Jalapeno 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 Corn Chowder solves that problem and allows you to have dinner on the table in under 45 minutes.
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.
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?
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.
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- 2 strips uncooked bacon
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 4 jalapenos, diced (about 1 cup)
- 1/2 cup diced white or yellow onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste, preferably kosher
- 3 cups chicken broth or stock
- 2 cups fresh or frozen sweet corn kernels
- 1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Add bacon to a cold large pot or Dutch oven and turn the heat on to medium. Once the bacon starts cooking, cook on one side for a few minutes until crispy then flip and finish cooking the other side. 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.
- Melt the butter in with the drippings. Add the jalapeno, onion, and a big pinch of salt. Cook until softened and brown, about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Stir in the flour and salt until everything is coated. Slowly whisk
- in the broth, add the corn, then bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, turn the heat down to simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat then stir in the milk and cheese until melted. Stir in crumbled bacon. Taste and adjust for salt.
- The heat mainly comes from the seeds and membrane of the jalapenos. If you don't want it super spicy, discard them.
- To make this chowder vegetarian-friendly, omit the bacon and use vegetable broth.
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If you enjoyed this Jalapeno Popper Corn Chowder, you may also like these delicious soup recipes:
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