Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Jan Gautro
Hands-on Time
40 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Makes 12 cups

How to Make It

Step 1

Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add bell pepper and next 3 ingredients, and sauté 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add potatoes and cumin, and sauté 5 minutes or until browned and tender. Gradually stir in broth, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 25 minutes.

Step 2

Whisk together flour and next 2 ingredients. Stir into potato mixture, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low.

Step 3

Add cheeses, and cook, stirring constantly, until cheeses melt and mixture is thoroughly heated.

Step 4

Place broccoli in a 1-qt. microwave-safe glass bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; fold back a small edge to allow steam to escape. Microwave at HIGH 3 to 4 1/2 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender, stirring after 2 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Stir hot broccoli into chowder. Top each serving with sauteed chopped ham.

Step 5

*Monterey Jack cheese may be substituted.

Step 6

Note: We tested with Simply Potatoes Southwest Style Hash Browns.

Ratings & Reviews

KETabb's Review

October 30, 2013

ShineAllOver's Review

June 27, 2013
Delicious! I used chipotle chilis in adobo sauce. Love the spicy-ness! Also substituted yams for the hashbrowns. That was a a good, healthier choice.

GroovePuppy's Review

November 20, 2012
Made a huge batch of this for poker night on a cold night and it was amazing. So flavorful and full of body, great with crusty bread. Got requests for the recipe from the guys. :D

Stephanie522's Review

February 19, 2012
Agree with the other review...add the whole back of hashbrowns, it makes it a lot thicker and in my opinion a lot better (I've made it both ways). It's really good and my fiance likes it too which is shocking because he hates cheese (I just didn't mention there was cheese in it when he asked what was in it :) ). All in all, great chowder, but of course almost every Southern Living recipe is delish!

tara31's Review

February 05, 2012
I used fat free half and half to cut calories, added more broccoli and threw in the whole bad of hash browns. Delicious!

jenikas's Review

November 01, 2011

ajenny2009's Review

October 22, 2011