Summer Corn Chowder

Summer Corn Chowder

Filled with sweet corn, smoky jalapenos and refreshing cilantro, our Summer Sweet Corn is spicy and delicious.

Light enough for summer, but tasty enough to eat anytime, our Summer Corn Chowder delivers a cornucopia of flavor. Sweet corn, smoky jalapenos, and refreshing cilantro combine to create a succulent soup perfect for lunch or dinner. Serve on its own with crackers, crusty bread, or with your favorite sandwich or salad.

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 35 minutes


  • 4 ears of fresh corn or one 10-ounce package frozen whole kernel corn (2 cups)
  • 1 15-ounce can of Mexican corn blend
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 14.5-ounce can baby sweet peas
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh marjoram or oregano or 3/4 teaspoon dried marjoram or oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground white or black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pound ham steak, trimmed of fat and cubed (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2/3 cup fat-free milk or one 5-ounce can evaporated fat-free milk (2/3 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)


  1. If using fresh corn, remove husks and discard. Use a vegetable brush to remove silks; rinse corn. Holding each ear at an angle, use a sharp knife to cut down across the tips of the kernels at two-thirds depth; do not scrape. Measure 2 cups fresh corn kernels.
  2. In a blender, mix can of Mexican corn blend and heavy cream. Pulse until creamy and smooth, set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, bring fresh or frozen corn, broth, peas, onion, jalapenos, 2 teaspoons fresh or 3/4 teaspoon dried marjoram, salt and pepper to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer the chowder, covered, for 5 to 7 minutes or until corn and onion are tender.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, preferably cast iron, cook ham over medium heat until cooked through, about 5 minutes; remove from heat.
  5. Stir creamed corn, ham, cilantro, milk and Worcestershire sauce into chowder. Simmer for 25 minutes. If you like, garnish each serving with a fresh cilantro sprig.

YIELDS: 6 (1 1/3-cup) main-dish servings

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