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South-of-the-Border Chowder

From Davis, IL, Tonya Burkhard sends this filling soup that comes together in no time. Loaded with potatoes, the combination of sweet corn and pearl onions, smoky bacon and lots of spice has a scrumptious Southwestern flavor.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen cubed hash brown potatoes
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
  • 1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn, drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 cup pearl onions
  • Sour cream and minced fresh cilantro, optional


  • In a Dutch oven, saute onion and bacon until onion is tender and bacon is crisp. Stir in the flour, cumin, chili powder and garlic powder. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened.
  • Stir in the hash browns, broth, cream corn, Mexicorn, chilies and pearl onions. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with sour cream and cilantro if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 197 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 756mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • valanddansmith
    Feb 18, 2014

    This is wonderful but I think it would have been just "okay" without the toppings - the toppings are what really put it over the top for me! We used shredded colby jack and chopped green onions in addition to the sour cream. Didn't have any pearl onions or cilantro but I bet the cilantro would have been a good addition. Also since one of my daughters is a vegetarian I used vegetable broth and served the bacon as a topping. To finish it off, try a drizzle of Sriracha. It can be hard to find a good potato soup recipe but this one is definitely a keeper for me!

  • katlaydee3
    Feb 3, 2011

    This was a good recipe. I served in with the Guacamole Chicken Wraps in the same issue. I made a few changes: used regular corn instead of creamed since I don't like it. I also cooked the bacon first, removed it to paper towel and cooked the onions in the bacon grease. I used the cooked bacon as a garnish, along with cilantro, sour cream and crushed tortilla chips. Next time I will eliminate the pearl onions as I did not like them in this particular recipe.

  • dhealy
    Dec 26, 2009

    Every time I make this recipe, my family loves it! The sour cream, cilantro and crushed taco chips makes for great toppings. I exclude the pearl onions...just our taste.

  • chris_giles18
    May 7, 2009

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