Dollar Store Recipes: Shrimp and Bacon Chowder

Well hello and welcome back to Dollar Store Decadence Recipes where we make yummy things made almost entirely of ingredients from 99 Cents Only Stores.  This time I made a Shrimp and Bacon Chowder, adapted from Delish.  It so easy and doesn’t require a gazillion ingredients and most importantly, it’s quite tasty.  So let’s get started.


What you need:

1lb Shrimp, peeled and deveined


12 oz Bacon, diced

lardons crus #1

1 Onion, diced


3 TBsp all-purpose flour


3 Cups Chicken Broth (or stock if you have it)


2 Cups Half and Half


2 Russet potatoes, peeled and chopped

Russet potatoes over white

1/4 Cup Chopped Green Onions


Salt and Pepper, to taste




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  1. In a large pot, cook the bacon until it is crisp and then remove it and set it aside.
  2. Add the onions to the pot and cook (in the bacon fat) until they are soft.  Stir in the flour until it is well-combined.
  3. Add the chicken broth, half and half, green onions, potatoes and salt and pepper.  Simmer until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Add the shrimp and continue to simmer until the shrimp is cooked through and finally add the cooked bacon.
  5. Optional: reserve some green onions and bacon to garnish.  Totally not necessary though!
  6. Eat!  Some other options are to serve this with Furlani Garlic Toast, or add a little shredded cheese!



Let’s talk about the scrilla:

Shrimp was from Northgate,  $6.08

Bacon was from the 99 $1.99

1 Onion (from a 99 4 pack) 25¢

Chicken Broth from a 4 cup container from the 99 75¢

Half and Half came from the 99 as well 99¢

Potatoes came out of a 10lb bag from the 99 ~20¢

Green onions (from Northgate) $1.00

So this is one of the more expensive meals, but it makes 8 servings so it is a good one.  The total cost of the meal is $11.26, so about $1.40 per serving.  That’s still a great price for a seafood meal.

What do you think?  Try it and let me know how it goes!


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