Southwestern Corn Chowder (Crockpot!)

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This Southwestern Corn Chowder is so good! We’ve got a hearty mix of smoky fire-roasted corn, tender chicken, and savory beans, all brought together in a deliciously cheesy, creamy base.

This is the perfect ‘dump it and forget about it’ slow cooker recipe! For more easy favorites, try Buffalo Chicken Chili, Crockpot Chicken Stew, or White Chicken Chili.

A warm pot of hearty southwestern corn chowder, ready to be enjoyed, with visible ingredients like corn, peppers, and herbs.

Southwestern Corn Chowder

I absolutely love chowders, especially my go-to Chicken Corn Chowder during the chillier months. Today, I’m mixing things up with a fun twist on the classic corn chowder.

We’re spicing it up with a delicious southwestern spice blend and adding fire-roasted corn for a great smoky flavor.

It’s deceptively simple to prepare, just a few minutes of prep, then everything goes into the slow cooker. Before you know it, you’ve got a dish that tastes like it took hours to make! The chicken becomes incredibly tender, and the potatoes are so soft they practically melt in your mouth!

All the ingredients for the recipe including peppers, potatoes, chicken, spices, and other fresh produce, arranged neatly for preparation.

Southwestern Corn Chowder Ingredients

  • Chicken thighs or breasts: Thighs are more flavorful and tender.
  • Minced garlic: Grab jarred for even less prep time!
  • Red pepper: Dice them small or blitz in a food processor.
  • Yukon gold potatoes: These have such a tender skin, so there is no need to peel (less prep time!).
  • Creamed corn: Adds sweetness and creaminess.
  • Fire-roasted corn: This type of corn delivers a great smoky flavor.
  • Black beans: Drain and rinse before adding in.
  • Green chiles: Use fire-roasted chiles for more flavor, and mild for less heat.
  • Chicken broth: Use a good brand for the best flavor.
  • Spice blend: Adjust to taste for personal heat preference.
  • Cheddar cheese: Freshly grated for smoother melting. Sharp Cheddar adds even more flavor.
  • Half-and-half or heavy cream: Choose based on desired richness.
  • Lime and cilantro: Optional for a fresh, flavorful finish.

All ingredients, including peppers, potatoes, chicken, and spices, are combined and stirred in a slow cooker, with the chicken pressed below for slow cooking. The chicken is later removed for shredding.

The Toppings Seal The Deal!

If you’re concerned about spice in this Southwestern Corn Chowder, toppings can help temper the heat.

  • More grated Cheddar cheese
  • Dollops of sour cream
  • Diced fresh avocado
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Diced green onions
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • Crispy tortilla strips or chips
  • Sliced jalapeños or drizzle of hot sauce for extra heat

The cream and cheese being stirred in, shredded chicken added, and garnished with fresh lime and cilantro for enhanced flavor.

How To Make Southwestern Corn Chowder

  • Add ingredients: Place chicken, garlic, red pepper, potatoes, corn, black beans, green chiles, and chicken broth in the cooker.
  • Season: Sprinkle with seasonings and stir well.
  • Cook: Set on high for 3.5-5 hours or low for 4-6 hours until chicken is tender.
  • Shred chicken: Remove and shred.
  • Add dairy: Stir in half-and-half or cream, and gradually add Cheddar until melted. Return chicken to the pot.
  • Final touches: If desired, add lime juice and cilantro.
  • Serve: Top with extra cheese, sour cream, and avocado.

A ladle overflowing with southwestern chicken corn chowder, showcasing its rich and hearty texture, indicating a delicious and comforting meal.

What To Serve With Southwestern Corn Chowder

  1. Cornbread: Or try our Cornbread Muffins
  2. Light Garden Salad: Adds freshness and balance
  3. Roasted Vegetables: Offers a healthy, colorful side
  4. Tortilla Chips: For crunch and dipping
  5. Dinner Rolls: Ideal for sopping up the broth
  6. Black Bean Quesadillas: Perfect for dunking

A bowl of the southwestern corn chowder with black beans, generously topped with green onions, melted cheese, and sliced avocados, ready to be enjoyed.

STORAGE

  • Refrigerate: Leftover Southwestern Corn Chowder is best enjoyed within five days.
  • Freeze: In freezer-safe containers or bags for two or three months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.
  • Reheat: Heat on low heat on the stove, stirring occasionally.

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Southwestern Corn Chowder

5 from 4 votes
This Southwestern Corn Chowder is so good! We've got a hearty mix of smoky fire-roasted corn, tender chicken, and savory beans, all brought together in a deliciously cheesy and creamy base.
Spice Level: Mild to medium, adjustable to taste. Toppings can help temper the heat.
A warm pot of hearty southwestern corn chowder, ready to be enjoyed, with visible ingredients like corn, peppers, and herbs.
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Southwestern Corn Chowder

A warm pot of hearty southwestern corn chowder, ready to be enjoyed, with visible ingredients like corn, peppers, and herbs.
5 from 4 votes
This Southwestern Corn Chowder is so good! We've got a hearty mix of smoky fire-roasted corn, tender chicken, and savory beans, all brought together in a deliciously cheesy and creamy base.
Spice Level: Mild to medium, adjustable to taste. Toppings can help temper the heat.
Course Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Southwestern Corn Chowder
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Chelsea Lords
Calories 665kcal
Cost $12.90

Equipment

  • 6 quart slow cooker

Ingredients

Add First

  • 1 pound (16 oz) boneless skinless chicken thighs (or breasts -- Note 1)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • 4 cups unpeeled gold potatoes, cut into small cubes (1/2-inch) (Note 2)
  • 1 can (15 oz) creamed corn
  • 3 cups frozen corn (we love fire-roasted)
  • 1 can (16 oz) black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can (4 oz) mild fire-roasted diced green chiles, undrained
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon each: chili powder & smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon each: ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano
  • Fine sea salt & pepper

Add Later

  • 2 cups freshly grated sharp Cheddar cheese (gently pack in measuring cup)
  • 1 cup half-and-half or heavy cream
  • Optional: juice of 1 lime, 3-4 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • Toppings: extra Cheddar, sour cream, diced avocado

Instructions

  • PREP: Generously spray a large 6-quart slow cooker with nonstick spray.
  • SLOW COOKER: Combine "add first" ingredients in slow cooker. Season to taste (I add 1¾ tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper).
  • COOK: Stir well. Press everything in an even layer, pressing chicken below everything. Cover and cook on high for 3½-5 hours, on low for 4-6 hours, or until the chicken shreds easily. Turn off slow cooker.
  • SHRED CHICKEN: Remove the chicken and pull off fat and discard. Shred meat with two forks or dice with a knife. While shredding the chicken, add in the cream and stir through. Add in freshly grated Cheddar gradually (only a small handful at a time), stirring until melted before adding more (to avoid clumping).
  • FINISHING: Return shredded chicken and stir through. Add lime and cilantro if using Taste and adjust seasoning until flavors sing!
  • SERVE: The toppings seal the deal! Ladle soup into bowls and top with desired toppings: additional handful of cheese, a few squeezes of fresh lime, finely chopped fresh cilantro, spoonful of sour cream, and/or diced fresh avocado.

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: Chicken: This dish is far more flavorful and tender with chicken thighs, but if you use breasts, cut each into three even pieces.
Note 2: Potatoes: This recipe uses about 1-1/2 lbs. Cut into small even pieces for even cooking. If using anything other than gold potatoes, peel first.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 665kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 759mg | Potassium: 1629mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1482IU | Vitamin C: 82mg | Calcium: 374mg | Iron: 5mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I need to share with someone that today, a snowy Saturday, juggling a toddler and trying to meal prep for the following week, I misread the amount of potatoes and put in 4 lbs instead of 4 cups. I only realized the mistake once I mixed all the ‘add first’s ingredients together. (Absolutely no fault of the recipe, just sheer idiocy on my end). Due to my gaffe the logical thing would be to double the recipe, so I now have about 3 gallons of corn chowder in my fridge/freezer. My husband is stoked because he thought it was delicious. The toddler also loved it and kept toddler signing “more”. Thanks for a great recipe! Also, I subbed whole milk for half and half/heavy cream to keep the fat content down and it turned out perfect. Very happy with how it all turned out but if you don’t want to be like me and swimming in corn chowder then read the recipe.

    1. Haha, oh no!! I am so happy you were able to make it work! And so thrilled you guys enjoyed this! Thanks Lauren! 🙂

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