Photo: Annabelle Breakey
Total Time
40 Mins
Serves 4 (1 1/2 qts.)

Some of corn's best partners--medium-hot chiles, chorizo, and basil--join up in this simple dish. It's substantial enough to call a chowder, but light enough for summer.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler. Oil a rimmed baking sheet. Set chiles on sheet and broil, turning as needed, until blackened all over, about 18 minutes total. Let cool, then peel, remove stem and seeds, and chop; set aside.

Step 2

Cook chorizo in a large saucepan over medium heat, breaking sausage into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, until meat and fat have separated. Strain through a fine strainer and discard fat. Wipe pan clean with a paper towel.

Step 3

Return chorizo to pan and stir in corn and broth. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until corn is just tender, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer, add cream and poblanos, and cook 2 minutes more to blend flavors.

Step 4

Ladle soup into bowls, sprinkle with onion and basil, and serve with lime for squeezing on top.

Ratings & Reviews

Glorious pig & cow fat

November 23, 2015
I subbed pasillas for the poblanos, and probably any sort of sausage would do if one doesn't have chorizo- I subbed Italian sausage. No fresh basil on hand so I put about a tablespoon of frozen pesto in, still came out great.  I really liked the sweet corn balancing out the chile's heat. I recommend using a vintage Corningware vessel to put it all together after browning the meat~ my 8qt Saucemaker worked perfectly. 


June 29, 2015
I've made this two times now with two different chorizos. I and my husband both love it! It's not hard to make either, which is a big plus.

sscooks's Review

September 29, 2013
This was a big hit. It tasted so good. It will become a regular staple recipe. Thank you Yvette for sharing this. Hair designers can't steer you wrong.

CAEdmondson50's Review

September 28, 2013

oreguild02's Review

July 16, 2013
Fabulous ! Needed to almost double the recipe and it vanished within minutes. Big hit with the entire family including 3 in their early teens. Followed the recipe as written which is very easy. Have request for an encore. DG

Kssjoberg's Review

July 16, 2013

srwfromorange's Review

July 12, 2013

EmikoF's Review

July 06, 2013
Served this at a dinner party. Everyone loved it. Tasted even better the next day.

ChefAmandaLynn's Review

July 06, 2013
Made some changes so I cannot accurately review as written. I used Soyrizo rather than chorizo and fat free half and half rather than whipping cream. Came together in 15 minutes of mostly hands off time.