Southwest Corn Chowder

20 Oct

I know, you’re thinking another soup recipe? But, other than the chili i made a few weeks ago, this is the first soup/chowder I’ve made this fall! (does chili even count as a soup/chowder?? it’s like it is it’s own catergory….)

But, I MUST share this soup recipe with you. I have been hearing its’ praises sung for several weeks now. Mainly from my mom (hi mom).

I mean, I’d never even tasted this soup and I knew it was going to be a favorite of mine. Makes a big pot to last for days and days (or, if you don’t eat like I do, you could freeze some for future meals!) Is decently healthy – I’m sure you could cut out the cream and it’d still be delicious. ( maybe cream doesn’t seem unhealthy to you, to me it screams fat which screams it’s-all-going-to-stick-to-my-thighs….)

Of course, being the special type that I am, I tweaked the recipe a bit. But, if you don’t have any food allergies and eat regular bacon, you’re home free.

southwest corn chowder

A friend of my brother and sister in law’s made this as a meal for them after they had their adorable daughter (whose hair is turning red! hehe!)  and they were nice enough to share some with my mom, who then had to have the recipe… who then wrote the recipe down for me. So, thanks brother and sister in law for having a cute little girl and getting meals delivered to your home =)

So, on to the recipe!!!

Southwest Corn Chowder

5 Strips Bacon (I used turkey)

1/2 to 3/4 large yellow onion – finely diced

3 celery stalks – diced

2 bags of 16oz frozen corn

6 potatoes, cut in small cubes (peel if you want)

4 chicken breasts – cubed

2 cloves garlic – minced

1/2 cube butter

1/2 c flour

1 pint coconut milk (or cream)

2 TBSP chili powder

8 c Chicken broth or stock

In your largest pot, brown bacon. i wish i would have chopped mine up before i cooked it so i didn’t have to pull it out of the pan and wait for it to cool, then cut.. anyway. brown bacon. add onion, celery and garlic. cook until onion is done, then add chili powder and potatoes.

In separate pan, cook chicken. Add dash of chili pepper. Add cooked chicken and corn to vegetable mixture. Then add butter. Stir until melted, then add flour and continue stirring.

Slowly stir in chicken broth. ( i only had 5 1/2 cups of chicken broth, which was okay, because my pan was full. so no worries if you’re short on this!)

When potatoes are cooked, finish by stirring in coconut milk and salt and pepper. (i didn’t use a full pint of coconut milk, i just poured one can – which is about 13 oz – into the soup)


southwest corn chowder

(hopefully I’ll be able to start getting better food pictures. for now though, just appreciate the fact that I not only thought to take some, but that I waited to eat long enough to actually take them. )

What are your favorite fall soups/chowders??


10 Responses to “Southwest Corn Chowder”

  1. Stephanie Powers October 20, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    Yum!! I am a firm believer that you can NEVER have too many soup recipes or eat it often enough. (I’ve got a soup recipe on my blog this week too- chicken tortilla soup in the slow cooker.) I’m even eating leftover soup as I type this. I also think chili is its own food group, but I’m from Texas, so I’m not sure that counts. I can’t wait to try this recipe!


    • booksnbakery October 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

      yay!! a kindred spirit. and that chicken tortilla soup sounds good, can i come over when you make it =)


  2. Darlene (mom) October 20, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    HI LAURA ……this chicken corn chowder is my new favorite. My old favorite which is now second on the list is Tomato soup (with butter and crackers). any soup is better with crackers (hehe) must be the okie in me.


    • booksnbakery October 21, 2014 at 10:28 am #

      it just might be the okie in you…. but i agree with the crackers! I miss putting saltines in my tomato soup =)


  3. Tiffany Gowesky October 21, 2014 at 3:21 am #

    That looks so good!! We love soup night at our house!


    • booksnbakery October 21, 2014 at 10:28 am #

      i might have to make soup night a regular thing! yum!


  4. Mary October 21, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    This looks so so delicious. Chowder is one of my favorite soups, but I’ve never made it myself. I’ll definitely have to try this out. 🙂


  5. Neive Osborn October 21, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    So I had corn chowder for the first time EVER a few weeks ago and LOVED it! So I will totally be making this one day 🙂
    Neive xo


    • booksnbakery October 22, 2014 at 10:54 am #

      no way!!!! how have you survived this long without having corn chowder?? =)


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