Spicy Summer Soups with Chili Peppers

Now is the time of year when gardens are exploding with plenty of fresh chili peppers and more. If you’re like us, you not only have plenty of peppers, but baskets full of tomatoes as well. Plus, fresh golden corn is everywhere, and it is very inexpensive. We like to use as many fresh vegetables as possible before it is time to preserve, and one way to do that is by making summer soups.

There are numerous ways to make soup, but the simple method for these soups is cooking down the peppers and other ingredients in a pot, simmering them in stock with seasonings, then processing them to a smooth texture. You can then strain the soup if you’d like for something even more smooth, then top with complimentary ingredients like seafood or creamy avocado slices.

Here we offer 2 summer soup variations that should help you make use of your garden harvest explosion.

Corn-Jalapeno Soup with Shrimp Recipe

Corn-Jalapeno Soup with Shrimp Recipe

Corn-Jalapeno Soup with Shrimp Recipe

Ingredients

  • FOR THE SOUP
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 medium sweet onions, chopped
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Corn from 3 ears
  • 6 lemon basil leaves, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • FOR THE SHRIMP
  • ½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes

Cooking Directions

  1. To a large pot, add olive oil with onion, peppers and garlic. Cook about 5 minutes to soften, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add corn and basil leaves. Stir and cook about 6 minutes longer, or until corn becomes golden.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste, then add chicken broth. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer about 10 minutes.
  4. Using an immersion blender, process the soup until smooth. You can also use a blender in small batches.
  5. Strain the soup into serving dishes.
  6. While the soup is cooking, heat a pan to medium heat and lightly coat with oil.
  7. Season shrimp with salt and pepper.
  8. Add shrimp and cook about 3-4 minutes, or until shrimp is cooked through. Remove from heat and coarsely chop.
  9. In a mixing bowl, whisk together lime juice, mustard and chili flakes. Add shrimp and toss to coat.
  10. Add shrimp mixture to the center of the soup and serve.

This recipe is also posted at ChiliPepperMadness.com.

Jalapeno-Tomato Soup Recipe

Jalapeno-Tomato Soup Recipe

Jalapeno-Tomato Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3-4 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 2 small sweet onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

Cooking Directions

  • Heat a sauté pan to medium heat. Add olive oil with jalapeno peppers, garlic and onions. Cook about 5 minutes, or until ingredients are softened.
  • While the above is cooking, heat a large pot to medium heat and add butter. Allow butter to melt.
  • Add flour to butter and stir to form a roux. Cook about 5-6 minutes until nutty brown.
  • Add peppers and onions to the pot and season with salt and pepper. Stir.
  • Add chicken broth and stir. Bring to a light boil and reduce heat to simmer.
  • Add stewed tomatoes and chili powder and simmer about 10 minutes.
  • Use an immersion blender to process the soup. You can also transfer the soup in small batches to a blender to process and return to the soup pot. Process until smooth.
  • Serve!

We served this soup up with some Habanero Grilled Cheese! This recipe was also posted at JalapenoMadness.com.

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About Mike from Madness

Mike Hultquist is a chili pepper and spicy food enthusiast with an insane desire to play in the kitchen. He's all about cooking with chili peppers, but also loves chili pepper gardening, preserving, and experimenting with new and creative ways to incorporate spicy food into life. He's also a produced screenwriter, novelist, food writer and web site developer.
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