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Corn Chowder

Made with fresh, juicy sweet corn, hearty potatoes, colorful bell peppers for added sweetness, is loaded with flavors! This creamy, delicious Corn Chowder is quick and easy to make, tastes as if it is simmered for hours and only gets better.
Course Main Dish/Entrees
Cuisine American
Keyword corn chowder, corn chowder in homemade bread bowl, instant pot corn chowder, summer corn chowder, vegetarian corn chowder
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jyoti Behrani

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS FOR CORN CHOWDER

  • 4 cups 16 oz. fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 2 large russet potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cups mixed bell peppers, diced; (red, yellow, orange)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped; deseed for less spicy
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 1 medium Roma tomato, chopped
  • 3 cups broth or water
  • 1/2-3/4 cup heavy cream or half-n-half or milk
  • 4 oz. pepper jack cheese, grated; add more if you prefer
  • 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, adjust to taste
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice, adjust to taste

FOR CORNSTARCH SLURRY

  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch + 2 tablespoon water; as needed

Instructions

INSTANT POT CORN CHOWDER

  • Turn ON sauté (normal), when it displays “HOT”, add butter. Once the butter is melted, add onions, garlic, jalapeno, bell peppers, sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add corn, potatoes, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika. Add broth or water, mix well. Turn OFF sauté.
  • Turn ON pressure cook (high), for 5 minutes. Followed by 10 minutes of natural pressure release.
  • Open the Instant Pot lid, blend 1/3 of the soup to a smooth puree, leaving 2/3 of the soup chunky.
    Note: Blend soup to a desired consistency.
  • Return the mixture to the pot. Turn on sauté mode (normal). Add tomatoes, cream or milk, bring it to a gentle boil.
  • Add vinegar, corn starch slurry, mix well. Simmer the soup for 3-5 minutes or until desired consistency. Turn OFF sauté. Stir in cheese.
    Note: The soup will thicken as it cools down.
  • Add fresh cilantro, lemon juice, and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Serve some summer corn chowder in some Homemade Bread Bowls for a café style dinning. Enjoy!!

STOVE TOP CORN CHOWDER

  • In a large, heavy bottomed pot, melt butter over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add onions, garlic, jalapeno, bell peppers, sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add corn, potatoes, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika. Stir in vegetable broth or water, mix well. Bring the soup to a boil, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes have softened.
  • Blend 1/3 of the soup to a smooth puree, leaving 2/3 of the soup chunky.
    Note: Blend soup to a desired consistency.
  • Return the mixture to the pot. Add tomatoes, cream or milk, bring it to a gentle boil.
  • Add vinegar, corn starch slurry, mix well. Simmer the soup for 3-5 minutes or until desired consistency. Turn OFF heat. Stir in cheese.
    Note: The soup will thicken as it cools down.
  • Add fresh cilantro, lemon juice, and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Serve some summer corn chowder in some Homemade Bread Bowls for a café style dinning. Enjoy!!

Notes

  1. Puree soup in batches, do not fill the blender jar more than 1/3. Keep the lid of the blender slightly open to let the hot air escape while blending, to avoid any accidents. Use a kitchen towel to cover the lid to avoid any splashes. You can also use immersion blender to puree the soup.
  2. Please refer to the post for the following
    • Tips For Best Corn Chowder
    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • How To Naturally Thicken The Soup