Emerald Corn Chowder

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Emerald Corn Chowder


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 large fresh poblano peppers or 1 large green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels, divided
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth, divided
  • 3 tablespoons masa harina or cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream or half-and-half
  • 3 tablespoons TABASCO® brand Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, poblano peppers, and garlic and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Place mixture in a food processor or blender along with 1 cup of the corn and about 1/2 cup of the chicken broth; process until smooth, adding more broth if needed to puree thoroughly.

Pour mixture back into saucepan and stir in remaining broth; cover partially and simmer over medium-low heat for 30 minutes, stirring often. In a small bowl, mix the masa harina with water, making sure there are no lumps; stir in to soup and continue stirring until soup thickens, about 5 minutes. Stir in cream, the remaining 1 cup corn, TABASCO® Green Sauce, and salt. Return to a simmer; remove from heat and stir in cilantro.

Makes 4 servings.

Note: For a heartier soup, stir in 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken when adding cream, or top each serving with shredded Monterey Jack cheese.

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