Friday, March 15, 2013

Quick Tex-Mex Corn Bacon Chowder

Last week we had a snow day.

I love snow. The only thing I love more than snow is everything bursting into life in the spring--all those flowers that were somewhere down in the ground suddenly showing up! The only thing I love more than spring is summer when everything is green, green, green and the goldfinches and bluebirds come eat out of my feeders. The only thing I love more than green trees in summer is orange and red and yellow trees in autumn. Wow! A sunny day in autumn when the colors are at their peek on the ridges above the river has to be the best. Unless it's snow--giant flakes falling down thickly outside my window while my fireplace keeps me cozy.

The best thing to bring to the table on a snow day is soup. I just knew when I saw a recipe for corn chowder I was going to love it--except...except I thought I'd add black beans...and some chili powder...and salsa, because I just can't leave a recipe alone.

And it turned out great!

Tex-Mex Corn Bacon Chowder
Printable Recipe Here

2 slices bacon
3 cups chopped celery, onion, and sweet pepper mix (you can buy it already chopped, but I use what I have on hand.)
2 15 oz. cans cream style corn
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups 1% milk (you can use 2% or whole, but it has more calories)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 to 1 tsp chili powder (depending on how spicy you like it)
1/4 - 1/2 cup salsa (mild, medium, or hot--to taste)
1/2 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese

In a non-stick large wok or medium pot cook bacon until crisp. Pat with paper towels and crumble; set aside. Drain off excess fat without scraping pot. 

In remaining drippings saute peppers, onions, and celery over medium heat about 7 or 8 minutes until tender and edges begin to brown. Add corn, drained beans, milk, salt, pepper, chili powder, and salsa. Stir together and heat through.

Serve in bowls. Top with tablespoon of shredded cheese and some crumbled bacon.

I had bread bowls from the day-old shelf and it was wonderful in those. 

For a printable version of this recipe click here.

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  1. Yummy. Thanks for sharing. Nice blog.

  2. Looks delicious. I'm going to give it a try - we have more snow coming this week. :)

    1. We're having snow here today--March 18! It's beautiful!

  3. I love chowder and I love everything you have put it this one -- have marked it for later and sent it to my daughter, too. She loves soup and she LOVES bacon! Just stopping by from the Say it Saturday Linky Party. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Mmmm! Looks delicious! I love the idea of serving it in a bread bowl!

    1. I put the bread bowl in our toaster oven for about 5 minutes and the outside was crispy and the inside warm and fresh feeling, even though it was day-old! Delish!

  5. Wow, this looks really yummy! I especially love that you served it in a bread bowl. How fun! BTW, I love it when spring bursts forth and the trees green up and the flowers pop out too! :)

    Thanks for linking up to "Making Your Home Sing Monday" today!

    1. My favorite soup in a bread bowl is clam chowder on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco!

  6. My husband loves soup. I'm eager to try this--just have to pick up the creamed corn.

    1. If you don't have creamed corn some time, you can use regular corn (frozen or canned). There are 3 ways to get the creamy texture:
      1. make a white sauce to add
      2. boil a peeled cut up potato and blend it with the with the cooking water and add to soup
      3. add a jar of alfredo sauce

      The first two are more work and the third probably has more calories. Just some ideas!

  7. Stopping in from The Grand Social. This looks delicious. I'm pinning it to my soups and stews board on Pinterest. I will definitely be making it soon.

  8. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop, you have a wonderful blog! You can find me at

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  9. Shared on Facebook. So yummy looking! Thank you for posting this in the GRAND Social!

  10. This looks absolutely amazing. My mouth is literally watering.... :) I pinned it!

  11. Oh my gosh this looks so delicious! Definitely pinning

  12. You were featured at Freedom Fridays so I just posted this on Facebook and pinned it:))))
    Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop and hope your weekend is just lovely!!



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