Quick Poblano-Corn Chowder

 Quick Poblano-Corn Chowder - the subtle sweetness of the corn balances the slight heat from the peppers, making this chowder the perfect dish to make during the final weeks of winter! 

Quick Poblano-Corn Chowder | Taste As You Go

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This recipe first appeared on Taste As You Go in March 2017. It has been updated in January 2022 to include a recipe card.

When I lived in New York, I didn't think twice about paying for grocery delivery. In my mind, it was a necessary expense. I didn't have my car in the city, and, since I lived a few blocks from the nearest store, it didn't make sense to take a taxi. Plus, I admit... It was nice knowing I didn't have to carry everything up to my third-floor walk-up.

Then I relocated to Pennsylvania and had access to my car again. Grocery delivery slid over into the "luxury" column. It became an unnecessary expense. I could drive to the grocery store, pick out my items, ring them out, and bring them home. Grocery shopping became a game for me as I tried to see how far under budget I could land. I started to enjoy that time I had by myself.

But life changed. Again.

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My feelings about going to the grocery store every week changed after I had a baby. Grocery shopping became a huge chore. Especially considering how many extra steps it takes when you bring a baby along with you. Shopping trips took longer and I grew more and more resentful of having to go at all.

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I'm pregnant again and, of course, my feelings about grocery shopping have darkened. Our second child isn't even here yet and I loathe the idea of going to the store, even when I don't have to bring Caroline.

So, I decided that enough was enough.

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We started giving grocery delivery services a test run. Sure, there's a delivery fee involved... But, to me, it's worth paying the fee to save some of my time and energy. That way, I can put my efforts toward other things. 

Like making this Quick Poblano-Corn Chowder from Quick Fix Meals.

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The combination of the two peppers -- poblano and chipotle chiles in adobo sauce -- gives the soup a nice heat. Then the subtle sweetness of the corn balances out that heat so it's not overwhelming. It's a great make-ahead dish that tastes even better the next day after all the flavors have had a chance to marry.

Quick Poblano-Corn Chowder | Taste As You Go

It's clear that winter is planning on sticking around for a little longer. Why not make a pot of this chowder to stay warm while you wait for spring to arrive?

Quick Poblano-Corn Chowder | Taste As You Go

By the way, our first grocery delivery order couldn't have been easier. The enjoyment I used to feel when grocery shopping is coming back and I can't wait to place our next order...

Quick Poblano-Corn Chowder | Taste As You Go

Probably because I'm planning on shopping from our couch while wearing my pajamas. ;-)


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