Vegetarian Corn Chowder Recipe is spicy, creamy, rich and hearty! Fresh crunchy corn on the cob, spicy chipotle peppers
Next time try this yummy Potato Soup Recipe, it's one of our favorites!
Why you'll love this recipe
✔️ It's full of vegetables.
✔️ It's bright, crunchy and filling!
✔️ Super savory, completely delicious and it's easy to make!
Please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for the exact measurements.
- fresh sweet corn
- yellow onion
- russet potatoes or Yukon gold potatoes
- chipotle pepper
- vegetable stock
- spices - salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, yellow curry powder, coriander and turmeric
This is an overview of the instructions. For the complete directions, scroll down to the bottom!
- Shuck corn and remove the silk, cut the kernels off the cob.
- Set aside ½ cup of the corn kernels.
- Peel and dice the onion, carrot
- Heat a stockpot over medium heat, add the olive oil and vegetables
..Season well and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add garlic and sauté.
- Add the stock, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Boil until the potatoes are tender.
- Remove two cups of the soup and blend until creamy.
- Add it back into the stockpot.
- Add the cream and stir. Garnish with reserved corn and cilantro.
The hardest of this soup? Eating only one bowl, it's that good!
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Chipotle pepper. Don't worry, it's just one. It adds warmth and body to the chowder without adding overbearing heat. You can also use red pepper flakes.
Many chowders are thickened by flour, cornstarch or other thickeners. This chowder is thickened by simply blending a portion of the soup.
Yes, you can use frozen corn. You'll need about four cups, thawed.
- No fresh corn on the cob? Use frozen sweet corn instead. You'll need about four cups.
- Add a drizzle of truffle oil to the finished soup.
- Use almond milk, cashew cream, or coconut milk instead of the heavy cream if you'd prefer. Sour cream would make it tangy and give it a great creamy texture.
Refrigerate - Allow to cool completely and place leftovers in an airtight container. Refrigerate 3-4 days.
Freezer - I do not recommend freezing this recipe. The potatoes get mushy and it's just not as tasty. It's best enjoyed fresh.
Reheat - You can reheat the corn chowder on the stovetop or in the microwave, either will work!
There are so many delicious meals to be made with corn like Turkey Corn Chowder and Instant Pot Corn on the Cob.
This Vegetarian Corn Chowder is thick and hearty. Chowders are rich and creamy and often contain potatoes and onions. For more delicious bites about Homemade Soup - click here for my Complete Soup Guide.
- Serve these amazing Cuban Sliders with a bowl of soup, what a great combination!
- A great loaf of crusty bread, yum!
- Keep it light with this yummy chopped salad recipe.
- Cheesy Pizza Hut Breadsticks make the perfect side and a great little dip into the soup!
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Vegetarian Corn Chowder
- 4 ears of corn shucked, silk removed and sliced off the cob
- 1 yellow onion peeled and diced
- 2 cups russet potatoes peeled and diced (about 2 medium potatoes)
- 1 carrot diced
- 1 stalk of celery diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon pepper
- 1 chipotle pepper diced, or substitute with ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon yellow curry powder
- ½ teaspoon coriander
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoon cilantro minced (optional)
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- Shuck the corn and remove silk. Carefully slice the kernels off the cob. Reserving about ½ cup of the kernels and set them aside.
- Peel and dice the onion, carrot and potatoes. Be sure to cut the potatoes in a small dice, about ½" x ½". Mince the chipotle pepper.
- Heat a stock pot over medium heat, add the olive oil and onions, corn, celery and potatoes. Season with all of the spices; salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, curry powder, coriander, turmeric and chipotle. Sauté for 5 minutes until the onions just begin to soften, stirring occasionally.
- Add garlic and sauté until the garlic becomes fragrant (about 30 seconds).
- Add the vegetable stock. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Boil about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are very tender.
- When the potatoes are tender, remove about ⅓ of the soup and add to a blender. Blend until creamy and pour back into the stock pot.
- Add the cream and stir together well.
- Garnish with reserved corn and minced cilantro.
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You're going to love this chowder!, it's bright, crunchy and filling and one of our favorite summertime soups! Our local corn grown thru the AG department at Fresno State is world
But don't be sad, if you're not nearby, stop by a local farmers market or stand. Sweet corn is readily available now that the end of summer is near and I know there's some great corn with your name on it!
I've developed a severe allergy to corn, well not the corn itself but the husk. Anyone else have that issue?
Now don't get me wrong, it really hasn't changed much except that I bring piles of corn home and my wonderful husband is nice enough to husk it for me. As long as I don't touch the husk I'm fine.
First published August 18, 2018 - last updated May 18th, 2022.
Like all of your soups, this one is definitely a winner. Recipes like this one are perfect for that delicious summer corn too. Thank you for another delicious recipe!
Today is a little cooler and a comforting bowl of corn chowder is just what I need! I love how you give tips to thicken this soup too, it is really helpful!
What a great recipe! I LOVE corn and this chowder is just what I need to make a wholesome meal out of it! 🙂
I love corn chowder. I never have ever thought to add curry to mine, or coriander for that matter. Sounds like a great switch up from a typical chowder. I have to mention too, when I was pregnant, I made a big huge pot of corn chowder and as I went to move it to the table, I dropped the entire pot of it on my floor. I sat and cried (obviously from all those hormones). Anyway, seeing your chowder just brought me a laugh thinking back to that!
Bowl Me Over
Eeek! I bet it brought you a laugh and nightmares you poor thing! I've dumped stuff before and what a pain to clean it up. Thanks for sharing a memory!
I can't wait for our corn from our garden to be ready so I can try this!
Bowl Me Over
So yummy, I hope you do give it a try Gaye!
I love a good corn chowder. Potatoes are the best way to thicken a soup. I have seen lots of chefs on TV use that instead of cream to keep it lighter but give you that chowder feel.
Bowl Me Over
I agree Peter - I like make creamless "creamy" soup using Yukon gold potatoes, I think they really give a nice creamy texture!
I love the sound of this chowder. Its easy, hearty and certainly delicious!! Looking forward to trying this recipe.
Bowl Me Over
Please let me know what you think Angela, we just love this soup!
Patty Haxton Anderson
Last year I made a summer vegetable chowder and I loved it. I know I would like just the corn chowder as you have made. It sounds and looks ever so delicious. I love soups in the summer - all year long. We are getting Georgia corn here and my husband planted corn so we have our fingers crossed for a lot of it. Soups on the list if we do.
Bowl Me Over
I bet your homegrown corn will just be delicious Patty, enjoy!!!
This looks like a delicious summer meal, awesome!
Bowl Me Over
Thank you Florian!
I lived in NJ and spent summers in Maine. It was always hard not being about to sample their "corn chowdah", so, I would make my own. Your recipe is very creative and you have made it look very easy to make.
Bowl Me Over
I got a giggle when I "heard" you pronounce Chowdah, just made me smile! Thanks for the compliment on the recipe, I hope you give it a try!