Hatch Chile Corn Chowder is creamy, rich, and just a little spicy. It's perfect for the chilly, drizzly autumn days ahead. It's quick and easy to make and it honestly gets better the next day. You might also like another of my favorites - Mexican Street Corn Soup!
I love soup.
When I was little we had the canned kind and we had it often. My mom was a wonderful woman but cook she was not. When Dad was on one of his many business trips out of town dinner was soup and sandwiches more likely than not. She did make a homemade potato soup that was amazing - I still use the recipe - but anything else?
Oh, I am not complaining. I loved soup then and I love it now. It's just that I really had no idea that you could make soup without the use of a can opener until I was in my own home and in my own kitchen. It was an eye-opening experience.
Since that time I have made a lot of soup and experimented with a lot of recipes... even turning one of my favorite casseroles into stuffed pepper soup.
This easy Hatch Chile Corn Chowder recipe is one of my favorites. My oldest daughter's favorite soup is corn chowder but I think she likes this version even better than the original. Hatch chiles have a distinctive flavor but if they are unavailable poblanos work just fine. If you like a little extra heat you can even pop some canned chipotle in adobo in there but be careful!
I love serving this with chicken cream cheese crescent rolls!
Hatch Chile Corn Chowder
- 1 ½ cups chopped onion
- 2 Hatch chiles, , seeded and chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 16- ounce package frozen corn kernels
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup whole milk
- 8- ounces cream cheese, (not reduced fat)
- In a large saucepan sauté the onions and chiles in the butter.
- Stir in the flour and cumin.
- Cook over low heat, stirring constantly for a minute or two.
- Add the corn and chicken stock.
- Bring to a simmer.
- While the soup is simmering mix the milk and cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl.
- Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until the cheese has softened.
- Whisk smooth and add slowly to the simmering soup, stirring constantly.
- Heat through, being careful not to boil.
- Serve garnished with chopped cilantro.