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Corn chowder with chipotle cream

A soup with oomph! Corn chowder with chipotle cream. Spicy, but you can tone it down if you need to. [ThePerfectPantry.com]

For a few years, I shared lots of soup recipes on my second blog, called Soup Chick. (Although I stopped publishing recipes there in 2014, you can still access those recipes online.) Many of those soups never found their way here, to The Perfect Pantry, and I pretty much forgot about most of them. One day, Susan, a devoted reader of both blogs, reminded me of all the good slurpiness on the Soup Chick site, and she suggested I bring some of it here to share with you.

This chowder, thick and oh-so-spicy, is one of my favorites. The smoky heat comes from chipotle peppers tempered a bit by the cream. If hot and spicy isn't the way you roll, you can cut the amount called for in the recipe from two peppers all the way down to 1 tablespoon of the adobo sauce (and no peppers), or anywhere in between, to your taste. Because the recipe calls for frozen corn, you can make it year-round, and because there are no clams or other shellfish, your friends who don't eat fish will be happy. When you're ready to wake up your tastebuds with some amped-up comfort food, I hope you'll give this "forgotten soup" a try.

Corn chowder with chipotle cream is a great soup for chowder lovers who can't eat shellfish. Most of the ingredients come right from your pantry.  [ThePerfectPantry.com]

Corn chowder with chipotle cream 

From the pantry, you'll need: onion, fresh thyme, chicken stock, chipotle pepper in adobo, kosher salt, fresh black pepper.

Serves 4 as a main dish, with salad and bread on the side.


1 tsp vegetable or canola oil
1 small onion, peeled and quartered
16 oz frozen organic corn kernels
1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1-1/2 tsp dried thyme)
4 cups chicken stock (homemade or low-sodium store-bought), divided
2 chipotle peppers in adobo, minced (or use just one pepper, if you don't want as much heat)
1/2 cup heavy cream
Kosher salt, to taste
Fresh black pepper, to taste


In a Dutch oven or small heavy stock pot, heat the oil and sauté the onion briefly over medium heat, just until translucent.

Add the corn and thyme leaves, stir to combine, and cook for 2 minutes. Then, add 3 cups of the chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, cover the pot, and cook for 15 minutes.

While the soup is cooking, whisk together the chipotle peppers and cream in a measuring cup, and set aside. (If you don't want all of the fire power of the chipotles, cut down to one pepper, or even just 1 tablespoon of the adobo sauce from the can.)

After the soup has cooked for 15 minutes, remove the pot from heat. Using an immersion blender, pureé the soup to the desired texture, chunky or creamy smooth. If you don't have an immersion blender, allow the soup to cool for 10-15 minutes, then pureé in batches in a stand blender or food processor, and return it to the pot.

Return the pot to the stove, and set at lowest heat. Stir in the chipotle cream. If you want a thinner soup, add some or all of the remaining 1 cup of stock. Taste, and add salt and black pepper, to taste (if you use store-bought stock, you might not need any salt).

Serve hot. Can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to two days.

[Printer-friendly recipe.]

More chowders:
Rhode Island clear clam chowder, from The Perfect Pantry
Smoky shrimp, corn and bacon chowder, from The Perfect Pantry
Clam chowder, from Simply Recipes
Seafood chowder, from Recipe Girl

Corn chowder with chipotle cream packs a punch! And no shellfish. [ThePerfectPantry.com]

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I missed that one! I'm in a soup mood lately, and this hits the right between-season niche. Thanks for bringing it back, and thanks for keeping the Soup Chick alive!

Mes demoiselles, bon appétit!

Susan, thanks for reminding me of all the great recipes there that readers of The Perfect Pantry would enjoy. Watch for many more!

Looks amazing! I might try it with roasted and peeled poblano chilies.

Vanessa, roasted poblanos would be fantastic here.

OK, sounds really good, but...what is your suggestion for a substitute for the heavy cream
for us lactose intolerant folks?

Carole, you can omit the cream, and add the chipotle peppers to the soup. Or substitute a small amount of coconut milk. Or use Lactaid milk.

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