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Shrimp & Corn Chowder with Chipotle

With a big ol’ Texas-size kick from chipotles, this Shrimp & Corn Chowder with Chipotle is a big hit with creamy soup fans! Loaded with sweet, tender shrimp, corn, and other tasty veggies, grab a spoon and let’s get cooking!

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I’ve been making this hearty and creamy soup for more than 20 years, back to the days when I had my deli. That was in Texas, but now chipotle is loved all over the world, and everyone loves this delish chowder!

What You Need To Make Shrimp & Corn Chowder With Chipotle

  • A big ol soup pot
  • Knife for chopping
  • Cutting board
  • Ingredients including chipotle

What Are Chipotles?

Chipotles are smoked jalapenos. They start with red, ripened jalapenos and then smoke them. You can get chipotle peppers in adobo, a zesty tomato sauce, or dried and ground.

For this recipe, we’re going to use chipotle peppers in adobo. The sauce that they’re packed in is going to add a serious pop of flavor. You can use dried chipotle powder if that’s all you got. Just use 1/2 tsp of powder and add more to get it as spicy as you like it.

Chipotle peppers, either dried or in adobo sauce, add a lovely and unique smoky flavor to this soup that really makes it unique!

shrimp & Corn chowder with chipotle in a serving bowl with a heel of crusty bread nearby

How To Make This Easy Shrimp Chowder Recipe

Soups are all about building flavor! And no, despite what one customer of mine years ago had to say, you can’t just throw stuff into a pot and call it soup. At least, certainly not a good soup! For the full recipe, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

  1. Start by chopping and frying the bacon. This is going to give us some lovely fat to work with.
  2. Sautee the veggies in the bacon fat. Add a bit more oil if you need it.
  3. Add the chicken broth and spices and let it simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes.
  4. Add the red bell pepper, corn, potatoes, and the flour slurry bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes to thicken and cook the potatoes.
  5. Add your shrimp – if you’re using cooked shrimp, just heat the soup to a boil, and you’re good to go! If you’re using uncooked shrimp, simmer the soup for 2-3 minutes to cook the shrimp through.

What Kind of Shrimp Do I Use In This Shrimp & Corn Chowder Recipe?

Any kind of shrimp will work, but I wouldn’t use salad shrimp.

Salad shrimp tend to get really, really tiny when you cook them, and you want a nice, thick, chunky soup.

Easy Peel shrimp are a gift to cooks everywhere! No more tedious deveining! Also called zippered shrimp, these shrimp are already deveined and slit down the back so you can just slip the shell off.

If you’re using really big shrimp, cut them into pieces to make sure there’s shrimpy goodness in every bite.

shrimp and corn chowder with chipotle in a soup bowl

Chef Jenn’s Tips To Make Easy Shrimp Corn Chowder

  • Use no or low-sodium chicken broth – or better yet homemade – to control the sodium in this soup.
  • Use frozen corn niblets to keep it simple.
  • Ask your butcher for bacon ends – this is an economical cut of bacon that is perfect in recipes like this. Sometimes you can buy packs of bacon ends and pieces in the grocery store, too.
  • Start with 1 tbsp of chipotle and adobo. You can add more later if you like it spicy.

What To Serve With Shrimp & Corn Chowder with Chipotle?

A good sandwich like this Rachel Sandwich or crusty heel of bread with this amazing Tomato Jam is all you need with this tasty soup. Or, go for a nice green salad. I also like to pair a smaller serving of this chowder with hearty dishes like Turkey Stuffed Shells with Pesto.

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Is This Shrimp Chowder Recipe Freezer Friendly?

Yes! In fact, I almost always have some of this soup frozen. It’s my favorite soup in the whole wide world!

Simply chill it thoroughly and then package it in freezer-safe containers for up to three months.

To reheat it: thaw it and then heat it in a pot on the stovetop or in the microwave.

What’s the difference between soup and chowder?

Chowders are typically thickened soups that often have cream added to them. Regular soups are broth-based and unthickened.

What kind of potatoes do I use in chowder?

I like to use starchy potatoes like a good old russet potato. They add the most flavor and soften up nicely in the soup.

Can I use fresh corn in chowder?

Absolutely! Cut the corn right off the cob and pop it into your soup. Frozen corn niblets work just fine, too.

Step By Step Process

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Shrimp & Corn Chowder with Chipotle

This Shrimp & Corn Chowder with Chipotle is loaded with shrimp and veggies and it's got a good kick from the chipotle!
Course Soups & Stews
Cuisine American
Keyword chipotle, chowder, easy seafood recipe, seafood, shrimp, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 168kcal
Author Chef Jenn


  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 cup carrots diced
  • 1 cup onions diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 cup potato peeled and diced
  • 2 tsp garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chipotle in adobo sauce finely chopped
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup corn niblets
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

For the flour slurry

  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Sautee the chopped bacon with the onion, celery, and carrots over medium heat for about 6 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Remove any excess bacon fat.
  • To the bacon and veggies, add the chicken broth, bay leaf, thyme, minced chipotle, and potatoes. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Make a slurry with the flour and water by adding water to the flour and whisking until there are no lumps.
  • Add the red bell pepper and corn and the flour slurry while stirring; bring back to a simmer.
  • Add the shrimp and cream to finish the soup. If your shrimp are cooked simply heat the soup through to a boil and season and serve. If the shrimp are uncooked, simmer them in the soup for a few minutes or until they are cooked. Season with salt and pepper and serve!


Adjust the chipotle to suit your palate.


Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2539IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg

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9 thoughts on “Shrimp & Corn Chowder with Chipotle”

  1. I would love to make this soup! But the corn is missing from the ingredients list in the final recipe card. How much corn should we use, and at what stage is it thrown in?

    • Oops! You’re right – I totally forgot the corn! Add about 1 cup of corn niblets and add them to the soup with the bell pepper. Bring the soup back to a simmer to heat the corn through. Then add the cream. Thanks for catching this! ~Jenn


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