Total Calories: 396
In a large saucepan, stir together oil, onion and garlic over medium heat until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add 1 can of beans and mash into onion mixture with a potato masher or a slotted spoon (mixture will be chunky).
Stir in second can of beans, green chilies, corn, carrot, celery, chicken broth, cumin, chili powder and salt, if desired; bring mixture to a simmer. Blend cornstarch into milk and stir into chowder; bring slowly to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, or until corn and celery are tender and mixture thickens. Stir in about 3/4 cup cheese, just until melted.
Serve in individual bowls and top with fresh chopped cilantro, if desired. Top with remaining shredded cheese.
Warm, healthy and hearty chowder for cool fall evenings! Recipe created by 3-A-Day™ of Dairy.
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