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How to Make Creamy Potato Bacon Soup Like Tim Hortons

One of Susan's passions is cooking and creating new recipes for family and friends.

A bowl of creamy potato bacon soup.

A bowl of creamy potato bacon soup.

If you are familiar with Tim Hortons and like their potato bacon soup, you will really like my recipe for this homemade soup. Tim Hortons is a coffee franchisee in North America. Not only do they make superb coffee, but the soup they serve is also delicious. After having my first bowl of this potato soup, I went on a mission to figure out how I could make it in my own kitchen. After trying different ways to imitate the same great taste, this is what I came up with.

Cook Time

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20 min

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Serves 4–6 people


  • 1 pound of bacon, chopped
  • 2 cups of diced onions
  • 6 to 7 cups of potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 2 cans of sodium-reduced cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups of low-fat sour cream
  • 2 1/4 cups of 1% milk
  • Marjoram (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh chives or green onions (optional)


  1. I find that if your bacon is partially frozen, it is a bit easier to cut up. First, start by cutting your bacon and then frying it for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped onions and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and put aside.
  3. Cook cubed potatoes in a large pot in 2 1/2 cups of water. Make sure to measure the water as you will be using this water for the soup. Cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Add sour cream to the potatoes, stirring well.
  5. Add 2 cans of cream of chicken soup and stir.
  6. Add bacon and onions. Sprinkle with marjoram lightly, about 1/8 teaspoon. Stir, then gradually add 2 1/4 cups of milk, stirring as you go.
  7. Heat, but do not allow the soup to boil.
  8. I do not add salt and pepper right to the soup; I have it on the table, along with a small bowl of fresh chives or green onions, for those that want to add it.

Serving French or Italian bread and a salad with this soup makes for a great meal.

Photo Guide

Cooking the bacon and onion.

Cooking the bacon and onion.

Cooking the cubed potatoes.

Cooking the cubed potatoes.

Sound Good? Please Rate My Recipe


Arny Vis- Escalante Philippines on July 02, 2018:

I tasted this soup at Timmies for the first time in Welland, Ontario. Fell in love with the creamy taste and now look forward to trying to make this soup in my crock pot. Unfortunately some of the ingredients are difficult to find here in the Philippines where I now live. Nothing like tasting a great recipe to remind me of my beloved Canada.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 21, 2017:

Betty, I hope that you enjoy the soup as much as we do.

Betty Heath on September 21, 2017:

Cannot wait to try this

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 15, 2017:

Hi Sher, I'm glad that your liked the soup and found a way to make it go further. I'd be careful though since it has sour cream in it and may curdle.

Sher on May 14, 2017:

So as a poor college student, I decided how to make this even MORE filling so that it would last longer. I discovered that making it as is, then adding rice to it when you go to reheat it is really good, and super filling!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 31, 2017:

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Hi Eli, Hope that you enjoy the potato bacon soup as much as we do. Have a great weekend!

Eli@CoachDaddy on March 30, 2017:

I feel accomplished and mischevious when I make a recipe that duplicates a restaurant's. If it involves bacon, it's to the 17th power! This looks awesome, Susan. Definitely trying.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 09, 2017:

Brigitte, Thanks so much! Glad you loved the soup.

Brigitte Thompson from Austin, TX on February 09, 2017:

I love it. I have shared it with my followers

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 04, 2015:

Thanks alekhouse!

Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on January 03, 2015:

I just had to check this recipe out, after seeing your Ham Bone soup. Wow!.....another winner.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 23, 2013:

Sharon, I hope your customers like this soup and you make lots of $$$$ off it :)

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on September 21, 2013:

This is a soup recipe I definitely need to try. My customers will love it. Thanks SZ!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 02, 2012:

Judi, I think your daughter and I would get along well :)

GoodLady, Thank you for the votes and for sharing.

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on November 01, 2012:

This is so good! I'd make my chicken soup from scratch though because I make a mean one (with so many farms with hens around). LOVE this wintry recipe thanks so much. Pinning it so I know where to find it.

Voting and sharing. And voted 5 star!

Judi Brown from UK on November 01, 2012:

I always think potatoes, onions and bacon go well together. Another great recipe for my bacon loving daughter!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 31, 2012:

kylee, I've been wanting to try the Philadelphia cooking sauces but haven't as of yet. Thanks for letting me know that this will work in a pinch rather than the sour cream. So glad that you liked the recipe.

kylee on October 30, 2012:

I completely forgot to buy sour cream so I used Philadelphia garlic cooking cream instead (not a full 2 cups it was less than a half a cup) and I had to cook the potatoes 10 mins longer as they were still hard after 15 mins. Other than that this recipe was amazing. Tastes pretty much exact to Tim's, probably better. :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 27, 2012:

Annika, Thank you for letting me know. So glad that you enjoyed the soup.

Annika on February 26, 2012:

I made this (super yummy)I wouldn't recommend freezing it though, it'll reheat with a cottage cheese consistency. Thank you for the recipe!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 30, 2012:

Cassy, Hope that you enjoy this as much as my family does.

CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on January 29, 2012:

YUM!!! I can't wait to try this one out! Once the hubby gets home it will be cooked in this house :)

Thanks for SHARING!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 13, 2012:

Liv, You are very welcome and I do hope that your mother in law enjoys this soup. I hope that her surgery goes well.

Liv on January 13, 2012:

I'm making this right now! I'll comment when it's done. My mother in law is going for a new hip next week and Tim Horton's Potato Bacon soup is her favorite! Thank you for this! :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 08, 2011:

Victoria, Hope that you enjoy this soup.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on December 07, 2011:

I love soups! This sounds great. Going to bookmark. Great winter recipe!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 28, 2011:

missolive, Hope you enjoy this soup. Thank you for stopping by. Please let me know if you like it once you've made it.

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on November 27, 2011:

This sounds really tasty and PERFECT for this time of year. I LOVE soup. Potato soup is creamy and always hits the spot. I wish we had a Tim Hortons near-by so I could try the original. Guess I'll just have to follow your easy recipe! YUM!

Bookmarking and trying this recipe in the very near future.

Great hub! Easy to follow! Voted up!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 04, 2011:

Rebecca, Potato bacon cheese soup sounds good! Please let me know if you like this one.

Rebecca Scudder from Upstate New York on November 04, 2011:

This looks luscious. I've had Tim Hortons soup when I visited my mother - soup and donut holes :D. I make potato bacon cheese soup, and I bet my family will enjoy this recipe too.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 24, 2011:

thejovial, Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

thejovial from United States on September 23, 2011:

Mmmmm..soup.. delicious and perfect for the upcoming cold months

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 22, 2011:

Terea, Potato leak with arugula now that sounds good.

Tera715 from Panama City, Florida on September 22, 2011:

Looks great Susan! I love soups in the Fall. I recently made potato leek soup with arugula and it was excellent comfort food.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 22, 2011:

Mr. Happy, I suppose you could use chicken stock and cream. Let me know if you try it this way and how it turns out.

Mary, Not too sure about freezing due to the sour cream but You could always just 1/2 all the ingredients.

Cardisa, My family loves it when I make them this soup.

marellen, Rosie, vwriter, TPM and Sam, Please let me know if you like this after you've made it and thanks for all the comments.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on September 21, 2011:

lol Your blog made me hungry.

I love to cook so, I appreciated this blog. I cannot say I have tried this soup at a Timmies because I generally cook my food and do not eat "take-out" stuff (I do drink their coffee though ... not a "Starbucks yuppie" here lol) but it sounds like a good recipe.

I suppose the "2 cans of cream of chicken soup" can be made from scratch from chicken stock and cream?

Nice blog. Cheers!

Mary Contrary on September 21, 2011:

I've tried Tim Horton's and love it. I can't wait to try your receipe. Do you think leftovers can be frozen? I'm only cooking for two. thanks

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on September 21, 2011:

I love bacon and I love potatoes so this is a wonderful combination. Must be delicious.

marellen on September 21, 2011:

Yum.....I love making soup and will give this one a try.

Rosie Rose from Toronto, Canada on September 21, 2011:

Oh Susan, I love Timmy's bacon potato soup. I will surely try your recipe. Thank you so much for the recipe. Cheers!

Have a nice day,


vwriter from US on September 21, 2011:

Yummy. I've got to give this a try.

Marissa from United States on September 21, 2011:

Sounds yummy! I'll be bookmarking this! My husband and I like to make all kinds of soups, especially when it gets cooler out. Thanks for sharing!

Sam Dolloff from Maine on September 21, 2011:

Oh My Goodness!!!! This looks amazing! I will be trying it out very soon! Thank you for sharing :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 05, 2011:

Blake, Hope that you enjoy it as much as we do and please let me know what you think after you have made it.

Blake Jackson from Missouri on September 05, 2011:

I love bacon and I love potato soup. Why it never occurred to me to combine the two I don't know. Never having been near a Tim Hortons I'm not able to relate on the taste of theirs but I will definitely give your recipe a try.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 15, 2011:

saddlerider, I know what you mean I am of Scottish and Irish decent, potatoes were a main staple growing up. Tell you what as soon as the postal strike is over I will mail you some :)

saddlerider1 on June 14, 2011:

Living in Point St Charles, I was amongst many Irish and we love our potatoes, now matter how served up. This is so mouth watering tasty good, I can smell the bacon sizzling in the pan and then blending the flavors together to make this hearty soup. I LOVE potato anything....yummy. I rate it way please send me some tasteavision...or better still mail me a pot of

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 14, 2011:

Thank you again for visiting katrinasui.

katrinasui on June 14, 2011:

I love potatoes so i will definitely try this.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 29, 2011:

Sorry for the delay in answering.

Dee, Katrinasui and Cedar Cove Farm, Please try it as it is very good.

Tina, Tim Hortons is a Canadian Famous Coffee Shop. Tim Horton was a Hockey player and in 1964 he opened the first Tim Hortons Donut / Coffee shop. The coffee shop has done so well in Canada that they have now started to open franchises in the USA. Their soup is really good, but mine is better :)

prasetio I just may try making this with chicken too. It would probably taste really good. Thanks for your suggestion.

Ecolicious and Karen thanks so much for your comments and Karen please let me know how you like it.

Karen on March 16, 2011:

I just came home from Tim Hortons and had their potato bacon soup. It was excellent and my 10 month old baby boy loved it. Wanted to make it so I'm very pleased to have found your recipe. Will be making this soon.

Ecolicious on January 15, 2011:

sounds very tasty

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on January 15, 2011:

I liked soup very much. I believe your soup so delicious. Because it difficult for me to find bacon, I'll change this with chicken. Thank you very much. ~prasetio

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on January 08, 2011:

I have never heard of Tim Hortons nor taste their soup! But thanks to you I can now try your recipe at home and get a taste of Canadian food! I must say that it sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe after your have tried your way to the right taste!

Cedar Cove Farm from Southern Missouri on January 08, 2011:

I always end up super hungry when reading these types of hubs. Sounds good, though.

katrinasui on January 08, 2011:

It sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing such a ice recipe.

Dee aka Nonna on January 07, 2011:


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 07, 2011:

I am sure that you will like it Rosie. When I make it for my family they are usually fighting for the last bowl.

Denise I had to go and look at the size of my soup pot to answer you question. It almost fills a 6 quart pot. Hope this helps you.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on January 06, 2011:

Susan-how much does the recipe make? I need 'small' portions. thanks for a great sounding recipe - bookmarked.

Rosie Rose from Toronto, Canada on January 06, 2011:

Hiya Susan, I love Timmies' coffee, of course, and their soups too. This sounds delicious. I'm going to try this for sure. Thanks for the recipe.

Have a nice day,


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 06, 2011:

Thank you so much nighbear!

I am sure it would be good even without the bacon cookingdiva.

cookingdiva on January 06, 2011:

I love anything with potatoes! I will make this soup, without bacon as I am vegetarian. Thanks for sharing.

Susan Kaul from Michiagn, USA on January 06, 2011:

I love it!! I have bookmarked this for later use, and added it to a site that is going to get you a nice backlink. This deserves to be seen. Great recipe

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