Thick, chunky chowder has always been a humble food made with whatever is around. Looking through recipes, we found none delivered everything we sought in ours: velvety texture, unambiguous corn flavor, plentiful, plump kernels, and delicacy.
Despite its French name, this hearty stew is built on the familiar flavors of pork, chicken, and beans. Traditional cassoulet takes days of cooking, but we streamlined the recipe for the slow-cooker.
Think delicious corn chowder is too complicated for a weeknight meal? Think again.
Black beans go into the slow cooker with an army of flavorful ingredients, but the result is often a muddied mess. In our recipe, the big flavors of ham, bacon, and chiles perfectly complement the creamy, rich black beans.
Speeding up traditional past and bean soups, canned beans and store-bought broth result in dull, bland, watery, or greasy soups. We wanted an easy soup that tasted just as good as traditional recipes.
This recipe is the perfect example of making something from almost nothing, but we wanted a heartier version with serious chunks of ham-something we could serve as a main course for dinner.