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Spicy Sausage Corn Chowder With Diced Potato

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Dinner just got a whole lot tastier with this spicy sausage corn chowder recipe! If you are craving a comfort food meal, this spicy corn chowder will hit the spot on cold winter nights. It features spicy Italian sausage, corn, diced potatoes, and more.

Spoon in a white cooking pot of Sausage Corn Chowder.

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You will use simple ingredients to make this creamy corn chowder recipe, which is why I love it so much. My whole family gobbles this up, and it reheats well.

Green chili chowder is another chowder you have to try. You can also whip up this broccoli cheese soup for a cheesy twist on dinner.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe…

  • This sausage chowder recipe is ultra thick, creamy, and super savory.
  • You will find this chowder gets a kick of spice, but you can tame it with a mild sausage.
  • A total comfort food dinner idea for you to try out this week. It is sure to become a new favorite.
  • A great hearty soup for serving a crowd!

Ingredients For Sausage Corn Chowder

Ingredients for sausage corn chowder sitting on a wooden table.
  • Oil – Choose extra virgin olive oil for its robust flavor and health benefits, which contribute a subtle depth to the chowder’s base.
  • Garlic – Minced garlic infuses the dish with its pungent, earthy taste, acting as the aromatic foundation that sautéed dishes demand.
  • Onion – A diced yellow onion imparts a sweet yet sharp essence that mellows out as it cooks, becoming the backbone of the chowder’s flavor profile.
  • Potatoes – The peeled and diced potatoes provide a hearty texture and act as little sponges, soaking up all the rich flavors while adding a comforting thickness to this hearty chowder.
  • Stock – The chicken stock (chicken broth)is essential for creating a flavorful liquid base, offering a subtle complexity that water alone cannot achieve.
  • Sausage – Spicy Italian sausage is the star that brings a bold and zesty punch to the dish, delivering a welcome heat that can be adjusted to taste.
  • Corn – Fresh corn kernels sliced off the cob add a sweet pop of freshness and a delightful crunch, contrasting wonderfully with the creamy elements.
  • Cream – Heavy cream transforms the chowder into a luxuriously rich and velvety soup, binding all the flavors together with its smooth texture.
  • Thyme – Optional but recommended, thyme provides a light aromatic note that complements the spicy and savory components of this creamy chowder beautifully.

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

Substitutions and Variations

  • Sausage: Swap out the spicy Italian pork sausage for a milder version, or even chicken sausage or turkey sausage for a lighter option.
  • Dairy-Free: Use coconut milk or almond milk instead of heavy cream, and opt for vegan butter to saute the vegetables.
  • Gluten-Free: Ensure that the sausage and chicken stock are gluten-free, or make your own stock at home.
  • Vegetarian: Omit the sausage and use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. Add extra potatoes or a can of white beans for additional protein.
  • Sweet Corn: If it’s off-season, frozen or canned whole kernel corn can be used in place of fresh.
  • Herbs: If thyme isn’t your herb of choice, rosemary or sage can make excellent alternatives.

How To Make Sausage Corn Chowder

Collage of creating spicy sausage corn chowder.
  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan or large pot. Add onion and garlic and sauté until translucent. (Photo 1)
  2. Add broth, potatoes, and thyme sprigs. Boil, then simmer for 10-15 minutes until potatoes are tender when poked with a fork. (Photo 2)
  3. Cook the sausage in a skillet until browned, breaking it up into smaller pieces as you do; drain fat. (Photo 3)
Collage of mixing ingredients for spicy sausage corn chowder.
  1. Put cooked sausage, corn, and cream into a large Dutch oven. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove thyme to serve. (Photos 4, 5 & 6)
Sausage Corn Chowder topped with Sausage and thyme in a white cooking pot on a wooden board.

Expert Tips 

  • Consider adding other proteins to elevate the flavor, shrimp, diced chicken, etc.
  • Use fresh corn cut off the cob or frozen or drained corn.
  • The more you add in terms of vegetables, adds extra flavor. Have fun trying different flavors.
  • The longer you let your chowder simmer, the richer the flavor.
  • Enhance the recipe with herbs and spices –  for example, adding smoked paprika can add depth to the flavor profile.

Storing Tips 

  • Refrigerator: Store your leftover sausage corn chowder in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. This creamy soup reheats really well, so make sure to reheat the leftovers.
  • Freezing: Now, you can freeze leftovers, but they may separate a bit and change texture slightly. They can be frozen for 2-3 months to be used on a chilly day.
  • Reheating: To reheat, warm it in the microwave or in a skillet on the stove until it is warmed through.

What To Serve With Sausage Corn Chowder

Spicy sausage corn chowder is an all-in-one meal, but you have options. You can serve it with crusty garlic breadpanera fuji apple salad, and our club sandwich.

A spoonful of sausage Corn Chowder.

Recipe FAQs

How can I adjust the spiciness level of the chowder?

To milden the soup, don’t use a hot Italian sausage. Instead, reach for a plain sausage or a mild sausage.

Can I make this recipe vegetarian or vegan?

You can skip the sausage and use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. Then, cook the chowder as it should be.

How do I thicken my chowder if it’s too runny?

If your chowder is thinner than you desire, you can thicken it by mixing a tablespoon of cornstarch with an equal amount of cold water and stirring the mixture into the chowder. Let it simmer for a few more minutes until it reaches the desired consistency.

Can I use half-and-half instead of heavy cream?

Yes, you can substitute heavy cream
 with half-and-half for a lighter version of the chowder. The chowder will be less rich but still creamy.

How do I know when the chowder is ready to serve?

The chowder is ready to serve when you have tender potatoes
, the sausage is fully cooked, and the chowder has reached a creamy consistency. Make sure to do a final taste test to see if it needs any additional seasoning.

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4.77 from 13 votes

Spicy Sausage Corn Chowder With Diced Potato


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Main Dishes, Soups & Chowder
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
This spicy sausage corn chowder recipe is a perfect combination of hearty and spicy flavors. Made with Italian sausage, fresh corn, potatoes, and more. This chowder is sure to warm you up on a cold night.

Ingredients 

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • ¾ cup (120 g) diced yellow onion
  • 4 cup (946 ⅓ ml) peeled diced potato
  • 4 c. chicken stock
  • 1 lb (453 ⅗ g) spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 ½ cups (231 g) corn cut from cobs or canned (drained)
  • 1 cup (236 ⅗ ml) heavy cream
  • 3-5 sprigs of thyme more for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan or large pot. Add onion and garlic and sauté until translucent.
    1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil,2 cloves of garlic,¾ cup diced yellow onion
  • Add broth, potatoes, and thyme sprigs. Boil, then simmer for 10-15 minutes until potatoes are tender when poked with a fork.
    4 cup peeled,4 c. chicken stock,3-5 sprigs of thyme
  • Cook the sausage in a skillet until browned, breaking it up into smaller pieces as you do; drain fat.
    1 lb spicy Italian sausage
  • Put cooked sausage, corn, and cream into a large dutch oven. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove thyme to serve.
    1 ½ cups corn,1 cup heavy cream

Notes

  • Consider adding other proteins to elevate the flavor, shrimp, diced chicken, etc.
  • Use fresh corn cut off the cob or frozen or drained corn.
  • The more you add in terms of vegetables, adds extra flavor. Have fun trying different flavors.
  • The longer you let your chowder simmer, the richer the flavor.
  • Enhance the recipe with herbs and spices –  for example, adding smoked paprika can add depth to the flavor profile.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 990kcal (50%) Carbohydrates: 16g (5%) Protein: 17g (34%) Fat: 97g (149%) Saturated Fat: 23g (144%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 20g Monounsaturated Fat: 49g Trans Fat: 0.2g Cholesterol: 107mg (36%) Sodium: 1019mg (44%) Potassium: 729mg (21%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 8g (9%) Vitamin A: 799IU (16%) Vitamin C: 19mg (23%) Vitamin D: 1µg (7%) Calcium: 101mg (10%) Iron: 3mg (17%)

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This corn chowder was super easy to make, so comforting and totally delicious! Perfect for an easy dinner!

  2. 5 stars
    Corn is one of my favorite summertime vegetables, so I love finding new ways to prepare it. This recipe is amazing! The addition of the spicy sausage gives it a nice heat and meaty flavor.

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe looks really yummy!!! will make this really soon, to try this for the first time the chowder with meat, I only have try the clam chowder. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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