A hearty sweet potato soup with bits of juicy fresh corn and a hint of spice in every spoonful.
sweet potato, corn and jalapeno bisque

Believe it or not, this very orange soup started out as a yen deep in my belly for corn chowder.

needed it. Something creamy that would stick to my ribs (and my memory) and tide me over until next year’s corn harvest comes along and makes all my dreams come true.

Obviously something went very very astray.

And before I knew it, I was free-falling into the abyss that is autumn vegetables.

I’m in deep, guys.


But can you really blame me when almost five of the blogs that I read on the regular have made this and raved about it?

Sweet, spicy, warm, hearty, creamy-without-the-cream (actually, it’s VEGAN. Word.Up.)

And, for the record, it totally had juicy kernels of corn in every bite. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


One year ago…Plum Almond Tart

Two years ago…Fresh Fig and Strawberry Tart, Pasta with Ricotta, Roasted Tomatoes, Figs and Arugula

Three years ago…Fig and Ricotta Pizza with a Maple-Balsamic Reduction

Four years ago…Chickpeas Romesco

Sweet Potato, Corn and Jalapeno Bisque
A hearty sweet potato soup with bits of juicy fresh corn and a hint of spice in every spoonful.
Yield: Serves 4
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 4 ears corn
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground cayenne (optional)
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Add in the sweet potatoes and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until potatoes are soft. Remove from the heat and puree using an immersion blender.
  3. Stir the jalapeno, corn kernels, salt, cayenne, black pepper, and cinnamon into the soup. Simmer until heated through.
Adapted from The New York Times
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ of recipe


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91 Responses to Sweet Potato, Corn and Jalapeno Bisque

  1. Beth says:

    If five of the blogs you love are making the same soup – and loving it – that has to be a sign.
    I’m starting to move into fall cooking, too. But when it involves ingredients like sweet potatoes, that’s a good thing!

  2. This looks so great that you’re actually making me want to start making fall dishes… and I’m a summer food kind of girl 😉 I hope you had a nice weekend! x

  3. I actually have the ingredients for this! Yum!

  4. This bowl looks like pure (healthy) comfort food, love it!

  5. Simply Life says:

    oh I’m definitely saving this recipe! looks PERFECT for this weather!!!

  6. Tracey says:

    This sounds SO heavenly! I love corn chowder and the idea of adding sweet potatoes to the mix is perfect for this time of year. Can’t wait to make this for lunch!!

  7. Monica says:

    I’ve started making soup too and I want this one!!

  8. I think what I love about this soup is the fact that it is fall, with the sweet potatoes, but still summer with the corn and kick of jalapeno. Definitely my kind of soup!

  9. And there’s no dairy? I love it! What a wonderful fall creation!

  10. Chewthefat says:

    Wow! Those colors really POP! That is definitely first-course-for-Thanksgiving-worthy-soup! Beautiful!

  11. Oh yum, Joanne! I love how creamy sweet potato makes soups/stews. 🙂 One of the benefits of Texas is that I have a feeling summer produce will be available year round. Sadly, I did see kabocha squash but it was $1.30/lb. I remember the good old days when it was 30c/lb in Toronto during the fall. 😉

  12. Just lovely for the fall! With the cooler temps in Boston the past few days, I can totally see myself craving a bisque like this! But then, it’s supposed to be 90 degrees on Wednesday. What?! Even with hotter temps though, I’d gladly eat a bowl of this!

  13. Emma says:

    Yay for a vegan recipe! Looking out the window right now at the grey sky and tucked up in a blanket it’s definitely soup weather! This one looks great.

  14. That looks like the perfect combination. Sweet Potato Soup is a little too sweet for me but adding it the corn and jalapenos sounds amazing!

  15. Jessie says:

    This is the perfect season transition soup! If this recipe has been making the blog rounds, I certainly have to try it. Corn and sweet potato in one soup? Yum!

    Have a super-duper week, Joanne!

  16. I am ready for fall flavors and fall veges. This soups looks perfect.

  17. Karly says:

    Oh my word, that sounds amazing. There is nothing better than corn this time of year!

  18. Meg says:

    Oooh, MAN, this looks good. Despite not caring for spicy food, I’ve gotten obsessed with jalapenos (which makes no sense, but). I could definitely get lost in a bowl of this, and it sounds very Weight Watchers-friendly!

  19. P says:

    This looks so simple and satisfying, and the colors scream Fall. Love this!

  20. Ashley says:

    This looks perfect for the cooler weather we’re experiencing here today!

  21. Love that this is creamy without the cream! I’m marking it down for a hearty autumn dinner recipe 🙂

  22. Lynn says:

    Perfect that it’s vegan. Looks good.

  23. I will be making this ASAP – I have been craving for something like this in a while now , its a sign 🙂

  24. I really want to eat this, but the mercury has been hovering around 100 the past month, so it’s a no go. I did however print it and file it under “EAT ME IN DECEMBER.” I’ll let you know how it plays out. 🙂

  25. Now you have me at this bisque! A perfectly delicious and comforting soup for the chilly days.

  26. All of my beloved things (sweet potatoes, corn ANd jalapeno!?) in one bowl. Knocked it out of the park, girl!

  27. I’m a sucker for anything with sweet potato but I can just imagine the fat kernels of corn bursting between my teeth and now you’ve got me obsessing over this soup.

  28. This is totally warming my heart and I’m not even eating it yet! Absolutely loving this soup, the potato, the corn, the jalapeno! I can’t wait!

  29. Kaitlyn says:

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!!

  30. Nice! I am 100% back in a soup state of mind since our weather shifted a bit last week.

  31. Pam says:

    It looks like a bowl full of comfort and deliciousness. YUM!

  32. We have a few more weeks before we harvest the sweet potatoes from our garden. This recipe will be a final destination for some of them! Thanks for the great post, have a wonderful week!!

  33. This is SO up my ally. I must make this. And, I absolutey can see while you had to, too!

  34. Eileen says:

    This soup? It needs to happen at our house RIGHT NOW. Maybe with some sauteed kale or chard on the side–or even in the bottom of the bowl, depending–or maybe some soupy black beans? Evidently I want it all. 🙂 And I totally see the chowder resemblance!

  35. Shannon says:

    ~sigh~ soup. as much as i’m holding my mug of tea closely, i just don’t think i’m there yet 😉 sounds delicious!

  36. Kate says:

    I am so in sync with you. I have pumpkin on the menu for this week!

  37. I can’t wait to action this bisque! Sweet potato and jalapenos are my are my besties. Love!

  38. This is the kind of stick to your ribs soup that I love in the chilly fall months.

  39. What a perfect, hearty soup! I’m going to have to go get some more fresh sweet corn!

  40. gloria says:

    I love this Joanne, look yumm!

  41. This looks like the perfect way to start fall! That is a beautiful looking soup, I love sweet potatoes so I will definitely make this soon.

  42. This sounds amazing Joanne! I love the combination of corn and jalapeno here as a bisque. And the sweet potato give it that beautiful color and thickness. YUM! Lovely recipe, thanks for posting!

  43. Tara says:

    You sold me at jalapeno. 🙂 Can you believe I haven’t had corn this season yet? I always tell myself to pick it up whenever I’m at the Farmer’s Market or supermarket but I always forget and get lazy to go back.

  44. Probably my 3 fav veggies in one soup! Once again, spectacular! Gorgeous pictures too girly.

  45. debbie says:

    You can never, ever go wrong if it’s vegan. This will be my new soup to try for fall!

  46. sandra says:

    sweet potatoes seem to be calling a lot of people these days.

  47. cassie says:

    Yum! I’m so ready for food like this. Sounds incredible, Joanne!

  48. I don’t know how I haven’t seen this recipe before but it’s definitely going on my list of meals to make this week! Perfect summer-fall transition food, especially for weather that can’t seem to make up its mind this week!

  49. ramblingtart says:

    It looks so nourishing and comforting and warming and cheering and so much goodness. 🙂

  50. CCU says:

    That looks like the ultimate comfort food 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  51. Megan says:

    I keep seeing sweet potato soups and think I’m being swayed to make one very soon! This one looks awesome.

  52. This soup screams fall! If you sub pumpkin for sweet potato it might throw us into October sooner than you think…

  53. Faygie says:

    This recipe straddles summer and fall perfectly, with the corn and sweet potatoes! And it looks incredible. Yum!

  54. Margarita says:

    Lookin forward to colder days and a bowl of this to warm my belly and my toes.

  55. The bowl looks so good and yummy! I love sweet potatoes and never thought of combining them with corn in a soup, but this sounds delicious!

  56. Kelsey says:

    Girlfriend, you SO have my number.

  57. Now with a gorgeous dish like this, I don’t mind SO much that the sun is going away. I keep forgetting that Autumn is my favorite season because I get so attached to the hot days but you’ve helped me remember =)

  58. Juliana says:

    This bisque sounds and looks delicious, creamy and a touch of sweetness and spicy…yum!
    Have a great week ahead Joanne 😀

  59. Amy says:

    OMG. This is one of the first recipes I ever posted. Check it out http://veryculinary.com/2009/11/02/sweet-potato-corn-and-jalapeno-bisque/ I completely forgot about it until now…and yes, I do remember loving it. Sister Jen said to me the other night that she actually buys fresh corn in the summer, grills it and then freezes the kernels for soups in the winter. I was like “whoa. brilliant.” I need to make this again!

  60. I have never tried a bisque, but I can see why people would be raving about this, this looks fantastic!

  61. I LOVE this recipe! It has everything I love in it! It’s just perfect!!!!!!!!!!

  62. Stacy says:

    That is a big bowl of comfort if I’ve ever seen one, Joanne! I am a soup devotee from way back and this looks like a steamy bowl of delicious that should be spooned directly into my longing mouth. Soon.

  63. I’m glad you got waylaid as this looks like comfort personified – and delicious too!

  64. daphne says:

    What a lovely thick soup! So heart warming- and I certainly like the spice from jalapeno and crunch from sweet corn.

  65. What a beautiful soup, and what a great timing too! I am actually going to a vegan pot luck dinner in a few days and this will be perfect!

  66. cquek says:

    I truly love this recipe and combination of flavor

  67. I’m over salad’s now, here in the UK its getting darker, colder, windy and autumnal. I need this kind of soup to warm me and fill me up. It looks perfect.

  68. Ohh, I love all these ingredients! Definitely pinning this for a future cooking session.

  69. Oh yum, this soup has me craving fall. It looks so hearty and delicious!

  70. Abby says:

    Bookmarking this! Sounds wonderful!

  71. Katerina says:

    This is such a hearty and comforting soup!

  72. This bisque is beyond beautiful, friend! Love ALL of the flavors going on in it, too.

  73. Can’t wait to try this. I love healthy soups. It’s perfect to make before all the corn disappears!

  74. Claudia says:

    What a lovely bowl of chowder! And, so good for you with all those sweet potatoes in there. Cooler weather is on the way and I can see this in my future.

  75. This soup is the ideal comfort food for a cold night! Looks so so yummy!

  76. veganmiam says:

    What a beautiful bisque – I love the way you add the juicy fresh corn to the sweet potato soup. Btw, love NY Times stuff, they always post vegan & vegan-friendly recipes, and most of them turn out wonderful! I trust them!

  77. Chris says:

    Corn and Jalapeno bisque? Yes please! I’d like mine with charred jalapeno and maybe poblano too.

  78. Colynn says:

    Ummm…delicious! Love that it’s vegan too. There’s nothing wrong with mixing seasonal vegetables, just call it a “late summer recipe.” 🙂

  79. I know how popular this could be…look at all the lovely comments..I could see myself dunking some tortilla chips into this soup enjoying it while I watch up tv..

  80. grace says:

    time to delve into the sweet potato recipes already? i guess so. i like the addition of corn here–embrace it while it lasts!

  81. yum. What a great idea! I love that this seems like it’d be thick & hearty without cream!

  82. Reeni says:

    I need this in my life! Summer and fall all in one bowl! I love everything in it especially the kick from the jalapenos.

  83. This looks like a really hearty soup. Sounds delicious.

  84. Love this soup! I love those flavors and I love how much corn is in it.

  85. […] Diese Suppe wird bestimmt bald mein Schulmittagessen. […]

  86. VanessaMeryl says:

    I just made this, delicious! But you left the cayenne out of the ingredient list but put it in the instructions, so I had to do a little digging to find the proper amount. Sorry if this was already mentioned. Thanks!

  87. Ginger says:

    This was wonderful! I don’t have an immersion blender so I nuked the sweet potatoes, mashed the flesh, and stirred it into the soup. I also sautéed the jalapeno along with the onion. I skipped the cayenne, added more than a pinch of cinnamon and…..swirled in some maple syrup, which totally complicated the flavor of this dish, in a good way.

  88. […] corn in the freezer, and that lonely jalapeño I mentioned earlier. One look at this over on Joanne’s lovely blog, and I said screw the grocery store. This needs to be made […]

  89. Simply Life says:

    Just had to say this soup has become a staple in our home – we love it! So easy, healthy and delicious – we’ve made it at least 5 times in just a few months (which is saying A LOT from someone who never likes to repeat meals!).

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