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Corn and Green Chile Chowder - 8 Servings
4 slices bacon, cut into small dice
1 medium onion, cut into small dice (approximately 1-1/2 to 2 cups dice)
1 medium red pepper, cut into small dice (approximately 1-1/2 to 2 cups dice)
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
¾ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
2 tablespoons unbleached, all-purpose flour
½ cup beer
2 cans (4.5 ounces) chopped green chiles
12 ounces red potatoes, washed and cut into 1-inch dice
4 cups corn kernels (cut from about 4 ears of corn)
1 cup chicken broth, reduced sodium
½ cup heavy cream
Place bacon in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Once bacon is cooked through to taste, remove and reserve. Stir the chopped onion, red pepper, celery, and jalapeño into the skillet. Sauté vegetables until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ½ teaspoon of both salt and pepper to the skillet and continue to cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.
Stir the flour into the skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the beer, scraping up any brown bits that have accumulated on the bottom of the skillet. Add vegetable mixture to the slow cooker vessel of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. To the vegetables, add the green chiles, potatoes, corn, remaining salt and pepper, and chicken broth.
Cover and press the on/off button to turn the unit on. Set the time to 3 hours and press High, once slow cooker switches to Warm, set the time again for 6 hours and press Simmer. Slow cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed. Stir in heavy cream and remaining salt; cook on Low for 1 hour. To serve, stir in reserved bacon. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.
Optional: purée 1 cup of the soup separately and stir back into the remaining chowder for an extra-creamy texture.

Servings: Makes eight 1-cup servings

Nutritional information per serving

Calories 194 (30% from fat) • carb. 30g • pro. 6g • fat 7g • sat. fat 4g• chol. 22mg • sod. 520mg • calc. 40mg • fiber 4g

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