Corn Chowder

I heart soup in a serious way…it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. As the weather begins to transition from summer to fall, there is nothing more comforting than a big bowl of piping hot soup.

This Corn Chowder recipe is creamy with just a little kick of spice to please your palette and warm your heart and soul.

If you read MBA on a regular basis, you may have caught on to the fact that I am not a big fan of hot weather…I don’t like to sweat and I am certainly not partial to pesky Ohio mosquitoes. However, the one thing I truly love about summer (besides not working) is sweet corn. There were countless nights that I simply ate corn on the cob for dinner. Brian would gape at me in awe as I polished off two huge ears and wouldn’t even think twice about the protein pushed off to the side of my plate.

This soup combines that sweet, fresh corn flavor with a little smokiness from the chipotle seasoning and transforms into a delicious one pot meal that is hearty enough to satisfy any hunger. Serve it alongside some homemade beer bread and prepare for your family to swoon. Heck, they may even volunteer to clean the kitchen for you! Have an amazing day and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by My Baking Addiction.

Corn Chowder

Yield: 8 servings


5 strips thick cut bacon; sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 sweet onion, diced
2 carrots peeled and chopped
2 stalks of celery chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon chipotle seasoning
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (add more if you like some heat)
6 cups vegetable stock
2 cups heavy cream
2 Idaho potatoes, peeled and diced
6-8 ears corn
2 cups cooked and shredded chicken; I use rotisserie chicken from the local market
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
green onions; sliced for garnish


1. In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium high heat until crisp; remove bacon with a slotted spoon and allow to drain and reserve for garnish.

2. Reduce heat to medium. Add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, jalapeno and thyme to the bacon drippings and cook until the vegetables are soft; about 8 to 10 minutes. Dust the vegetables with flour, chipotle seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes and stir to coat well.

3. Cook vegetables, flour and seasonings for 2 minutes; stir frequently.

4. Pour in the vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Add the cream and the potatoes, bring to a rapid boil. Allow soup to boil hard for about 7 minutes, until the potatoes break down. This process will help thicken the soup.

5. Cut the corn kernels off the cobs and add to the soup. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add in the cooked chicken. Simmer until the corn is soft and chicken is heated through; about 10 to 12 minutes.

6. Stir in the parsley. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the reserved bacon and green onions.


- If you are not a fan of heat, eliminate the jalapeno. Personally I would not omit the crushed red pepper or the chipotle seasoning. It adds a smokiness and depth of flavor that is truly magical in this soup.
- If you like heat, definitely toss some more spices in and even leave a few jalapeno seeds hanging around.
- This soup is perfectly delicious without the addition of the chicken, but is definitely more of a meal with it.

54 Responses to “Corn Chowder”

  1. Margaret Murphy Tripp — September 8, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Looks great! This is one I’ll be making…thanks for sharing the recipe. By the way, I hate the heat too!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet — September 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    The bacon sold me. That looks fabulous.

  3. Katie @ goodLife {eats} — September 8, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    This looks so good! We had grilled corn last night and grilled chicken and veggie kebabs. I ate some of the kebabs but had 2 ears of corn. :) Madeline loves corn too. I am so ready for soup weather. I can’t stand sweat!

  4. Life Is Like A Box of Chocolates — September 8, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Oh, that looks delicious! Love your blog.

  5. Maria — September 8, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I am ready for fall foods! This soup looks delish!

  6. Flavia — September 8, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    This looks fantastic, Jamie! Your photos are always lovely. I’ll be sure to try this recipe when we get back from vacation. I hope by then that cooler weather will have reached us here in Texas!

  7. Sherry — September 8, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Mmmm! Though I’m not that much a fan of soups, creamy corn chowder certainly has it’s place!

  8. Erin — September 8, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    When I saw your post title, I thought “Man, I was just thinking about corn chowder, perfect!” Then I realized it was probably because you mentioned you were going to post a recipe for it a few days ago…hahah woops!

    Anyways, how many does this recipe serve? I’m thinking half a recipe would be plenty for 2 people, right?!

  9. Suki — September 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I love corn chowder! I will be testing out this recipe soon. Thank-you so much for sharing. :)

  10. Joanne — September 8, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    So THIS is what I was waiting for. I like. I like a LOT.

    I want this with a hunk of beer bread. And a side of apple pie. Yes. I said side. Not dessert. And THEN it will officially be fall.

  11. Kristen — September 8, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Such a lovely soup. I love corn chowder and in fact just made some I should blog about last week! Yummy!

  12. joudie's Mood Food — September 9, 2010 at 4:13 am

    This looks so good and so packed with flavour. I was just looking a up a recipe for clam chowder but i think that will have to wait. This is right up my street. YUMM

  13. Katrina — September 9, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Oh wow, this looks great! Can’t wait to make it.

  14. LimeCake — September 9, 2010 at 8:45 am

    that photo belongs in a cookbook! it looks delicious!

  15. CaSaundra — September 9, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I have a big love for sweet summer corn as well!! I love everything corn actually–corn bread, corn pudding, etc. I know I would love this chowder, and I have some garden corn in the fridge–perfect!

  16. Holly — September 9, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Oh how I love sweet corn. I can’t wait to try out this recipe. It sounds so delicious.

  17. Brooke (Baking with Basil) — September 9, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Mmmm…corn chowder!! I like that this recipe adds jalepenos and red pepper. A little heat to warm the soul that much more. Great recipe!!

  18. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — September 9, 2010 at 10:27 am

    This looks amazing! I love the crispy bacon garnish.

    What do you think about substituting whole milk for the heavy cream?

  19. Eliana — September 9, 2010 at 11:17 am

    That is one bowl of heary goodness and comfot you have there. It looks amazing.

  20. Katy@BlueEyedBakers — September 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Oh my. Thank goodness it’s almost Fall…this soup just looks so perfect…and bacon too. Well, duh. Yum!!

  21. Danae (The Busty Baker) — September 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I’ve been looking for a really good corn chowder recipe, and I think this one might be the winner! Definitely trying it out while there’s still some sweet corn hanging around.

  22. Amalia — September 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    OH-MY-GAWD. Are you serious?! this probabaly combines all of my favorite flavors in one soup! I love love love love soups but I’m always scared to make them..somehow they always seem daunting to me…
    I agree with Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen from the above comment…What do you think about substituting whole milk for the heavy cream? Would it change it too much?
    thank you I’m bookmarking this! You have a facebook page right? I’m so “liking” you now!

  23. Julie (Bananas for Bourbon) — September 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    The chipotle seasoning in this sounds delicious! I made a grilled corn chowder recently that I lightened up with roasted cauliflower. It caramelized flavor from grilling the corn was awesome. Corn season is not lasting long enough for me!

  24. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — September 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Ooh… This looks lovely! I love chipotle… and bacon! :)

  25. Suki — September 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I wanted to let everyone know I made the corn chowder and beer bread for dinner tonight. It was wonderful!
    I think I could have even added just a little more spice. It was very simple to make and it tastes soooooooo good. I made it just as directed in the recipe. You must give this a try you won’t be sorry.
    Thanks again for the wonderful recipes.

  26. Amalia — September 10, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Are you serious?! I love corn soup! this one looks soooooo good. I need some right now!
    Soups always seems daunting to me thats why I never make them! ):
    I agree with Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen from the above comment..what do you think about bstituting milk for the heavy cream?
    thanks again! you do have a facebook page right? I’m so “liking” you right now! (:

  27. Kim in MD — September 10, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Hi Jamie- I just stumbled upon your blog (linked by How Sweet It Is), and I love it! I can’t wait to explore more recipes, but in the meantime, this corn chowder will be dinner tonight! :-)

  28. foodies at home — September 10, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I love soups! Glad soup season is coming, I might have to welcome the season in with a big bowl of this chowder!

  29. Megan Z — September 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I am making this for our supper tonight, I snuck a taste and it is wonderful!

  30. Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes — September 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I agree – soup is the best this time of year! Even though I live in FL and we don’t get much of a season change :) I have been looking for a recipe for corn chowder, this may just be it!

  31. pearse — September 10, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    yes. I don’t like to sweat either.I live in Iowa and will be moving to florida soon. They say we sweat a lot in florida. Yuck.
    But your soup looks tempting. and I too have had just corn on the cob for dinner.

  32. stacey-healthylife — September 10, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    What a fabulous fall meal.

  33. LunaCafe — September 11, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Marvelous! Especially love the spicy heat element. Like you, I relish fresh corn and only fresh corn for dinner. It’s a later summer-early fall ritual. :-) …Susan

  34. sue mannel — September 12, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    corn chowder is my fav!!! very snuggly.

  35. Kerstin — September 12, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I’m like you – I love sweet corn but am not a fan of hot weather. This soup is also right up my alley – yum!

  36. Michele — September 13, 2010 at 10:08 am

    That looks and sounds AMAZING.

  37. TraceyJoy76 — September 13, 2010 at 11:33 am

    this will hit the spot, wonderful addiction to my soup collection.

    • TraceyJoy76 — September 13th, 2010 at 11:35 am

      oops typing so fast, this would be a wonderful addition to my soup collection, LOL

  38. Double Dipped Life — September 15, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I just tried another blogger’s corn chowder, and was not terribly impressed. I do believe that I’ll heat it back up, and add the extra spices and veggies that you include! Thanks for helping me spice it up!

  39. Jen @ How To: Simplify — September 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I love a good corn chowder. This one looks like it wouldn’t disappoint! Yum!

  40. Renee — September 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    It’s not fall yet in Texas, but I had to have this tonight! It was fabulous. Being from Texas, I added a bit more of the chipotle and the jalapeno seeds, but other than that I stuck to the recipe. Really, really good! Thank you for sharing this!

  41. Made this on Sunday for dinner with the last of the season’s sweet corn and my is this recipe yummy! I think it has the perfect amount of heat and I don’t like things overly spicy. Just a little kick between the crushed red pepper, jalapeno, and the smoky chipotle seasoning. I’m going to be enjoying the leftovers as lunch this week. Thanks for the great recipe!

  42. Kelli — October 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I happened to stumble upon this recipe while looking for cupcakes (I WILL be making those Snickers cupcakes sometime in the near future!!) and the picture was so beautiful, I just had to check out the recipe! I LOVE chowder recipes in the fall, not to mention my husband devours everything with bacon, so once I saw it, I decided I had to make it! It was AHH-MAZING! The flavors all melded together perfectly and it had just the right amount of heat. My husband loved it so much he ate 3 bowls!! This is definitely a keeper!

  43. Amanda P — March 24, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I am slowly cooking and baking my way through your recipes. As I just ate the left over’s for lunch today, it is still simply delicious! Thank you for sharing and keep the recipes coming.

  44. This is THE BEST corn chowder! I first made it last year shortly after you first shared the recipe and even my husband who is not so keen on soup really enjoyed it. I just made it again last night and it’s just SO tasty! I think I’m going to make it a tradition to make this soup once Summer starts turning into Fall as a good way to welcome the chillier weather while the local sweet corn is still in season. Love it! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, it’s good stuff!

  45. Georgie (UK) — November 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Thanks for this fab recipe. I love soup and have tried to make a chowder before but with no luck. This was such an easy recipe that I wasn’t sure about it but it is the best soup I have ever made!
    Many thanks for taking the time to post this, it’s defiantly a keeper.

  46. Lindsay — January 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Dear MBA,
    I haven’t made this recipe but it looks delicious. I was wondering if you could add the tab to add this recipe the “recipe box”.

    Thank you

  47. sue — February 1, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    This was DELICIOUS!!!! Made it this evening and left the seeds from the jalapeno in the soup and added a chopped chipotle in adobo sauce. LOVED LOVED LOVED this! Thank you.

  48. Sandy — September 14, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I thought this recipe sounded fantastic and I have fresh sweet corn in the fridge. After copying the recipe, which does sound great; I noted that there is not corn as an ingredient. Is my recipe missing a main ingredient or is it mock corn chowder with no actual corn? If I am missing an ingredient, how much corn is required.
    Thanks, Sandy

    • Jamie — September 14th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      I just looked at the recipe and there is definitely corn in the ingredient list – it states 6-8 ears of corn. I hope this helps.

  49. Melissa Tonkin — June 10, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    This is, by far, my favorite soup. I took it to a soup party and everyone raved about it. One even said that she would request it for her last dinner if she were on death row. I usually triple the chipotle seasoning and vegetables and use 3-4 jalapenos depending on how big they are when I make it for my husband and I and keep the heat about with the recipe when making it for others. It is amazing. I can’t wait for corn season!! (I do make it with frozen corn on the off season, but it just isn’t the same. I also use milk with cornstarch to thicken the soup.)

    • Jamie — June 14th, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for visiting!



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