Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Sausage Chowder for a Soup-er #SundaySupper

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I love #SundaySupper every week, but this week, it’s especially Soup-er…

Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Sausage Chowder

And I love soup, but this Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Sausage Chowder is also especially soup-er. You know why? Once again, Mr. I Don’t Like Soup, also known as Mr. Soup is Not Dinner, loved this soup. He loved it so much that he was excited when I made it for the second time in two weeks, because I needed to tweak it a bit to deem it “blog-worthy”. The raves it got the first time convinced me to try it again to make sure it was just right to share with you. Believe it or not, this soup started with a recipe for Potato Kielbasa Chowder with Gouda and Dill that I found at The Runaway Spoon, and somehow morphed into a soup with some Southwestern flair.

I have to be honest – even now, I still am not sure the technique for this soup is perfected. But The Hubby insisted that I HAVE to share this recipe. The flavor is amazing, but the cheese needs a little time to melt down and incorporate, and yet, despite my adjustments, still tends to coat the sausage a bit. Then when the Greek yogurt is added, that too doesn’t incorporate as evenly as I would like, and I see some little bits on the sausage. But the creamy cheesiness, the kick of heat, the meaty bites, and the little bit of sweet from the sweet potatoes make this a must-keep-trying recipe. So if you have any suggestions for me on how to make it absolutely perfect, I’d love to hear them. In the meantime, it may not be pretty, and you may get a little glob of cheese here or there, but is that really a bad thing? Seriously, you must try this soup!! If it is Hubby-approved, you know it’s a winner.

For dinner, I try to focus on “real” foods and stay away from the convenience, packaged stuff. But one thing I do rely on when I am short on time, or just want a quick, easy hit of protein and flavor is pre-cooked, flavored chicken and turkey sausages. The Hubby has tummy troubles with too much pork, and I prefer to keep it a little on the healthier side, which is why I stick with the poultry-based varieties. And there are so many brands with so many different flavors that you can make so many different types of meals. In this recipe, I used Johnsonville Chipotle Monterey Jack Cheese Chicken Sausage, but I am sure there are other brands that offer a similar flavor variety if you can’t find these.

Another tip – I like to use light cheeses (Cabot makes some that work really well in most recipes), but for this recipe, DON’T. It just never seems to fully incorporate.

And you wanna hear something cool to do with the leftovers of this Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Sausage Chowder? Spoon out some of the sausage and potatoes, and stuff it into a quesadilla. The Bug liked the soup, but he was totally digging those!

Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Sausage Chowder

If you need something warm and comforting, you won’t want to miss our  #SundaySupper conversation on twitter. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. This week we will be sharing out special soup recipes. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the #SundaySupper hash tag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Don’t forget to check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Join us Around the Family Table this Sunday at 7pm Eastern Time and share your favorite soup, stew, chowder or bisque recipes with us! Don’t forget top check out the other awesome soup recipes linked at the bottom of this post! And grab a spoon…

Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Sausage Chowder

How do you like your soup – creamy, brothy, cheesy, meaty, veggie?

4.5 from 2 votes

Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Sausage Chowder

Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Sausage Chowder is a creamy soup filled with juicy chicken sausage, chunks of sweet potato, and the kick of pepper jack cheese and chipotles. Perfect for cold weather!
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 40 minutes


  • 3-4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes cut into 1/2 in. cubes
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium or 1/2 of a large yellow or sweet onion
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 chipotles in adobo minced, plus 1 t of the adobo sauce
  • 12 ounces Johnsonville Chipotle Monterey Jack Chicken Sausage or a similar variety from another brand, quartered lengthwise, and cut into approx. 1/2 in. chunks
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese (about 8 ounces, light or reduced fat NOT recommended)
  • 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • Optional garnish: Greek yogurt or sour cream cilantro, crushed tortilla chips, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado, juice of a lime


  • In a large pot, bring the broth to a boil, add the sweet potatoes, and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are soft.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and a pinch of salt and pepper, and saute until the onions are soft, 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the red pepper, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, chipotle, and adobo sauce, and cook for another minute or two.
  • Add the sausage, and cook until starting to brown, another 3-5 minutes. Set aside.
  • Once the potatoes are tender, add the cheese in small handfuls, stirring gently to avoid causing the potatoes to disintegrate, adding more as it melts. Allow to simmer for several minutes, or until the cheese has fully melted, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the sausage and vegetable mixture from the pan.
  • Stir in the Greek yogurt and cilantro. It may start to look slightly curdled, but continue to stir and heat gently until fully incorporated.
  • Serve with any of the optional garnishes, as desired.


(Serves 6-8 people.)
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Sausage Chowder
Amount Per Serving
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 1324mg55%
Potassium 353mg10%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 11979IU240%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 334mg33%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Sausage Chowder

The #SundaySupper family will be digging out their stock pots and slow cookers to serve up these amazing soups:

Do The Chicken Dance (chicken {or other poultry} soups)

Where’s The Beef (Beef Soups)

Pass The Pork. Please (Pork or Sausage Soups)

  •  Smoked Sausage and Wild Rice Soup at Mama, Mommy, Mom
  • Louisiana Caldo by Catholic Foodie
  • Sweet potato and Spanish chorizo soup at My Cute Bride
  • Soft Tofu Soup (Soondubu Jjigae) by Hip Foodie Mom

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

This recipe was shared with: Thursday’s Treasures

  1. Sounds like a fantastic soup, Brianne. I am lucky that my family loves soup for dinner, well I should clarify as long as it is thick 🙂

  2. Oh man! I love that there are sweet potatoes in this! One of my favorite soups is a blend of sweet potato and white potato…and the sweetness of the potatoes combined with the spice of the Chipotle has just got to be killer! Can’t wait to try this!

  3. a farmer in the dell

    Love the addition of the chipotle. This sounds so comforting and delicious. The perfect Sunday supper.

  4. Gorgeous soup!!! Where I could eat soup every night of the winter, my hubby only tolerates it every couple weeks. I’ll have to test this one out on him after your hubby’s endorsement 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    As we make our way through another winter storm in New England, I’m thinking this is a perfect way to warm everyone from the inside out. Can’t wait to share it with our Cabot friends!

  6. Diana @GourmetDrizzles

    You had me at chowder! Well, and those photos make me want to jump in and dig in! Lovely recipe and so glad it was a hit in your house! 😉

  7. Yum!! When I look at this soup it reminds me of something similar that I’ve had before but I can’t place where or what was exactly in it – maybe it was something close. Will have to make it and see!

  8. I think my husband would love this soup. He tried to pull that soup’s not a dinner on me once and I just laughed at him. Sorry dude soup is dinner around here. He has now learned to embrace it as long as I buy lots of good bread to serve with it.

  9. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    This soup has amazing color, and I like the added crunch on top! A full meal in a bowl, perfect for winter.

  10. Hi Brianne, I wonder if you might get better flavor if you were to start by browning the onion and sausage mixture in a Dutch oven, removing the contents to a bowl and then boiling your sweet potatoes in the same Dutch oven, thereby deglazing the pan. I must agree with your husband. It looks delicious!

    1. I’ll have to give that a try. The first time, I cooked everything in the pot/dutch oven, but left it all in there when I cooked the potatoes and added the cheese. Not a good idea! Thanks for the tip!

  11. That looks absolutely fabulous and I am so glad you shared. Anything with cheese and sausage is a winner in my book but that chipotle smokiness puts this soup over the top. Yum!

  12. Lyn @LovelyPantry

    I know how it feels when the hubby actually likes something! It feels like you hit the jackpot! This soup of yours is just bursting with flavour!

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