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Cream-Free Spicy Corn and Soyrizo Chowder
with poblano peppers / zucchini

Active: 35 minTotal: 35 min

Our original cream-free chowder has been a long time favorite in many of our community members’ kitchens, so we decided it was time for an updated version. This time around, we’re using a different combination of vegetables, but still bringing you the option to get that creamy chowder texture without adding a drop of heavy cream.



Cream-Free Spicy Corn and Soyrizo Chowder:
  • Poblano peppers - 1, chopped (sub green bell peppers)
  • Onions, medium - 1, chopped
  • Zucchini - 8 oz, chopped
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Corn kernels - 1 1/2 cups, sliced off the cob or frozen
  • Potatoes, baby red - 1 lbs, quartered
  • Cilantro - 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Soyrizo - 16 oz (sub chopped vegan sausage)
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 4 cups
  • Adobo sauce - 1 Tbsp (usually found with canned chipotle peppers)
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - for serving

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  1. Poblano peppers / Onions / Zucchini / Garlic - Prep as directed. Combine poblano peppers and onions in one container. Store zucchini and garlic in their own containers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Corn - If using fresh corn, shave kernels off cobs. If using frozen corn, defrost in the microwave. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  3. Potatoes / Cilantro - Prep as directed.


  1. Heat a Dutch oven with oil over medium heat. Add poblano peppers and onions with a pinch of salt. Saute until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add soyrizo and saute until heated through, breaking it apart as it cooks, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
  3. Add vinegar to pan and deglaze, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Pour stock into pan and add potatoes and zucchini. Cover pan with a lid (to prevent stock from reducing) and simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, ~20 minutes. (Optional step: Use an immersion blender to blend a small portion of the soup right in the Dutch oven. This will give the soup a creamy texture without needing the addition of cream.)
  5. Remove pan from heat and stir in corn and adobo sauce. (Note: If you are concerned about spice, taste the soup first and only add adobo sauce until it is spiced to your liking.) Season with some salt and pepper.
  6. Divide soup between serving bowls. Top with cilantro and yogurt. Enjoy!

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This meal has 18 reviews

Solid soup recipe. Since soyrizo is already a little spicy, you may not need to add the adobo sauce (taste before adding!). Blending the soup a little helps with the spiciness, and it was also mellower the next day.

By: Katrina
Posted: Sep 10, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

I added a bit extra of the adobo sauce, great flavor and easy to make. Definitely use the blender (and do it before adding the chicken and corn next time). My guests all loved this and I made a big batch for leftovers.

By: Christine
Posted: Sep 09, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free

This was a nice soup that was easy to make when combined with chicken cooked for another meal. It wasn't the most flavourful meal, but adding a hefty amount of salt improved things. Still a great choice though.

By: Caitlin
Posted: Sep 07, 2019
Diet: Original

So good! I made this ahead and reheated. Delicious and easy. And it made a lot. There are plenty of leftovers for lunch or the freezer!

By: Erin
Posted: Sep 06, 2019
Diet: Original

Definitely better blended! And it cuts down on your chopping time if you know you’re just blending it all anyways :)

By: Delaney
Posted: Sep 06, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

I left out the adobo sauce for my anti-spicy kids. I also skipped the yogurt topping. And I put the zucchini in late so it wouldn't get mushy. The flavors were spot on!

By: Jennifer
Posted: Sep 06, 2019
Diet: Original