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Spicy Sweet Potato & Bacon Chowder

It’s time for another soup recipe! It’s been a few weeks since I posted one so I figured I would post this delicious recipe that I made a couple of weeks ago. If you like spicy foods, you’ll love this soup. If you like bacon, you’ll love this soup. ┬áSee the pattern? Peppers + Bacon + Soup = Fantastic Soup!

This was sort of an experiment. I got my inspiration for this soup from Tracey over at The Kitchen is My Playground. She made an awesome Chipotle Sweet Potato Chowder a few weeks ago and it got me to thinking about making my own sweet potato chowder. I love experimenting in the kitchen so when I got home from work on that day a couple of weeks ago (yep, I had motivation after work!) I went to work in my kitchen and made this soup. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

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Recipe: Spicy Sweet Potato & Bacon Chowder

Recipe: Spicy Sweet Potato & Bacon Chowder

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, seeded and chopped
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed and boiled until tender
  • 4 C chicken broth
  • 1 15 oz can of coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp cornmeal
  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 sweet red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, saute the bacon over medium high heat until the juices have released.
  2. Add the onions, garlic and peppers and saute until tender.
  3. Add the dried thyme and mix well.
  4. Add half of the sweet potatoes and half of the chicken broth. Mix well and then puree with an immersion blender. Remove the solids with a strainer.
  5. Whisk together the cornmeal and coconut milk and then pour into the soup mixture. Mix well.
  6. Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes. The soup will thicken over time.
  7. Serve over rice, if desired.

When I make this soup again, I think I will try it vegetarian style with vegetable broth and no bacon. I think it would be really good prepared this way. It would also be healthier!


Here are a few more soup and chowder recipes that you may enjoy.

Crockpot Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup...Crockpot Style

Roasted Poblano & Crab Chowder

roasted poblano & crab chowder

Copycat Wendy’s Chili

copy cat wendy's chili33


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12 comments on “Spicy Sweet Potato & Bacon Chowder”

  1. It’s no wonder you had to post a soup recipe, it’s been dang cold in FLA recently, I wish I’d had a bowl of this tasty soup to warm my bones.

  2. YUMMY! Thats all I can say, I will be making this delicious soup! Thanks for sharing!

  3. The dish looks amazing, will be trying it out soon!

  4. I like the idea of coconut milk and have a few cans in my pantry. I’ll try it with soup soon! Your soup sounds great!

  5. How did you incorporate the corn meal into this recipe?

  6. I love soup! This one has two of my favorite ingredients, sweet potato and BACON! How great is that!!! I have a few recipes under top tabs on my blog and I would love if you would glance at a couple of them. And I do agree, with this Florida weather lately, soup is the perfect meal!

  7. I am about 99.9% sure this is going on my menu plan for next week. ;) I may toss in some shredded chicken.

  8. Oh my, bacon and sweet potatoes are two of my favorites, and you had me at “spicy.” I will be trying this recipe soon!
    XO, Rachel
    With love, Rachel

  9. Yum!! I love soup and this looks amazing! Sharing & pinning!

  10. I’m not sure how I feel about the Spicy part, but this sure does look good! Thank you so much for sharing on Foodie Friday. I’m featuring you at this weeks party.

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  12. Yum sounds delicious! Will have to try making this : )