November 2, 2012 7:00 AM
Creamy Poblano Soup
POSTED IN: TV Show Recipes , Pati's Mexican Table
TAGS: EP211 , Mexico , Patricia Jinich , poblano , soup
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Crema Poblana
Serves 6

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups white onion, chopped
5 to 6 poblano peppers, roasted, sweated, peeled, seeded and diced
2 cups corn kernels, fresh or thawed
1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
Queso Fresco, crumbled, optional

Place a large soup pot over medium heat; add oil and butter. Once the butter melts and begins to sizzle, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion has completely softened, and the edges have begun to brown, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Add the poblano chiles, stir and let them cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Make some room in the middle of the pot, and add the corn, sprinkle the salt and pepper and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.

Pour in the chicken broth, let it come to a simmer and cook for 5 more minutes, so that the flavors have had the chance to really blend.

Reduce the heat to low, wait for about a minute, and gently pour in the milk. Heat the soup through, for about 6 to 8 minutes, and serve. If you make it ahead of time, and want to reheat it, do so over low-medium heat.


My husband and I saw this recipe on Pati's TV show yesterday and decided to try it today. It was SO easy to prepare and was absolutely delicious. I had forgotten to buy queso fresco so I grated some jack cheese over the top instead. This week we are going to try the chicken tinga. Pati has two new fans.

carmen figueroa | November 11, 2012 6:00 PM

Hola Carmen, Thank you so much for taking a moment to write me! I love hearing that you are trying my recipes.

Pati Jinich replied to comment from carmen figueroa | November 21, 2012 10:56 AM

This is the first time I tried any of Pati's recipes; but I saw her make this creamy poblano soup & I made it that same evening. It was super easy & absolutely delicious. It is the perfect amount of picante & spicy & has a real depth of flavor!! IT IS DELICIOUS & HEALTHFUL!

I can't wait to try more of Pati's recipes.

Kerri Hopkins | November 24, 2012 9:39 AM

Seen you make this the other day and had to try it!! LOVED IT!! It is officially my favorite soup!! We took a cooking class when we went to Mexico on vacation and learned how to make chili rellenos..and that class helped me with preparing the poblano peppers!!
Thank you!!

Tracy | November 24, 2012 2:32 PM

Kerri, I can't believe you made the soup the evening after you saw the episode. Thank you so much!!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Kerri Hopkins | November 26, 2012 5:27 PM

Hola Tracy, The cooking class in Mexico must have been so fun! I'm glad it made the soup easier for you and you enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time to write me.

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Tracy | November 26, 2012 5:43 PM

After Thanksgiving dinner, my brother, sister-in-law, husband and friends sat down because I wanted them to see your program I had on dvr. They all want now to taste your Creamy Poblano Soup. I'm going to try to make it this weekend. I'll let you know how it turned out. PS: only my husband is from Mexico the rest of the group is Brazilian and American.

Adna Lopez | December 6, 2012 12:22 PM

Hola Adna, Let me know how it turned out! Thank you so much for sharing the show with your family!!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Adna Lopez | December 10, 2012 5:44 PM

We saw this program today. We are taking our daily walk soon and will swing by our Local Mexican Market to get the peppers and will fix this for tonight - it really sounds good!! I had broth on the stove so it came at the perfect moment!! Love your show.

Janet Hoover | December 13, 2012 4:16 PM

Making the chili poblano soup took me back to my Grandmother's kitchen. Thank you

Judy Vazquez | December 13, 2012 8:54 PM

Pati, I love watching your show! I'm glad that you include information regarding culture and history along with your recipes. I plan on making this soup this week - it looks amazing!

Teresa | December 16, 2012 12:17 PM

Well I didn't try it the same day but I tried to buy what I needed by memory and I going to make it tonight!! Will let you know how it turns out. It looks yummy!!! My husband is from Colombia and they love soups, he also loves Mexican food. As he says "I was born Colombian but I have been converted to Mexican!!! He loves mexican food......:)

Elvia | December 16, 2012 6:03 PM

Thank you for watching, Janet!! I hope you enjoy the soup.

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Janet Hoover | December 18, 2012 6:17 PM

That's wonderful to hear, Judy! Thank you for trying the recipe!!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Judy Vazquez | December 19, 2012 3:23 PM

Hi Teresa, Thank you so much for watching the show!! I appreciate the compliment on the culture and history bits I give with the recipes -- sharing these stories is one of the things I love most about doing the show.

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Teresa | December 19, 2012 6:12 PM

Elvia, Your husband has me laughing so hard! I hope you both enjoy the poblano soup. Please let me know how it turns out!!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Elvia | December 19, 2012 6:29 PM