Spicy Sweet Potato and Corn Soup for #SundaySupper

by Renee on February 24, 2013

Spicy Sweet Potato Corn Soup | Magnolia Days

What could be better than hot soup on a cold winter day? Or any day for that matter. I do tend to not have it as much in the summer though. A chilly, rainy day calls for a soup simmering in a big pot on the stove. The hardest part is deciding which one to make. Creamy? Broth-y? Ham stock? Chicken stock? Tomato-y? Decisions, decisions. When the temperature dropped recently, I thought of one I had been wanting to make for a long time – Spicy Sweet Potato and Corn Soup.

I never heard of sweet potato soup until a couple of years ago. You would think differently because of me growing up in the South and how sweet potatoes are so commonly used. It is probably because I’ve only had them sweet like baked ones with butter and cinnamon sugar on top, candied, or the quintessential casserole. Savory sweet potato recipes didn’t exist as far as I knew. Then one day I saw a spicy sweet potato soup on a menu and decided to give it a try. Wow. Savory, creamy-like, and with a kick of heat from peppers and spices. Yes, it went on my to-cook list immediately. It only took a couple of years for me to finally get around to making it.

A couple of notes about the spicy part. You can make it to your own degree of spicy. Like it hot? Add more jalapeno peppers or increase the amount of the cayenne pepper or Tabasco sauce. Prefer it mild? Cut down on the jalapenos and spices. You can always add more if it is not spicy enough. Oh, and I chopped the jalapenos to about the same size as corn kernels. I thought it gave an even texture and easier to for pepper heat sensitive people to handle. Biting/chewing on a big chunk of jalapeno could be too much for some folks.

How about some more soup recipes? Oh yea! It’s a Souper Sunday Supper and we have a whole bunch to share. There are all kinds including chicken, beef, pork, seafood, vegetable, and chilled soups:

Do The Chicken Dance (chicken {or other poultry} soups)

Where’s The Beef (Beef Soups)

Pass The Pork. Please (Pork or Sausage Soups)

Under The Sea (Seafood Soups)

Eat Your Veggies (Chock Full o’ Vegetables Soups)

Some Don’t Like It Hot (Chilled Soups)

It’s a souper-palooza! Time to get out the soup pot and get cooking. There are so many I want to make before summer. Now to pick which one will be next. What kind of soup is your favorite?

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Spicy Sweet Potato and Corn Soup

1 hour, 15 minutes

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Spicy Sweet Potato and Corn Soup

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 6 cups vegetable broth, plus more if needed
  • 1 to 2 medium jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups corn kernels
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 2 to 3 drops Tabasco sauce
  • Thin slices of jalapeno or green onions for garnish

In a large soup pot or dutch oven over medium heat, add the olive oil and onions and cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the sweet potatoes and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer until the potatoes have softened, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Using a blender, food processor, or immersion blender, puree the cooked ingredients. Return the puree to the pot and add the jalapeno pieces, corn, salt, cayenne, cumin, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and Tabasco. Stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, for 20 to 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add additional vegetable broth to desired consistency. It is a thick soup. Serve hot. Garnish with thin slices of jalapenos or green onions if desired.

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Stacy February 24, 2013 at 5:50 am

What a beautiful soup, Renee! And healthy too! I love the kick of the jalapeños and extra pop of color from the two extra slices on top. Pretty, pretty, pretty!

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Thank you Stacy! It does have a pretty color from the sweet potatoes.

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The Ninja Baker February 24, 2013 at 6:56 am

As a fan of sweet potatoes and the South, I am intrigued. Your addition of the jalapeños and Tabasco sauce has me doubly fascinated. Playing with sweet and savory is a masterful stroke, Renee. Congratulations!

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Thanks Kim! I’m so glad I discovered a spicy sweet potato soup. It is a great sweet (kind of) and spicy combo.

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Pam @ The Meltaways February 24, 2013 at 8:53 am

This sounds like the perfect blend of flavors! Your pictures are gorgeous!

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Thanks Pam!

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Jen @JuanitasCocina February 24, 2013 at 9:41 am

The colors in this soup are amazing! And I can just imagine the flavor!

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Thank you Jen! I thought it would catch your eye with the jalapenos in it.

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Liz February 24, 2013 at 9:43 am

Renee, you’ve taken an ordinary sweet potato soup to the next level (and beyond!). It sounds delicious…I think this is my favorite Sunday Supper ever!!!

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Thanks Liz! It sure is a fun Sunday Supper event. So many wonderful soups.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 24, 2013 at 9:56 am

Fabulous soup! I love it! I am a sweet potato and corn freak and together in soup is so perfect!

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Thanks Jennifer! I can tell you love peppers and so it should be a good soup for you.

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Heather @girlichef February 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

This is such a bowl of sunshine, Renee – it makes me happy just looking at it. Plus…YUM! Love the heat and the corn with the sweet potato and chiles. Just beautiful. This is one I need to try.

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Thanks Heather! Such a nice thing to say about my soup and photo.

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Diana @GourmetDrizzles February 24, 2013 at 10:28 am

Renee, this soup is simply lovely! What a unique flavor combination, and I’ve never tried sweet potato soup either. This soup is dinner party worthy ;-)

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Thanks Diana!

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Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) February 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

Love the simplicity of this soup. Beautiful photos!

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Thank you Amy!

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen February 24, 2013 at 10:49 am

I almost made a corn and jalapeño soup, but this is a far better recipe with the sweet potatoes. Besides that striking color, it´s spicy and perfect for a winter day! So gorgeous Renee!

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Thanks Paula! It does add a nice bit of color to a grey winter day.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips February 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Mmm, I love sweet sweet potatoes, but I also like them spicy (as you can tell from my soup today). This sounds so good!

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Go team spicy! Might as well spice up sweet potatoes too.

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious February 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Sweet potato soup is my absolute favorite! Love the spicy kick to it too!

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I’m glad to hear sweet potato soup is your favorite. Hopefully you will try this version with the spicy kick.

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foodwanderings February 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Renee, you know spicy calls my name.:) Love this potato and corn combination and boy you photographed soup so well. Everyone I visited did such a great job. Just incredible! :)

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Thank you Shulie! So sweet of you to compliment my photography. It is a great event with so many wonderful soups.

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Amanda @ MarocMama February 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm

There’s a Moroccan soup somewhat like this – it uses sweet potatoes and harissa. I love how culture play off the sweet and savory notes of foods.

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Oh, I need to find a recipe for a sweet potato and harissa soup. I bet it is wonderful.

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Tara February 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Wow would that be good, I will have to try this recipe for sure. I am going to Pin it!!

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Thanks Tara and I appreciate the pin!

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The Wimpy Vegetarian February 24, 2013 at 3:06 pm

I love sweet potato soup! One of the best things about it is that it can hit such a range of flavors and spice. My favorite is spicy – love your use of jalapenos!

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Thanks Susan! Yes, lots of heat and spice or a little. Adjust to your preference and enjoy.

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts February 24, 2013 at 3:23 pm

What a gorgeous color! The sweet potatoes sound delicious here!

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Thanks Erin!

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DB-The Foodie Stuntman February 24, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I’m not a huge spicy food fan. I like a little to contrast another flavor (sweet and/or salt) so might I also suggest to cut the heat, use a different pepper? I really like anaheim or poblano peppers as a substitute for jalapenos.

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I am sure you could use anaheim or poblano peppers instead of jalapenos. Plus cut down on the spices and it should fit your taste preference.

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal February 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm

This is right up my alley. I bought some sweet potato soup from Trader Joe’s that I had for lunch today, but I can only imagine how good it would be if there was a little heat from jalapeno.

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I haven’t been to a Trader Joe’s in ages. I had no idea they had sweet potato soup.

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Alaiyo Kiasi February 24, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Sweet potatoes and corn are a great combination–and what an attractive soup! Kudos, Renee!

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Thank you so much Alaiyo!

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Carla February 24, 2013 at 7:53 pm

I’ve heard of potato soup but don’t think I’ve ever had sweet potato soup. I know it has more vitamins than regular potato soup. Love the spicy touch too.

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Yes, sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins and fiber too. I’ll probably eat even more of them now that I’ve discovered how great they are savory.

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Beate February 24, 2013 at 10:53 pm

This sounds like an amazing soup, Renee. I love anything with sweet potatoes but unfortunately my DH is not a fan…maybe he won’t notice ;)

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Tell you DH it is carrot or butternut squash or a combo of them. Your secret is safe with me.

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Anita at Hungry Couple February 25, 2013 at 7:53 am

That looks really good. I do love soup and I have the benefit of several months of bitter cold New York winters to give me the chance to eat them constantly. :) I haven’t tried sweet potato soup yet but it’s going on the list!

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Brrr… it must be very cold up in New York. At least you do have plenty of time for soups. I hope you do try this one soon.

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Jennie @themessybakerblog February 25, 2013 at 11:10 am

Renee, I love everything about this soup. I love a big ol’ bowl of soup on a rainy, cold day. Oh, and that spoon is adorable.

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Thanks Jennie! I found that spoon at this little market near my house. I’ve had it for the longest time and I don’t know why I haven’t used it in photos before now.

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Holly February 25, 2013 at 11:27 am

This looks great. I make a sweet potato soup with pears (sounds odd but it quite good) but I haven’t tried a spicy version and think this would be delicious. Snowy day here and your soup would be wonderful!

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Renee February 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Sweet potato and pear soup? Interesting. It must be a little more on the sweet side.

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a farmer in the dell February 25, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I love all the flavor combinations going on in this soup! I just found your blog and am already a fan! My husband and I are vegetable farmers and I love that you like getting your hands dirty as well :)

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Renee February 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Thank you! I am so glad you found my blog! I do enjoy digging in the dirt with gardening and landscape maintenance for my home and yard.

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere February 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm

We have fallen in love with savory sweet potato this winter. I’m really excited to give this soup a try!

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Renee February 26, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Thanks Sarah!

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Sarah February 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Packed full of nutrition and warmth! This is perfect for the winter

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Renee February 26, 2013 at 12:49 pm

That’s a real compliment coming from such a nutrition expert. Thank you very much!

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Momma's Meals February 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Love the idea of sweet potatoes and corn together!! This must be an amazing combo!!

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Renee February 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Well, I ate two big bowls of it for dinner and a big bowl of it for lunch the next day. I froze the rest. I will enjoy every single drop of this soup.

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chatteringkitchen February 26, 2013 at 4:33 am

Love the addition of the jalepenos. Spicy food is my favorite

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Renee February 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Thanks! I’m a major fan of jalapenos too. Fresh or pickled. Bring on the heat!

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Susan February 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm

The color in this soup is incredible and it sounds just as good!

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Renee February 26, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Thanks Susan!

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Kim Bee February 26, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Okay this is gorgeous Renee. I love corn in anything but this is just whole new level. Super yummy!

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Renee February 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Thanks Kim!

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Lyn @LovelyPantry February 27, 2013 at 3:11 am

Yes! Goodness, I like the idea of corn with sweet potatoes! This soup looks absolutely lovely… see how versatile sweet potatoes are? I love that we did similar soups this week!

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Renee February 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I love that we did similar soups this week too. I really want to try yours with the carrot juice and your selection of spices.

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Family Foodie February 27, 2013 at 9:42 pm

I love sweet potatoes but have never tried making soup with them. What a fabulous idea. I love and want that spoon… where did you get it?

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Renee February 28, 2013 at 8:30 am

I got the spoon at this little shop near my house. It was over a year ago.

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom February 28, 2013 at 3:12 am

Hi Renee,
This soup looks soooo good! I’ve never made a sweet potato soup but now I must try! and Souper-palooza?! love it!

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Renee February 28, 2013 at 8:31 am

Thanks Alice and it sure is a Souper-palooza!!

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Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite February 28, 2013 at 6:37 am

Oh wow I have never had a sweet potato soup but this sounds wonderful

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Renee February 28, 2013 at 8:31 am

Thanks Laura!

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