July 25, 2019

Homemade Creamy Jalapeno Soup and our Lower Carb Cream of Jalapeno Soup

I think the first time I posted a version of jalapeno soup was back in 2007 even though we had been making it for a number of years before I added it to the housewifebarbie.com page.  Still, posted over  12 years ago and yet it's still a favorite of our family's.

We don't really make this way anymore as it uses flour, carrots and green peppers, which are higher carb items that we don't usually have on hand unless we have guests visiting.   

You also don't have to worry about amounts.  It's soup, so very forgiving on how you make it and what you make it with.  More or less jalapenos, more or less cheese, more broth and less cream, more cream less broth, different vegetables... it's all good!

Here is the basic version I posted over a dozen years ago... flash back to 2007!   Then I'll update it below.

Cream of Jalapeno Soup

4 T butter
3 jalapenos, shopped fine (or just use store bought from a jar, or can and chop them)
1 lg. onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, diced
3 T flour
1 lg. carrot, chopped or grated
3 c chicken broth
1 lg. green pepper, chopped fine
2 c whipping cream or half and half (or use milk in a pinch, it just won't be as thick or rich)
2 c cheese (swiss, mozzarella, cheddar... use what you have on hand for different flavors each time)

In a saucepan melt 2 T butter. Cook onion, celery, carrot and green pepper over medium heat until tender. Stir in jalapeno's. Remove all from saucepan. Melt 2 T butter, stir in flour and cook 2 minutes while stiring or whisking. Gradually add the broth and cream. Whisk smooth, increase heat and bring to a brief boil. Reduce heat immediately and simmer 10 minutes until thick and creamy. Add the mixture of cheeses and the cooked veggies. Serve!

Through the years we've made this similar but different.  Basically, use what you have on hand and as long as it includes a couple basic ingredients, it's going to be good.  If you are doing low carb or keto, you won't use any flour or thickeners, but using cream and less chicken broth solves that issue.

The photo at the top of this post is probably our favorite version - which is low carb and uses no flour and different vegetables.

Lower Carb Cream of Jalapeno Soup

2 T butter
1 T bacon drippings/grease
3 jalapenos, shopped fine (or just use a bottle or can and chop them)
2 or 3 green onions, chopped
1 cup cabbage, shredded
2 c chicken broth
2 c heavy cream or half and half
2 or 3 oz. cream cheese
1 1/2 c shredded cheese (smoked Gouda, mozzarella, cheddar, American... use what you have on hand for different flavors each time or what you like best.  Note the smoked Gouda and American is a great mix for flavor!)

In a saucepan melt butter and bacon drippings. Cook onion over medium high heat until just tender. Stir in the cabbage and jalapeno's. Cook for about 2 minutes to soften the cabbage.  Add the cream cheese, broth and cream, stir smooth. Add the cheese(s). Simmer and stir until smooth, thick and creamy ( a couple minutes).


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