go ahead and pour that off.
  • Next, add in the butter, onion, and minced garlic and sauté until the onions are translucent.
  • Make sure to stir constantly to keep any food from burning to the bottom, if this happens you will get the “BURN” notice when you start to pressure cook.
  • Add in the flour and stir to combine and let that thicken for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes, water, seasonings, bullion, and corn to the pot and mix well to combine.
  • Place the lid on the pot and make sure the valve is in the sealing position and set to high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Once the timer beeps, allow the pot to naturally release for about 5 minutes then manually release any remaining steam.
  • Add the cheddar cheese to the chowder and mix well until completely melted.
  • Add in the reserved bacon and stir.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 771mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 702IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 1mg