Hot Mexican Corn Dip

Hot Mexican Corn Dip has all the flavors of Mexican Street Corn in a deliciously dippable format. It’s creamy and cheesy with sweet pops of roasted corn and just a touch of heat.

Add this creamy dip to your appetizer spread for game days and parties. It pairs well with other favorites like Spicy Italian Sausage Dip and Chicken Crack Dip.

Dipping a tortilla chip into Mexican Corn Dip.

A Winning Party Dip!

Mexican Corn Dip is going to be your new party dip go-to. It’s got all the things a winning party appetizer should have:

  • Creamy cheeses – cream cheese, Pepper Jack and Cotija cheese.
  • Sweet roasted corn – easy to make on the stovetop or in the oven.
  • Spicy peppers – I used canned green chiles but you could use canned or even fresh jalapenos for more heat.
  • Hint of lime – For a burst of acid and freshness to help cut through all the creaminess.

Just add some tortilla chips for dipping and this gorgeous, tasty dip is ready to make her debut!

How to Make Mexican Corn Dip

This Mexican Corn Dip is super easy to make, starting with a base of cream cheese, sour cream and a touch of mayo. Chili powder and garlic add flavor while the pepper jack cheese and diced green chiles add a slight kick of heat. Lime juice rounds out this delicious flavor profile.

Pour it in a dish and bake at 350, top with Cotija cheese and more roasted corn, chopped cilantro and green onions and serve with crispy tortilla chips.

An overhead shot of Mexican Corn Dip.

The corn really gets to shine in this dip! The recipe calls for two cans of corn, but you could use 3 cups of fresh or frozen that have been cooked. The fun part is when you roast the corn on your stovetop! Now if you want to get really fancy with it you could roast corn cobs on your outdoor grill, but for simplicity we’re just roasting in a cast iron skillet. Don’t have a cast iron skillet? Pour the corn onto a sheet pan and roast it in the oven! Both options are detailed below. Either way you’re going to love the sweet and slightly smoky flavor you get from the charred corn. It takes this Mexican Corn Dip up about 27 notches!

How to roast corn for street corn dip

You can use frozen or canned corn for Mexican Corn Dip. If you want to use fresh off the cob, cook according to my tip and instructions on How to Cook Corn on the Cob, and grill it.

Stovetop roasted corn: melt butter in a large skillet, preferably cast iron. Drain the canned corn and add it to the skillet. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, until it starts to develop a nice char. Give a stir and let it sit again. The goal is to get most of the corn kernels charred.

Oven roasted corn: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and spread 3 cups of corn out on a baking sheet. Toss with a tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes. Depending on whether the corn is frozen or thawed it could take a little more or a little less time.

roasted corn kernels on a foil lined baking sheet

How long can dip sit out?

It is recommended that you do not leave any dairy based dip sitting out more than two hours. After two hours you’ll want to either heat it again or put it away in the fridge.

How to Store Leftover Mexican Corn Dip

If you have leftovers, this dip can be stored, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Freezing is not recommended.

You can also make this street corn dip ahead of time. Mix the ingredients together then cover and keep in the fridge for up to 24 hours before baking.

Ceramic baking dish, cheesy mexican corn dip, green onions, wooden spoon, tortilla chips, wood plate

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Tools Used in this Mexican Corn Dip Recipe

Cast Iron Skillet – With a multitude of uses, a cast iron skillet is a great addition to your kitchen. It bakes and cooks evenly and requires minimal effort for upkeep. It also lasts forever!

Petite Oval Baking Dish – the perfect size for dips. An 8-inch square works as well, but I prefer this shape with no deep corners.

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Mexican Corn Dip

Hot Mexican Corn Dip has all the flavors of Mexican Street Corn in a deliciously dippable format with creamy cheeses and sweet, roasted corn.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 8 servings
Calories 423kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups corn kernels 2 cans (drained), frozen or fresh
  • 12 ounces cream cheese 1 ½ blocks, softened
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese divided
  • 4 ounce can green chiles drained slightly
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves finely chopped, plus some leaves for garnish (parsley is fine)
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced (1 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
  • ½ cup cotija cheese for garnish if desired
  • Hot sauce a few dashes for heat if desired

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 2-quart oval baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large cast iron skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium-high heat. Add corn kernels and cook, stirring occasionally, for several minutes or until most of the corn develops a char. (A cast iron skillet works best for this). Set aside until ready to use. You may need to do this in batches. If you don't have a cast iron skillet, I suggest roasting the corn in the oven - drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil and roast for 15-20 in a 400 degree oven. (*reserve a couple tablespoons of roasted corn to garnish the finished dish).
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, lime juice, garlic powder and chili powder. Gently mix in charred corn, green chiles, 1 cup of Pepper Jack cheese, green onions and cilantro. Sprinkle remaining Pepper Jack cheese on top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden and bubbly. If you want a more golden top, add a few minutes under the broiler.
  • Garnish with reserved cilantro leaves, corn and cotija cheese. Serve hot with tortilla chips.

Notes

This recipe makes about 8 servings. 

Nutrition

Calories: 423kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 11gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 613mgPotassium: 247mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1157IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 290mgIron: 1mg
Keyword mexican corn dip, street corn dip

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Hi…wondering if you could suggest the quantities for doubling recipe and possibly settings for making it in a crockpot?

    1. You could easily double the recipe and bake it in a 13×9 pan. I think the recipe would work well in the crockpot too.

    1. I usually just buy the block of Pepper Jack and shred it myself with a cheese grater. If you don’t have one, you could use regular Jack cheese – it just won’t be as spicy.

  2. This was amazing! Easy and definitely a hit! I might add jalapenos next time to give it a bit more of a bite. My crew enjoys things with a little heat!

  3. Always gets rave reviews …. super yummy and quick to put together. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes it would work in the crockpot. Probably 2 hours on low should do it. I haven’t personally tried this so I can’t vouch for he time it would take to get it heated through. Yes you should be able to find Cotija cheese at Walmart. If you can’t you can leave it off

  4. Reading this recipe makes my mouth start watering and as good as it sounds as a dip I was wondering if you (Kristin) or any of the fans here have tried this as a topping. I just started imagining it on top of a grilled burrito, or on a street taco, or nachos. I plan on trying this as soon as I go to the store!

  5. Made it for a pampered chef party, it was a show stopper✨✨ everyone wanted the recipe! I sent them your link! I’m making it again tonight for another party!! Thank you? btw, I add just a little more of each item and used a 13×9 tray. I baked it almost double time with 5 mins under broiler

  6. Made it for a pampered chef party, it was a show stopper✨✨ everyone wanted the recipe! I sent them your link! I’m making it again tonight for another party!! Thank you?

    1. As an appetizer, it depends on how many other appetizers you are serving. It will serve at least 6, and as many as 10.

  7. Any suggestions on how to make the corn dip ahead of time? Would like to make for a party and don’t want to be stuck cooking when guests are here. Looks delicious!