MEXICAN CORN DIP. Never did I think I’d love a dip so much…
For Drew’s 30th birthday in June we had a little fiesta with some friends, and Mexican corn dip was on the menu – I couldn’t stop eating it. My mother-in-law had found the recipe on Pinterest and I knew I needed to find a way to recreate the recipe for you all.
This corn dip is a take on Mexican street corn, or “Elote”.
What is Mexican street corn?
Essentially it’s grilled corn on the cob, slathered in a little crema or mayonnaise and dusted with cotija – a hard cheese (from cow’s milk) that originated in the town of Cotija, Mexico. Oh, and a little spice like chili powder or cayenne.
It’s kind of amazing… If you see it on a menu at an authentic Mexican restaurant, you should get it. No ifs, ands, or buts – just do it.
So now that you’re familiar with the Mexican street corn and I have you super pumped about it, are you ready for DA DIP?
The dip version of this Mexican street corn means you can scoop up the goodness with chips but you can totally eat it by the spoonful as well.
Mexican Inspired Corn Dip
Here’s What You Need:
- mayo (or yogurt! see notes)
- cotija cheese (special Mexican cheese, highly recommend for a more authentic version. If you have a Mexican market or specialty grocery store near you, I’d check it out. You might be able to find at major retailers now as well)
- red bell pepper
- chili powder
- lime juice
- green onion
How you make it
- Choose how you want to prepare the corn – boiling it, grilling it, or using canned corn works too.
- Cook the garlic and corn together in a skillet with some butter.
- Add in red bell pepper, mayo, cotija, spices, lime and cilantro; stir until well mixed and you are DONE.
- Seriously, that’s it.
- With chips for a party appetizer
- As a taco topper for Taco Tuesday
- Side dish (by the spoonful)
- On top of a salad
The possibilities are basically endless. It heats up well and also can be enjoyed cold.
However you decide to enjoy it, get your taste buds ready for some deliciousness…
And let me know if you try it! Leave a review on the blog so others can see what you think too 😀Print
The Best Mexican Corn Dip
Mexican Corn Dip – think Mexican street corn (elote) but eaten as a dip with chips, side dish or taco topper! A lightened up version of the classic dish, filled with flavor and delicious cotija cheese. Gluten-free recipe with vegan-friendly substitutions.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4–6 servings 1x
- Category: side
- Method: stovetop
- Cuisine: Mexican-American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 4 cups corn kernels; fresh, canned or frozen
- 1 TBSP unsalted butter (or vegan butter)
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 3 TBSP mayo* (I love avocado oil mayo)
- 1/4 cup cotija cheese
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 3 TBSP fresh cilantro
- In medium-large skillet on medium heat, place butter, minced garlic and corn kernels in skillet; stir frequently while cooking for about 10 minutes until corn is slightly charred.
- Stir in mayo (or 2% greek yogurt), cotija cheese, chili powder, juice of lime and and chopped cilantro; Mix until combined.
- Top with more cheese and green onion before serving immediately.
- Mexican Corn Dip can also be kept in crockpot to keep warm for serving as appetizer at parties – great as cold leftovers too!
TO MAKE VEGAN: Sub butter with vegan butter and use a vegan mayo. You can omit the cheese, or replace with 1/2 TBSP nutritional yeast.
- Serving Size: 1/6th
- Calories: 171
- Sugar: 7
- Sodium: 570
- Fat: 8
- Saturated Fat: 3
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 18
- Fiber: 3
- Protein: 6
- Cholesterol: 18
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