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Green Chile Corn Chowder

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Do you have a love for green chile? If so, this green chile corn chowder is a total comfort food recipe. Loaded with fresh corn, green chiles, shrimp or chicken, and more. This is a great green chile recipe to use when fresh green chiles are available at the store or farmer’s market.

Now you can make this a vegan corn chowder recipe by leaving out the meat and swapping chicken stock with a vegetable broth or vegetable stock. Also, make sure to check out this Southwestern chicken soup, broccoli cheese soup, or even this Tuscan potato soup.

White bowl of Green Chile Corn Chowder.

This Green Chilies Chowder Is…

  • Made with Chicken Breast or Shrimp
  • Use Hot or Mild Green Chiles
  • Whole Family Will Enjoy
  • Favorite Hatch Green Chiles Recipe
  • Fresh Corn kernels
  • Easy to Make

Ingredients Needed

Here is what you will need for this fresh green chiles and creamy corn chowder recipe. Pair with some crusty bread for dipping if you want.

Corn, hatch chiles, queso fresco, lime juice, and other ingredients on a marble counter.
  • Shrimp or Chicken – Either protein works for this recipe. Feel free to use the meat you would like.
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cilantro – If you are not a fan of cilantro, you can leave it out of the soup.
  • Lime Juice – Fresh Lime Juice is needed for this marinade. It will help tenderize meat quite a bit.
  • Garlic – Minced or fresh garlic from a jar works for this soup.
  • Hatch Chiles – You will want to use chopped hatch chiles for this recipe. If you have fresh, that is great; if not, you can use frozen.
  • Broth – I used chicken broth, but to make this vegan remove meat from the recipe and use a vegetable broth.
  • Corn – Fresh ears of corn in this will enhance the flavor of this chowder if you can’t go right ahead and use frozen corn.
  • Queso Fresco – This is optional, but the garnish adds a tangy and cheesy twist.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

How to Make Green Chile Corn Chowder

  1. Step One: Start by marinating your protein in the mixture for an hour.
  2. Step Two: Next, you will grab a large pot, heat over medium heat, and cook onions and chiles in oil. Cook until the vegetables are softened.
  3. Step Three: Pour your broth in and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Step Four: Next use an immersion blender to puree the mixture until smooth.
  5. Step Five: Then add in the cilantro and corn. Then pan sear the chicken or shrimp in butter.
  6. Step Six: Add in the cooked meat and then stir to combine. Ladle up and top with cilantro and cheese.
Collage of preparing to make green chile corn chowder.
Collage of making green chile corn chowder.

Helpful Tips and Variations 

  • At the very end, stir in some heavy cream to add a richer flavor to the creamy chowder.
  • Dice up some red bell pepper to stir in with the onions and minced cloves garlic.
  • Sweet corn is preferred for this.
  • You could swap the hatch chiles with poblano chiles if you can’t get your hands on fresh ones.
  • Toss in a bay leaf as it cooks. Just remove before you puree.
  • Toss in 1-2 small diced potatoes to the soup.
  • Stir in 4 ounces cream cheese at the end of cooking for a creamier consistency.
  • Pair with bread or even tortilla chips for dipping in the soup.

Storing Leftovers

You can store any leftover soup you do not eat right away in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the fridge. Then reheat warm on the stovetop or even in the microwave.

I find that the soup breaks down a bit too much once it thaws from being frozen. If you don’t mind the texture change, you can then freeze for 1-2 months in a freezer friendly container.

Recipe FAQs

What is so special about Hatch chiles?

Hatch chiles offer a smokey and rich pepper flavor that stands out from the rest. You will find that these peppers have a very harsh flavor raw, so most recipes will cook or roast the peppers.

Are Hatch chiles spicy?

You will find the heat levels can vary between each pepper. Typically they are milder pepper, but you will find at times you get a spicy pepper.

White bowl full of green chile corn chowder.

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Reader’s Are Saying

“I made this chowder for dinner last night, and it was just what I needed to warm me up! Super flavorful and easy to make”! – Tayler

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White bowl of Green Chile Corn Chowder.
5 from 10 votes

Green Chile Corn Chowder

Author: Kim Schob
Course: Soups & Chowder
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Marinate 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Green Chile Corn Chowder is a hearty and creamy chowder loaded with green chiles, fresh corn, queso fresco, shrimp or chicken and more.



  • 1 lb (453 ⅗ g) shrimp or chicken
  • ¼ cup (54 g) olive oil
  • ½ cup (8 g) cilantro chopped
  • ¼ cup (60 ½ g) lime juice

Soup Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon dry cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried onions
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cups (300 g) hatch chiles chopped
  • 32 oz (907 ⅕ g) chicken broth
  • ¾ cup (177 3/7 g) ½ and ½
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 ears fresh corn kernels removed
  • ¼ cup (4 g) cilantro chopped
  • ½ cup (61 g) queso fresco for garnish


  • Mix together marinade ingredients and pour over chicken or shrimp – let marinate for about 1 hour
  • In a pot over medium heat cook onion and chiles in olive oil until soft then stir in garlic
  • Pour in broth and simmer covered for 30 minutes
  • Season with salt & pepper
  • Use an immersion blender to puree until smooth
  • Add in the half & half then stir in cilantro and corn
  • Pan sear the marinated shrimp or chicken in butter
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and top with shrimp, queso fresco, and more cilantro
  • Serve and devour!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 1277kcal (64%) Carbohydrates: 80g (27%) Protein: 24g (48%) Fat: 101g (155%) Saturated Fat: 20g (125%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g Monounsaturated Fat: 65g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 60mg (20%) Sodium: 5440mg (237%) Potassium: 975mg (28%) Fiber: 20g (83%) Sugar: 34g (38%) Vitamin A: 1804IU (36%) Vitamin C: 104mg (126%) Vitamin D: 2µg (13%) Calcium: 438mg (44%) Iron: 3mg (17%)

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  1. 5 stars
    This looks so spicy, flavorful and delicious!! Can’t wait to make it for dinner tonight – it’ll be perfect for my family!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is so good. The green chiles really add a lovely flavor and kick of heat to the classic flavor of the corn chowder.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this chowder for dinner last night and it was just what I needed to warm me up! Super flavorful and easy to make!

  4. 5 stars
    Oooh, such a wonderful use for fresh green chiles! This chowder looks absolutely amazing and so so comforting.

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