Corn Queso

Looking for the ultimate party dip that will leave your guests coming back for more? Look no further than our mouthwatering Corn Queso recipe! This creamy and cheesy delight combines the sweet flavor of corn with the tanginess of diced tomatoes and the richness of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. Perfect for any gathering or game day snack, this dip is sure to be a hit with everyone at the table.




  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Tortilla chips for serving


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the thawed corn kernels and diced tomatoes with green chilies.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is heated through, about 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and add the shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.
  4. Stir until the cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  5. Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in sour cream, mayonnaise, chopped cilantro, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Transfer the corn queso to a serving dish and garnish with additional cilantro if desired.
  8. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.

Nutritional Information:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Calories: 160 kcal per serving
  • Servings: 8 servings


Serving and Storage Tips:

  1. Presentation Matters: When serving your Corn Queso, consider adding a pop of color with additional chopped cilantro or a sprinkle of paprika on top. This not only enhances the visual appeal but also adds an extra layer of flavor.
  2. Keep it Warm: If preparing ahead of time, you can keep the Corn Queso warm in a slow cooker set on the “warm” setting. Just give it a stir occasionally to prevent any sticking or uneven heating.
  3. Variety is Key: While tortilla chips are the classic choice for dipping, don’t be afraid to get creative with your serving options. Try offering sliced veggies like bell peppers, carrots, or celery for a lighter alternative, or even toasted baguette slices for a different texture.
  4. Leftover Love: If you happen to have any leftovers (though it’s doubtful!), store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When reheating, do so gently over low heat on the stovetop, stirring frequently to maintain the creamy texture. You can also reheat small portions in the microwave, using short bursts of heat and stirring in between to prevent the cheese from becoming too oily.
  5. Freeze for Later: While Corn Queso is best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze any leftovers for future enjoyment. Transfer the cooled queso to a freezer-safe container, leaving some space at the top for expansion. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating, and be prepared to give it a good stir to reincorporate any separated liquids.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can ensure that your Corn Queso remains as delicious and satisfying as the day you made it. Enjoy!



  1. Spice it Up: For those who love a bit of heat, kick up the spice level by adding a diced jalapeño or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the mixture. You can also opt for a spicier variety of diced tomatoes with green chilies for an extra punch.
  2. Add Protein: Boost the protein content of your Corn Queso by stirring in cooked and crumbled bacon, chorizo, or seasoned ground beef. These additions not only add flavor but also make the dip more hearty and satisfying.
  3. Veggie Medley: Experiment with different vegetables to add extra texture and flavor. Consider adding diced bell peppers, onions, or black beans to the mixture for a Southwestern twist. Sautee the veggies before adding them to the queso for added depth of flavor.
  4. Cheese Lover’s Dream: Get creative with the cheese blend by incorporating other varieties such as pepper jack, Colby, or even a creamy cheese like cream cheese or goat cheese. Mix and match cheeses to create your own unique flavor profile.
  5. Herb Infusion: Switch up the herbs and spices to customize the flavor of your Corn Queso. Try adding chopped fresh basil, parsley, or green onions for a burst of freshness. Experiment with different seasoning blends like taco seasoning or smoked paprika for a unique twist.
  6. Sweet and Savory: Add a touch of sweetness by incorporating caramelized onions or roasted bell peppers into the queso. The subtle sweetness will complement the savory flavors of the cheese and corn beautifully.
  7. Dip Remix: Instead of serving the Corn Queso as a traditional dip, use it as a topping for nachos, baked potatoes, or even as a sauce for tacos or enchiladas. The creamy texture and cheesy goodness will elevate any dish to new heights.

By exploring these variations, you can tailor the Corn Queso recipe to suit your taste preferences and create a truly unforgettable culinary experience. Enjoy experimenting and discovering new flavor combinations!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) :

  1. Can I use fresh corn instead of frozen corn? Yes, fresh corn can be used in this recipe. Simply boil or grill fresh corn on the cob and then cut the kernels off to use in place of frozen corn.
  2. Is it necessary to drain the diced tomatoes with green chilies? Yes, draining the diced tomatoes helps prevent the queso from becoming too watery. However, if you prefer a thinner consistency, you can leave some of the liquid in.
  3. Can I use different types of cheese in this recipe? Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different cheese combinations to suit your taste preferences. Pepper jack, Colby, or even a creamy cheese like cream cheese can work well.
  4. How can I make this queso spicier? To add more heat, you can include diced jalapeños or a pinch of cayenne pepper. You can also opt for a spicier variety of diced tomatoes with green chilies.
  5. Can I make this recipe ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the Corn Queso ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Reheat gently over low heat on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.
  6. Is this recipe vegetarian-friendly? Yes, this recipe is vegetarian-friendly as it does not contain any meat products.
  7. Can I freeze leftover Corn Queso? While it’s best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze any leftovers for future enjoyment. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
  8. What are some serving suggestions besides tortilla chips? You can serve Corn Queso with a variety of dippers, such as sliced vegetables, toasted baguette slices, or even pretzel rods.
  9. Can I make this recipe dairy-free? Yes, you can experiment with dairy-free cheese alternatives and vegan sour cream to make a dairy-free version of this queso.
  10. How long will Corn Queso last in the refrigerator? Corn Queso will typically last for 3-4 days when stored properly in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

With its creamy texture and cheesy goodness, our Corn Queso recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply craving a delicious snack, this dip is quick and easy to make, providing a flavorful experience that will leave everyone asking for more. So grab your tortilla chips and indulge in this irresistible treat today!