Can has Chili's Baked Potato Soup at Home?
December 23, 2009 3:32 PM   Subscribe

Anyone know how to replicate Chili's baked potato soup at home?

My girlfriend and I both love the stuff and were hoping to find a recipe that comes close, but Googling and searching previous questions has come up empty. So, any suggestions or recipes?
posted by Xuff to Food & Drink (4 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: From here: (they actually credit but it doesn't seem to be there anymore.)

Baked Potato Soup
6-8 servings
1 hour 30 minutes 1 hr prep
2 medium potatoes (about 2 cups chopped)
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup diced white onions
2 tablespoons flour
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups instant mashed potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/8 teaspoon thyme
1 cup half-and-half
For garnish
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon (as a mostly-vegetarian, I would omit this) (optional)
2 green onions, chopped (green part only!)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake the potatoes for an hour, or until done.
When potatoes have cooked remove them from oven to cool.
As potatoes cool, melting butter in large saucepan, and saute onion until light brown.
Add the flour to the onions and stir.
Add stock, water, cornstarch, mashed potato flakes, and spices to the pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out contents with a large spoon.
Discard skin.
Chop baked potato with a large knife to make chunks that are about 1/2-inch in size.
Add chopped baked potato and half and half to saucepan, bring soup back to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer the soup for another 15 minutes or until it is thick.
Spoon about 1 1/2 cups of soup into a bowl and top with about a tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese, a 1/2 tbs of bacon (if you want!) and a teaspoon or so of chopped green onion.
posted by NoraCharles at 3:41 PM on December 23, 2009 [4 favorites]

Response by poster: Thank you, we're buying the ingredients now!
posted by Xuff at 4:37 PM on December 23, 2009

If there were some corn in there too, I'd say that was "corn chowder".
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 5:38 PM on December 23, 2009

Response by poster: We just had the soup; turned out okay, but not quite like the soup at Chili's. The biggest difference was that there seems to be cheese in the soup itself at Chili's, whereas this recipe calls for cheese placed on top after the fact. Also we halved the onions and it still turned out a tad too onion-y.

We're going to try it again, and hopefully I'll remember to update this post with our altered recipe if it turns out to be closer.

Thanks again!
posted by Xuff at 9:48 PM on December 23, 2009

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