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Hearty Quinoa & Corn Chowder

My grandmother lived in the Appalachian Mountains and always served straight-from-the-garden corn and beans. I updated her dish with quinoa and herbs. — Kari Napier, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + standing Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    14 servings (3/4 cup each)


  • 3 medium sweet red peppers
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 6 medium ears sweet corn, kernels removed (about 4 cups) or 2 packages (10 ounces) frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Broil peppers 4 in. from the heat until skins blister, about 5 minutes. With tongs, rotate peppers a quarter turn. Broil and rotate until all sides are blistered and blackened. Immediately place peppers in a large bowl; cover and let stand for 20 minutes.
  • Peel off and discard charred skin. Remove stems and seeds. Finely chop peppers.
  • Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook and stir quinoa over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes or until lightly toasted; remove from the pan.
  • In the same pan, heat butter and oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually whisk in stock and cream.
  • Add the corn, beans, roasted peppers and quinoa; bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until quinoa is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 264 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 485mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Recles
    Sep 27, 2020

    So super good. My daughter ate two bowl fulls right away. Look forward to having this more in the winter time.

  • LynnRoseT
    Jan 28, 2018

    Oh my gosh! It’s delicious! Definitely a keeper!

  • peacharmadillo
    Sep 29, 2016

    I love this recipe and so has everyone I have served it to. We often add diced ham and I nearly always double or triple the recipe. We have even reheated it from frozen and found it tasty. I substitute oregano for the thyme and normally have to use chicken broth in place of the vegetable. Still very good.

  • LegalSec
    Sep 23, 2013

    Great! I only used 1/2 c. of quinoa, I sauteed fresh red peppers along with the onion, garlic and I added 2 chopped carrots to the mix. I only used one tablespoon of grapeseed oil, no butter. I only used 1/4 c. flour, 2 ears of corn, a 12-oz can of fat free evaporated milk and I doubled the beans. I did not change the recipe ingredients, just lessen a few. The seasonings were right on point, just delicious. The soup was still very thick with the reduction of flour. I just love this one!

  • spoiledbasher
    May 29, 2013

    No comment left

  • crclk14
    Feb 18, 2013

    Although very creamy, it was lacking in flavor. My kids, however, loved it.

  • mclaura67
    Feb 15, 2013

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  • Tedo358
    Oct 29, 2012

    <p>A delicious, hearty chowder. I did have to add some more broth as it got a bit thick. Also added about 2 Tbsp of Cholula. Delicious!!  Next time I will add some green chile!  5 stars with the added spice!!

  • Mindist
    Oct 22, 2012

    I used jarred roasted red pepper for convenience, and low-fat evaporated milk instead of cream. It was hearty and delicious. I will definitely make it again, but will increase the seasonings a bit and perhaps add some chopped cooked chicken and serve as a main course.

  • sunbean72
    Oct 21, 2012

    This hearty vegetarian chowder was a hit with my family. The protein content helped me feel better about using all that cream!