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Aztec Corn Chowder

Use your slow cooker to create this tasty vegetarian soup. If you like a little kick, a few drops of hot sauce does the trick.

  • ¾ cup dry yellow split peas
  • 2 (14.1 ounce) cans reduced-sodium chicken broth 
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (12 ounce) package frozen corn kernels
  • ½ cup chopped bottled roasted red sweet peppers
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • ½ cup tub-style cream cheese spread with chive and onion

Tip: For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.


  1. Rinse split peas. In a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker, combine the split peas, chicken broth, water, corn, red peppers, chiles, cumin, oregano, and thyme. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours. Cool 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer 2 cups soup to a food processor or blender. Cover and process or blend until smooth. Return pureed soup to the slow cooker. Add the cream cheese spread to cooker; whisk or stir into soup until cream cheese is melted. If necessary, cover and cook about 5 minutes or until heated through.


Serving Size: 1 cup

Per Serving: 222 calories; protein 10.5g; carbohydrates 29.8g; dietary fiber 7.7g; sugars 5.3g; fat 7.5g; saturated fat 4.8g; cholesterol 20mg; vitamin a iu 423.9IU; vitamin c 38.7mg; folate 89.9mcg; calcium 61.6mg; iron 2.2mg; magnesium 41.1mg; potassium 541.7mg; sodium 456mg.