Winter Mexican Corn Soup

by Michael on January 5, 2013 · 54 comments

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With winter holding steady we slowly usher ourselves to dormancy. Stillness and tranquility. The pace weakens and stalls. Life forgets for a short while, after the hurried pace of summer and fall. The cold weather is a welcome reprieve, forcing us in to reconnect and reunite. The good life, the one we long for during the heat seeker months, has finally welcomed us home.

There are few things we enjoy more during the numbing calendar months of winter more than a hot bowl of soup. A pot of flavourful, spicy, aromatic soup that is both warming and enticing. And this time of year in particular we hark back to one of our many trips to Mexico for a soup like this. The recipe get folded up and saved away for a day like this, frigid and white and menacing. We were married three years ago tomorrow on the beach in Mexico, but since we’re home it felt fitting to resort to a recipe we longed for during our days there.

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We have an affinity for Mexican food, the spices and intoxicating aromas. It stems from all that love they throw into their meals for the people they most care about.  Some of the food experiences of our lives were enjoyed in and around Mexico, like fresh fish tacos, authentic sauces, cold cervezas and spicy corn soup.  One that I recreated the other day for my wife and I. The perfect food for days like these.

These last three years have been the most joyous of my life. My wife makes everything better, day by day. And I’m forever grateful for the her presence and the impact she has made on my life.  I look back on that day three years ago, the wind gusting up from the lake shore as the sun set her head on another day, and I think about all the love I felt because I was able to marry my everything. It was an emotional day, and one I won’t soon forget. I’ll never forget the sight of her standing beside me, hand in hand, reciting our own vows under the translation of our wedding planner and the look on her face. And the smile on mine. Each and every single day since.

It’s been three short years and I love her just the same.

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P.S. May 2013 bring you all the love and joy that your heart can handle. Happy new year. Thank you for continuing to visit my little blog, it is and will always be appreciated. Your readership means a great deal to me.

 

Winter Mexican Corn Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 small potato, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 garlic head, halved horizontally
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, thick dice
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups corn, about 4 cobs
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. ancho chile powder
  • 1/2 poblano, seeded and finely diced
  • coarse salt & pepper
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • small handful of cilantro, torn

Prep:

  1. Preheat broiler. Place sweet potato, potato, onion, garlic, carrot on a parchment-lined baking tray. Drizzle with 2 tbsp. of olive oil and give it a quick toss, making sure to spread out the mixture across the sheet. Broil 5 minutes, toss and broil for a further 5 minutes. Remove from oven and when garlic is cool, squeeze the garlic out. Discard the skin.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in a large pot over medium heat. When oil is hot toss in the corn, sweet potato, potato, onion, garlic, turmeric, poblano and ancho powder and stir. Allow the flavours to mix for 2 minutes, stirring frequently, and then add in the stock and cup of water. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce and simmer for 30 minutes. Season the soup and remove it from the heat. Add in the cream and lime juice and whisk to incorporate.
  3. Ladle into bowls and top with the green onions and cilantro leaves.
  4. Serves 4-6.

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marla January 6, 2013 at 7:09 am

Happy New Year to you & your Mike!!! This soup is so beautiful ~ beautiful color and ingredients!

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Michael January 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Thanks Marla!

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Maria January 6, 2013 at 10:06 am

Love all of the flavors in this soup! Adding it to my must make list!

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Michael January 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Thanks Maria. Hope your fam enjoys it.

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Lori @ RecipeGirl January 6, 2013 at 10:15 am

I love your beautiful choice of ingredients here. Happy 2013 to you!

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Michael January 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Thanks Lori. The same to you and your family.

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Kristen January 6, 2013 at 10:20 am

This brought tears to my eyes. So lovely!

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Michael January 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Thank you Kristen! Happy new year.

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Cookin' Canuck January 6, 2013 at 10:33 am

Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful post and tribute to Wendy. May the two of you have many, many happy years together.

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Michael January 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Thanks so much Dara. I`m a very lucky man.

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Tracy January 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

This sounds like the perfect dish to warm up on a chilly day and bring summer back if only for a moment. Thank you for sharing and happy anniversary!

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Michael January 6, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Tracy, thank you!

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Kankana January 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Happy New Year! Corn soup is one of my fav soup, irrespective of the weather and your version sounds just what I would love to try.

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Michael January 6, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Happy new year Kankana!

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Brian January 6, 2013 at 2:36 pm

A happy anniversary to you both! Love this soup! Looks so comforting

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Michael January 6, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Thanks B!

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Lisa January 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Yummmmm! I’m squirreling this one away for a chilly day! Simple & divine :)

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm

This soup is so gorgeous, just the thing to add brightness to the depths of January.

Happy Anniversary to you – such a sweet post!

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Sarah January 6, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Beautiful. A sweet corn soup, brightened up with acidic lime, and sweet potatoes. What a great change from the stodgy soups of January.

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Jodi January 6, 2013 at 6:27 pm

This is the year for soup at my house and this will be first on the list. It looks beautiful and I am sure it tastes equally amazing.

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Manda January 6, 2013 at 8:26 pm

I saw this on Twitter this morning, went grocery shopping this afternoon, and then made the soup this evening. This soup is AMAZING. I don’t often make soup, but I can definitely see myself making this time and time again!

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Michael January 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Thanks Amanda. I’m so glad you made it and enjoyed it as much as we do. Much appreciated!

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Annie January 7, 2013 at 1:34 am

That soup is gorgeous and it’s so colorful — and I love the bowls too.

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Bev @ Bev Cooks January 7, 2013 at 6:01 pm

UGH. I want this. BAWD.

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Michael January 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Thanks Bev! And happiest of new years to you and your husband.

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 9, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Wishing you both a very Happy Anniversary and all the best for 2013!

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Nina January 10, 2013 at 9:37 pm

OMG…this looks stunning. I love your pictures…the third one being my fav:)

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Brooke @ Food Woolf January 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Mike, these photos and stories are so filled with light…They’re captivating! I think I’ll be making this soup just as soon as humanly possible. Thank you for the inspiration.

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Michael January 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Thank you so much Brooke! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Happy new year to you and the mister.

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Rosie @ Sweetapolita January 13, 2013 at 9:06 am

This post is gorgeous from start to finish, Michael. Your soups always intrigue me, and the flavours in this one have put it to the top of my soups-to-make list. I hope you and your wife had a wonderful holiday, and I wish you both nothing but pure love and happiness for 2013. Happy Anniversary! xo

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naomi January 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

I’m so glad to be back reading your blog, now that my schedule has eased up.

Lovely recipe and photos as always. I’m so late on this but Happy New Year!

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Michael January 17, 2013 at 11:26 am

Glad to have you back! And happy new year to you and your fam!

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Patti M. January 17, 2013 at 2:06 am

Michael, I thought you’d like to know that people on Pinterest are going crazy over this recipe. I pinned it on my recipe board a few days ago, and it’s already been re-pinned over 300 times, and that’s just from my page! Who knows how many times the re-pins have been re-pinned! Kudos to you! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

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Michael January 17, 2013 at 11:27 am

Thanks so much Patti. Pinterest can be a beautiful thing, and I appreciate you pinning it and letting me know. Have a wonderful day!

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Sherrie | Living Simply Gluten Free January 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm

I just stumbled upon your blog for the first time. Your photos are stunning. I will look to them for inspiration, thanks for doing what you do!

Stay well,

Sherrie

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judithserrao January 19, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Awesome recipe and the pictures mind blowing. Which Camera do you use ? Pls give us lesser mortals some tips on photographing food :).

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Sharita January 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm

I had to substitute like crazy but this soup is AHHHHmazing!!! I will be making this regularly.

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Kari@Loaves n Dishes January 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Sweet corn is one of my faves and I adore the spices in this soup. I also love that you speak so sweetly about your wife!!!

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Melody Scott January 28, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I live in Mexico where ironically it is impossible to find sweet corn. I’d like to make this with canned corn, and Mexican crema in place of cream. What do you think my chances of success are?

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Joyce Baker March 31, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Do not see a reply from Mike, but Melody, I love and use DelMonte Summer Crisp corn. It is, as the label says, crisp. I hope you can get it in your area. I used it in this recipe. It holds its crisp even after the heat of the making of the soup.

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Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings February 2, 2013 at 2:21 am

This is, like, 2000 IU’s of vitamin D – so sunshine-y! Makes me smile ear to ear this winter. You make me want to reach for my maracas and start dancing my “happy dance” in front of this corn soup. Now, all I need is a beach in front of me. Oh well, it’s -22, but it’s OK. This bowl of soup will keep my hands (and soul) warm!

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Sue February 6, 2013 at 8:45 am

I am a new follower…”old school” wanted to print the recipe, but didn’t find print anywhere…am I missing it?

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Joyce Baker March 31, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Mike, I enjoy all your recipes, and also the beautiful photographs . I made this Mexican Corn Soup and can’t beleive how good it is without meat. Opened a container last night of left over that has beenin the freezer for awhile and added lime juice. Planning to make another recipe later this week.

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Deborah Dowd May 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm

This looks like such a great soup- perfect for the corn addicts in my house!

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Michael May 1, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Thanks Deborah. I hope they enjoy it as much as we do!

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Kim May 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Beautiful soup. I made this today, only tweaking it very slightly. :) It was delicious! My favorite part is the garlic cloves.

Thank you.

[K]

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