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Cheesy Corn Chowder

Cheesy corn chowder

Nothing tastes better than a hearty homemade soup at home, especially delicious Cheesy Corn Chowder!

It is STILL winter here in Chicago, and mother nature wanted to make sure that we didn’t forget! She sent us a fabulous reminder in the form of about 10 inches of snow! Yes, it may be March, but our days of shoveling aren’t over yet! We were snowed in yesterday so I decided to whip up a batch of Cheesy Corn Chowder. Hearty, homemade, easy to follow. It’s hard to beat!

I started by dicing up an onion, a red pepper and a green pepper. I decided to go with two different color peppers to make the soup colorful. I like color and you will too! I also diced up a couple of green onions that get tossed in at the end.

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Then I chopped up a bunch of smokey bacon. Thick cut if you’re wondering, because that’s how I roll. With the bacon, you can cook it and crumble it, or take the route I did and chop it up, then cook it. Whatever work easier for you. You could also make bacon for breakfast and cook some extra pieces for this soup. I’m always looking for an excuse to cook bacon for breakfast!

Tip: I have a designated cutting board for meats, and one for veggies. It’s my method of preventing contamination.

 

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Next comes the cheese…. oh the cheese! For this recipe I went with a combo of co-jack and monterey jack cheese. Use any combo of cheese that you’d like! You’ll need about two and a half cups to three cups of cheese.

Tip: Shred your own cheese. Shredding cheese is one of my least favorite kitchen tasks, however, it’s worth it. Pre-shredded cheese may be convenient but it doesn’t melt as well. And besides, freshly shredded cheese just tastes better!

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As for the corn, feel free to use fresh if it’s available. I grew up surrounded by corn fields, however, that’s only during the summer months when no one thinks to cook a hearty warm Cheesy Corn Chowder soup. I went with about 2 pounds of frozen corn and it worked perfectly for this recipe.

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Some soups have to simmer for a loooong time, but not this one! It’ll simmer for about 30 minutes and then it’s ready to eaten. Yum yum!

Let’s recap what this soup has goin’ on. It’s got smoky bacon (win!), lots o’ cheese (win!), plenty of veggies (win!), and creamy, creamy goodness. In other words, it’s a yummy winner!

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To serve, I topped the soup with a little extra cheese, chopped green onion, and a little more crisp bacon crumbles. Are you drooling yet?

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Cheesy Corn Chowder

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Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: 30mn
Total Time: 35mn

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium sized yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 green onions, chopped (reserve a tablespoon for garnish)
  • 2 pounds frozen corn (use fresh if you’d like)
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (reserve about 1 slice worth for garnish)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 and 1/2 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded + a bit more for garnish
  • 1 and 1/2 cups co-jack cheese, shredded + a bit more for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Sauté onions, green peppers and red peppers until tender, about 8 minutes. Add in corn.
  2. When the vegetables are tender, sprinkle them with 1/4 cup all purpose flour. Stir the flour into the vegetable mixture and let it cook for a minute.
  3. Slowly pour in chicken broth, stir, and allow it to cook for a few minutes.
  4. Stir in half and half, cooked bacon, thyme garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Allow it to simmer for about 20 minutes over medium heat.
  5. Stir in the cheese, and green onions, reserving a bit of each for garnish. When the cheese is melted, it’s ready to serve.
  6. To serve, top each bowl of soup with a bit of cheese, bacon, and green onion.
  7. Tip: If you want a soup that isn’t quite as chunky, use a ladle to place two cups of soup in your blender. Blend the soup until it’s a smooth creamy consistency, then return the pureed soup to the pot.

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  1. Thanks so much for this recipe. I’ve never had corn chowder before, so the experience was new and the end results delicious. The only change I made was using a yellow pepper instead of a green one. I had three servings; the soup pot kept calling me back! And my picky-eater mother-in-law said I could make this soup anytime.

  2. This was so good! My picky eater husband had 2 bowls and said 3 or 4 times that “Dinner was good.” and “You did good.” :-D I used fresh corn that we had on hand. This is going into the line up. :)

  3. Carol Callahan Landrum

    Kasey Williams, half and half is half milk and half cream. You can buy it in the US like that or you could mix it your self.

  4. Looks delicious , would love to have a bowl in front of me right now….

  5. Thankyou Carol. Im in Australia, so looks like ill be mixing it myself :)

  6. Cynthia Caskinette Mitchell

    instead of flour I use some instant potato flakes. Thickens and taste good

  7. i dont like onions or peppers, so i wouldn’t make this. but it does look yummy for others who, and is shareworthy!

  8. I wouldn’t put bell peppers in mine, I don’t think that’d go with cheesy corn chowder, what if do is give it a tex-mex
    Flair by adding a couple of pablano peppers and a couple of red hot peppers for color, then I’d use the taco flavored shredded cheese

    • I thought it would taste kinda funny with them but it’s amazing! I don’t like peppers but it doesn’t taste like bell peppers

  9. Lori Blow Churchill

    My mother in law makes the best corn chowder. Simple though. No peppers. So yummy!!!!

  10. How does monterey jack cheese compare with cheddar, mozzarella, ricotta etc? Is it used for it’s flavour, or it’s melting quality? We don’t get monterey jack cheese in South Africa unfortunatley.

  11. Peggy Rosenthal Trudell

    I just made this soup… Omg, its so good… I left out the peppers as they don’t agree with me… I added a little ground red pepper which gave it a nice bite… I will definitely be making this soup again… Very simple and easy to make… Thanks for posting and sharing this recipe…

  12. we are dealing with an ice storm down here in dallas..wanted something to warm my bones up..this was great..but instead of bacon i grilled some shrimp with pancetta and use shoepeg corn with the ears of corn i had in fridge..also added some gouda
    was so good..also gave some to the elderly couple next door..since most of dallas wasn’t driving to the store due to icy roads..they also loved it

  13. Lynne Curtis Crosby

    Wonder how it would be with some smoked shrimp or some crabmeat in it?

  14. Just wondering how many servings this recipe is. Making this for dinner tonight. Yum yum!

  15. I will make this minus the bacon!! use a little oil in place of it

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