This Crack Corn Dip is a must-have recipe at every family gathering! It's a creamy, spicy, cheesy dip that is the perfect blend of sweet corn, cheeses, creamy mayo and sour crem plus pickled jalapenos. Serve this Corn Dip with Fritos and you have the perfect appetizer or snack!
Originally posted November 2017, updated January 2024
Crack Corn Dip
Okay - so here's the thing: anytime our extended family gets together, there are easily 50 or more people attending. And we always do a pot-luck style meal so everybody brings a dish or two or three and we have a feast!
But, it's a little complicated to get that many people to one place to eat at a set-in-stone time. We tend to trickle in over an hour or more until everybody's there, then we eat. In the meantime, we like to snack.
One thing that Aunt Susie (the traditional host for Thanksgiving) always has on hand while we wait is a big bowl of Crack Corn Dip. And quite honestly, it's something I always look forward to.
Why You'll Love This Crack Corn Dip
- Easy! A while back I had a craving late at night and I was able to mix this up and enjoy it within a few minutes (although it's even better after it's chilled!). My kids can make it too, which is always a bonus!
- Budget-friendly. The ingredients for this corn crack dip are simple and easy to find... and won't break the bank! If you need a large amount of dip on a tight budget - make this dip!
- Versatile. As I mentioned, this dip is great for a late night snack, but it's also perfect for an appetizer, party food, game night or potluck.
- Feeds a crowd! The recipe as written is a big bowl of dip but you can easily double or triple it to feed a big crowd.
- Can be made ahead. This dip gets better after a night in the fridge and you can even make it 2-3 days ahead of time so it's one less 'last minute' thing to do for a party.
Anyway... if you need an appetizer for Thanksgiving, or any other occasion, I highly recommend this recipe for corn dip with Fritos. It can be eaten as soon as it's made, but it's best if it chills overnight. After it's cold, the creamy factor is ten times better!
So, let's get to it. Here's what you'll need... give or take 😉
Tools You'll Need
- Mixing Bowl
- Large Spoon
Crack Dip Ingredients
I say "give or take" because this Crack Dip with Corn is pretty flexible. As long as you don't add too much liquid, you can adjust this recipe based on your likes and dislikes. But here's what I used:
- Cooked whole kernel corn - this can be frozen corn (cooked & drained) or canned corn. I have done both depending on what I had on hand and how much time I had.
- Mayonaise - I prefer full-fat regular mayo, not light, and not Miracle Whip
- Sour Cream - again, I prefer full-fat sour cream
- Shredded Cheese - I like to use Cheddar (mild, medium, or sharp cheddar cheese) or Fiesta Blend cheese, but you could change it up and use Colby Jack cheese, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, or whatever other variety you like to make this Cheese Corn Dip.
- Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles (aka Rotel Tomatoes)
- Diced Green Chiles
- Diced Pickled Jalapeños - you could also use fresh jalapenos if you like
- Garlic Powder
- Creole or Cajun Seasoning
- Green Onions (optional) - I choose to not use green onions but they're very popular in Corn Sour Cream Dip so if you want some extra flavor and color, adding some chopped green onions is a great option!
How to Make Corn Dip
This Crack Corn Dip recipe could not be easier. I promise - even your kids could make it!
- In a medium to large mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients.
- Cover and chill overnight.
- Serve this corn dip recipe with Fritos, tortilla chips, and/or crackers. I've also recently discovered that I love eating corn dip with pretzel bites.
Note: you can serve immediately but it'll be a little liquidy. It will thicken and have a more creamy texture after chilling overnight.
This Crack Corn Dip recipe is really versatile and it's hard to mess it up. You can truly add or take away any ingredients that you think you'll love for this party dip.
Light Dip - to lighten things up, you can use low fat mayo, light sour cream and low-fat shredded cheese.
Spicy Corn Dip - to add more heat or spice, you can use more jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, and even some cayenne or red pepper flakes for a little kick or a lot of kick. You could even call it Cajun Corn Dip.
Corn Dip with Rotel - Rotel has mild, original, and hot versions if you want a really spicy corn dip recipe. Other names might be Crack Corn Dip with Rotel or Mexican Corn Dip with Rotel.
Mild Corn and Rotel Dip - Use Mild Rotel, skip the jalapenos, and any other spicy ingredients for a gentler on-your-stomach dip.
Add-Ins: this dip is so easy to tweak - make it your own! You can stir in chopped cooked bacon, chopped red or green bell pepper, or any other yummy ingredient that you wish!
- Drain your ingredients! If use canned corn, be sure to drain it well, along with the Rotel tomatoes, green chiles and jalapenos! Extra juice will make this corn and cheese dip soupy and nobody wants soupy Corn Rotel Dip.
- Don't skip the chilling! Crack Corn Dip with Rotel is bet cold! Again, you will end up with a really thick and creamy corn dip if you chill it for a few hours or overnight.
What to Eat with Corn Chips (Serving Suggestions)
This easy corn dip recipe is most commonly thought of as a dip for corn chips, but that is certainly not the only thing you can enjoy corn and cheese dip with! Here are several options:
- Corn Chips (Fritos)
- Tortilla Chips
- Crackers - my aunt always serves her Corn Sour Cream Dip with Ritz Crackers
- Pretzel Bites
- Veggies (celery, cucumbers, etc.)
- Rolls (use it as a sandwich spread)
This Corn Dip for Fritos (also called Cowboy Corn Dip) will taste great if kept in the fridge for up to five days. Store any leftovers in an airtight container and take it out just before you're ready to enjoy it.
This corn sour cream dip is not good for freezing.
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