It’s finally getting chilly down here in Tucson. The desert only starts to feel like Fall right after Halloween. The days gradually get colder and the nights chillier. Perfect weather for a hearty, spicy chowder. I made the delicious and HOT mistake of adding roasted green chiles, seeds and all. I guess I wasn’t thinking how much of a punch I would get from these green chiles. My gosh was it hot. Did I ever mention to you that I like foods with some heat? Well, I do. But, I think next time I might turn the volume down on the heat and maybe only put a few seeds in, instead of a million!
The inspiration for using green chiles came from my local farmer’s market where each week they roast fresh green chiles over a fire pit before your very eyes. I figured since I love green chile corn bread, why not in a corn chowder.
- 1 medium white onion, chopped (approx. 1 cup)
- 2 cups sweet corn kernels
- 3/4 cup roasted green chiles (with seeds, if you want some heat to your soup, or go sans seeds for mild)
- 2 cups organic heavy cream (I personally like the way organic milks taste, but regular heavy cream will work just the same)
- 4 cups organic chicken broth (vegetarians should replace with vegetable broth)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (more or less to taste)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 large potatoes (about 2 cups) skinned and chopped into small cubes(this helps to thicken chowder)
- 2 cups white cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- Sourdough bread bowls – find them at your local bakery, a must for this soup!
In a large soup pot over a medium heat, drizzle some olive oil into pot, add chopped onions and cook until translucent (about 5 minutes). Add minced roasted green chilies, corn, potatoes, salt and garlic powder and one cup of chicken broth and mix together for another 5 minutes. Add heavy cream and bring to a light boil for 5 more minutes. Next add the rest of the chicken broth and bring to a light boil for 20 minutes. Reduce to a simmer for another 20 minutes covered. Before serving, sprinkle cheese on top and don’t forget to serve them in a bread bowl! Trust me, you will not want to skip this part.