Southwestern Corn Chowder

October 5, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Soup | 14 Comments
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I know, I know, everyone has a corn chowder recipe, but I thought I’d chime in with my Southwestern take on this delicious classic. 

Starting out with fresh Silver Queen Colorado sweet corn, I add some roasted Hatch chiles and some thyme leaves from my garden. I  kick it up with some red chili flakes, cream it up with sour cream and carb it up with grated potato. I finish with a festive bouquet of cilantro, shredded cheese and sliced green onions and you’ve got yourself a slightly different and delicious twist.  Take a look:

Southwestern Sweet Corn Chowder:

  • 2 stalks celery, rough chopped
  • 1 medium onion, rough chopped
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and grated
  • 2 T. fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 roasted Hatch chiles, skins removed, chopped/divided
  • 1/2 t. red chili flakes
  • 3 C. chicken broth
  • 1/4 C. sour cream
  • 2 C. sweet corn, blanched and kernels removed from cob
  • For garnish:
  • 1/4 C. cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 green onions sliced thin
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Chopped Hatch chiles

 In a soup pot heat olive oil until hot. Add onion and celery and saute until tender.  Add chicken broth and thyme leaves and bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes.  Add in the sweet corn. With the larger size grater holes, grate potato into soup. Add grated cheddar cheese and chopped Hatch chiles. Simmer for another five minutes. Stir in 1/4  cup sour cream. Partially blend the soup with an immersion blender.

Ladle into bowls. Top with a few of the chopped chilis, green onions and some chopped cilantro.

Southwestern Corn Chowder,,,

It’s What’s For Dinner.



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  1. I think corn chowder is delicious with a little spice. The hatch chiles certainly kicked it up a notch. I made a curried version which turned out very well too.

  2. This is a wonderful take on a corn chowder!

  3. We still have a guy along the road who is still selling fresh (picked today) corn and I’m thinking corn chowder might be a good use for some – I don’t recall ever having it. Yours sounds excellent.

  4. I love it! I wish I still had some hatch chilies left to give this a try.

  5. I don’t have a corn chowder recipe… but will be stealing this soon


  6. Oh the heck with Rachel Ray. YUMMO! I’ve never had a corn chowder quite like this..woman, when do I get invited over?

  7. I love silver queen corn. This chowder looks fantastic.

  8. Now I also have a corn chowder recipe. I really didn’t have one.
    Sounds like a wonderful soup. Thanks, Lea Ann.
    I added some of the roasted peppers we bought to my cauliflower soup. I am sure they also would taste great in the chowder.

  9. Mmmmmmmmmmmm. Sounds wonderful!

  10. I made your other corn chowdah and loved it – is this one good like that one? Since I love chiles in almost any soup, I may have to do a comparison to judge for myself. 🙂

  11. Dang, Lea Ann, this would have been perfect to got with the southwestern steaks I made this weekend! Excellent dish.

  12. I for one do NOT have a corn chowder recipe so your timing is perfect! This looks so hearty! I love the southwestern twist.

  13. Yes, everyone has their corn chowder recipe, but THIS one is different! Love the chiles in there and of course, dressing it up with cheese, sour cream and cilantro doesn’t hurt 😉

  14. yum! I’ll have to try this next summer when corn is fresh.

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