Green Chile Chowder

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Green Chile Chowder – Thick and creamy chowder with a spicy green chile kick! The lime, cilantro, and two kinds of peppers gave it the most amazing flavor!

Green Chile Chowder - Creme de la Crumb

So we are on day three of our upstairs remodel project. Our leather couch is freezing out on the back patio, the fireplace is half-way painted, and we have no floor, but we are getting there. I’m just glad we’ve managed to stay on schedule so far. First day prep work, including furniture moving, wall sanding, carpet removal, and a nasty subfloor demolition. We found a second layer of repulsive linoleum under that subfloor. (Want to see a picture of it?? Follow me on instagram! It had to be shared.)

Green Chile Chowder - Creme de la Crumb

Day two was painting day, a living room, kitchen, hallway, and two-story tall entryway. It’s really a miracle that we got all of that painting done seeing as how I hadn’t even chosen colors when we started the demolition on day one. Four trips to Lowes later we came full circle and decided to carry the main color in the basement into the upstairs. Sounds boring I know, but it looked the best of anything we tried. Don’t worry, we aren’t completely dull, we did a large accent wall. I won’t tell you the color however, you’ll have to wait for the big reveal to see that!

Green Chile Chowder - Creme de la Crumb

When my kitchen is safe to walk in again and not covered with an inch of dust and scattered with construction hardware, I’m making another batch of this Green Chile Chowder! It was SO delicious. No wait, scrumptious? Delectable?? I don’t know, it was just amazing! So creamy, but not too thick, and the lime, cilantro, and two kinds of peppers gave it the most wonderful flavor! It’s just a little kick, enough to make you love it but not burn your tongue off. We went crazy for this soup! And it was so easy. Don’t be intimidated by the pepper broiling and peeling, it is so much easier than it sounds and I promise it only takes about 10 minutes. But even if it took an hour, it would be entirely worth it for this soup!

Green Chile Chowder - Creme de la Crumb

Green Chile Chowder - Creme de la Crumb

Green Chile Chowder

Thick and creamy chowder with a spicy green chile kick!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 poblanos
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 white or yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth for a vegetarian version)
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and chopped into half-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups half and half (I used fat free)
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch


  • Set the broiler to high. Place jalapeno and poblanos on a piece of tinfoil and place under broiler about 3-5 minutes until tops of peppers begin to blacken. Turn over and broil another 3-5 minutes until that side starts to blacken. 
  • Carefully remove peppers run under very cold water for about 30 seconds-1 minute until peppers are cool enough to handle. Carefully peel off any of the skin that has separated from the pepper and is peeling or "bubbled". Some of the skin can remain on. Slice the peppers in half, remove seeds and stem, and dice peppers.
  • In a large soup pot over medium high heat melt butter. Add onion and saute in the melted butter 1-3 minutes until onions are translucent. Stir in garlic and cook another minute until fragrant. 
  • Add vegetable broth (or chicken broth) and potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook about 10 minutes. Add peppers and simmer about 5-10 minutes longer until potatoes are tender and easily pierced with a fork. Stir in cumin, slat, paprika, black pepper, and chili powder. Add lime juice and cilantro and bring to a boil. 
  • Whisk together half and half and corn starch until corn starch is dissolved. Add half and half mixture to the pot and stir until soup thickens slightly. Serve hot with additional lime wedges and cilantro if desired. Store in airtight container in fridge.


Recipe adapted from Homesick Texan.
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Ohmahgaaash, this looks amazing! Pretty much anything with lime and cilantro floats my boat, but add in potatoes? NOM.

But am I cuckoo? I don’t think I see when to add the peppers in; do they get boiled with the potatoes, sauteed with the onions – maybe added at the end? Or am I just blind? šŸ™‚

I’m trying this whether I have to science-experiment it or not – but ‘sperienced guidance would be better. Thanks for the recipe!

    Ha! I was so excited to post this recipe I completely forgot that crucial little detail. šŸ™‚ Excuse my air-headedness please, my house is in shambles and obviously I’m a little bit crazy at the moment haha! I’ve fixed the directions, the peppers are added about 10 minutes after the potatoes. I wait to add them so they don’t get too soggy. This soup is soooo yummy I hope you love it Lisa!!

      Yay, pro tip!!

      This will be IN MY FACE tomorrow, guaranteed.

      Thank you!

This chowder looks unique and delish! I don’t mean to be picky but if you adapted it from the Homesick Texan (one of my favorite food bloggers and cookbook authors), don’t you think it’s a little bit misleading to put your own name in the Author spot? I know you give credit and a link back at the end of the recipe, which is polite, but that doesn’t mean you are the author. It just seems like maybe in the Author place you should put “adapted from.” Don’t want to be rude, it’s just that Homesick Texan is actually the author and you republished with adaptations. Just a thought!

    Hi Jodi! This soup is one of my all time favorites! I appreciate the thoughts on “Authorship” for recipes, thanks for your input. There are guidelines for adapted recipes and when the guidelines have been met, you are allowed to claim the recipe as your own. I actually don’t have to give the original recipe author any credit at all at that point, it is just a polite thing to do and a courteous practice that many bloggers like myself use on a regular basis. I appreciated the Homesick Texans original recipe, it inspired the delicious soup we enjoyed so much! Because certain adaptation requirements were met, this recipe is in fact my own, that is why the “Author” is myself. Thanks again for your input, it’s so great to have readers who look out for us Bloggers!

This soup sounds amazing…however the title is misleading. Poblanos and jalapenos aren’t “green chile” Hatch green chile is green chile. Disappointed the recipe doesn’t actually call for them.

    I’m with Kellie…there isn’t any green chile in this.

This looks delicious! It has all of my favorite things all wrapped up into one soup! Would it freeze well? I am guessing no, but maybe someone out there will prove me wrong?

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