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Mexican Street Corn Chowder

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hrs.


8 servings (2-1/4 quarts)

Corn is one of my all-time favorite vegetables, so when it's in season, I always make this super easy soup in the slow cooker. —Rashanda Cobbins, Food Editor, Taste of Home
Mexican Street Corn Chowder Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 10 ears fresh corn (about 5-1/2 cups)
  • 1-1/4 to 2 cups water
  • 6 bacon strips, chopped
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 2 small green peppers, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 medium lime, zested and juiced
  • Optional toppings: Fresh cilantro, lime wedges, sliced jalapeno, chopped bell pepper and crumbled cotija cheese


  1. Cut corn off cobs. Rub the edge of a knife over each cob to "milk" it; add enough water to cob juice to equal 2 cups. Add corn and liquid to a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, 5-7 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings, reserving 2 tablespoons in pan.
    Add the onions, green peppers and jalapeno to skillet; cook and stir over medium-high heat until soft, 3-4 minutes. Add seasonings and cook 1 minute more; transfer to slow cooker. Cook on low 3-1/2 to 4 hours, until corn is tender and mixture has thickened slightly.
  3. Stir in cream and lime zest and juice. If desired, puree mixture with an immersion blender to desired consistency. Garnish with reserved bacon. Sprinkle with optional toppings as desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 287 calories, 18g fat (9g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 743mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Psychojoe
    Aug 3, 2020

    Looks like a "keeper"! I'd be interested in Kendal's PC cook time adjustments.

  • momio
    Aug 1, 2020

    I used canned corn with its juice and frozen white corn and I didn’t have cream so I used milk with sour cream mixed into it and did it just on top of the stove. My husband and I really liked it. I’ll make it again when we have good good corn on the cob available and with cream, but it was good!

  • LSAinPA
    Jul 31, 2020

    Question: do you have any recommendations for toning down the heat in this recipe? I would love it. But the family wouldn’t

  • Kendal
    Jun 6, 2020

    Excellent! I cooked in the pressure cooker because I started too late in the day, and the flavor is wonderful!!!!