Chileatole - Green Chile Soup With Corn (Slow Cooker)

"From "The Mexican Slow Cooker" by Deborah Schneider. So many recipes in this book look so appealing. I have not made this one yet, but it contains so many ingredients I love. The author first tasted this soup at the Xochimilco market south of Mexico City."
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Ready In:
6hrs 45mins




  • In a 10-inch skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.Add the onion and all the chiles and cook,stirring, until the onion is soft and pale gold, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a 5 quart slow cooker.
  • Place the corn in a food processor and pulse several times, until the kernels are broken up but it is not quite smooth. Add to the slow cooker along with the water and salt.Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Stir in the epazote, cilantro, and pepper. Puree in batches in a blender, or with an immersion blender right in the crockpot, until it is smooth.
  • If necessary, thin the soup with a little water. Taste and adjust seasoning before serving.

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  1. rpgaymer
    This is a very tasty, spicy light soup- almost like a mildly-flavored split-pea soup with a bit of heat. I followed the recipe exactly, except I could not find Anaheim peppers so used Cubanelle peppers instead. I loved the epozote leaves in the soup; I've never cooked with the ingredient or even heard of it, but the strange and different flavor was just right for a corn soup. Served with a bit of Cotija cheese on top and some sour cream.
  2. DailyInspiration
    We enjoyed this very tasty, but spicy soup. I could not find good fresh corn so I did have to use frozen corn (thawed). I also modified the soup a bit and hope I did not take away from the intended taste. I used organic chicken broth vs. water, left out the jalapenos, and the espozote leaves (I found them, but wasn't sure we would like them in the soup). Otherwise, I kept to the recipe and instructions. I would like to try this soup again when corn is in season as I think it would be even better. Made for PRMR, March, 2013.
  3. jessymroberts
    A little spicy and a little sweet, this hit the spot on a cold day. Definitely a belly warmer. I made as directed.
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  4. Nitochka F.
    chili is the best! I've made the soup in multicooker Redmond so lessened the time of cooking. The dish tasted really nice on cold winter evening!
  5. ellie_
    This is very spicy soup. I used 4 cups of chicken broth and 2 cups water, only one jalapeno and skipped the epazote leaves and cilantro. I also used frozen corn. Served with corn bread. Thanks for sharing!


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