Mexican Chowder

I was introduced to the bright, spicy, morish flavours of Mexico after I moved to Vancouver. Paul and I then travelled to Mexico and my love of this sunshine-drenched food intensified. Corn is a multi-coloured wonderland that forms the backbone of Mexican cuisine. This chowder uses the humble tin of corn to replicate some of that sunshine food. It’s perfect for freezing and can be cooked from frozen which is a blessing when you’re short on time.

Post-Natal Superfood Profile: Fibre
Like iron, fibre helps to regulate blood sugar and your body uses it for the production of serotonin, an essential chemical for mental health.
Post-Natal Superfood Profile: Spice
Certain spices contain chemical compounds that aid brain function and repair. The post-baby brain works extremely hard and spices help support the changes that happen.
Post-Natal Superfood Profile: Beans
Beans are a phenomenal source of fibre and protein which are great for lowering blood sugar and pressure as well as giving you a steady burn of energy.

Serves 2 Adults & 2 Kids (with leftovers)

1 tbsp olive oil
red onion
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
2 400g tins chopped tomatoes
750ml vegetable stock
2 tbsp tomato puree
3 garlic cloves
1 tbsp ground cumin
2 tsps ground coriander
2 tsps chilli powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 400g tin black beans
1 400g tin kidney beans
1 440g tin sweetcorn
small bunch coriander
(optional 1 tsp chipotle paste)

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven on a medium heat. Peel and finely chop the red onion and garlic. Deseed and chop the peppers into small pieces. Add the onion to the pan and cook until soft (watch the heat so the onion doesn’t brown.) Once the onion is soft add the garlic, cumin, chilli and coriander powder and cook for 1 minute.
  • Pour in the tomatoes, stock and puree then stir to combine. Add the chopped peppers and salt. Drain the corn and beans then add to the pan and stir. If you’re using the chipotle paste add that now. Cook on medium to medium/low for 30 minutes then serve and sprinkle with chopped coriander, grated cheddar and sour cream. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.

Mexican Chowder is a great meal for freezing. Heat it up on a busy day to unleash some sunshine on the dinner table.

Published by One Tough Cooker

I'm the writer at One Tough Cooker. My experience with post-natal depression has shaped my appreciation for the family cook. We make thousands of meals to feed our families' tummies, hearts and minds.

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