Jamaican Sweet Potato Chowder

This subtly spicy Jamaican sweet potato chowder, loaded with bacon and spices, is ready in under 40 minutes, but it tastes even better the next day!

Jamaican Sweet Potato Chowder from @HealthyDelish

There’s a bakery near my house that has a few soup specials every day. For the most part, there’s never anything that piques my interest but on the occasions that there’s something that sounds interesting to me, they’re always spot on. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen them repeat recipes which can be more than a little disappointing when there’s something you fall in love with. A few weeks ago, Shawn ordered a Jamaican corn chowder that was to die for (and yes, even though he ordered it I claimed half for myself). We immediately began trying to identify all of the ingredients so I could recreate it at home.

The broth was light but creamy and the soup had tons of sweet potato, bacon, and corn and just a little bit of mirepoix. It was simple, but really flavorful and delicious.

Jamaican Sweet Potato Chowder from @HealthyDelish

I stumbled upon it at the perfect time – I just signed on to be a blog ambassador for Jones Dairy Farm and needed to come up with my first recipe for them. And I really wanted it to involve bacon. I’m really familiar with Jones Farms sausage – their natural pork “little links” are some of our favorites – but before I agreed to work with them I actually had no idea that they also made bacon. Obviously, I couldn’t wait to try it out and this soup was the perfect opportunity! The bacon has a great smokey flavor that made the perfect broth for this chowder and the savory, meaty bits were the perfect contrast to the sweetness of the potatoes and corn. It’s warm and comforting and I know it’ll be perfect later this winter… in fact, I plan to make it again the first time it snows!

And guess what?! They’re giving me two pounds of bacon to give away so one of you has a chance to taste it (and make this soup!), too. Pretty cool, if you ask me! For a chance to win, just leave a comment on this post. I’ll pick a winner on Thursday, November 7.

Jamaican Sweet Potato Chowder from @HealthyDelish

Jamaican Sweet Potato Chowder
 
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This soup is delicious straight from the pot, but it’s even better the next day, once the flavors have had a chance to meld together.
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Jones Farms Dry Aged Bacon, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 5 cups water
  • bay leaf
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • ½ cup fat free half and half
Preparation
  1. Add the bacon to a large soup pot set over medium heat. Cook until it just begins to crisp, about 5 minutes. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of rendered fat.
  2. Add the carrot, celery, onion, garlic, and jalapeño pepper. Cook until vegetables begin to soften, another 5-7 minutes. Add the sweet potato, water, bay leaf, cayenne, and allspice. Simmer 20 minutes, or until potatoes are soft.
  3. Stir in the corn and half and half. Simmer until heated through.

 

 

Comments

  1. Oh yeah – you TOTALLY got my attention with the free bacon (this dietitian is pro-bacon :) Love all the flavors going on in this soup – my kind of chowder!

  2. Kerrey Reyes says:

    Love bacon, love sweet potatoes! Sounds like a winner to me!

  3. Andrealarae says:

    Sounds perfect! I was looking for something to do with my sweet potatoes! And since I have all the ingredients, dinner tonight!

  4. Once you said Jamaican you had my full attention. I’m from there but I don’t remember ever having this sweet potato chowder. I’ll save this recipe for sure.

  5. Meg Tucker says:

    I swear I can actually smell it simmering! Fabulous flavors going on!

  6. Alicia 'Kargel' Artley says:

    I will have to make this with the bacon I already have, because I’m impatient… But free bacon would be awesome. =)

  7. Lisa Huff says:

    You had me at bacon too! Soup looks great! Love that you added jalapeno too!

  8. This looks awesome, Lauren! I definitely want to make it as the weather gets cooler.

  9. Who would say no to bacon?

  10. I’m Jewish, but don’t keep Kosher. SO PICK ME!!! :) The soup looks perfect for the chilly weather we are having now.

  11. Best. Giveaway. Ever. And this soup sounds fantastic, sweet potato and Jamaican spices merry so well!

  12. moniqueR83 says:

    Did someone say bacon? yes please!

  13. Elizabeth G. says:

    Would love to win some bacon!

  14. Bacon is my life. Add it into soup and I’m in heaven.

  15. littleredkitchen says:

    This is a great sounding chowder and I hate when you love something at a restaurant only to go back and it’s gone!

  16. Jillian Lind says:

    At Free Bacon, I was all ears. This is a pretty good recipe though. I am gonna have to try and make it for my husband and boys and see what they think. :)

  17. Paula -bell'alimento says:

    Bacon. Did someone say bacon?

  18. Jane Bonacci The Heritage Cook says:

    Bacon make anything taste better, even chocolate! It also holds a special place in my heart. As a child one of my favorite “treats” was a bacon sandwich. Nothing more than bacon and ketchup on white bread, it was something I shared with my mother. Thanks for a terrific recipe and I hope I win!!

  19. Inspiralized says:

    I can never give away a chance for free bacon! Count me in!

  20. You said bacon, I came running…what does that say about me??? I am also going to send my readers here…

  21. Love bacon and sweet potatoes. This sounds yummy

  22. sounds and looks yummy!! oh…and anything with bacon is a must have!!!

  23. Lisa Thomas says:

    That looks delicious and something my picky family might actually like!

  24. Colleen (Souffle Bombay) says:

    Bacon!!! Food of the gods! The soup sounds and looks perfect for a day like today!

  25. Sweet potatoes, bacon, yum. I just made chicken corn chowder for dinner tonight. It was yummy.

  26. Theresa Helligar says:

    This soup looks amazing, can’t wait to try it!! Would love the chance to try Jones bacon!!

  27. Kari Rell says:

    Love bacon AND sweet potatoes! You are amazing! Thanks for the recipe, I just happen to have a bag of organic sweet potatoes.

  28. MoragShadow says:

    Wow, that look sooo freaking good! And a chance at free bacon? Awesome:)

  29. I would love to win some bacon too!

  30. Denise Burchard says:

    Oooh, that looks so good.

  31. pick me pick me!

  32. BACON!!

  33. It is so hard to find bacon here in the suburbs in New York. My wife always tells me (pastured pork or no bacon please). Well this time there is no excuse ha!. Me me me please.

    Chris a desperate bacon lover :D

  34. Interesting mix of ingredients…can’t wait to try it!

  35. Nicole Morris says:

    Would love to win some bacon!

  36. Michelle Matos says:

    Heard about your blog from All Day I dream About Food. Would love to win the bacon. Your recpies look delicious.

  37. Okay…..now I’m hungry!!! Sweet potato anything = Yum! But wait……you’ve added Bacon!!! A whole new-higher level of YUMMYNESS!!! And your Sweet Potato Enchiladas sound delish!!!! :)

  38. Karen Ann says:

    We eat low carb and we love bacon. We use it in many recipes.

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