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Monday, September 15, 2014

Skinny Poblano Pepper & Corn Chowder

It never fails, every year, when the weather starts to get that chill in the air, I am always surprised!  Brrr...why is it so cold?  Oh yeah, it's September.  lol  

Last week the chill surprised me!  That's when I decided to make this Skinny Poblano Pepper and Corn Chowder and that seemed to set things right.  Rich and creamy, yet still diet friendly! 

Skinny Poblano Pepper and Corn Chowder: Easy, delicious and diet friendly!  What more can you ask for? #soup #corn
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I actually stumbled upon this recipe on one of my new favorite Facebook pages, Wildflour's Cottage Kitchen.  It looked SO good! The original recipe is from Three Kids and a Fish.  Luckily, I had already planned a trip to the grocery store that day, so I was able to pick up a few things I needed, but the chowder came together quickly and made a great meatless meal for us!

Skinny Poblano Pepper and Corn Chowder: Easy, delicious and diet friendly!   #soup #corn

I decided to add a poblano pepper to the soup, because we love a little heat in our soups.  The original recipe called for 2 cups of whipping cream, which I am certain makes this recipe super delicious, but for the sake of my waist, I elected to use whole milk in it's place...and I don't think I sacrificed too much flavor by doing so.  I also reduced the amount of butter called for in the original recipe as well.

Another substitution I made was with the corn.  The original recipe used fresh corn, and while that is available and abundant right now, I was feeling lazy and went with frozen corn instead.  I'm sure fresh is amazing but the thought of shucking and scraping corn off of 6 ears just wasn't doing it for me.  You can use whatever form of corn you like if you make this!

My chowder is a little more yellow in color than the original version, and that is due to the brand of chicken stock I used.  So if yours is more white, don't be alarmed.

Skinny Poblano Pepper and Corn Chowder:    #soup #corn

Skinny Poblano Pepper & Corn Chowder

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Adapted from Three Kids and a Fish 
Skinny Poblano Pepper & Corn Chowder
Creamy corn chowder full of veggies with a little kick from poblano peppers!


  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cups peeled and diced carrots
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 1 large poblano pepper, ribs and seeds removed, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups fat free, low sodium chicken stock ( I used Kitchen Basics)
  • 2 cups peeled and diced yukon gold potatoes
  • 4 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 6 TBS. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk, heated
  • a couple of dashes of hot sauce (optional)
  • fresh parsley, to garnish


  1. In 6 quart dutch oven, or other heavy pot, heat olive oil over med heat. Add in onion, carrots, and celery. Cook until veggies begin to get tender and onion becomes translucent. Add in poblano pepper and garlic. Stir and cook until garlic becomes fragrant. Add in the dried thyme and some salt and pepper. (start with a tsp. salt and a 1/4 tsp. pepper, and you can adjust later)
  2. Add in 6 cups of stock, diced potatoes, and frozen corn. Bring to boil, then turn down to simmer. Continue to simmer until potatoes and the rest of the vegetables are fork tender.
  3. Melt the butter in a medium sized sauce pan over med heat. Sprinkle in the flour and combine with a whisk. Whisk and cook for 1-2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the warmed milk. Stir until the mixture is thickened. (about another 1 -2 minutes)
  4. Slowly pour the milk mixture into the simmering stock and stir to incorporate. Allow the chowder to cook until desired thickness.
  5. Taste for salt and pepper, add more as desired. Add in a few shakes of hot sauce, if desired. Garnish with fresh parsley.
Yield: about 5- 6 quarts
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 45 mins.
Total time: 60 mins.
Tags: soup, corn, potatoes, carrots, milk, hearty

Servings - approx. 20   Serving Size - 1 cup   Points Plus per Serving - 4 Points+
Calories - 130.6,   Total Fat - 5.3g,   Carb. - 18.6g,   Protein - 3.4g,   Fiber - 2.2g

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Like most recipes soups and stews, this chowder was even better the next day after the flavors had a chance to mingle.  By making the changes I made to the original recipe to make it more diet friendly, I was pleasantly surprised I could enjoy such a thick and rich chowder for relatively few calories. 

I am pretty sure this recipe will be joining the line up of dishes we enjoy often over the colder months!  

I confess, I did not used to be a fan of soups.  I have really come around though, because they are one of the easiest ways to eat healthy.  How about you?  Are you a soup fan?  

Other soup recipes you might enjoy!

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup 

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  1. This looks and sounds so good Renee! The poblano peppers caught my attention right away. I know what you mean about the cold catching you off guard. Last night I was telling my husband the same thing. As if it isn't September in Ohio. LOL

    1. I think the poblano peppers really add a nice touch to this corn chowder, Tammy! I think you'd love it!

  2. Sounds delicious for this time of year. Catherine

    1. Thank you Catherine! It really is great for the cooler weather.

  3. Oh yum! Such a wonderful soup recipe!! Great flavors too!!

  4. Love the addition of the poblano peppers in this! Looks amazing! :)

  5. This looks so good, Renee! I could live on soup in the fall and winter. Love the addition of the poblano - they add so much flavor and not much heat. Perfect!

  6. This looks sooo good, but we are still sweltering here in FL! It will be another month before we see some relief from this horrendously hot and humid summer and then I'm going to make this delicious chowder! Holy goodness you had me when you said poblano pepper! I love 'em!! thanks for sharing!!

  7. You are slaying me with this! So yummy. It sounds fantastic. Seriously can't wait to make this corn chowder. I think I even have all the ingredients on hand. Lucky me!

  8. This is one of my favorite types of soups - now I don't have to feel guilty about eating it! Looks delicious!

  9. Your making me want to make soup! lol Ok, well, Chowder :) This looks yummy and sounds super flavorful Renee. I need to make some!

  10. This looks so yummy! You've got my craving chowder now!

  11. i am going to make this ,it looks so yummmy we love soup...


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