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Spicy Sweet Potato and Corn Soup for #SundaySupper

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)

  • Chilled Strawberry Soup at Juanita’s Cocina
  • Bread and Tomato Soup – Gazpacho Style at Vintage Kitchen Notes

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

A recipe for a spicy sweet potato and corn soup made with sweet potatoes, corn, vegetable broth, jalapenos, and various spices.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Author Renee


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for a spicy sweet potato and corn soup made with sweet potatoes, corn, vegetable broth, jalapenos, and various spices.

Recipe adapted from one on the Foodista website.

Recipe Rating

plasterer bristol

Tuesday 18th of August 2015

This sounds lovely and really tasty. Thank you for sharing this.


Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite

Thursday 28th of February 2013

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


Thursday 28th of February 2013

Thanks Laura!

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

Thursday 28th of February 2013

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!


Thursday 28th of February 2013

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

Family Foodie

Wednesday 27th of February 2013

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?


Thursday 28th of February 2013

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

Lyn @LovelyPantry

Wednesday 27th of February 2013

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!


Wednesday 27th of February 2013

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.