Southwestern Chicken & Corn Chowder

Southwestern Chicken & Corn Chowder

I’ve been thinking a lot about freezer meals. Over the past few years, I’ve developed a morning routine that I really love. I get up before the sun rises, work out and cook lunch or dinner. I guess that makes me a morning person. But I have a long commute and my job keeps late hours, so there’s no way I’ll be up for making dinner after 8 at night. My little routine has worked out really well for us so far.

All that is about to change. I know there’s no way I’ll be able to cook in the mornings before work with a newborn. So, it’s going to be all about weekend cooking and freezer meals. Or salads, sandwiches, omelets and other super-quick dinners. Luckily, I love leftovers and think that some foods benefit from some time in the freezer. Especially soups.

The trick to making freezer meals is making sure it’s a well-rounded one. Sure, braised meat freezes well, but then I have to think of a side dish and I want something easier. Thick hearty stews and chowder fit the bill and this one is especially tasty.

Southwestern Chicken & Corn Chowder

For the chowder, I browned some onions, potatoes, Mexican chorizo and chicken with dried guajillo chile peppers. I added some fire-roasted tomatoes, corn and chicken stock and let the whole thing simmer until the potatoes were tender and the chicken was falling apart. Stir in a little lime zest and some cream and that’s it. The chowder is richly flavored – spicy, smoky and creamy. The lime zest and cilantro add a brightness that I think every freezer meal needs. A wonderful thing when you’re starving and your fridge is bare of anything but condiments and juice.

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12 Comments

  1. Ooh, great, my good friend is due to have a baby any minute, and I was wondering what kind of dishes would be good to bring her.

  2. Perfect timing ! Fall is in the air, cold winter nights are coming soon and I love to make soup !
    Thanks..
    ( you know, a long time ago I was browsing through Tastespotting and found a recipe of yours and loved it. I have forgotten the recipe but never forgot your name ( Bitchin Camaro) .. now here I am, a blogger and here you are.. on my list of favorite bloggers :)
    Funny little world, no ? ~

  3. This looks amazing. Ironically, I will be making this as part of a freezer-emptying frenzy before my upcoming move. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. I love your blog and have passed it on to many. It’s earthiness is refreshing! Hope your baby doesn’t turn out to be totally opposed to spicy foods and wanting only oatmeal and plain toast!!

  5. I’m definitely going to try this one! My picky hubby will love this! All the flavors are just his thing.

  6. We had this last night and it was awesome. Definitely going into the favorites list. Thanks!

  7. Just stumbled across your blog yesterday, while researching roast baby artichokes. Love the looks of this site and what I have read about your take on food. Can’t wait to see more!

  8. How inspiring to find a foodie with an informative, interesting and fun site that’s not promoting anything but the love of food. Beautiful.
    Cheers.

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  10. What would you change to make this in a slow cooker?

  11. Lovely combo of flavors and textures! We will be enjoying this one in the next few days. Thank you!

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