Sopa de Elote (Corn Chowder)

Sopa de Elote (Corn Chowder)

This soup, like many other corn dishes, is simple and flavorful!

Of course, fresh is always better and when corn is in season, you can’t beat the taste. The secret in adding richer flavor involves scraping the cob to remove extra pulp and juices. Frozen will do as will canned as the mushier kernels contribute to a smoother soup. A portion of the kernels is pureed to add thickness, then it’s topped off with cream in the final heating process. A perfect side dish with any meal and a nice lunch serving when you have chips and celery sticks to add.

This is a very basic recipe that’s known in parts of the U.S. as corn chowder. You can add sauteed red bell peppers, jalapenos, tomatillos and a host of other ingredients that will build on the flavors. But in its simplest form, it’s sure to pair with any type of main course you have planned.

Yields 4 side servings

2 ears corn or 1¾ cups kernels
½ medium onion, diced
1 roma tomato, chopped
2¾ cups chicken broth
½ teaspoon oregano
1 clove garlic, smashed
salt and pepper to taste
¾ cup half-and-half
thin slices red bell pepper for garnish (optional)


1. Scrape ears and use a spoon to remove as much pulp as possible. Puree 1 cup of the corn in a food processor. Reserve the remainder to add directly in soup pot.
2. Saute onion and garlic in a large saucepan or soup pot with two tablespoons oil.
3. Add chopped tomatoes and stir continuously. Do not let them brown.
4. Stir in broth, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper.
5. Add pureed corn and reserved kernels.
6. Bring to a boil and then lower heat; simmer for about 40 minutes.
7. Add half-and half (or heavy cream) and let it heat thoroughly on low.

Serve chips and celery sticks on the side or pair with your favorite beef, pork or poultry entree. This soup re-heats nicely and can also be made ahead. If you make it a day ahead, wait until it has warmed and add the half-and-half.

For the broth, you can use packaged broth. Low-sodium broth is fine too.


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