Creamy Corn Soup with Jalapeños & Cotija


This creamy corn soup has underlying earthiness from the hominy and heat from the jalapeños. Fresh corn adds sweetness, which works well with the salty cotija cheese and other fresh and tangy garnishes.

Creamy Corn Soup with Jalapeños & Cotija
Photo: Greg DuPree
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels or thawed frozen corn kernels

  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 (15 ounce) can white hominy, rinsed

  • 4 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth or chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

  • 6 tablespoons plain whole-milk Greek yogurt

  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 6 tablespoons crumbled cotija cheese

  • ½ teaspoon ancho chile powder


  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy stockpot over medium-high heat. Add corn; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 6 minutes. Transfer 1/2 cup of the corn to a small bowl; set aside. Add onion, jalapeño, garlic and salt to the pot; cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent and the jalapeño is softened, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add hominy and broth; bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, undisturbed, until the flavors have melded, about 15 minutes.

  3. Pour the soup into a blender. Secure the lid on the blender and remove the center piece of the lid to allow steam to escape. Place a clean towel over the opening. Process until smooth, about 1 minute. (Use caution when blending hot liquids.) Return the mixture to the pot. Stir in lime juice and sugar.

  4. Divide the soup among 6 bowls and top with the reserved corn, yogurt, cilantro, cotija and chile powder.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

231 Calories
9g Fat
33g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 231
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 7g 14%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Vitamin A 413IU 8%
Sodium 481mg 21%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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