Chipotle Chicken Chowder – Chupe de Pollo

Chipotle Chicken Chowder Chupe de Pollo

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  • 1 chipotle chile and a tablespoon of adobo from one can of Chipotle Chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 large stalks celery, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced, or two poblanos, roasted and diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 1 pound (about 3 medium) or equivalent amount of red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can white or golden hominy, drained
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1 cup chopped seeded plum tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, optional
  • pepper and salt to taste
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


Remove 1 chile and 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from can; reserve remaining chiles and sauce for another use. Finely chop chile; set aside.

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chopped chile and sauce, onion, celery, carrot, bell pepper, cumin, and oregano. Cook 7 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring frequently. Add a bit of water if mixture seems dry. When vegetables are tender add garlic and saute for a moment.

Stir in broth; bring to a boil. Add chicken, cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 25 minutes or until chicken is tender. 15 minutes into cooking time, add potatoes. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon, and cool slightly. Shred chicken with 2 forks and return to pan.

Add hominy (I like a strong hominy flavor and don’t rinse mine, but if in doubt, feel free to do so), bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Remove from heat and stir in cream, tomato, cilantro, pepper, and salt. Serve with lime wedges.

Keywords: Bargain Meal of the Week, Bell Peppers, Chicken, Chipotle, chowder, Cream, hominy, leftover Chicken, leftover turkey, Leftovers, Lime, Mexican or Southwestern, Poblano Peppers, Soup, Turkey.

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