Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 15 mins

Truly the best soup I ever tasted. It's quick and easy and always turns out great. It's an adaptation of a recipe from a James McNair cookbook I found years ago and have been making it ever since. As you probably already know, if you like cheese soup to be as smooth as possible use processed cheese like Velveeta. Adding 1 cup of milk makes a richer soup, but it could be omitted and would still taste great.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. add onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. stir in garlic and saute 1 minute.
  4. add flour and stir for 2 minutes.
  5. add corn, chiles, tomatoes and broth.
  6. bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. slowly stir cheese (and milk if desired) into soup and heat, stirring frequently until cheese melts, about 5 minutes.
  8. do not bring to a boil.
  9. add salt and cayenne pepper to taste and serve.
Most Helpful

I really enjoyed this soup. Good flavor, mild taste from the green chilies. I did add the milk, used some velveeta, although less than called for and left out the salt and cayenne. Will make again!

StacyMD187373 January 27, 2014

This was really good but I thought it was lacking something, maybe a pinch of cumin. Next time I might add some chicken as well. Overall we really liked it and I will definitely make again. Thanks for posting!

KLBoyle February 02, 2013

Delicious soup. I used pickled jalapenos and mozzarella cheese since that's what I had on hand. Thank you.

Katanashrp December 03, 2011