Pink radishes, jewel yams and white corn with a swipe of magenta across it’s kernels that I kinda sorta want to make a necklace out of and/or bedazzle everything I own with…

I’m not usually one to pigeon-hole my foods into stereotypical gender roles…but this soup is kinda girly, don’tcha think?


Which is not to say that it’s delicate or devoid of the kind of heft that is needed to convince males that soup for dinner really is a viable option.

There are so many fun veggie mix-ins in here that your taste buds and the satiety center in your brain can’t help but be pleased, whether or not you have the luxury of being able to pee standing up on the side of a race course while the rest of us are relegated to a Port-a-Potty that has been used by 6,000 too many runners with pre-race jitters.  Not that I’m jealous or anything.


Although maybe, if you’re really trying to sell this soup to a member of the opposite sex…don’t mention the veggies so much.  I find that (most, but not ALL) boys (i.e. my brother) don’t respond so well to such tactics.

For them, it’s more of an ignorance is bliss kind of deal.

And in this case, what they don’t know won’t hurt them.  In fact. it might even make them healthier.


Latin corn soup.  Hearty enough for a man but rockstar enough for YOU.


Latin Corn Soup
Serves 4-5, adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Cooking For Health


  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 serrano pepper, minced
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced radishes
  • 2 cups peeled and diced sweet potatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (!5 oz) can white hominy, drained
  • 1 (14 oz) can lite coconut milk
  • 1 (14 oz) can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped


  1. Cook the onions in a soup pot on medium-high in the oil for about 5 minutes or until the onions are just beginning to soften.  Add the garlic, serrano pepper, coriander, oregano and salt.  Stir constantly for one minute.  Stir in 1 cup of the water and the radishes, sweet potatoes and bell pepper.  Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for ten minute or until the veggies are tender.
  2. While the veggies simmer, puree together the hominy with the remaining 1 cup water and the coconut milk in a food processor or blender.  Add to the vegetables once they are tender, along with the tomatoes and the corn.  Bring back to a simmer.
  3. Stir in the lime juice and the cilantro.  Remove from heat and serve.

I am submitting this to Souper Sundays, which is hosted by Deb of Kahakai Kitchen.

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75 Responses to Latin Corn Soup

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a soup so pretty:-)

    Hope you are having a great week on vacation!!

  2. london bakes says:

    So pretty and so full of delicious things!

  3. Simply Life says:

    I always forget about hominy – what a great way to use it!

  4. Amy says:

    Hey, real men DO each quiche…and veggies in soup! Hope you’re having fun, J!

  5. Such a lovely looking soup!!! I’m sold on ANYTHING that contains sweet potatoes.
    Hope vaca is super fun this week!

  6. Whata great soup and a great use of vegetables! It looks and sounds wonderful!!

  7. Suzi says:

    This looks fab, so colorful and healthy my dear. You very seldom see hominy in recipes anymore, wonder why that is. I’m going to look for it as it has been years since I have eaten any. Love this recipe.

  8. SallyBR says:

    For reasons I cannot quite understand, I am afraid of cooking with hominy. I stare at it at the grocery store, and so far we haven’t “connected”.

    gotta work on my fears… this soup is looking mighty good, girly or not 😉

  9. Danielle says:

    This soup is gorgeous! Bookmarking this one it sounds and looks wonderful!

  10. oooh, hominy! love it. 🙂 and yes, definitely it is best to not hype up veggies in recipes to boys. much better results to just keep mum on it, i think!

  11. Lora says:

    Wonderful soup. Makes me want a bowl for breakfast.

  12. Eliana says:

    This soup looks totally girl. And of course, totally delicious. All she is missing is a pair of stilettos.

  13. Cathleen says:

    Haha, one of my best friends is like that. He won’t have any vegetables. Whatsoever. We go out for burgers: “I’ll have mine with no lettuce or tomato.” Server: “So just the meat?” him: “yeah…”
    This looks fantastic! It’s been such a long time since I’ve had soup. I need to make some soon!

  14. My goodness! Explain to me how you figured out how to fit MAGENTA into a soup?! I’m so impressed! And I’m totally with you on the sun-baked port-a-potty vs. peeing while standing up next to a bush rivalry. Sigh.

  15. That corn is so pretty! I want some. And, I want this soup. Love the colors and the flavors.

  16. Erica says:

    hahaha, I love that this post is unabashed in the assumption that everyone reading it is female 🙂

  17. Jenna says:

    You’re right–a necklace made of those kernels would totally rock!

  18. love all the beautiful colors of your corn! love all the ingredients in it too especially the sweet potatoes!

  19. Eileen says:

    Ooh, I love it! Soup bursting with fresh vegetables is one of my favorite things ever–even in the middle of summer. The coconut milk is a really interesting addition!

  20. Beth says:

    Girlie or not, I think this soup looks wonderful. Anything with sweet potatoes has my vote automatically.

  21. That Girl says:

    I’ve got two guys that love soup for dinner! And that corn is gorgeous. I find that often white corn is sweeter than yellow – where does white with magenta fall in that spectrum?

  22. Elizabeth says:

    The color is stunning! I”ve never seen that type of corn

  23. Cara says:

    I’m totally guilty of buying “cute” vegetables. You know, the little fairy eggplants, purple artichokes, stuff like that. If I ever saw corn like this, I’d be sure to scoop it right up!

  24. tigerfish says:

    Girl POWER! Have not seen those corn around here. Need to check them out soon.

  25. grace says:

    that is so pretty, joanne! i’m always thrilled to see new uses for hominy. hominy hominy hominy. love it. 🙂

  26. Joanne, what kind of corn is that and where do you get it? I’ve never seen anything like that – I don’t even think I’ve seen that in heirloom seed catalogs!

    • Joanne says:

      Hi Anita! I ordered it from an online grocery store called Fresh Direct in NYC (similar to PeaPod from Stop and Shop). They called it red corn, but who knows if that’s the real name!

  27. Shannon says:

    that corn looks so pretty!!! what a lovely soup 🙂

  28. This soup looks great and so colorful. I hope your trip is going great!

  29. Wow, gorgeous corn! I’ve never seen anything like that! Your soup looks great – I especially love the sweet potato 🙂

  30. Guru Uru says:

    Your corn soup is the best I have seen 😀
    Love it so much!


  31. Blond Duck says:

    If it wasn’t 100 degrees, I’d crave this.

  32. Pam says:

    Now that is a pretty soup!

  33. Raina says:

    Looks great

    Looks great! I don’t tell my husband everything that is in the food I give him:)

  34. That corn is so pretty, Joanne! Way to go with soup in the summer. I was salads in July but pulled out soup, too, now that we’re in August. 😉

  35. i got some red/purple corn at the market just this past week and it was so good not to mention pretty! i love how you used it in this latin soup! It looks delicious

  36. That corn is incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it!

  37. Love this soup – definitely have no problem with the veggies. As for the the whole peeing situation, it’s completely unfair. I don’t think I could ever use another Port-a-Potty.

  38. Christine says:

    Yum! What kind of corn is that? I’ve never seen fresh corn with magenta spots. From a farmer’s market I presume, vs. grocery. Hope you’re enjoying your vacation!

  39. I love hominy…. Loving this soup….
    It looks gorgeous!!!

  40. Kari says:

    This is gorgeous! So very pretty. However, I have a question – what is white hominy (or hominy in general)? I may have to consult google as I’ve never heard of it!

  41. Hotly Spiced says:

    I noticed something in this I haven’t seen before and I’m guessing it’s the white hominey. Looks like an interesting pulse? Love the look of this and yes, when I’m cooking vegetarian I don’t mention it – and no one seems to notice xx

  42. This is definitely a soup I could eat for dinner. It’s beautiful, too!

  43. I love that you call this a girly soup! It does like super delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever had a soup with radishes in it 🙂


  44. Jenn Kendall says:

    it is definitely a girly soup! i adore the colors here! love it 🙂

  45. marie says:

    Sweet potatoes and coconut milk, 2 of my favorite things. This soup has got to be a winner.

  46. Mary says:

    Boyish or girlish, this soup sounds wonderful. I love its fiesta colors. It is sure to brighten any cloudy day. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  47. Erica says:

    This is my kind of soup….I love hominy (maiz)!It looks comforting and delicious!

  48. Dana says:

    Oh Joanne, I have missed your cheerful posts and delicious food. This is such a gorgeous bowl of goodness. Corn season is just starting here and one of my favorite ways to eat it is in soup. Hope you are well!

  49. Natalie says:

    This is very pretty but definitely bold and flavorful enough for a man! I’ve never seen hominy before but am hearing more about it lately, I’ll have to keep an eye out!

  50. Hi Joanne! I’ve been MIA but I crave for your delicious photos and came here. This soup sounds wonderful. I love stews and soups, and I feel this particular one will clense my soul and body. Love the “jewel” sweet potatoes in here.

  51. teresa says:

    i read my daughter Fancy Nancy books, which is the first thing i thought of when i saw this soup. pretty and pink, and looks just delicious!

  52. I have never seen corn like that! It’s beautiful. Probably would never be able to find it down here.

  53. Monet says:

    Look at that beautiful corn! Gosh, I want a bowl of this for dinner. I’m in Colorado and it’s actually cool enough to enjoy soup. Thank you for sharing!

  54. That is really pretty corn. I would love a very large bowl of this soup!

  55. kyleen says:

    This soup is actually so pretty with all the different pinks and yellows and oranges going on! I’m trying to go vegetarian for a week, so I’ll be casually stalking your amazing blog and collecting vegetarian recipes (:

  56. this looks like the perfect meal to me

  57. That is the prettiest soup I’ve ever seen, Joanne. 🙂 LOVE the colors and oh so girlie flavors. 🙂

  58. sophia says:

    That is just…SO beautiful!!! Wow!!! I love the look of that corn blushing with scarlet.

  59. OohLookBel says:

    That white corn is gorgeous. It’s bound to taste brilliant in this soup.

  60. Tandy says:

    I tried to leave a message on this post on Wed but for some reason it did not want to let me! I am so inspired by your blog. On Tuesday night I made a veggie rich broth – I did add some chicken though 🙂

  61. MM says:

    That corn is awesome! I’ve never seen it before.

  62. Candace says:

    I’m with the others. That is some gorgeous corn! And see that little onion slice on top of that bowl of soup? I just want to pick it right off with my finger and eat it. It looks amazing, Joanne. Simply amazing. I’m so looking forward to making a pot of soup. Maybe next week. It’s too hot this weekend. I’ll be remembering this soup though. Yes, indeed. I certainly will. Now if I could only find some pretty corn….. 🙂

  63. Johanna GGG says:

    wow that corn looks amazing – and so does the soup – bet you wish some of those florida restaurants served this sort of soup!

  64. Jeanette says:

    What a beautiful soup – I’ve yet to try hominy, but it’s on my list to try.

  65. Reeni says:

    This is the time of the summer when I start craving soup really bad! This is full to the brim with wonderful things! Hominy is such an underused ingredient.

  66. I love this corn – it’s so pretty! I would like to find it and/or grow it. What a lovely soup!

  67. Christin says:

    The corn is absolutely gorgeous and the soup flavors sound magnificent! Love sweet potatoes and I’m ashamed to say I’ve never cooked with hominey. Always enjoy your beautiful photography.

  68. Shawnda says:

    I have never seen corn like that. How beautiful! Which I guess does make it girly. But in a good way, of course.

  69. This soup looks like it could easily become a favorite–I love all the corn and other veggies you have loaded in there. Thanks for sharing with Souper Sundays this week! 😉

  70. Deborah says:

    It seriously is so pretty!!

  71. Another fantastic-looking recipe! I am so looking forward to corn season.

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