Southwest Bean Chowder is a creamy soup recipe that tastes similar to chicken tortilla soup! So good! From

Southwest Bean Chowder

Southwest Bean Chowder is a creamy, hearty soup recipe that tastes like chicken tortilla soup. Super easy to make and a hit with the whole family. Top with crushed tortilla chips!
Course Soup
Servings 6 -8
Author The Gracious Wife


  • 2 cans 15 ounces each white beans (kidney or cannellini are recommended), drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 large carrot shredded
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can corn drained
  • 1 4 ounce can green chili peppers
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar 4 ounces
  • Optional: 1 cup cooked chicken chopped
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese chopped cilantro, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips


  • In your food processor, process the beans until they are smooth. (If you don't have a food processor, you can mash the beans in a mixing bowl with a fork or potato masher). Set aside.
  • In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot, and pepper and saute until onion is translucent.
  • Add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in the mashed beans, stirring to incorporate.
  • Then add in your broth, again stirring. When beans and broth are well blended, add in your corn, chili peppers, cumin, and chili powder. Stir to incorporate.
  • Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and allow to simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes.
  • Combine milk and corn starch in a mixing bowl. Whisk together until smooth. Add milk mixture to soup and stir to combine.
  • Bring soup to a boil, stirring. Allow to cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, or until thickened.
  • Stir in cheese until melted.
  • Serve topped with the toppings of your choice, such as crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, additional cheese, or fresh cilantro.