Blustery winter weather and dark evenings provide the perfect setting to curl up with a warm bowl of chowder. It’s so comforting to know that at the end of a busy weekday, you can shake off your boots and hang your hat, and open up the slow cooker to delicious smells and a ladleful of creamy goodness. And we like a stress-free, mess-free healthful dinner.
Crab meat is one of those things that’s actually a good idea to buy packaged or canned, simply because the process of getting all the meat out of the crab legs means cracking the crabs, and getting only a small amount of meat at a time. This can be an arduous and lengthy process, and this recipe aims to make your life a bit easier!
This slow cooker chowder also calls for Poblano chiles, named as such because they originate from the central Mexican state of Puebla, but we can find them in many grocery stores all over the U.S. It’s a very mild larger chile pepper, with a subtle amount of heat and spice, but a pronounced amount of smoky, peppery flavor. The pepper plays off the sweetness of the corn, red bell pepper, and crab. The potatoes add creaminess and heartiness.
This recipe calls for a touch of chili powder. Ancho chili powder can be used to infuse smoky flavor into the milky broth, or regular chili powder will do the job. Dried poblano peppers are called ancho chiles. Ancho chiles are what are often ground into ancho chili powder, along with a spicier dried small red chile called arbol and some dried oregano, as well as some cumin seeds. Ancho chiles (dried and smoked Poblanos) are smoky and mild.
Like other chile peppers, Poblano chiles are high in vitamin C to support immune system health and contain potassium, a great electrolyte to keep the body systems working, and an ideal nutrient for those who workout. It helps with sustained energy and hydration. Chiles also contain an anti-cancer compound.
People don’t usually think of rich and creamy chowder when they think of healthful food, but we’ve changed that. We’ve lightened up the chowder here by making it with milk instead of heavy cream, yet it still has a lusciously thick broth. Great for spoonful after spoonful, all of those amazing ingredients!
Read on for some of our other Slow Cooker Recipes for warming soups, chilis, and stews that use peppers and/or seafood:
Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 345 | Total Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 71 | Sodium: 498 mg | Carbohydrates: 55 g | Dietary Fiber: 8 g | Sugars: 11 g | Protein: 16 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 11 |
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth, fat-free and low-sodium
- 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 poblano pepper, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 cups corn kernels
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 8 ounces pasteurized crab meat
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Whole Wheat Tortilla chips, for garnish
- Combine everything except the milk, cornstarch and crab meat in your slow cooker pot. Cover and cook over low heat for 6-8 hours.
- Add the cornstarch to the milk and stir. Add this to the soup, along with the crabmeat. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes.
- Serve the soup hot, topped with tortilla chips.
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