Chili Corn Chowder

Chow­der sounds bet­ter than soup. It really, really does. It evokes a sense of warm­ness that can’t be sum­moned by the word ‘soup’. So when the temp. dips to lev­els not seen in sev­eral decades, I nat­u­rally feel the need for some­thing even more com­fort­ing than nor­mal. Some­thing creamy and fla­vor­ful and cheesy. With a kick to make me for­get the chill. This chow­der isn’t overly thick, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s perfect.

Don’t leave off the cilantro/avocado gar­nish. It makes the dish!

Chili Corn Chowder

Chili Corn Chowder


  • 4 table­spoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tea­spoon cumin
  • 1/2 tea­spoon oregano
  • 2 chipo­tle chili’s–diced with the adobo sauce
  • 1 medium onion–diced
  • 1 red bell pepper–diced
  • 4 large cloves garlic–minced
  • 4 table­spoons flour
  • 4 cups 1/2 & 1/2
  • 4 cups chicken stock/broth
  • 1/2 tea­spoon kosher salt
  • 2 large rus­set potatoes–diced medium
  • 1 1/2 cups white cheddar–grated
  • 1 cup pepper-jack cheese–grated
  • 1 (16oz.) can hominy
  • 1 small can cream style corn
  • 1/3 cup cilantro–chopped
  • 1 avocado–diced
  • lime wedges


  1. In large, heavy pan, heat but­ter over medium-high heat.
  2. Add cumin, oregano, and let sweat.
  3. Add chipo­tle chills. Let sweat.
  4. Add onion and pep­per. Sauté until they begin to soften.
  5. Add gar­lic. Sauté 1 minute while stirring.
  6. Add flour and stir to make roux.
  7. Slowly stir in liquids.
  8. Add diced pota­toes and let sim­mer until pota­toes are tender.
  9. Add grated cheeses in small hand­fuls, stir­ring until melted.
  10. Add drained hominy and cream style corn.
  11. Serve with cilantro/avocado gar­nish, and lime wedges.

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  1. I can’t believe there are no com­ments. Just wanted to say I’ve made this twice so far and it is delicious!

    • I am so glad you liked this soup! And pretty happy that you took the time to com­ment as well. Always will­ing to accept a complement!

  2. I made this today and added some shred­ded cooked chicken. It is deli­cious! The house smells amazing :)

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