This Corn and Quinoa Chowder Is A Hearty One-Pot Meal

This thick and creamy chowder is everything we love about cold-weather meals — it's comforting, warming, and filling without being too heavy.

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This corn and quinoa chowder is an easy meal to make on those chilly nights when you want a comforting meal, but don’t want to stand in front of the stove for hours.

This chowder is thick, creamy, hearty and packed with protein and fiber. Quinoa is a complete protein, it’s high in fiber, gluten-free, and has a low glycemic index, making it a perfect ingredient. Toasting it gives it a slightly nutty flavor and a subtle crunch.

Potatoes are essential for chowder, and we have used red potatoes but you can use whatever you have on hand. That’s the beauty of this meal — you can tweak it to use whatever you have in your pantry and it’s still fabulous.

If you’re looking for more quinoa recipes, you might like one of these:



  • ¾ cup red or white quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 ½ Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 ½ cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 large red potato, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 4 small shallots, chopped (about ¼ cup)
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups plain soymilk
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 Tbs. chopped cilantro, plus a few sprigs for garnish


  1. Toast quinoa and cumin seeds in pot over medium-high heat, 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden and fragrant, stirring constantly. Transfer to bowl.
  2. Heat oil in pot; add corn, potato and shallots. Sauté 5 minutes, or until shallots are translucent. Add broth and soymilk, and bring to a boil. Stir in quinoa mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in bell pepper, cover and simmer 5 minutes, or until quinoa and vegetables are tender.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in chopped cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into soup bowls, and garnish with cilantro sprigs and lime wedges, if desired.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 253
  • Carbohydrate Content 44 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 7 g
  • Fiber Content 5 g
  • Protein Content 8 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Sodium Content 378 mg
  • Sugar Content 1 g