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Roasted Poblano Corn Chowder

Roasted Poblano Corn Chowder

Roasted Poblano Corn Chowder

If there’s anything that a big handful of raw or cooked corn doesn’t make better, then I haven’t found it. And trust me…I have tried. This summer has been all about the corn! Corn in salads, corn in frittatas, corn on pizza, corn in ice cream…and of course the season wouldn’t be complete without corn in soup! That’s a must have.

The true irony about corn chowder is that it so often feels like by the time it gets cool enough for soup making, corn has already lost it’s lusciously sweet allure. Not this year. Because THIS year, I’m getting while the getting’s still good. Sure, that means I may have to slurp this soup down while sitting in front of an air conditioning unit. But it will be worth every minute. Join me?

Roasted Poblano Corn Chowder

Part of the reason why corn chowders always feel so inappropriate for summer consumption is that they are often overly creamy and heavy. Not this one! This soup is actually totally dairy-free and vegan, getting creaminess instead from pureeing a bit of the corn and potatoes used to make the soup. I like to use my immersion blender so that I don’t have to transfer the hot liquid to a blender or food processor, but you can blend it however you want. Another extra special aspect of this soup is that the broth is made from scratch by simmering it with corn cobs! This adds even more corn flavor than the corn kernels themselves do and lets the sweet nutty corn flavor really pop. Roasted poblanos are stirred in during the last few minutes of simmering to round out the corn sweetness with some smokiness and spice. You can serve this soup as a side dish, but it works equally as well as a lighter main course.

Roasted Poblano Corn Chowder

Roasted Poblano Corn Chowder

This vegan corn chowder gets its creaminess from pureeing a portion of the soup with an immersion blender.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 5 -6 servings


  • 6 ears of corn cobs and kernels divided
  • 6 cups of water
  • 5 large poblano peppers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions diced
  • 12 ounces yukon gold potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Chives for garnish


  • Place the corn cobs in a large soup pot and add the water. Make sure the cobs are in a single layer and break them in half if needed. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the cobs and season the broth to taste with salt.
  • Meanwhile, roast the poblano peppers until they are blackened all over. This can be done either by broiling them for about 10 minutes per side or roasting them directly over a flame. Once roasted, place the peppers in a bowl and cover to let them steam for five minutes. Strip off the charred skin. Remove the stems and seeds and roughly chop the pepper flesh. Set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and a pinch of salt. Cook for 8-10 minutes, lowering the heat to medium, until the onion is softened and beginning to brown, stirring every few minutes.
  • Add the potatoes to the pot and stir to coat with the oil and onions. Stir in the corn-infused broth, bay leaves, cumin, and oregano. Bring to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked through.
  • Add the corn to the pot and cook for 4-5 minutes, until tender. Remove the bay leaves and, using an immersion blender, puree about 1/3 of the soup. This will help add creaminess and body. Stir in the poblano peppers. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  • Serve warm, topped with chives to garnish.


The corn broth can be made ahead of time. Just strain it and store it in the fridge until you're ready to use it!
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  • Reply
    dixya | food, pleasure, and health
    September 16, 2015 at 9:58 am

    i have been missing out on corn this summer..:( but hopefully will up with soups 🙂

    • Reply
      Joanne Bruno
      September 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      It’s my favorite part of summer! Hopefully you can still find some where you are. 🙂

  • Reply
    September 16, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Yum to poblanos! They are a very underrated pepper in my book! Love all of the chunky vegetables in this chowder.

    • Reply
      Joanne Bruno
      September 27, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Yes! Agreed. I am definitely guilty of not using them enough in my cooking, but I love their smoky flavor.

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    September 16, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Roasted poblanos are so good and putting them in corn chowder is pretty much the best idea ever. LOVE!

    • Reply
      Joanne Bruno
      September 27, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      Thanks Sarah! They do add a great smoky flavor to compliment the sweet corn.

  • Reply
    September 16, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    This sounds great! We’re not vegan, but my boyfriend has some lactose issues, so creamy chowders are usually off limits (I’ve tried subbing soy and other “milks”, but they’re just not good, IMO). I’m eager to give this one a try!

    • Reply
      Joanne Bruno
      September 27, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      The corn definitely adds some creaminess on it’s own. You can also puree some potato or cauliflower for even more creaminess if you want!

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    Jennifer @ Delicious Everyday
    September 17, 2015 at 3:22 am

    I love your idea of cutting down the creaminess and heaviness of corn chowder by making it dairy-free and vegan. I’m definitely in the mood now for a hearty, filling soup!

    • Reply
      Joanne Bruno
      September 27, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      I can usually only have a few bites of creamy soups as they just make me feel sick, so this is the perfect compromise without actually having to compromise!

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    Sylvie Vernick
    September 1, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    This was so delicious. I made it exactly as written with the exception that I added in some zucchini/squash after the onions, because I had some that needed to be used. My husband is sensitive to dairy, and this was such a great way of turning a soup into something creamy. I like it with a little hot sauce to cut the sweetness of the corn. :). Thanks for a great recipe!

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