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Corn and Green Chile Chowder

Corn and green chile chowder is a rich and delicious soup when topped with bacon and goat cheese and smoked salmon! Easy to make and so satisfying!
This green chile, corn and salmon chowder is made in a flash. Garnish with goat's cheese and bacon. This is good! #chowder #greenchile #soup #smokedsalmon

Some days do not have gold or platinum linings. Some days do not have even silver. Some days just have corn.

And thank goodness for corn. (I also could have used the word potatoes. As in thank goodness for potatoes. But I digress, because today is about corn.)

Maybe tomorrow there will be potatoes. Of course, I could have added potatoes to this chowder, because then it would be chowder, which technically this isn’t, because it has no potatoes. So shoot me…but wait until tomorrow. Because well, tomorrow is another day…

Some days are like rough cobblestones on bare feet. Some days are like sour milk. S

ome days are like flowers that never bloomed. Some days are like this. A massive mistake of butter, softened a bit too much.

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Some days are just wishful thinking for tomorrow.  And some days are for corn chowder, even if it doesn’t have potatoes.

But thank goodness for corn. And bacon. And goat cheese and salmon. Smoked salmon that is.

Thank goodness for comfort in a bowl; as in soup or chowder, giving way to spoonfuls of rich, soothing, golden ladles straight into your pie hole.

This green chile, corn and salmon chowder is made in a flash. Garnish with goat's cheese and bacon. This is good! #chowder #greenchile #soup #smokedsalmon

It requires no talking. Just spooning. Just contemplating the next bite. Until you get up to refill. A

nd then you start all over again. Which when I think about it, is what each day really is. Starting all over again. Trying to get something right. Whatever right may be. Finding that golden sunshine, those rays of warmth to help point you in the right direction, maybe only changing course by a couple of degrees.

Damn! All this philosophy and all I’m writing about is a cup of soup. Well, it is a really good cup of soup.

Food has a way of doing that to me. Food can take me to places that I visited decades ago. Food has a story and it is called life. Enjoy it for all it’s worth.

This green chile, corn and salmon chowder is made in a flash. Garnish with goat's cheese and bacon. This is good! #chowder #greenchile #soup #smokedsalmon
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Corn and Green Chile Chowder

Corn and Green Chile Chowder

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Soups/Main Course
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


This  is a rich corn soup with lots of green chiles . Add in all the extras and you have a soup extravaganza!


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2 T butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 minced garlic cloves
1 c fresh roasted or frozen green chilies seeded and chopped or Hatch Chilies
2 c chicken stock
3 ears of corn, cut off the cob (reserve about a cup)
1/2 t salt
1/2 t oregano
1 c half and half
1 c goat cheese
8 bacon slices, cooked to crisp

1/2 lb honey smoked salmon


3 T shredded basil


Melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add garlic and cook another minute.

Stir in green chilies, chicken stock, most of the corn, salt and oregano. Cook until corn is soft.

Now using your handy dandy hand immersion blender, puree this. It will not be totally smooth. That is OK!

Now stir in the half and half. and the reserved corn. Heat, without boiling until the reserved corn is cooked through.

When ready to serve garnish with goat cheese, bacon, and salmon.

Dot with Sriracha. Sprinkle with basil. Get ready to ladle some golden goodness into your pie hole. Just perhaps there are silver linings!


If you add potatoes you will have corn chowder!



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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes

Sunday 29th of June 2014

I just loved this post Abbe... the non-chowder (without salmon for me) is perfect for rough days. And a bowl of soup is always so much more! Wonderful recipe to remind us that 'food has a story and it's called life' , love that!

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

Sunday 22nd of June 2014

Well this looks really good Abbe. Love your photo pointing out the ingredients.

Jerry | Simply Good Eating

Thursday 19th of June 2014

That is one mouth watering looking chowder! Its got everything I love in one meal. Gotta love that! :)


Thursday 19th of June 2014

Oh girl I just love this.I would add a few shrimp in there and call it a party.I just saw Saigon Chex Mix? Oh boy

kumars kitchen

Thursday 19th of June 2014 love chowders...get to savor them only rarely...but you have taken it to another level....can imagine a burst of scrumptious flavors in every spoonful of this sunny wonderful a combination of crisp bacon,goat cheese and honey smoked salmon along with sriracha....gorgeous food clicks too,thanks :-)