Chipotle Leek and Potato Soup


A spicy version of this classic soup. The smokiness of the adobo sauce and the bite of the chile balance the savory flavors of the potato and cream. Cumin and white pepper finish off this cozy soup. Best enjoyed next to a fire with a glass of red wine. Serve piping hot topped with sour cream and croutons or cheese and onion rings!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 4 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 39 mins
4 servings


  • ¼ cup butter

  • 2 large leeks, white and light green parts, chopped, or more to taste

  • salt to taste

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste

  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo, minced, or more to taste

  • 1 pinch ground cumin, or to taste

  • 1 pinch dried thyme, or to taste

  • white pepper to taste

  • 4 cups vegetable broth

  • 3 Yukon Gold potatoes, diced

  • ½ cup milk

  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add leeks and salt; cook, stirring often, until very soft, about 20 minutes. Stir in red bell pepper and garlic; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add chipotle pepper, cumin, thyme, and white pepper; cook and stir for 2 minutes.

  2. Stir vegetable broth and potatoes into the pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer soup, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in milk and cream. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, 10 to 15 minutes.

  3. Puree soup with an immersion blender to desired smoothness. Simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute fresh thyme for the dried if desired.

For a healthier version, use less or no cream at all and add more stock or water to get the right consistency.

Use a blender instead of an immersion blender to puree the soup if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

385 Calories
19g Fat
49g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 385
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 561mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 80mg 399%
Calcium 147mg 11%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 949mg 20%

* 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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