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Santa Fe Beef And Cheddar Chowder Recipe

Santa Fe Beef And Cheddar Chowder

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Southwestern Inspired
Keyword beef-and-cheddar-chowder, easy-ground-beef-recipes, santa-fe-chowder
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 359kcal
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper diced
  • 1 small green or poblano pepper diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup plus one tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 1.25 oz packet taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 32 oz carton chicken stock
  • 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies ] [i.e. Rotel]
  • 1 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 11 oz can Mexican corn drained
  • 1 16 oz block 2% cheese, i.e. Velveeta cubed
  • 1 cup 2 % milk
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro chopped
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • assorted toppings for serving: tortilla strips or chips, chopped green onions, shredded cheese


  • In a large stove top pot or dutch oven, cook onion and peppers over medium-high heat for 2 minutes or until translucent.
  • Add ground beef. Cook the ground beef until no pink remains. Drain any excess fat from the pot.
  • To the pot add flour. Mix until beef is coated. Add taco seasoning, seasoned salt and lemon pepper. Mix well.
  • Increase heat and gradually add chicken broth, tomatoes, black beans and corn. Bring to a boil then, decrease heat to medium-low. Taste and adjust the salt, if needed.
  • Simmer covered on medium-low for 25-30 minutes.
  • After 25 minutes, uncover. To the pot add cubed Velveeta and milk. Stir constantly over low heat, until the cheese is completely melted.
  • Allow to bubble on low heat for another 10 minutes Add cilantro and 2 chopped green onions just before serving.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.


  • This chowder has a very rich texture without using full fat cheese and milk. If desired, this chowder can be prepared using full fat dairy. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 1603mg | Potassium: 322mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 569IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg