Corn Queso Dip

Overhead shot of corn queso dip in skillet.

Corn Queso Dip is the perfect dip for your next Mexican fiesta or tailgating party. It’s deliciously rich & creamy with a hint of spice and delicious corn flavor.

Rick & I recently had an extremely weird experience with queso.

It all begins with Rick’s car being stolen. I woke up one morning, looked out the window and said, “Rick, where’s your car?” His Subaru seriously disappeared from out in front of our house. We were even sleeping with the windows open and didn’t hear a thing.

Fast forward about a month later, when we’d given up all hopes of seeing the “Subs” again, and we got a call from the police. His car was found in Washington, at the bottom of a ravine. There was not much damage, except for a small dent on the driver’s side. Really the only thing that was out of place was that there was a jar of queso in the passenger’s seat.

We got the car back and a jar of queso. 

Fast forward about a year later. I now think we’ve gotten over this incidence and are ready to test the waters with queso again.

Hand dipping chip into corn queso dip

In this queso recipe, I’m taking it about as far from the jarred neon-orange queso as you can get. Instead, I’m really amping up the flavor by adding in lots of deliciously creamy & flavorful corn and topping it all off with fresh radishes, cilantro, and jalapenos.

To make this queso dip extra creamy, and to give it that amazing corn flavor, I made a corn puree and added that into the mixture. Then, I also stirred in some whole corn kernels. You’ll notice in these pictures, there is some charred corn topping the queso. I had some leftover from making this Mexican Street Corn Salad, so I went ahead and topped this queso dip with those charred pieces too.


If you like things spicy, by all means load up on the jalapenos and top your queso with plenty of those. But if you like things milder, you can leave them off entirely. I also topped my queso dip with radishes (for extra color and crunch) and some cilantro.

Also, if you’re looking for a dairy-free or vegan queso dip, I’ve had great success using Chao Slices in place of the cheddar cheese. They melt just like regular cheese and have a delicious, creamy texture. 

I hope you love this queso dip as much as we did! It’s perfect for tailgating parties or Mexican fiestas. I’ve got some great wine pairings below, or you could serve it up with some of my favorite margaritas.

Overhead shot of corn queso dip in skillet.

Corn Queso Dip

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: dairy free, dip, mexican, queso
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 199 kcal

Corn Queso Dip is the perfect dip for your next Mexican fiesta or tailgating party. It’s deliciously rich & creamy with a hint of spice and delicious corn flavor. 



  • 1 pound frozen corn kernels 3 cups, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 poblano chile—stemmed seeded and finely diced
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 7 ounces cheddar cheese shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Radishes for garnish
  • Jalapeno for garnish
  • Corn tortilla chips for serving


  1. In a blender, puree half of the corn with 1 cup of water until smooth.

  2. In a cast-iron skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the poblano, onion and remaining corn and cook over medium-high heat, until onions are softened, 8-10 minutes. Add corn puree and cook, stirring, until bubbling, about 2 minutes. Add the Chao and cook over low heat, stirring, until melted. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with cilantro, radish and jalapeño. Serve hot, with tortilla chips.

Recipe Notes

If you'd like to make this queso dairy-free, I recommend substituting the cheddar cheese for Creamy Original Chao Slices (look for them in the produce section). 

If you loved this Queso Dip recipe I would appreciate it so much if you would give it a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish are share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings. 

Nutrition Facts
Corn Queso Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 199 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 474mg 20%
Potassium 165mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 2.1%
Vitamin C 22.8%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 5.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings with Queso Dip:

  • Sparking Wine – Try a budget-friendly cava or prosecco with this queso. The combination of the creamy dip and salty tortilla chips are amazing together.
  • Rosé – The acidity in rosé is perfect with this rich, creamy queso dip.

Looking for more Mexican corn recipes? Be sure to try these too:

Mexican Street Corn Salad with Pearl Couscous

Mexican Street Corn Salad in bowl with wedges of lime.

Mexican Street Corn Chicken Tacos

These Mexican Street Corn Chicken Tacos put a fun twist on elotes or grilled Mexican corn on the cob that's slathered in a tangy cream sauce and sprinkled with chili powder. Plus, they come together in just 20 minutes! |

Mexican Grilled Corn

Mexican Grilled Corn

Corn Queso Dip is the perfect dip for your next Mexican fiesta or tailgating party. It’s deliciously rich & creamy with a hint of spice and delicious corn flavor. #queso #quesodip #mexican #appetizer #tailgatingrecipe


  1. georgie

    this looks insanely delicious Erin!! I love queso but I reckon you’re homemade would be SO much better than jar!


    1. Erin

      It was so yummy Georgie! I love any excuse to eat queso right out of the pan.


  2. Jenni LeBaron

    All you have to say is poblanos and cheddar and I am in! This corn queso dip looks absolutely scrumptious and perfect for a Mexican fiesta or just a really good Friday night!


    1. Erin

      I’m all for this queso dip and a bottle of bubbles any night!


  3. Mary

    I don’t know what I love more, the story of the queso found in the stolen car, or this dip! It sounds so awesome!! I’m 100% saving this recipe to make with my kids using your dairy free recommendation.


    1. Erin

      The dairy free version really was so good Mary!!!


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