02/22/2013 09:06 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

These Chowder Recipes Will Hug You From The Inside Out (PHOTOS)

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You don't have to live in New England to enjoy chowder. Not even close to it. You don't even have to be a seafood fan -- although that certainly doesn't hurt. It's not just about clam chowder. Chowder recipes come in a wide variety, and can include vegetables, chicken, and of course, seafood.

These creamy stews, thickened by crushed-up crackers or biscuits, make for an ideal hearty winter meal. They're warm, buttery and filling, and are a great excuse to eat the oyster crackers reserved for the occasion. Check out the 20 chowder recipes we've gathered to help you get through this cold weather, and you'll soon see that there's so much more to chowder than the New England or Manhattan recipes.

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  • 1 Fresh New England Clam Chowder With Buttery Croutons
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    How Sweet It Is
  • 2 Thai Clam Chowder
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  • 3 Oyster And Spinach Chowder
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  • 4 Smoked Tomato Chowder
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  • 5 Manhattan Clam Chowder
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  • 6 Cheesy Corn Chowder With Bacon + Gorgonzola
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  • 7 Salmon Chowder
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  • 8 Fish Chowder
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  • 9 Lobster Corn Chowder
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  • 10 Shrimp and Smoked Oyster Chowder
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  • 11 Bay Scallop Chowder
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  • 12 Corn Chowder
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  • 13 Fresh Corn Chowder With Bacon + Barbecue Shrimp
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  • 14 White Fish & Scallop Chowder
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  • 15 Buffalo Wing Chowder
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  • 16 New England Clam Chowder
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  • 17 Shrimp and Roasted Corn Chowder
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  • 18 White Bean Chowder
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  • 19 Salsa Chowder
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  • 20 Broccoli Chowder
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