Slow Cooker Spicy Pumpkin Chicken Corn Chowder

Morita chiles are red, fully mature Chipotles. This gives them a unique, medium – hot smokey flavor which is popular in many Southwestern dishes. These can be added to sauces (including Mole) to add smokey flavor and maintain the red color of the sauces. These peppers are about 2-4 inches in length, 1 inch in width, and have a deep brick reddish brown color. The word Chipotle translated to smoked chile. Consider the Chipotle a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the hottest). Scoville heat units 7,000-25,000.

Suggested Use:
Use Morita in enchilada sauces, chili, stews, barbecue ribs, and corn bread. Their smoky quality combines well with poultry, meats and fall squash.

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Yield: 10 cups chowder

The recipe is gluten-free or gluten-filled based on the flour used.


  • 1 cup Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Red New Potatoes, scrubbed and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 cup Frozen Corn Kernels
  • ¼ cup Flour (gluten-free or regular)
  • 6 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Rotisserie Chicken, shredded (home cooked chicken may also be used)
  • 1 15-ounce can Pumpkin (unseasoned); or the equivalent homemade
  • 1 Chipotle Pepper, rehydrated in hot water and diced
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle soaking water
  • ¼ Heavy Cream
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Optional Garnish: crumbled bacon and torn cilantro leaves


  1. In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium high. Add the chopped onions and sauté until the onions are translucent. Set aside.
  2. Add the potatoes and corn to the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle with the flour and toss to fully coat the potatoes and corn. Spread evenly on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Add the sautéed onions evenly on top of the potatoes and corn, followed by the chicken. Next add the broth and the pumpkin; gently stirring to combine them. Top with the chopped chipotle pepper and soaking water.
  4. Cook on high between 4-6 hours until the potatoes are soft. Stir in the cream. Salt and pepper for taste. Add garnish if desired and serve.

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