Instant Pot Mexican Corn Chowder–This creamy corn chowder recipe is filled with sweet corn, potatoes, chicken, black beans, salsa and cream cheese. This particular chowder recipe has lots of mild Mexican flavors and is family friendly.
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Instant Pot Mexican Corn Chowder
I have a kid that absolutely loves soup. He is obsessed. So he was thrilled when I told him that we were having this Instant Pot Mexican corn chowder for dinner. He couldn’t get enough and I have to admit I started with a small bowl and then kept going back for more. Today I packed the soup in this lunch crock* for my son and he was so excited to take it to school for lunch!
I really love this chowder and I think you’ll love it too! Add the ingredients to your grocery list and plan to make it this weekend.
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What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
To make Instant Pot Mexican Corn Chowder I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.Print
Instant Pot Mexican Corn Chowder
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes (plus 10 minute NPR)
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
This creamy corn chowder recipe is filled with sweet corn, potatoes, chicken, black beans, salsa and cream cheese. This particular chowder recipe has lots of mild Mexican flavors and is family friendly.
- 4 cups chicken broth (or 4 cups water with 4 tsp Better than Bouillon Chicken Base*)
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
- 3 cups frozen sweet corn
- 1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
- 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup picante sauce, divided
- 3 Tbsp taco seasoning, divided
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1 red or green bell pepper, diced (optional)
- 3 Tbsp cornstarch + 3 Tbsp cold water
- Salt and pepper
- Topping ideas: cilantro, cotija cheese, bacon bits
- Add ingredients into the pot. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting so that it can start heating up and come to pressure quicker. Add in the chicken broth, chicken, corn, green chiles, beans, 1/2 cup picante sauce, 1 1/2 Tbsp taco seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir. Cut the potatoes and just add them to the top of the soup, don’t stir in, just let them sit on top.
- Pressure cook. Turn off the saute setting. Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the soup button to 10 minutes (or if you don’t have a soup button use the manual/pressure cook button and set it to 10 minutes).
- Pressure release. Let the pressure release naturally for 5-10 minutes and then move the valve to venting.
- Shred chicken. Add in the cream cheese (it will melt in a couple minutes) and the bell pepper. Remove the chicken with tongs and shred* on a cutting board. Add the shredded chicken back into the pot. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup of picante sauce and 1 1/2 Tbsp of taco seasoning.
- Thicken soup. If you want a thicker chowder turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. Combine the cold water and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Mix until smooth. Stir the mixture into the pot. Let the soup thicken, it should just take a couple minutes.
- Serve. Salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and top with desired toppings. Enjoy!
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.
This recipe is GLUTEN-FREE! Just check your broth to be sure it does not contain gluten
- Category: Soup
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: Mexican
- Serving Size: 1 cup of soup
- Calories: 316
- Sugar: 9 g
- Sodium: 807 mg
- Fat: 9 g
- Carbohydrates: 37 g
- Protein: 26 g
Keywords: chowder, soup
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We love this in the IP but wondered if there is a crock pot version?
Thanks for all you do to make my meals better and better!
Yep! Here you go: https://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/slow-cooker-mexican-street-corn-soup/
Sherry B. says
My husband and I loved this soup! Awesome flavor!
Sherry Barber says
Why doesnt my cream cheese melt when I put it in instapot recipes?? I cut it up in small pieces even and it still doesn’t melt!
It doesn’t really melt but it does get super soft where you can just stir it in. I think it’s kind of like chocolate chips…it keeps it shape even though it’s warmed and cooked
Helene Paquin says
This is so yummy. My husband loved it and gave it a 5 stars. I used my homemade IP Black Beans and my homemade Picante sauce and served it with tortilla strips and it was so delicious. Thank you Karen for another great and keeper recipe.
homemade picante sounds like a dream!!!
J morris says
Made it tonight, made it with crab meat inland added jalapeños to make it a little hotter, my wife loved it, can’t wait till I make it again, thanks
That’s such a great idea with the crab!
I am making this for dinner tonight for the 2nd time since I found this recipe. Why? Because my very picky guys absolutely LOVE it. When I told my husband I was making it again tonight he said, “Good, I can’t wait to eat it.” This doesn’t happen very often when I stray from the boring “meat and potato” dinners. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It will be one of my “go to recipes” from now on.
Awesome Charlene! I love hearing this 😊
It was good. Used 3 mini peppers diced small which gave it a bit of a crunch and color. Will add a bit of onion and garlic powders next time. Shredded the chicken with a hand mixer to save time. Topped it with cilantro, bacon bits and cheddar cheese. I didn’t use the cornstarch.
I have mini peppers in my fridge! Now I want to make this.
This chowder is delicious and one of our favorites.
Me too! I love it!
Steph D. says
I made this tonight and it was wonderful! I’ve been a slow cooker addict for years but this was my first IP recipe!! My husband’s cooked in our IP a few times but I never have. This was so easy! I forgot to thaw the chicken but saw in the comments that you can use frozen. I cooked it for the same time. I was also out of cornstarch so I used the entire 8 oz brick of cream cheese hoping to make it creamier. It was perfect. Thanks for the amazing recipes!
I’m so happy you like your Instant Pot! HOORAY!
What adjustments need to be made for a 3 qt. LuxMini Instant Pot? I hesitate making the total 6-8 servings as it may be too much for the smaller size IP.
I would halve everything and increase cooking time by 1 minute.
Could I use half and half or evaporated milk instead of cream cheese? If so how much what you suggest I use?
I bet that would be okay. I would use a cup of half and half.
Rachel J says
Can all your IP chicken recipes be used with frozen chicken breasts? If so, what do I need to do as far as the timer goes? Or is there something else I need to do because they are frozen?
a lot of them can. Any recipe that calls for a chicken breast that is not cut up or doesn’t require a browning step should be fine. The best places I’ve found them to work is in soups. Just keep the cooking time the same (unless noted in the recipe). The pot will just take longer to come to pressure.
I just LOVED this recipe!!! The kids found it a tad spicy, but not so spicy they couldn’t eat it. I thought it was perfect!!! We had leftovers and I had some in my lunch all week long and my fellow workers kept commenting on how delicious it looked and smelled! 🙂
You’ll have to make it for them sometime! Office legend!
Kenneth Sharp says
Made this last night and it was delish! Easy to prepare, with amazing taste.
I did over estimate the amount of cornstarch necessary to thicken the soup. I know what to do if I need spackling paste to repair holes in the wall
LOL!!!! That is awesome!
Joanne Francis says
This chowder is delicious. I didn’t have green chilies so I added a few jalapenos. Karen, all the recipes I’ve tried from your website are soooooooo good. 🙂
Oooo I bet that added some kick!
How do you think this would turn out if I omitted the chicken? What about using veggie stock?
I think it would be wonderful! Veggie stock would work!
We make it for our vegetarian friends with veg stock. I’ve also served it to mux groups if veg & meat-eaters – making a separate “side” of shredded chicken that could be added in. It’s always a hit!!!