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Southwestern Corn, Sweet Potato, and White Bean Chowder
with bacon

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Packed with colorful vegetables and white beans for protein, this is not your ordinary creamy corn chowder. Soups like this one are a great way to make use of all that great summer produce.
Smarts: Soups make great freezer meals. If you're planning to freeze this one, freeze it without the cream which can change texture and clump in the freezer.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Southwestern Corn, Sweet Potato, and White Bean Chowder:
  • Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1 tsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Sweet potatoes - 12 oz, peeled and cubed
  • Zucchini - 8 oz, cubed
  • Bacon - 8 strips, chopped
  • Corn kernels, fresh or frozen - 1 1/2 cups
  • Chives - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Beans, any white (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Stock, any type - 3 1/2 cups
  • Heavy cream (opt) - 1/2 cup
  • Cheese, pepper jack - 1/2 cup, shredded (sub any type of cheese)
  • Tortilla chips (opt) - for serving

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Prep

  1. Make spice blend - Combine cumin, coriander, paprika, salt, and red pepper flakes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Garlic / Sweet potatoes / Zucchini / Bacon - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Corn (if using frozen) - Defrost corn in the microwave.
  4. Chives - Chop chives.
  5. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add bacon and saute until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to set bacon out on a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. Drain all but 1 Tbsp / 15 mL (for 4 servings; adjust if customizing) of bacon grease from the pan.
  3. To remaining bacon grease in the pan, add zucchini and saute for 2 minutes to get it started cooking. Add spice blend and garlic and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute.
  4. Add in stock and sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  5. When chowder is boiling, reduce heat to a low simmer and cover with a lid. Simmer, covered, until sweet potatoes are tender, ~15 minutes.
  6. When potatoes are tender, remove lid and stir in cream, beans, and corn. Simmer gently for a few more minutes to heat everything through. Season with some salt and pepper.
  7. Ladle soup into bowls. Top with bacon, chives, and cheese. You can serve some tortilla chips on the side of the chowder or crumble them over top for some more texture.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (68)
Gluten-free (1)
Paleo (3)
Vegetarian (17)

Most Helpful

Wow! So flavorful. BIG hit with parents and kids. Instant keeper.

By: Erin
Posted: Jun 22, 2021
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

42 reviews

This was so good and super easy.

By: Kimberly
Posted: Dec 21, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Not great. It just didn't have enough flavor. Nice and filling, though, but didn't really taste "southwest" to me.

By: Caryn
Posted: Dec 14, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Filling and delicious! The cheese and tortillas make this an instantly hooverable meal 😅

By: Kiera
Posted: Nov 13, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Made this when we had guests. Everyone loved it!!

By: Jennifer
Posted: Nov 06, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

It was delicious, but I think I cooked the sweet potatoes and zucchini too long (I followed the directions, but they came out a bit mushy). Next time I would start checking the potatoes after 10 minutes.

By: Christina
Posted: Oct 27, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Yum! I thought this was fantastic

By: Jenna
Posted: Aug 21, 2021
Diet: Original
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