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Warm & Cheesy Kickin’ Corn Dip

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This warm corn dip is creamy, cheesy, gooey and good! There is just a little bit of spicy kick and of course a little bit of bacon too. Grab a tortilla chip and dig in.

cast iron pan filled with creamy corn dip and topped with bacon and fresh herbs

     This creamy dip is loaded with corn, bacon and cheese. There is just a bit of spice that adds to the great taste. It is absolutely perfect with tortilla chips.  Make it for a BBQ, potluck or party.  It is a hit with our crowds every time we serve it!

    I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for dips. That is especially the case if they are warm and cheesy.

     Chips with salsa and guacamole could easily become the meal for me. Veggies and clam dip never last long at one of our family gatherings either.  

spoon pulling out serving of warm corn dip with cheesy strings.

     But if you really want to lure me in, serve up a hot cheese based dip. I’d follow you anywhere for some good queso!

      That is why spinach artichoke dip is always a hit. Pulled pork dip
and cajun shrimp dips are always a hit with guests as well.

     But this corn dip is probably the one I have made the most in the last five years. I can’t wait for you to make it and fall in love too.

     It has that great mix of savory cheese and bacon with the slightly sweet corn. A smattering of bright fresh herbs on top adds to the flavor explosion.

kickin' corn dip on plate with tortilla chips ready to eat.

    A salty tortilla chip is our favorite way to dig in, but pita chips would be another wonderful option. You could even dive in with a thin slice of baguette or some veggies. If you use something different please let me know how it goes.

    I originally shared this recipe in 2015. It was a hit then and still is now.

     We have enjoyed it several times over the years, so I figured the post was overdue for a makeover. Hopefully the additional information and video will help convince you to whip up a batch soon!

Original post from 2015

   Beware: this dip is addictive!  I knew I wanted some sort of fun dippy appetizer for our pecan pie throw down and shrimp boil.

   I didn’t want people to exhaust themselves playing yard games and have nothing to eat but pie. Wouldn’t that be terrible?

hand holding tortilla chip with creamy spicy corn dip on it.

 I had it in my head I wanted to do something in a cast iron skillet, that way I could be flexible about whether I wanted to do it in the house or over the fire.  Besides, I just think it is fun to serve something in cast iron, especially when you are serving things like pecan pie and shrimp boils!

So, I did what you do when you ideas of something fun to make… went to Pinterest.  There were a lot of great ideas, but none of them were exactly what I wanted.

So, I took note of a few things that looked interesting and gave it a tweak to make it more what I had in mind. That is how this recipe was born.

This dip is good.  Everyone was raving over it… and it wasn’t due to lack of tasty options!  My uncle immediately asked for the recipe.

Our friend Sam likes to tell me his favorite dish after a party, and this won in his book.  That’s right, it was better than shrimp and pie! 

cast iron skillet filled with creamy corn dip topped with bacon, cilantro and chives.

It was up there in my book too.  It was creamy and full of flavor.

The jalapeno gave it just enough heat and melty cheese is always great on a crunchy tortilla chip!  The sweet corn and smoky bacon gave it a really nice balance and the herbs kept it fresh and delicious.

I am sure we will be making this again.  It will be perfect for football season!

How do I adjust the spice level?

Jalapenos can be hit or miss on how hot they are. Even in one batch of stuffed jalapenos, all from the same plants, some will be mild and some will be eye wateringly spicy.

So unfortunately it can be a bit of a roll of the dice. However there are some things you can do to help ensure you get the right spice level.

If you want to keep your dip super mild, use a can of chopped green chilies instead of the jalapeno. That keeps it easy and assuredly on the milder side.

Removing the ribs and seeds from the jalapeno will help keep it less spicy as well. Just leave them in if you want to turn up the heat a notch.

For a spicier dip, toss in a second jalapeno. Or allow your guests to add a little extra heat on their own by serving some pickled jalapenos along with it.

More fun snack recipes

Bacon pineapple jalapeno popper dip is another great flavor combination for a creamy dip with a bit of spice. It’s a great way to get the taste of poppers for a crowd without all the work.

Like an open faced tea sandwich, cucumber ranch bread bites are a great appetizer especially in the spring and summer. Fresh, simple and great for making a bit ahead!

Dilly ranch Chex mix is full of flavor and is perfectly munchable. It’s a great grab and go snack or fun for a party.

If you are a fan of crunchy sweet and salty snack mixes, you are going to love caramel Crispix mix! The crisp caramel coating on this cereal and peanut mix is absolutely perfect.

Yield: 12 Servings

Kickin' Corn Dip

tortilla chip with creamy jalapeno corn dip on it

This creamy dip is loaded with corn, bacon and cheese.  There is just a bit of spice that adds to the great taste. It is absolutely perfect with tortilla chips.  Make it for a BBQ, potluck or party.  It is a hit with our crowds every time we serve it!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (I left the seeds and ribs for some kick, but you can remove them)
  • 1 pound frozen corn, thawed
  • 8 ounces Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • Tortilla chips for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. In an oven-safe skillet (I have used both a 9 and 12" cast iron skillet and both worked great), cook the bacon until crisp. Remove bacon, set aside to cool. Drain most of the bacon grease, leaving just enough to coat the pan.
  3. In a bowl, stir together cream cheese, jalapeno, corn, shredded jack cheese, garlic powder and yogurt (or sour cream). Fold in chopped bacon.
  4. Spread in skillet and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped herbs. Serve with tortilla chips.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 497mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This creamy dip is loaded with corn, bacon and cheese.  There is just a bit of spice that adds to the great taste. It is absolutely perfect with tortilla chips.  Make it for a BBQ, potluck or party.  It is a hit with our crowds every time we serve it!

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Monday 12th of October 2020

Yum! I'm so glad you shared this recipe again! I don't remember seeing it before, and it's definitely a dip that we would enjoy!

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

It is so creamy and delicious, it deserves a reminder every now and then! I think you guys would enjoy it!

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

It’s Dip season round here! Adding this one to our weekend dips for sure!!

Carlee

Sunday 11th of October 2020

I hope you all love it! (and dips and snacks season is the best!)

Chris

Tuesday 1st of January 2019

Oh my. The combination of bacon and corn is heaven to me. I might have to get some frozen corn so I can make this.

Carlee

Friday 4th of January 2019

Aren't they so wonderful together? I hope you enjoy it!

Jan

Monday 31st of December 2018

Ok, I'm in! I've got the skillet and all the ingredients! I just need to buy the chips/ dippers! Yummo!

Carlee

Friday 4th of January 2019

You are going to love it!!

Frugal Hausfrau

Thursday 14th of January 2016

I was so sure I'd stopped by and commented on this before - it sounds insanely good to me. Like poppers in a dip!! Thanks for bringing this by Throwback THursday, too!

Carlee

Thursday 14th of January 2016

We've had it a couple of times since this post and it is a hit every time! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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