Spicy Corn Chowder

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It’s starting to feel like Winter and nothing beats a warm bowl of soup on a cold day!  This soup definitely packs a spicy kick but you can easily omit the peppers if you are not a fan of spicy and it is still really good!


  • 4 pieces thick-sliced bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium Vidalia onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small jalapeno, chopped seeds and ribs removed
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 large red potatoes, well scrubbed and small diced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 16 ounces frozen corn
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, saute the bacon until crisp and browned and the fat is rendered.
  2.  With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel and reserve.
  3. There should be about 4 tablespoons of bacon grease in pan.
  4. Add the onions and red pepper to pan. Saute until tender and translucent, about 4 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the jalapeno and garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  6. Stir in the flour until thoroughly combined.
  7. Cook the flour until it reaches a slight blonde color, about 1 minute. Stir in the chicken stock and the potatoes and simmer for 10 minutes; potatoes will become soft.
  8.  Add the cream, corn, cayenne and bay leaf.
  9. Simmer for 15 more minutes.
  10. Pour into a serving bowl and garnish with the reserved bacon.

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Ingredients: Bacon, Bell Pepper, Corn, Potatoes
Meal Type: Main Dish, Fall, Egg Free
Categories: Soups and Chilis, Stove Top

Comments & Reviews

  • Just curious if you’ve ever used canned evaporated milk instead of heavy cream. I’ve got some in my pantry that need to be used up and wonder if it would work.

    Also, I think I’ll try to sub some of that super cheap canned Libby’s corn that I just got (with coupons) for 25 cents a can for the frozen corn. Drained, of course.

    I love soup weather. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • Where do you find Vidalia onions??? Those are my favorite (Southern transplant) and i have yet to see them anywhere near the PNW.

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