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Overhead View of a Bowl of Red Lentil Corn Chowder with Fresh Cilantro, Red Onion and Hot Sauce on Top
Red Lentil Corn Chowder
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Hearty red lentils and sweet summer corn are simmered up with southwestern spices in a coconut milk broth to make this hearty and totally meal-worthy vegan chowder.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 443 kcal
Author: Alissa
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ½ jalapeño pepper, minced (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. ancho chile powder
  • ½ tsp. oregano
  • 2 to 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk, regular or light
  • 1 cup ale, or another cup of broth
  • 1 cup split red lentils
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn kernels, about 2 ears
  • 1 tbsp. cayenne pepper hot sauce, or to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
Toppings (optional - pick your favorites)
  • fresh cilantro
  • chopped scallions
  • diced red onion
  • cayenne pepper hot sauce
  • diced avocado
  1. Coat the bottom of a medium pot with oil and place over medium heat. When oil is hot, add onion and jalapeño, if using. Sauté until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, ancho chile powder and oregano, and sauté about 1 minute more, until very fragrant.
  2. Add 2 cups broth, coconut milk, beer (or another cup of broth), and lentils. Bring to a simmer and lower heat. Allow to simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add corn and tomatoes to pot allow to continue simmering unit the lentils fall apart and corn has reached desired tenderness, about 10 minutes more. Add up to an additional cup of broth during cooking if the mixture becomes too thick.
  3. Remove from heat and season with hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Ladle into bowls and top with toppings of choice. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Red Lentil Corn Chowder
Amount Per Serving
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 181
% Daily Value*
Fat 20.1g31%
Saturated Fat 13.6g68%
Sodium 598mg25%
Potassium 1037mg30%
Carbohydrates 46.6g16%
Fiber 18.2g73%
Sugar 6.6g7%
Protein 19.3g39%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 7.2mg40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.