Salsa Corn Chowder

I had a strong affinity for food even as a young child, so I suppose it’s not surprising that some of my earliest memories are of the delicious meals my mom cooked. I can even remember standing at our kitchen counter in my Halloween costume 10 years ago while eating this chowder before a long night of trick-or-treating. And as my memory serves as proof, this chowder is that good!


Salsa Corn Chowder

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 45 min


1½ cups chopped red onions
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon flour
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (16 oz.) package sweet corn, thawed
2 cups salsa
1 (13¾ oz.) can chicken broth
1 (4 oz.) jar chopped pimento, drained
1 (8 oz.) container cream cheese
1 cup milk
2 cups of ham, chopped into bite-sized pieces


Sauté onions in butter in a large saucepan and then stir in flour, chili powder and ground cumin.

Add the corn, salsa, chicken broth and pimento to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.

Gradually add ¼ cup of the hot mixture from the saucepan to a bowl that contains the cream cheese. Stir until well blended.

Add the cream cheese mixture and the milk to the saucepan and stir until well blended.

Add the ham and cook the chowder until it is thoroughly heated (make sure it does not boil) then serve.


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    Yoey says

    This is delicious and took no time at all. the addition of cream cheese adds so much against the taste of the chili. great consistency and flavor. My mom’s reaction to having it this afternoon:

    1) “Is this girl going to open a restaurant?”
    2) “This makes being vegetarian a delight (substituted in vegetable stock/ left out meat) and makes me want to grow chili”
    3) “She needs to send some of recipes and such to Opera, she’s so young and could get on the show” (don’t know where this came from- she doesn’t even watch it hah)


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    Tamanna says

    Tried this last night. Very yummy and very hearty! I also tried it with a vegetable stock and left out ham. I loved that it took less than 30 minutes to make. Thank you!

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    Uncle Mark says

    Kelly–We had the corn chowder tonight–Aunt Suzanne did the heavy lifting. Terrific as usual-
    Talk to you later–Uncle Mark

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