Andouille Sausage and Corn Chowder


This Cajun corn chowder is slightly spicy, smoky, and hearty. A dear friend gave me the recipe many years ago — the original source is unknown. I have adapted it to suit my family's tastes. If you prefer a thicker chowder, you can stir in a can of creamed corn. Serve with cornbread or a crusty French loaf for a lovely meal.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped onion

  • ¾ cup chopped green bell pepper

  • ¾ cup chopped red bell pepper

  • ½ cup diced celery

  • 1 pound andouille sausage, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 3 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme

  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 3 Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup chopped cilantro


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion, bell peppers, and celery in hot oil until softened, about 5 minutes. Add sausage, garlic, and cayenne pepper; cook and stir until sausage is hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in corn and bay leaves; season with thyme. Sauté until corn is warmed through, about 1 minute.

  2. Pour broth into the pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook at a simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Stir in potatoes and heavy cream. Cover and continue cooking at a simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

  4. Season chowder with salt and black pepper. Remove and discard bay leaves. Garnish with cilantro to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

439 Calories
32g Fat
28g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 439
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 627mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 36mg 182%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 380mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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