Potato, Corn, and Green Chile Soup

Potato, Corn, and Green Chile Soup

This flavorful soup of potatoes, corn, and green chiles is a nondairy version of a contemporary classic from the American Southwest. It’s filling, so it can serve as a centerpiece of a meal, served with a salad or salad-y wraps. Try this with Cool Refried Bean Wraps for a nice meal. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Potato, Corn, and Green Chile Soup
Recipe type: Vegan soup
Cuisine: Southwestern / Vegan / Healthy
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Serves: 6
This flavorful soup of potatoes, corn, and green chiles is a nondairy version of a contemporary classic from the American Southwest.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 5 medium potatoes, scrubbed and diced (leave peels on if they're nice and clean and potatoes are organic; otherwise peel)
  • 32-ounce carton low-sodium vegetable broth plus 2 cups water, or 4 cups water with 2 vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 1 cup chopped fresh ripe tomatoes (substitute canned if good tomatoes are unavailable)
  • 1 to 1½ cups fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels
  • 1 to 2 fresh jalapeños, or 1 to 2 mild poblano chiles, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, or more, as desired.
  1. Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent. Add the garlic and green pepper and sauté until the mixture begins to turn golden.
  2. Add the potato dice and broth or water with bouillon cubes. Bring to a slow boil, then lower the heat and simmer gently, covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Reach into the pot and mash about half the potatoes roughly, or just enough to thicken the base.
  4. Add the tomatoes, corn, green chilies, cumin, and oregano. Add additional water as needed to give the soup a thick but not overly dense consistency. Stir together, return to a simmer, then simmer gently for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the tomatoes and corn are done.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and simmer over very low heat, stirring frequently, for another 5 minutes.
  6. Serve at once, or let stand for an hour or so before serving. Heat through as needed and adjust the consistency with more water if the soup becomes too thick.
  7. Just before serving, taste to adjust seasonings and stir in the cilantro or parsley.

Nutrition information

Per serving: 234 calories;  11g total fat;  5g protein;  6g fiber;  33g carbs;  239 mg sodium

Potato, Corn, and Green Chile Soup recipe


Southwestern Potato, Corn, and Green Chile Soup

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    September 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    In the description you mention “vegan cheese” but I don’t see it in the ingredient list…

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      September 14, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Sorry for the confusion, Samantha. Last time I made this I decided it totally didn’t need the vegan cheese, and forgot to take it out of the description. It’s been amended. However, feel free to stir in half a cup or so of cheddar-style vegan cheese into the soup once it’s finished cooking and stir until melted.

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    jim clay
    October 30, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Awesome soup! Hearty & filling. Try adding some shredded chicken and it makes a great lunch.

    • Reply
      October 30, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks, Jim! Here at VegKitchen, we’ll do without the chicken, however …

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    January 5, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    What an amazing soup! Just what I was craving on a cold, rainy day. Made it exactly how it’s written and it’s just wonderful. Thank you so much.

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    March 13, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Looks interesting…but where are the green chilies. I LOVE green chilies. I might have to try it with green chilies instead of the bell pepper.

    • Reply
      March 13, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Janet, the chiles are right there in the ingredient list, after the corn kernels. Enjoy!

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    May 2, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I added green chille instead and it was delicious! Instead of jalapeño or poblano. Great recipe, and I am not even vegan!

    • Reply
      May 2, 2018 at 8:44 am

      Thanks, Verena! Glad you enjoyed it.

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