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Southwest Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Southwest Shrimp and Corn Chowder
Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Prep time 30 mins
Yield

6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

Pair quesadillas with a rich and creamy shrimp corn chowder for a delicious meal in about thirty minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped serrano chile (about 1 small)
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, undrained
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen Southern-style hash brown potatoes, diced, thawed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) can whole-kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined small shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Nutrition Information

  • calories 212
  • fat 6.7 g
  • satfat 3.4 g
  • monofat 1.5 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 19.3 g
  • carbohydrate 18.3 g
  • fiber 2.2 g
  • cholesterol 130 mg
  • iron 2.5 mg
  • sodium 702 mg
  • calcium 131 mg

How to Make It

  1. Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions, bell pepper, and serrano chile to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add canned chiles to pan; cook 1 minute. Add flour to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in milk and next 5 ingredients (through corn); bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes or until slightly thick. Stir in shrimp; cook 1 minute or until shrimp are done. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro.

  2. Quesadillas: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Place 2 (6-inch) flour tortillas in pan. Top each tortilla with 2 1/2 tablespoons preshredded reduced-fat Mexican blend cheese, 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped green onions, and 1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeño peppers. Cook 1 minute or just until cheese melts and tortilla is toasted. Arrange 1 (6-inch) flour tortilla over top of each quesadilla. Flip quesadillas; cook 30 seconds. Cut each quesadilla into 6 wedges, and serve with a small bowl of salsa.