Jalapeño Popper Corn Chowder


Love jalapeno poppers but don’t have time to make them for dinner? Marrying jalapenos, bacon, and cheese with sweet corn in this creamy Jalapeno Popper Corn Chowder solves that problem and allows you to have dinner on the table in under 45 minutes.

Jalapeno Popper Corn Chowder

I think Mother Nature is teasing us. After multiple feet of snow and ice, it finally warmed up last week. I finally have a sidewalk again! (for the longest time the snow bank completely covered that up). Short sleeves, walks at lunch time, no winter coat. I sure did miss those days. But after several days of being spoiled with temperatures in the 60s, the weather dropped back down into the 20s. We just can’t win, can we? I can tell you what I am winning with – this Jalapeno Popper Corn Chowder. Reminiscent of those spicy appetizers you often see at restaurants, this creamy soup is full of spice and flavor. The best part is it can be ready in 45 minutes, making it the perfect dinner for Weekday Supper.

Jalapeno Popper Corn Chowder

Putting jalapenos in soup form is nothing new to me; after all, one of the best soups in the world is my Roasted Jalapeno Soup. To be honest, I’m not sure where I made the connection between jalapeno poppers and corn chowder. Was it in a dream? Was it because I was tired of winter and needed new soup ideas? Or was it because I was hungry?

Jalapeno Popper Corn Chowder

Sweet corn reminds me of summer. There are plenty of farms out here that sell fresh corn (PSA – never, ever buy “fresh” corn from the grocery store. Ever. Once you’ve had corn from a farmer, you’ll never go back to store bought). However, since it’s not even spring yet, I used frozen sweet corn. Whether you use fresh, frozen, or even canned, this soup has a nice kick without breaking your budget.

Jalapeno Popper Corn Chowder

Yields 4

Jalapeño Popper Corn Chowder

This creamy corn chowder can be on your dinner table in just 45 minutes. To make this chowder vegetarian-friendly, omit the bacon and use vegetable broth.

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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3 strips bacon
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped jalapenos (roughly 4 jalapenos)*
1/2 cup chopped onion (roughly 1 small onion)
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 cups chicken broth
8 ounces softened cream cheese, cut into 8 pieces
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups sweet corn (thawed, if frozen)


  1. In a large pot, sauté bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon and place on a plate lined with a paper towel; pat off as much grease as you can. When cool enough to handle, crumble bacon. Leave the bacon drippings in the pot.
  2. Melt the butter in with the drippings. Sauté the jalapeno and onion until onion starts to brown, about 3-5 minutes, then add garlic and cook for another minute. Add flour and mix well. Slowly stir in the broth and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to simmer and cook until the soup has slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the cream cheese and cheese. Stir until everything is melted and smooth. Add the corn and cook for another 5 minutes or until corn is heated through. Stir in the crumbled bacon.


*The heat mainly comes from the seeds and membrane of the jalapenos. If you don't want it super spicy, discard them. I personally added seeds from two of the peppers.


If you enjoyed this Jalapeno Popper Corn Chowder, you may also like these delicious soup recipes:

Sweet Potato and Corn Clam Chowder

Roasted Jalapeno Soup (ready in 45 minutes)

Baked Potato Soup (ready in 45 minutes)

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Soup

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Soup

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  1. Oh my Carla! I could eat a whole vat of this soup.

  2. I like everything about this except you know the jalapenos. I just can’t take the heat! I know, takes away from the the entire soup. Also those bowls and plates, i’ve been searching for ones like them, you have to tell me where you got them!

    • If you don’t add any of the seeds or membrane, it’s barely spicy. The plates and bowls I bought as a set on eBay. I think I searched for Queen Anne pewter plates. Most are expensive but I found a really good deal with mine.

  3. I love a good corn chowder! This definitely makes me think of summer :)

  4. What a spicy, wonderful soup of deliciousness, Carla! I sure could use a bowl up here in Michigan this week!

  5. Gooood idea! The popper flavors and corn seem like a natural pair. How great would this be with “truly” fresh (read: farmstand) corn? Yum!

  6. Just lovely. I especially love the addition of cream cheese. YUM!

  7. What a delicious sounding soup. I love jalapeño poppers and am sure this soup is just perfect. Too bd so that my family does not eat any spice.

    • If you remove the seeds and membrane from the recipe completely, the spice level will be really low. I’m not sure if that will help your situation or not. If not, it still makes a great corn chowder without it ;)

  8. MMMM! I am so on a soup kick lately. I figure get my fill now before we just skip spring all togdether and just go right to summer.

  9. This sounds incredible! I love all the ingredients in this soup. I agree there is no going back to store bought corn.

  10. This is perfect, I love appies for lunch/dinner and soup is a more “acceptable” way to make that happen :) Beautiful, and such a lovely place setting too!

  11. Carla – this chowder looks beautiful! You take the most amazing photographs. Everything is placed so well – makes me want to eat soup right now and it’s 75 degrees here!

  12. Wat a fabulous take on traditional corn chowder! I love it!

  13. Oh yum. I love corn chowder and jalapenos so this sounds absolutely amazing.

  14. MaryAnn says:

    I made this soup for dinner tonight and it was one of the BEST soups I have ever made!!! (And I make a lot of soup!) :-) I didn’t have jalapeños on hand, but I did have an 8 oz container of Philly jalapeño cream cheese so I added that for the jalapeños & cream cheese. It was simply divine! Will definitely be making this again and again and again……

    Thanks for a fantastic recipe!

  15. What can I say about this…YUM YUM YUM ! -13 not counting 40 mph winds here tonight in Minnesota and wanted to try something different…this is fabulous ! I did make a couple of alterations to suit our taste though…we like spicy so I kept on the membranes and a good amount of seeds from the jalapeno, and since other half is a bacon lover I added two extra pieces of bacon, and cooked some potatoes for the carb lover (that would be me !!)…tossed on some goldfish for color, and it was great ! Thank you for the wonderful recipe – can’t wait to try more of your creations !

  16. This soup looks AMAZING! I definitely want to try! Do you think it would work as well without the bacon? Or does that seem to be a key flavor component?

    • You can make it without the bacon. Add an extra 2 tablespoons of butter (so you have a 1:1 ratio when making the roux with the butter and flour). You might need to add some salt since bacon tends to be salty. Taste and adjust as needed. Enjoy!

  17. janet kerner says:

    I generally don’t post opinions but I just had to tell you my husband and I made this soup tonight and it was sooo good! We love poppers but they can be time consuming to make. This had all the flavor and was really quick, too. I think we both agreed that we like it better than an actual popper and he isn’t even that crazy about soups! We will definitely be making this again. Thanks so much for the recipe, the ratio was perfect and I didn’t need to change a thing (and I ALWAYS seem to have to fiddle with recipes) . :-)

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