Black Bean and Roasted Corn Chowder

5 from 6 votes

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This Black Bean and Roasted Corn Chowder is a fast and flavor soup that can be enjoyed any time of the year. This savory corn chower is one of my favorite corn recipes that you need to try.

A bowl of soup

About this soup

It’s time once again for our seasonal Freaky Friday recipe, the quarterly recipe recreation within a group of other food sites to which we belong. For this summer version of Freaky Friday, we were secretly assigned to Honey and Birch and we had a heck of a time deciding which of their recipes we wanted to make for you.

If ever there was such a thing of too much of a good thing, the recipe index of this wonderful food site would surely qualify.  Ultimately we went with their Black Bean Corn Chowder Recipe. I’m a big fan of black beans and in fact, I may have been known to eat them right out of the can a time or two before. Please, don’t judge me.

two bell peppers and three ears of sweet corn

I’ve never been good at copying anything, recipes included. It just feels too confining to make the exact same recipe that someone else has created and so like I almost always do, I put my own spin on this soup by roasting the corn on the grill (along with a few of the other ingredients).

Doing this not only allowed for making great use of our beautiful summer weather but also added a sweet flavor to this roasted corn chowder, thanks to the caramelization that results from a hot flame.

Ironically, in the past, we have swum in similar culinary waters here on Platter Talk. A few summers ago we put together this sensational Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salsa. Fast forward a year or so and we are trading in the tortilla chip for a soup bow!

A ladle of corn and potato chowder

When I think of recipes for the grill, it seems that soup is one thing that never comes to mind. How wrong I was! Initially, I was just going to grill the corn for this roasted corn chowder. Then, I remembered how much I love the taste of roasted sweet peppers. Next, as I was dicing the baby reds, I thought, “Why not?” and before I knew it I had those on a grill pan as well.

I’ve never heard of grill soup before but essentially, that’s exactly what this roasted corn chowder turned out to be. Surprise yourself too and give this one a try but first, pop on over to Honey and Birch and have fun drooling at all of their incredible food ideas. Happy summer and happy grilling!  -Dan

A bowl of soup on a table, with Corn chowder


Black Bean & Roasted Corn Chowder

5 from 6 votes
Inspired by Honey and Birch.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Yield: 6 servings


  • 6 oz bacon, coarse dice
  • 1/2 cup green onion, fine dice
  • 32 oz low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups baby red potatoes, coarse dice, skin on and roasted
  • 15 oz low sodium black beans, drained
  • 2 ears sweet corn, roasted
  • 1 sweet bell pepper, roasted
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes


  • Fire up grill to medium high heat and roast the corn, pepper, and potatoes. Slice the corn of the cob when ready and remove skin from pepper and dice. Set potatoes, corn and pepper aside.
  • In large soup pot over medium heat, add bacon and stir for about 10 minutes until crispy. Drain excess fat. Add green onions and stir for about 2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Adjust salt and pepper to your preference and cook over low heat about 20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld. Garnish with additional red pepper flakes and/or green onions if desired.



Calories: 548kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 646mg, Potassium: 1445mg, Fiber: 12g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1310IU, Vitamin C: 29.3mg, Calcium: 128mg, Iron: 4.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
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Two ears of sweetcorn

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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. Grilled veggies taste so good and I totally agree that this soup is perfect for any time of year! I actually made beef stew the other night. 😉 will definitely have to try this soon!

  2. I love the idea of roasting the corn before using them in the chowder as it add so much to it! I can’t wait make this and continue making it all through the fall and winter!

  3. I love the way you think!! 😉 This chowder looks amazing and I love that the veggies are roasted too! It looks so good and I’m pretty sure this will be requested at home pretty soon!

  4. 5 stars
    I am always hungry for soup and just watching the video made my mouth water – what a delicious recipe, YUM!!!

  5. 5 stars
    I love soups and chowders year round. The summer spin with the roasting of the vegetables was brilliant!! Great recipe!