Nacho Potato Chowder

Potato Soup

One thing that I could eat every single cold winter night is a bowl of hot soup.  I’m not overly picky on what kind of soup.  It just has to be one that will warm you up from the inside out.

The other day it was really cold, and I was craving some soup.  As I looked through my cupboards, I found a bag of potatoes.  That got me thinking about this yummy potato soup that we had for New Year’s at my in-laws house.  I really should have gotten the recipe from my father in law before we left.  I decided to just wing it though.  Maybe I am starting to get braver in the dinner department after all. 

Potato Soup

I stopped at the store on the way to pick the kids up from school for a few of the things I didn’t have on hand.   While I was there I grabbed a bag of Sargento mild cheddar cheese for in the soup.    As soon as I got home, I started chopping the potatoes and celery.  While I waited for the water to boil, I chopped some ham.  It helps to have everything ready to go when you need it.  This soup is one that you can have on the dinner table in under 45 minutes.  If you prep your veggies earlier in the day, you could be eating even sooner.

Want to know how I judge my recipe creations?  I watch my family’s faces as they eat.  Another key to a good recipe is if they want seconds.  This one was a hit all around.  All three kids said it was really, really good.  And they wanted more.  I would say that is a recipe success for sure.

One thing I enjoyed the most about this soup was that it was not thick and creamy.  I am trying to watch my calorie intake, so no extra creams for this soup.  It does have the canned soup and the cheese, but I left out the rest of the creamy things.  I also loved the little bit of spicy heat the nacho soup gave it.

This soup is perfect for warming you up on a cold winter day!!!

Potato Cheese Soup


*This post is sponsored by Sargento® , all opinions are my own.

Nacho Potato Chowder

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Nacho Potato Chowder

Easy nacho cheese potato soup


4 cups peeled, diced potatoes
2 celery ribs, chopped
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1 tsp. garlic
4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 can fat free cream of mushroom soup (10 3/4 oz.)
1 can nacho cheese soup (10 3/4 oz.)
1 cup shredded cheese (Sargento mild cheddar cheese)
1/2 cup chopped ham
1/4 cup instant potato flakes
1/2 cup bacon bits


  1. Combine the water, potatoes, celery, onion, and garlic in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Simmer until the vegetable are tender.
  2. Stir in the salt, pepper, and two cans of soup. Add the ham and cheddar cheese and stir until melted and smooth. Add the potato flakes to thicken it slightly and to add a bit more potato taste. Serve hot. Top with bacon bits if desired. Makes 8 servings.

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    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      hahahahaha! Yes, come on over and I will feed you leftovers again!! I can tell you the second day was just as good as the first!!!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Soup is honestly the only thing I like about cold weather. Ok, maybe not the only thing…hot chocolate ranks pretty high up there too!!! 😉

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Thanks Tracey!!! I am going to shoot for at least 2 a month to start with. 1 down, 1 to go for this month!!!

  1. says

    Nice!! I like this version..I make an insane potato soup but like you said..sometimes you want something not so ‘thick and creamy’ and a little on the lighter side. Love this!
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    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      I am really looking for more healthy options as I try to lose weight. This one was perfectly light but delicious!!!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Thanks Tanya. I really wanted a light soup and this one delivered big time. I had the last bowl last night and now I wish I had made a bigger pot!!!

  2. Laurie says

    This is a KILLER recipe!! I made a double batch and it was amazing. It was even more amazing the second night. It thickened up nicely.. I decided to add the bacon bits right into the soup instead of using for garnish. Also used sharp chedder. It did not overpower the soup.


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