Is there any food that represents the end of summer more than a hot bowl of creamy, sweet corn chowder? It’s perfect for when the weather just starts cooling off, but fresh corn is still abundant. This mild green chile and corn chowder has an awesome peppery (but not spicy) kick that complements the sweet corn wonderfully and gives it more of a southwestern vibe. It’s a one-pot, gluten-free, and vegetarian meal that you’ll love.
And it’s even more wonderful with crumbled queso fresco and chopped fresh cilantro on top. Yummmmm.
OK, confession time. I just went on about fresh corn being at its peak right now but if I’m being honest… I used frozen. You caught me. And I also used jarred fire roasted chiles.
What does this mean?
Well, it means that I didn’t feel like shucking corn and getting kernels all over the place. And I didn’t FEEL like fire roasting my own chile peppers, even though hatch peppers are literally everywhere right now. AND, best of all, it means I can make this recipe ALL YEAR ROUND!
So, you’re welcome :-)
I took a trick out of Ree Drummond’s book to thicken the soup- she uses a masa (corn flour), or corn meal, slurry stirred into her corn chowder at the end to make it thick and impart a corn flavor into the whole thing. It’s a trick I use in tortilla soup as well. It’s a great way to thicken soups without wheat flour, making it gluten-free and boosting the flavor.
I used heavy cream in this recipe, but feel free to use milk if you want a bit of a lighter soup. I also used chicken broth as the base, but for a vegetarian version, make sure to use vegetable stock.
For extra credit, if you’re using fresh corn, simmer the corn cobs (after cutting the kernels off) in the broth/stock before adding it to the soup. The starches will seep into the liquid and thicken and flavor the whole thing.
Recipe for mild green chile and corn chowder below!
Mild Green Chile and Corn Chowder
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion diced
- 4 small gold or white potatoes cut into a medium dice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more if needed
- 16 oz. frozen corn about 5 cups, or from about 5-6 ears
- 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1/3 cup masa corn flour
- 10 oz. jarred or canned mild fire roasted green chiles
- 1 cup heavy cream
- crumbled queso fresco and chopped fresh cilantro for serving (optional)
- In a heavy large pot, melt butter over medium heat.
- Add onions, sauté until softened (about 3 minutes).
- Add potatoes, salt, corn, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer on low for a bout 20 minutes (or until potatoes are tender).
- Ladle out about 2 cups of hot broth from the pot and whisk the masa into it, forming a thick paste. It's OK if there are little pieces of corn or onion in it.
- Add masa paste back to the soup and stir to incorporate.
- Add the green chiles and cream to the soup and stir.
- Serve with crumbled queso fresco and chopped fresh cilantro, if desired.
Freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to six months.