CREAMY SOUTHWEST CORN CHOWDER — This hearty Southwest style soup features chicken, black beans, corn and peppers in a slightly spicy, creamy broth. Top with shredded cheese and avocado for a heartwarming lunch or dinner.
I love it when soup season rolls around, and this Creamy Southwest Corn Chowder is a new family favorite at my house!
It’s no wonder we all love this Tex-Mex style soup so much. It’s loaded with so many of our favorite things, like tender chicken, corn, black beans (okay, those aren’t everyone’s favorite), and plenty of herbs and spices.
This was fantastic! Easy to prepare and quick to make. It was a wonderful dinner to feed to my family. I always know I can trust one of your recipes. ~ Kristi
And now that evenings are getting a little cooler, it’s the perfect time to serve this creamy, hearty soup. It’s loaded with protein and veggies, so with a side of tortilla chips, and all of your favorite taco toppings, it’s a complete meal.
We like to top our bowls of soup with diced avocado, shredded cheese, fresh cilantro and tomatoes, a dollop of sour cream, and some tortilla strips or corn chips.
Even after feeding my crowd of hungry teenage boys, there is usually enough of this soup for me to enjoy for lunch the next day. Which makes me love this recipe even more!
This soup also freezes well. Sometimes I’ll make a double batch and put half in the freezer. I like to reheat it using my slow cooker, but if it’s mostly thawed, you can reheat your soup right on the stove top.
It’s always nice to have a meal ready to go in the freezer for the hectic week nights.
What a delicious, filling, veggie-packed soup this is! We cut and shredded chicken from a Costco rotisserie chicken, putting it in only long enough to heat through before serving. It was a hit! ~ Louise and Ken
You can easily adjust the heat level to of this soup to suit your family’s tastes. For a less spicy soup, you can use less jalapeno, and a mild version of diced tomatoes and green chilies.
For more heat, leave some seeds in your jalapeno, and add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper. Then top it all off with some spicy pepper jack cheese!
However you serve it, this Creamy Southwestern Corn Chowder is sure to be a hit. I know I’ll be serving it often this fall and winter. I hope you love it as much as we do!
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Here’s what you’ll need to make Creamy Southwest Corn Chowder
- Produce: onion, garlic, jalapeno, bell peppers, fresh cilantro, avocado
- Chicken broth
- Canned diced tomatoes and green chilies
- Frozen corn
- Black beans
- Spices: salt and pepper, cumin, chili powder
- Lime juice
- Shredded cheese
Creamy Southwest Corn Chowder
This hearty Southwest style soup features chicken, black beans, corn and peppers in a slightly spicy, creamy broth. Top with shredded cheese and avocado for a heartwarming lunch or dinner.
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small jalapeno, seeded and diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups milk or Half and Half
- 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
- 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
- 1 (14.5 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- Salt and pepper, to taste,
- 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
- 1 1/2 cups shredded pepper jack or Monterrey jack cheese, plus more for topping
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Diced avocado, tortilla chips, sour cream, additional cheese, etc. for topping
- In a large Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, jalapeno, and red pepper and saute until vegetables are tender, 3-5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for a few minutes more.
- Whisk in chicken broth and bring to simmer. Stir in milk and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in diced tomatoes, corn, black beans and spices. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Stir in chicken and shredded cheese and simmer for another 15-30 minutes, stirring frequently, until flavors are combined and cheese is melted. Just before serving, stir in lime juice and cilantro.
- Top with avocado, sour cream, tortilla chips and your favorite taco toppings before serving.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 469Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 873mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 28g
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Carissa Nelson | Spoonful of Easy
I’m taking notes on how to feed hungry teenage boys — mine are little and I already feel like they eat me out of house and home. Love that this is veggie packed and can’t wait to try it!
This was fantastic! Easy to prepare and quick to make. It was a wonderful dinner to feed to my family. I always know I can trust one of your recipes. I sauteed the jalapenos in the butter for a minute and then removed them to a separate bowl (then followed the rest of the recipe). This gave some of that flavor to the soup but not all the heat – but allowed my spicy loving family members the opportunity to spice it up more as desired.
Thanks so much Kristi! Love the idea of keeping the jalapenos separate!
Made this last nite & we loved it
I’ve made this soup before and LOVED it! However, we just figured out that my daughter is sensitive to gluten and dairy. Wanting to keep this as a family favorite so , Do you have any recommendations for flour and milk substitutes? Thanks
I’ve been cooking and baking gluten free for my sons with celiac several years now and found you can easily substitute the wheat flour with any of the several gluten free flours sold at most grocery stores or ordered on-line.
By now, I suppose you figured it out, but my comment is that I also cook gf and substitute straight white rice flour or sorghum flour for the wheat flour, and there are good non dairy creamers out there now, so I’d use them or just a can of coconut milk mixed with a pourable non dairy milk. The cheese could be difficult, but I think the soup tastes great without it.
Would you suggest making in a crockpot?
Louise & Ken
What a delicious, filling, veggi-packed soup this is! To cut down a bit on the calories, next time I may just add some cheese on the top, and not so much stirred in. We cut and shredded chicken from a Costco rotisserie chicken, putting it in only long enough to heat through before serving. It was a hit!
I switched up a couple of things and made it vegetarian- swapped out the chicken and added a potato and used veggie broth instead. Absolutely delicious!!!