A Mexican-style corn dip that’s addictively good and that you can throw together in just 15 minutes. Makes for a perfect party snack!

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Corn Dip! A Mexican-style corn dip that's addictively good and that you can throw together in just 15 minutes. Makes for a perfect party snack! | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Corn Dip

Like most of the country in late November, my refrigerator is full of Thanksgiving leftovers.

We’ve had turkey and stuffing for dinner for the past few days (no judging!) and the laziness in me loves all these easy meals.

So when an old friend of mine told me we were going to have the neighbors over for a puppy play date, I had a bit of a dilemma:

What could I whip together that wouldn’t add to the pile of to the leftovers we still had yet to conquer?

And as luck would have it, inspiration struck in the form of this easy Mexican corn dip.

The only instructions I got from an old friend of mine was that we were going to have “wine and cheese and crackers.” Which we almost always have on hand anyway (remember, no judging!)

But I’m supposed to be serving this makeshift wine and cheese platter at 5PM, right around the time most people are expecting a “real” dinner.

Wine is great and all (and for us humans, it makes everything the dogs do together that much more hilarious) but I wanted there to be something a little more substantial to eat around dinner time. The plan wasn’t to serve dinner – it was just meant to be a quick visit to enjoy everyone’s company, so I wanted to make sure we all had enough food in our system to get us to whatever our “real” dinner plans would be.

Like, say, another big helping of turkey and stuffing.

How to make Mexican corn dip.

Wine and corn dip might seem a little odd on the surface, but it ended up being a great solution – an easy finger food that we can eat on the move yet hardy enough that it was filling.

Plus, the extra mobility allowed us to the dogs as they romped and played through the house.

Bonus points for this recipe being another one on my “to make” bucket list, and it’s definitely one I’ll be making again.

Can you make this dip in advance?

One of the most common questions I get about party dips is whether or not you can make them in advance. I totally understand why someone would want to do this, as it’s easier to prepare treats for a party the night before than scrambling to get everything done the day of the event.

The good news is that the answer to this question is almost always yes, and that is the case for this dip.

To refrigerate this dip: Add dip to a bowl with a sealable lid. Secure lid and store in the refrigerator for up to two days. When ready to serve, you can set the dip out immediately; there’s no need to let it get to room temperature first. Serve immediately or bake as desired.

Due to the mayonnaize in the recipe, freezing this dip is not recommended.

Easy cheesy corn dip served hot or cold.

What can you serve with a savory party dip?

When it comes to party dips, there are so many options for dipping! Feel free to use any (or many!) from the list below:

How long can you leave out a party dip?

Whenever you serve a dip for your guests to enjoy, you should always keep track of how long it sits at room temperature.

For most foods, the general rule of thumb is that a perishable item should not be in the “danger zone” for more than two hours. And by “danger zone”, this is usually at or just above room temperature. I recommend preparing this dip with chilled ingredients or serving it chilled, as this should give you more time (about one hour) before the dip reaches room temperature.

So, in total, this dip can be left out for “about” three hours, depending on the start temperature and the temperature of the room. However, be sure to still check the dip every now and then – mayonnaise can be tricky like that.

Once you pass the recommended time, you can cover the dip and place it back in the refrigerator. If your guests still want more dip, let it chill for at least 30 minutes before bringing it back out again.

notes & tips for this recipe for corn dip

  • When making this recipe, you’ll need a big mixing bowl so you have enough room to maneuver and stir. I own a 13 quart mixing bowl for this very reason.
  • The original recipe said just to throw the ingredients together and serve, but I’ve made this dip hot and cold and it’s been a hit both times. However, if you are heating up this dip, remember that there are raw green onions and mayonnaise in this dip. Both of these ingredients can (and most likely will) change their taste as more heat is applied, so be sure to check (and taste test) the dip as often as possible while heating. Over time I’ve found that melting some of the cheese, but not all of it, had a better taste than straight cold or fully melted.

More savory party dips

How to make corn dip

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – Add corn, mexicorn, sour cream, mayonnaise, green onions, and cheese (whatever flavor you like) in a large mixing bowl.

Corn Dip Step 1 - Add corn. Corn Dip Step 1 - Add mexicorn. Corn Dip Step 1 - Add sour cream. Corn Dip Step 1 - Add mayonnaise. Corn Dip Step 1 - Add green onion. Corn Dip Step 1 - Add shredded cheese.

Step 2 – Mix it all up!

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Step 3 – Serve and enjoy!

Mexican corn dip with mexicorn.

Recipe Details

Corn Dip! A Mexican-style corn dip that's addictively good and that you can throw together in just 15 minutes. Makes for a perfect party snack! | HomemadeHooplah.com
3.86 from 202 votes

Corn Dip

5 mins prep + 15 mins cook
472 kcal
Yields: 8 servings
A Mexican-style corn dip that's addictively good and that you can throw together in just 15 minutes. Makes for a perfect party snack!


  • 15 ounce corn, any color (white, yellow, etc), drained
  • 22 ounce mexicorn, (2 11oz cans) drained. Can also use southwest corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 bundle green onion, chopped
  • 2 cup cheese, shredded or grated, any flavor you prefer
  • tortilla chips, for dipping


  • In a 13 quart mixing bowl, mix together corn, mexicorn, sour cream, mayonnaise, green onions, and cheese. If desired, reserve a few tablespoons of chopped green onion or cheese to garnish the top of the dip.
  • Serve dip immediately with tortilla chips for dipping.
For heating up the dip
  • In the oven: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake dip anywhere from 10-20 minutes, depending on how much of the cheese you would like melted.
  • In the microwave: Heat dip for 1-2 minutes at a time, stirring inbetween and checking that the consistency is to your tastes. For best results, do not exceed 7 total minutes in the microwave.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 589mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 685IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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    • Susan T

    I add two small cans of green chills, 2 table spoons of ground cumin and two cans of tiny shrimp. Reminder to drain all cans of corn. I’ve also made this with black beans throughly drained. The shrimp variation is the most requested at my house. I added the shredded cheese option tonight.

    • Janice

    What if you can’t find mexicorn??

    • lisa johnson

    Added celery salt, tobasco, and garlic powder. Then added the dried lipton onion soup mix. Sprinkled parsley on top. Let you know later–am serving today at 4th of July family gathering.

    • Geri
    • 5 stars

    I added taco seasoning and it was amazing ..I just felt it need alittle zing for my taste..thanks for the great recipe.

    • Cn
    • 5 stars

    Made several times. Great hearty dip. Ate it cold. Added a pack of ranch season mix.

    • Amanda
    • 5 stars

    Loved it! Making it again now .We bought an overpriced version of this from the store and it was so good. I had to find a recipe to recreate and this one is perfect! I made my own tweaks based on some reviews. I agree its pretty pale so I added a sprinkle of smoked paprika and a little parsley for color.

    • Dana
    • 5 stars

    I have made this dip for over 15 years and I make it just like the instructions except that I add a pack of the dry ranch dressing mix… and that is perfect. That’s all that’s needed to put a good flavor. Yes it is best when in fridge for few hours or over night. Most time I do not add the green onions. They can mask the flavor of the rest.

    • Verona McCord

    Best dip are in years we added garlic garlic seasoning Best dip ever

    • Jim Warrick
    • 5 stars

    This recipe is great as is! But I added 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt to adjust for my taste, and sprinkled a little more chili powder on top for color. Delicious! Can’t wait to see what the potluckers think when they have it tomorrow.

    • Leslie

    I added chopped jalapeños, red bell pepper, cream cheese, diced green chili’s and a package of ranch seasoning then a little tobacco! Excellent

    • Ray

    I added the juice and zest of half a lemon and a couple chopped jalapenos and only one can of corn. Very nice.

    • Kim

    I need to make enough dip for 85 servings. Oh my how I do prepare? What is the quantity of my ingredients?

      • Kelly

      ???? Just look at the serving size listed and multiple it by the people needed to serve. 🤦🏼‍♀️👏🏼 Not difficult.

    • Barbara young

    I add chopped jalapeno fresh peppers really makes it better

    • MargeKaufmann
    • 5 stars

    I love this recipe the cheese I added was a Mango Fire cheese so tasty.

    • Larry

    The dip is good but a little zip is needed. I added 2 teaspoonns of my favorite Habanero sauce and 2 tbls of sugar and it was on point!

    • Catherine
    • 5 stars

    Don;t listen to that Tom person,I just think it needs some zip. You can add chilies and it’s fine.

    • Jenn
    • 5 stars

    I made this recipe for my friend’s bridal shower. I used cream cheese and a can of diced chilies and through it all into a crockpot. So good. Thank you! I will be making it again for the Super Bowl!

    • Tracy Douglas
    • 5 stars

    Love this dip!! I mix it up add a bit of Sylvia’s soulful salt add put in my crockpot! Perfect for the Packer- Cowboys game this afternoon!! Go Green Bay!!!

      • Tom hamilton

      Hi all, I made this dip today following the directions as written and I have to say it was a waste of my money, 0 flavor. I added rotel, cilantro, cumin and taco seasoning to try to bring it a round.
      Save your money

        • Kim
        • 5 stars

        I ate this today for the first time, cold and it was great!

          • Kelly

          It’s best to let dips sit overnight (or at least a few hours) to blend flavors. I would add a can of diced jalapeños or green chili’s and some seasonings like cumin, garlic powder, season salt….and some chopped peppers (green, red, poblano, etc.).

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