Creamy Tex Mex Corn Dip

A stone bowl filled with sweet yellow Tex Mex Corn Dip surrounded by red tortilla chips.

This Creamy Tex Mex Corn Dip is everything you’ve wanted in an warm appetizer dip. It’s a dreamy, south west style veggie dip bursting with delicious corn flavor! 

I’m a firm believer that you can never have enough dip or appetizer recipes on hand. There’s just something about an eye catching Beet Hummus or hot, Cheesy Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip that is irresistible at any gathering.

Fair warning…this dip with disappear quickly so I usually make a double batch for larger gatherings and potlucks.

A stone bowl filled with sweet yellow Tex Mex Corn Dip surrounded by red tortilla chips.

Creamy Tex Mex Corn Dip

This warm veggie dip is an excellent way to highlight the sweet flavour of fresh corn. The corn really shines when paired with cream cheese and all the usual Tex Mex ingredients.

Best of all, this quick appetizer is so easy to whip up. Just a few minutes on top of the stove and you’ll be dipping away to your heart’s content. I love a simple appetizer recipe that’s huge on flavour with little effort!

This corn dip recipe is similar to a queso style dip, or even the Mexican corn dip; Esquites with a few major differences. It contains all the same vegetables as ‘Cowboy Candy’ with the addition of cream cheese and canned cream corn.

Five green fresh ears of corn.

That’s right. I said canned cream corn. I find that this ingredient brings up the creaminess factor of the dip without adding a lot of extra calories. Don’t get me wrong, the cream cheese is there to fill in the calorie gap.

You won’t miss the queso fresco, sour cream, and mayonnaise in this dip because this dip is loaded with south west flavours and sweet sweet corn.

Speaking of south west flavours, this homemade Taco Seasoning blend is PERFECT for this dip recipe. Whip up a little extra on your next taco night so you can use it in the dip!

All the ingredients used in making creamy Tex Mex Corn Dip.

Simple Corn Dip Recipe Ingredients

  • Cream Cheese
  • Creamed Corn
  • Corn
  • Milk
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Garlic
  • Black Beans
  • Chili Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Tortilla Chips

These ingredients are simple and can be found in any grocery store. Chances are you already have most of them stocked in your pantry or refrigerator.

I always recommend refreshing your spices every 1-2 years. Stale spices just do not have the same flavour impact on dishes that fresh spices do. With a recipe that relies on spicy flavours such as this corn dip, fresh spices make all the difference.

Note that this dip recipe requires real garlic and not dried garlic powder. You can totally make it with garlic powder, but there’s nothing that replaces the flavour of real garlic.

A stone bowl filled with sweet yellow Tex Mex Corn Dip surrounded by red tortilla chips.

If you prefer, you can add a cup or two of shredded cheddar cheese on top and bake it in a 400 F oven for 10-15 minutes.

What Kind of Corn Should I Use in Corn Dip

The short answer is…all of them! You can use either canned or frozen corn but I find that fresh corn on the cob is always the best. It is a bit more work but the sweet flavour of fresh corn is worth it.

The corn should be cooked before you add it to the saucepan, as you are really only reheating the kernels up in the cream cheese mixture. Want to know what the easiest way to cook corn is?

Would you believe you can cook corn in the Instant Pot? It’s true! So quick and easy. Additionally, cooking those kernels quickly seals in all those sweet sugars so you’ll have the best tasting corn.

A stone bowl filled with sweet yellow Tex Mex Corn Dip surrounded by red tortilla chips.

How to Make Creamy Tex Mex Corn Dip

To make this dip, begin by sautéing the aromatics (finely diced onions, red peppers, and jalapenos) in a medium saucepan with a drizzle of oil. Sauté them together over medium heat until the onion becomes soft and turns translucent.

Next, add the garlic and spices (chili powder, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper) or Taco Seasoning (if using). Cook for another minute then add the creamed corn to the saucepan.

Finally, cut the cream cheese into small cubes and add it to the warmed cream corn mixture. Slowly whisk the cream cheese as it melts into the creamed corn.

Once the cream cheese has melted, add the corn kernels and black beans. Allow the mixture to heat up but do not boil. Whisk in a bit of milk or Greek Yogurt if the dip seems too thick.

A stone bowl filled with sweet yellow Tex Mex Corn Dip surrounded by red tortilla chips.

Tasty Variations

Everyone has their own flavour and ingredient preferences, so feel free to adjust this recipe according to what you like. That’s what makes cooking so fun and unique!

  • Love meat? Add in cooked chopped spicy chorizo or crispy bacon bits.
  • Like it spicy? Double up on the jalapenos or use the pepper of your choosing. OR add your favourite hot sauce!
  • Prefer even more cheese? Melt in your favourite finely shredded cheese such as cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Fontina.
  • Want it baked? Make the dip stovetop then transfer to an oven safe dish. Cover with your choice of cheese and bake in a 400 F oven for 10-15 minutes.
A hand dips a red tortilla chip being dipped in a bowl of creamy corn dip.

Serving Suggestions and Leftovers Storage

Like the photos suggest, the best way to serve this dip is with tortilla chips! The colour doesn’t matter, although red or blue corn chips makes a more eye catching table display than regular white tortilla chips.

You can also serve this Tex Mex Corn Dip with frito scoops (best scooping potential) or even toasted baguette slices or crostini.

If there are any leftovers, cover and refrigerate them immediately after serving. They will keep for up to three days when stored properly. Simply reheat the dip stovetop or in a microwave.

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Yield: 6 servings

Creamy Tex Mex Corn Dip

A stone bowl filled with sweet yellow Tex Mex Corn Dip surrounded by red tortilla chips.

This Creamy Tex Mex Corn Dip is everything you've wanted in an warm appetizer dip. It's creamy, cheesy and bursting with delicious corn flavor!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 block of cream cheese; room temperature
  • 1/2 cup creamed corn
  • 2 cups corn
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 red pepper; finely diced
  • 1 small jalapeno; very finely diced
  • 1/2 medium onion; finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic; finely minced
  • 1/2 can black beans; drained will and rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • tortilla chips to serve

Instructions

  1. Place finely diced onions, red peppers, and jalapenos. in a medium saucepan. Drizzle with a touch of olive oil and saute over medium heat until the onion becomes soft and turns translucent.
  2. Add garlic and spices (chili powder, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper). Cook for another minute.
  3. Add the creamed corn to the saucepan, then cut the cream cheese into small cubes and add it too.
  4. Slowly whisk the cream cheese as it melts into the creamed corn.
  5. Once the cream cheese has melted, add the corn kernels and black beans. Allow the mixture to heat up but do not boil.
  6. Whisk in a bit of milk if the dip seems too thick.
  7. Serve warm with tortilla chips to dip.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 117Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 416mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 5g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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34 comments

  1. Colleen

    I love a warm dip in the fall and this will be perfect for our family gathering this Thanksgiving. I like your suggestion of baking it with the cheese on top. Yum!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Warm dips are so irresistible, especially when covered with cheese.

      Reply

  2. nancy

    warm dips are perfect for the chillier weather now! and another great way for me to use up my corn in the freezer too! ahaha

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Love to hear this…enjoy Nancy!

      Reply

  3. Sean

    You really CAN’T ever have too much dip on hand – especially after I eat it all. Awesome recipe, and I love how much corn goes into it. I think corn is seriously underappreciated in recipes like this. It blends so nicely and brings a creamy texture and wonderful sweetness to dips, soups, etc. Great stuff!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Yeah, I was really happy with the results…the creamed corn really added a creaminess to the dip without adding a lot of calories.

      Reply

  4. Gloria

    I think this is the perfect dip for watching the rest of the Blue Jay season. I need to make some before Tuesday’s game. This will be a winner.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I saw that they won yesterday! Go Jays!!

      Reply

  5. Amanda Dixon

    This dip is fantastic! We served it for college football Saturday and devoured it. It’s wonderfully creamy and super simple to make.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Would you say this dip was a touchdown Amanda?

      Reply

  6. Lauren Michael Harris

    Southwestern flavors are one of my favorites. I love that this corn dip is creamy and super flavorful! I’m going to be making it again and again!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Excellent Lauren, so glad you enjoyed this dip!

      Reply

  7. Terri

    I totally agree – you can never have enough dip recipes! I’m adding this one to my arsenal, especially for when I have fresh corn. I wish I had this a few weeks ago when I had all that corn!!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yep, I’m dealing with a backlog of creation over here. That’s not so bad is it? There’s always next year!

      Reply

  8. Sharon

    This is the perfect party dip. Creamy and full of yummy flavors. Pass the chips!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      haha I love it. No double dipping allowed!

      Reply

  9. Linda

    Never thought of using creamed corn in this dip, and it turned out so creamy delicious!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yeah…it seems so obvious but kind of a surprise to me too.

      Reply

  10. Tristin

    Having some people over this weekend to watch the game and trying out this dip! Can’t wait!!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      That’s what we’re having too! Happy football Sunday!

      Reply

  11. Elaine

    I am sooo ready to dip my favorite chips in it! Fantastic result and very easy-to-follow instructions. Just perfect!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yep, gotta love a super tasty yet uncomplicated appetizer!

      Reply

  12. chefdennis

    I made this yesterday and it was gone in 10 minutes, every one raved about the dip!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      So glad it was a big hit Dennis!

      Reply

  13. Kayla DiMaggio

    This Tex Mex Corn Dip was so delicious! The perfect recipe for a family gathering!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Glad your family enjoyed it Kayla. We’re having it for football Sunday today.

      Reply

  14. Erin

    I should stop buying spices by the kilo because I’m not even close to refreshing them every 1-2 years. 😆 Thanks for the tip and the recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh gosh, yes. Or buy them whole then toast and grind them. They stay fresher that way.

      Reply

  15. Chandice

    Yum what a fun dip especially for a crowd! The corn makes it extra hearty and delicious with corn chips!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Mmmm, so good. Be sure to always make a double batch!

      Reply

  16. Enriqueta E Lemoine

    This corn dip will be a staple in my kitchen, and you took it to the next level with those beautiful chips. Thanks for the recipe.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I made another bowl of dip on the weekend. We’re addicted!

      Reply

  17. Farrukh Aziz

    Tortilla chips and this Tex Mex dip is the perfect combo. This was perfect for our Mexican night, thanks! 🙂

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      That sounds heavenly…I need more Mexican nights in my life. Cheers!

      Reply

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