Corn Queso Dip – Appetizer Recipe

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 “Suubs” 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.

To make things even more delicious (and a bit more healthy), I make a batch of these Baked Tortilla Chips or Air Fryer Tortilla Chips to serve alongside.

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.

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.

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Corn Queso Dip Recipe

Overhead shot of corn queso dip in skillet.

Corn Queso Dip

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. 
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 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)


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


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). 
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Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 18.8mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

12 thoughts on “Corn Queso Dip – Appetizer Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    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.

  2. I think I like the looks of this recipe better than the recipe.
    How did you get frozen corn kernels to get those grill marks?
    No less hold together as they are.
    Could you please rewrite the recipe?
    and include spanish chorizo.
    Its less greasy than Mexican style.


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