Beer and Black Bean Chicken Corn Chowder {Recipe}


So there is this recipe that I have made over and over every fall and winter. It is a cheesy corn chowder that I would add chicken and black beans to. Only problem with this is that it is a mix. A mix filled with a whole bunch of junk and I couldn’t take that it is one of my favorite foods. So…I decided to create my own. While Ben’s grandma was visiting last week, I had my own personal taste tester so I figured it would be the perfect time to create. Create I did and I came up with an EXACT replica of my favorite! YAY!! I am so excited to have an all natural version of this and to be honest, it is just as easy as the alternative!

First start off by making a roux. A little butter, a little flour!


Next, start sauteing some garlic and onions in olive oil.


Add the chicken, milk, chicken broth, celeriac, potatoes, and roux and let simmer for ~4 hours.

Then…the important ingredient comes. Pick your favorite beer. I had some Wheat Beer from Appalachian Brewing Company this year but Pumpkin Ale or another seasonal would be awesome! Oh and add those black beans too. :)


Let cook for another 2 hours. Honestly, this soup needs a total of 6 hours. I would say that for all of my soups. The longer the better. Something magically happens to thicken up a soup after hour 5 or 6 for sure;)

After that, you have a delicious soup that will last for a few cold, winter days!



Beer and Black Bean Chicken Corn Chowder


  • Roux
  • 4 Tbsp Flour
  • 4 Tbsp Butter (when I don't have homemade, I use Kerrygold)
  • Soup
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 1 celery root, peeled and diced (celeriac) - This is optional but the soup takes a different (not bad) flavor if not added.
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 uncooked, uncut chicken breasts
  • 24 ounces frozen corn - I used corn that I froze over the summer
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 12 ounces beer - I generally use a seasonal beer
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper


  1. Make your roux by melting butter in a small saucepan, adding flour, and stirring.
  2. Set roux aside.
  3. Saute garlic and onion with olive oil in the bottom of a large stockpot.
  4. Add chicken broth, milk, and roux and stir. Add potatoes, celeriac, corn, and chicken.
  5. Bring to a simmer and cook for ~4-5 hours.
  6. Add black beans and beer and pinch of salt and pepper.
  7. Shred the chicken breasts (they will be falling apart at this time) in the stockpot.
  8. 8. Cook for an additional 2 hours.
  9. 9. Serve with some delicious local cheese shredded on top and a slice of fresh baked bread!
  10. * Remember, the longer you cook, the better!

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About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. I am a soup addict & this soup looks delicious Lauryn! Mmmmm, mmmm, m!
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  2. mmmmm! Seriously this looks fantastic!
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  3. This sounds delicious!! I can’t wait to try!
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  4. My husband is a soup guy and would absolutely love that.
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  5. Holy cow that looks good :)
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  6. looks so good! thanks for sharing the recipe. I love corn, chowder and black beans!
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  7. Perfect for this cold weather that we are having!
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  8. Not sure if I missed it but when do you add the roux?


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