Mexican-Style Chowder

  • 5MINS
  • 25MINS
  • Serves 6
  • 197KCAL

This creamy, chunky chowder is wholesome comfort food. You won’t find any full-fat creams in our recipe. We’ve thickened things up with a dairy-free coconut milk alternative to keep the calories nice and light. With smoky paprika, fiery chilli, garlic and lime, every spoonful has a Mexican-inspired twist that’s moreish, hearty and slimming friendly.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories197
  • Carbs30g
  • Protein7.4g
  • Fat3g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars11g

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This flavourful, hearty Mexican-Style Chowder is a hug in a bowl. To keep things lower on calories without compromising on comfort, we’ve skipped the double cream for a dairy-free coconut milk alternative.

Every spoonful is comforting and exciting, thanks to a blend of Mexican-inspired flavours from garlic, chilli powder, smoky paprika and coriander. With plenty of chopped colourful veg, potatoes, beans and sweetcorn bubbling away in the pot, this veggie-friendly dish is filling and jam-packed with flavour.

Chowder should be chunky and satisfying, so we’ve blended a few ladlefuls of chowder and stirred it into the mixture, to thicken things up a bit. The results are velvety, tasty and best of all, slimming friendly! Now’s your cue to grab a crusty wholemeal bread roll…

What diets is this Mexican-Style Chowder suitable for?

This Mexican-Style Chowder recipe is suitable for vegetarian diets.

You can make it for gluten-free diets, as long as you substitute the stock cubes for a gluten-free alternative.

Take extra care when cooking for people with allergies and be sure to use different utensils, cookware and preparation areas.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Mexican-Style Chowder?

You don’t need any fancy ingredients to make this super simple chowder. You’ll want to buy a dairy-free coconut milk alternative, if you don’t already have some in. We tend to go with Alpro or Koko.

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Alpro dairy-free coconut milk is perfect for this recipe.

Stick blenders make chowders, soups and sauces quicker and easier.

How many calories are in this Mexican-Style Chowder?

This Mexican-Style Chowder is included in our Everyday Light category because it contains just 197 calories per portion. For more delicious dishes all under 400 calories, take a look at other Everyday Light recipes!

This Mexican-Style Chowder recipe is ideal when following any of the larger diet plans such as Weight Watchers or counting calories.

The average woman needs around 2000kcal per day to maintain a healthy body weight, and men typically need slightly more at 2,500kcals, but you may want to reduce these if you are aiming to lose weight. You can find more information on the NHS website.

Step 1

Spray a large saucepan with low-calorie cooking spray and sauté the onions and peppers over a medium heat for 6-8 minutes, until softened.

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Step 2

Add the garlic, chilli powder, smoked paprika, and cumin, and continue to cook for a minute until the spices become fragrant.

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Step 3

Add the stock cubes to the boiling water. Add the coconut milk, stock, potatoes and sweetcorn. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are soft.

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Step 4

Remove the pan from the heat and take out 3 or 4 ladlefuls of the chowder and place in a separate jug. Blitz with a hand blender until smooth. Return to the pan and stir. This will thicken the chowder and produce a creamy, velvety texture.

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Step 5

Put the pan back on the stove, add the black beans, lime juice and coriander.

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Step 6

Season with some salt and pepper, if you wish.

Step 7

Allow to warm through, then ladle into warmed bowls and serve.

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What could I serve with this Mexican-Style Chowder?

You can serve this warming chowder with a wholemeal bread roll (for an additional 144 calories), or make it even heartier with a slimming-friendly side dish:

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How do you know when Mexican-Style Chowder is cooked?

You should cook this Mexican-Style Chowder until the potatoes are softened. This will take around 15-20 minutes. 

Here in the UK, the standard advice is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep you and your family safe.

How long can you keep Mexican-Style Chowder in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Mexican-Style Chowder in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so. 

Can I freeze Mexican-Style Chowder?

Yes, you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough in individual portions.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label telling you the recipe name and the date you’re freezing it.

How do I reheat Mexican-Style Chowder?

To reheat from chilled, place your portion in a microwave-proof container with loosely-fitting lid. Heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot, stirring halfway through.

If you’re cooking from frozen, allow to defrost overnight and heat covered in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Stir, and then cook for a further 1-2 minutes until piping hot.

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Mexican-Style Chowder

This Mexican-Style Chowder is pure comfort food! Every spoonful has a spicy twist with smoky paprika, fiery chilli, zesty lime and garlic.
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    25 MINS
  • KCals 197
  • Carbs 30G

Ingredients

  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 peppers (any colour) diced
  • 400 g potatoes peeled and cut into 1cm dice
  • 2 198g tins of sweetcorn drained (or 280g of frozen)
  • 1 400g tin of black beans
  • 4 cloves of garlic peeled and crushed
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 500 ml dairy-free coconut milk alternative
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • 700 ml boiling water
  • 2 limes juiced
  • handful of fresh coriander chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • low-calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Spray a large saucepan with low-calorie cooking spray and sauté the onions and peppers over a medium heat for 6-8 minutes, until softened.
  2. Add the garlic, chilli powder, smoked paprika, and cumin, and continue to cook for a minute until the spices become fragrant.
  3. Add the stock cubes to the boiling water. Add the coconut milk, stock, potatoes and sweetcorn. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are soft.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and take out 3 or 4 ladlefuls of the chowder and place in a separate jug. Blitz with a hand blender until smooth. Return to the pan and stir. This will thicken the chowder and produce a creamy, velvety texture.
  5. Put the pan back on the stove, add the black beans, lime juice and coriander.
  6. Season with some salt and pepper, if you wish.
  7. Allow to warm through, then ladle into warmed bowls and serve.

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Catherine TThursday 15th February 2024

Just to let you know that the lime and amount of water for the stock in the recipe doesn’t change when the number of portions is reduced at the moment. It might need amending. Can’t wait to try this tonight! 😋

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    HollyWednesday 21st February 2024

    Hey Catherine, thanks for your message the recipe has now been amended. Hope you enjoyed the recipe!

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