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Sometimes I do not know what to make.

I really hate when that happens.

It is not that I do not have ideas, I have plenty! Way too many actually…….It is overwhelming! Not enough time to make them all!

When I do not know what I am making, I create a new dish…..and I make a giant mess while doing it. I mean giant. Pots and pans everywhere, flour on the floor, flour on me, soup burned on the stove, soup on my face. Yeah you get the picture.

Sometimes my creations turn out really bad, like um Tieghan what were you thinking? I am not sure I can finish this bad.

But then there are times when they turn out amazing! Like lick your bowl clean, delicious!

Yeah ,this soup is definitely one of those good creations! It is not your typical pumpkin soup. Chipotle peppers and smoked paprika give the soup a spicy kick with a hint of smoky flavor. Top it of with some sharp cheddar cheese and you have one flavorful bowl of soup.

I think I just made this our first course for Thanksgiving this year! You could even serve it as the main course for the non Turkey eaters attending. Everyone will love a nice bowl of hot soup, especially if it is snowy and 13 degrees. Wait it is snowy an 13 degrees, I think I need to go make some more soup now!

Spicy Chipotle and Cheddar Pumpkin Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 196 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook anther 5 minutes.
  • Add the chipotle peppers and the two teaspoons adobo sauce, stir and cook another minutes or so.
  • Add the pumpkin puree and stir together with the onions, garlic, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce and butter.
  • Add in the chicken broth and stir well.
  • Stir in the chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, salt and pepper.
  • Simmer about 5 minutes over medium-low heat.
  • Puree the soup with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender and blend until very smooth.
  • Add the cheddar cheese and stir until melted.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with extra cheddar cheese and pumpkin seeds.


*If you do not want to have to puree the soup you can grate the onion and garlic into a paste or finely mince. *To Freeze: Allow the soup to cool and transfer to a gallon size ziplock bag. Freeze up to six months. When ready to eat thaw and reheat on the stove. Serve as directed.
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  1. T Girl!! This is spiiicy wheeeew. Tastey tastey as always. Adding sour cream i top mine since i’m more sensitive to spice lmao.

    1. Hey Andrew,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a try! Sorry about the spice! xx

  2. 5 stars
    We thought this was really delicious, sort of a simpler version of your fantastic Chipotle Pumpkin Soup with Chorizo and Apples, which was the first recipe I tried from your site. (I had seen the recipe for that written up someplace else and after making it, figured if you could create such a marvelous soup, you must have a lot of other great recipes as well, which you do!) I basically followed the recipe for this soup, but simmered it for around 20 minutes instead of 5 and added a quarter cup of cream with the cheese at the end. Definitely one I’ll be making again!

    PS I can’t believe nobody has commented on this since 2012!

    1. Hey Helen,
      Happy Friday!! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks a bunch for making it! xxT

  3. Oh this is just thing! I can identify with the experiment problem but it is like digging for gold. When you strike it, all the other mess fades away. I am pinning this to my soup board right now!

  4. Yum, yum, yum! Pinned it, and excited to try it with some of my pumpkin in the freezer. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  5. This looks amazing. I am a big fan of squash soups and I’m always looking for some new and different way to do them. Marrying the heat with the sweet is my kinda love. I just found you through Skip to My Lou. I’m your latest e-mail subscriber. I’m hoping you’ll follow back. And oh, btw, I am totally pinning this!

  6. This sounds so unbelievably delicious!
    Thank you for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza! Hope to see you there again this week 🙂

  7. This sound delicious and your photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Please come back Sunday to vote.

  8. YUM!! This looks so delish! Can’t wait to try this.
    Found you at the WhipperBerry Friday party! Come visit me too if you have a chance. 🙂
    – Claire

  9. Oh i miss that specific Chipotle flavor. however, i do make pumpkin the italian way and add pepper flakes/ pieces of my homegrown pepperonis. that little bite seems to go so well with the sweetness of pumpkin.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe with us.