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Salsa Corn Chowder

Whip up comfort in a bowl with this family favorite recipe for Salsa Corn Chowder loaded with your choice of chicken, ham or veggies.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (16-oz.) package sweet corn, thawed
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 (13 3/4-oz.) can chicken broth
  • 1 (4-oz.) jar chopped pimentos, drained
  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken or diced (cooked) ham


  • Add the butter to a large stock pot set over medium-low heat. Once the butter has melted, add the onions and cook, stirring, until transluscent, about 3 minutes. Stir in the flour, chili powder and ground cumin.
  • Add the corn, salsa, chicken broth and pimentos to the saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove it from the heat.
  • Add the cream cheese to a medium bowl then gradually add 1/2 cup of the hot mixture from the saucepan to the cream cheese, stirring until well blended.
  • Add the cream cheese mixture and the milk to the saucepan and stir until combined. 
  • Add the cooked chicken (or ham) and stir to combine. Continue cooking until warmed throughout. 
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