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Mexican Corn Dip

The traditional Mexican street corn is turned into the best dip ever. It’s so good, you won’t even need the chips. Just grab a spoon and eat!

Mexican Corn Dip - The traditional Mexican street corn is turned into the best dip ever. It's so good, you won't even need the chips here!

Mexican street corn. Have you tried it? I was always skeptical about it myself – I mean, mayonnaise on corn? But boy, was I wrong. I recently tried it at my local farmer’s market and I was in heaven. I loved it so much that I think I ate about 3 of these, ditching the rest of the vendors there!

Mexican Corn Dip - The traditional Mexican street corn is turned into the best dip ever. It's so good, you won't even need the chips here!

But as I devoured all three of them, my face was a mess and there were tons of corn kernels stuck everywhere in my teeth. It was so bad, I even thought to myself that I would never have Mexican street corn again. But I just couldn’t bear that thought so here we have it in an epic dip form. And yes, there should be no corn kernels getting stuck here.

Mexican Corn Dip - The traditional Mexican street corn is turned into the best dip ever. It's so good, you won't even need the chips here!

Best of all, this takes just minutes to whip up. And the toppings here are just out of this world – mayo, lime juice, chili powder, and cotija (or feta) cheese. It’s amazingly creamy with a hint of tanginess and a bit of spice. And as I always say – just ditch the chips and grab a spoon here. You won’t be needing the chips at all.

Mexican Corn Dip

The traditional Mexican street corn is turned into the best dip ever. It’s so good, you won’t even need the chips. Just grab a spoon!

5 minutes10 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cups corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled cotija cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • Juice of 1 lime


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add corn kernels and jalapeño, and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through and slightly charred, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Stir in mayonnaise, cotija, cilantro, chili powder, garlic and lime juice.
  3. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Closet Cooking

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 220.1 Calories from Fat 144.9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16.1g 25%
Saturated Fat 6.0g 30%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Cholesterol 22.9mg 8%
Sodium 90.9mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 18.8g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1.9g 8%
Sugars 2.6g
Protein 3.9g 8%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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  1. I’ve made this twice now. The first time as written. I ate some warm and served the rest cold with steak tacos. Today, I failed to check the recipe. I sautéed diced onion in the butter, used lemon juice and chipotle chili powder. I totally forgot the mayo!  The other ingredients were as written.  A delicious twist!  Any way you make it, it’s great warm, cold, with chips, as a garnish, or with a spoon. Today it was lunch!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    How far in advance could you make this?  Could it be kept cold and then served room temperature?

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Another great recipe!  Used fresh corn and a sprinkle of Tajin on top.  Delicious! 

  4. Question, can I use jarred jalapeno?

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this for some friends about 6 years ago and it is requested for every get together.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    No review yet – can this be made and served cold? Thanks!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    So good and easy to make! Thank you for this!

  8. Hi! I am making this tonight – is it ok to use fresh corn off the cob that is not roasted?

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Super “delish”!! Super easy!! Prepared this for the first time for my man and I to try…winner winner! This will be a gathering hit!! Thank you for sharing!!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love this recipe, make it every summer. Most recent twist was I used leftover grilled corn on the cob, sliced off the kernels. I didn’t have a jalapeño so I used red pepper flakes. I also often mix cotija and queso fresco both.

  11. No review yet only asking could I use jarred jalepenos instead of fresh?

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    This dip is fantastic – I used frozen white kernel corn and it was delicious. I can’t wait to try it with fresh corn. Thanks for sharing 

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Do I used sweet corn or just any type of regular corn ?

  14. I don’t have a review yet, but a question. I am making street tacos and wanted a side dish with corn and chicken to dip into…think anything wrong with adding some chicken to this? I know I may need to tinker with the ingredients, but I thought that may be good.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    So easy and so delicious!!  

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this for My Wife and I on football Sunday. Excellent recipe, freaking delicious!!! Thank you. 

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this for a girls night in along with your chorizo queso recipe and they were both a hit! We had a big pitcher of margaritas to go with it and we chowed down! Thanks so much for the amazing recipes! Love your stuff.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this with frozen corn and liked it, but want to try making it with fresh corn this time. Do I roast the corn while it’s still on the cob, or do I cut it off the cob raw? If I do roast/grill it on the cob, do I still need to saute it with the chopped jalapenos too?

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    This dip has rocked my world! I made it for guests over the 4th of July weekend. And at their request, I made it again the next night!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is amazing and so easy to prepare. Loved it and will remake it often. 

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    I use this recipe as a base for a side dish. I keep it on the warm setting of the crockpot. Making it again tomorrow for our school’s teacher appreciation luncheon which is Mexican themed. Pretty much a huge crockpot of esquites! 

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    i have utilized this recipe for two years, it is our family’s go to!

  23. Rated 4 out of 5

    It’s delicious, but more like a side dish than a dip.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    My mouth is literally watering. My family would love this..

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    hey I’m Indonesian I really wanna know what cotija cheese tastes?

  26. This looks amazing! I’m going to try it for a party where I’m taking the appetizers…so how would you transport it since it says serve immediately but I can’t make it there. Does it need to be in a mini crock pot?

    • You can try to reheat it at the venue either in the microwave or on the stovetop. A slow cooker also sounds like a great idea but without trying it myself, I’m not entirely sure how it would keep on the WARM function.

  27. So good! Roasted corn first. Served as a side for tostadas.

  28. I just made this for a BBQ tomorrow.  And of course my husband and I had to taste it to make sure it’s good.  We’ve already eaten 1/2 of it.  It’s not making it to the party.   Seriously delicious.  Or should I say Damn Delicious.  

  29. Could you possibly make it the day before??

  30. Awesome dip. Also would make a great side. Used parmesan (canned fine stuff) instead of cotija and two teaspoons dried cilantro instrad of fresh as that was what I had on hand. Worked out great. My family loved this! Thank you and happy new year!

  31. Best dip ever!!! We all devoured this in no time. My poor son- got home from work late, and all of us polished it off so he didn’t get to try it! I’ll make more today so he can have some this time

  32. Made this tonight for pre-Thankgiving family dinner. It was great! Great app and fantastic as topping on the tacos.

  33. Holy cow! This stuff is amazing! I made it last night and we had a little bit leftover. I was daydreaming about it all morning, but when i went to get it out at lunch time it was GONE!! My husband polished it off as a midnight snack last night. So….i made more for myself for lunch 🙂 I think I am going to nickname it Crack Corn Dip. It is crazy good. This is going to completely derail my weight loss goals…

  34. Hmmm, I am  a commercial gardener – have lots of corn now – found your recipe and I super like the idea of cutting the corn off the cob and not having to deal with the corn in the teeth thing. But, it looks to me the corn in the photos anyway is roasted. So, was this corn roasted before being cut off the cob? 
    I can plainly see the black roasting marks on the corn – which to me would taste pretty good – then cut it off the cob when it cools down and proceed with the rest of the recipe. Is that right?

  35. Omg damn delicious… how do you do this?  You post an awesome (simple straightforward) recipe and you get 100000000 ridiculous questions about it… you must be the most patient lovely person in the world.    Can I use canned corn, yogurt, salted butter, serve it hot, chill the corn, make it a week before, put my finger in my ear…. and so on!  How do you do this??? ( I was wondering when people quit experimenting or thinking for themselves)!!!   Done ranting… and I thought before this I was patient and lovely.. guess not!   Thanks for a great recipe!   :-). 


  37. What can be subbed for the mayonnaise? Cream cheese? Greek yogurt? 

  38. This looks so amazing and I can’t wait to try it! I’m making it this weekend for my moms birthday and using frozen corn. So now for a silly question: do I thaw the corn beforehand? I feel like yes, but I’ve never cooked with frozen corn before besides throwing it in a pot to boil : ) 
    Thank you!

  39. Made this today. Used grated Parmesan cheese instead of Cotija cheese as someone recommended and it was delicious! Will definitely be making this again. So easy and so yummy! Thanks for another great recipe!

  40. This recipe came out really good! Both my kids loved it, i did too!

  41. This is hands down, the best corn dip I’ve ever made! Like, so good, no one ate the guacamole, and I make really good guacamole! 🙂 I always get asked for the recipe! Thank you for this deliciousness!

  42. Corn with mayo and cotija cheese has become so trendy lately, it’s no surprise I loved this dish. My mother, who is not at all a fan of corn, also enjoyed a few bites of this. It’s something to do with the smoky/sweet/savory bite of combining chili powder, corn, and jalapeno. So good!

    And while it tastes great the next day, as well, it certainly doesn’t look pretty. It gets a little muddled, I think. But what a great recipe! Was very happy with the way it turned out.

  43. Has anyone tried this with “light” or “non-fat” mayo or “light” Miracle Whip – it would cut some calories?

  44. I bought Trader Joe’s Roasted Corn frozen in the bag and made this.  It’s incredibly delicious!  I will serve it as a side dish tonight along with my famous enchiladas and beer.  My cardiologist may not approve but ya gotta live a little while you can!

  45. I love this recipe! I got lazy and use canned corn but it tastes delicious just the same! Thank you!

  46. Absolutely delicious!  Thank you!  

  47. Just finished a bowl of this for my snack. In Texas this was called Esquites, which is the cut off version of Mexican corn on the cob (Elote). I will eat it either way, although this way doesn’t get my face as messy!!!

    You can grill the corn and the jalapeno before you cut them up, which is what I normally do in the summer. In the winter, you can defrost frozen corn kernels and cook them over the stove in a little olive oil or butter until there is a little color to them, then make the Esquites. I sub out Mexican crema for the mayo, but the rest is pretty much the same. All it needs is that last squeeze of fresh lime before I shovel it in – no chips required, just a spoon.

    My husband adds it as a topping to his tacos, I will serve it as a cold summer side dish to grilled meat, take it to Summer potlucks for a salad that is gone in a flash, or it’s the BEST snack!!

    • Thank you for saying it can be served cold as a potluck side dish!!! I’m headed to a large out of town family reunion and want to make something different than the pasta and potato salad I’m sure will be in abundance from everyone else! Can’t wait to try this! 

  48. Love it! It’s do easy to make. My family and my co-workers love it!!! We’re addicted to this dip!! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  49. This dip MUST be served immediately to get the full effect. It is totally delicious, I made it with 3 cans of can and it turned out great. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  50. just tried this recipe and let me just say… wow!!!
    It is addicting and dangerously good we loved it. My daughter and I love the traditional Mexican corn on the cob however this was a very delicious alternative. 

    The recipe it’s self is great but I bought the wrong chili powder and mine had lemon in it (didn’t notice till after) which made the whole dip a little sour with the one fresh lemon. If you have the same chili as mine just don’t add the lemon

  51. This is absolutely delicious!  I use quite a few of your recipes, Thank You!!

  52. Just a quick question. Are we supposed to let the corn cool down before we mix everything else in? After I added the cheese, it because a goo-ey mess.. =(

    Thanks for sharing.

  53. This dip is amazing. I make the dish like the recipe says minus the cheese at first. I pop it in the fridge for 2 hours and then add the cheese so it keeps it’s texture and doesn’t melt. It is so delicious cold! Perfect for a summer meal.

  54. fantastic dip. Used for a church potluck, made a double batch so I’d have some for home but went home with an empty pot. I made another batch and used it for a corn, green bean and zucchini casserole. A total family favorite!

  55. Delicious! Thanks for sharing! I made it to serve as a salad on the side of adobo pork steaks.

  56. Just had to comment on this dip! I planned on making it for a back-to-school get together, but thanks to a stubborn splinter in my son’s foot we ended up not being able to go. So, I did the next best thing and made this for lunch today 🙂 My son and I mozied up to the counter, stood over the bowl, and dipped away!!!! AMAZING! Thanks for a quick, easy, tasty party snack!!

  57. I LOVE this Mexican Corn Dip. I add avocado and black beans with it and omit the cheese as I cannot have dairy. I substitute a Safflower Mayo instead of real mayo. I then make a cilantro lime rice and out this all together in a non gluten wrap for a meal! Yum!!

  58. what is best to dip with, corn chips, crackers?

  59. Thanks for this recipe ! We just had it tonight with barbecue chicken fillet and it was delicious 🙂 Merci from Paris.

  60. I’m making this tonight. In Mexico we call this ESQUITE.
    It’s a very popular street food. I like your version of it, looks very authentic.
    Thanks for sharing.

  61. I couldn’t find Cojita cheese, so I’m using Fresco. Going to a Mexican themed Fun Friday tonight, so this will be a perfect addition! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  62. just made this….DELICIOUS!! So easy to prepare too. Definitely a party dip go to.

  63. I am taking this to a party can I cook it the put it in a crock pot to stay warm ?

    • Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried keeping this warm in the slow cooker. Please use your best judgment.

  64. Made this for the first time and it for sure wont be the last. We all loved this soo much! This was the best corn dish I have ever had! I shared this on my blog! Thanks for the excellent recipe!

  65. When it’s not on the cob they’re called esquites. Add epazote for more flavor. For those with adventurous taste buds pour as much hot sauce as you dare for the best food on earth besides pizza. 😀

  66. A lady at church always brings corn salad to potlucks, made with canned white shoepeg corn, chopped bell pepper, onion and diced tomatoe with mayo. The first time I ate it I couldn’t believe it was mayo. It is to DIE for.
    I am going to try this mexican street corn ASAP.

  67. Have you ever eaten this dip a few hours later? Wanted to make it early and put it in the refrigerator.

  68. I grew up on this and so have my children, I’m 1/2 Mexican. I serve it during bbq alot. Clean the corn, wrap it in foil & throw it on the pit. I always simply use Mayo, chili powder, lime and Parmasian shake cheese. Works for me.

  69. Is it absolutely necessary to use unsalted butter? Could I use regular butter but less of it and it be okay?

    • No, it is not absolutely necessary. It’s just more convenient to use unsalted butter so that you can control the salt content in the dish.

  70. If serving this dip for a party, would you recommend keeping it warm in the oven until it is time to be served or putting it in a crock pot? Would it still be good if it got to room temperature? I cannot wait to make this!!

    • This is really best when served immediately. Now I haven’t tried keeping it warm in a slow cooker but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I would just give it a good stir from time to time to prevent dryness.

    • it’s really good hot… warm… room temp… and cold. I love it all ways.

  71. Stumbled across this recipe and threw it together since my husband came home earlier tonight with ‘oh I forgot, but I signed up to bring a corn dish to the work party tomorrow’. I didn’t read the ‘don’t make ahead of time’ part so fingers crossed it’s still good tomorrow. Only time will tell but it smells amazing, too full and tired to try it tonight.

  72. So…. I’m pretty sure this recipe needs to be tripled if you plan to serve others! BEST THING EVER!!!! I think I will have the entire bowl gone before any else gets to taste it!

  73. Hey hey! I cant wait to make this for an upcoming party! Is there anything else you might be able to recommend serving it with other than tortilla chips? I like people to have options when it comes to dippin’!

  74. So with the amount of ingredients you have listed here how many cans of corn would be good?

  75. Quick question…I have left over cooked ears of corn can I use that?

  76. How about replacing with Gorgonzola cheese? I can’t find cotija

    • Gorgonzola may be too strong of a cheese for this dish. I recommend substituting feta cheese, which is a bit milder.

  77. I think I’d like to saute some finely chopped red bell pepper and green bell pepper and add that to it. Garlic is definitely out (allergy), so the peppers would add a different taste that would still be excellent. Definitely chips–this would be far too much for me alone, so would be shared with the co’s; they’re usually hungry for something far better than hospital cafeteria “food.”

  78. My daughter just made this as a side with burgers….absolutely delicious!! Only used half the jalapeno in case it was too hot, but probably could have used it all. You would never know there’s mayonnaise in it. I think if I didn’t have the cotija cheese, I would use ricotta insalata in its place. I think it’s milder than feta but also crumbly with great texture and taste. It can be found with all the different Italian wedges of cheese at your grocer. The five ears of corn yielded about 4-4 1/2 cups of corn. Can’t wait to make it again!

  79. Do you have to wait for the corn and jalapeno to cool down before mixing in the other ingredients or is it better to do it while still hot?

  80. How long will this last? Can you make it the night before? I notice it says serve immediately, but I wasn’t sure if that was out of necessity or just because it was ready! Thanks!

  81. I made this yesterday for my 40th birthday gathering. O M G this is so good! Never had this before, and I wish I even found it sooner! My picky son even enjoyed it! I will definitely make this frequently! Thank you Chungah!

  82. Do you cut the kernels off when the corn is still raw? This looks amazing! Going to make it tonight.

  83. oh. emme. gee. i made this tonight for my dad and me and we snarfed almost a whole batch at dinner. we go to mexico every year and love mexican corn, but have awlays had it on the cob on a stick. when i saw this recipe i had to try it. totally exceeded expectations and will FOR SURE make again!! thank you.

  84. What about Miracle Whip?

  85. EVERYTHING YOU POST…IS TOTALLY AMAZING! Thank you…and keep up the great work.

  86. Mayo freaks me out. Is there anything I can substitute it with?

    • Mayonnaise is a core ingredient in this recipe. You can certainly substitute sour cream or Greek yogurt but I cannot speak for how much this will change the overall taste/texture of the dish.

      • I ended up using mexican crema. I don’t know how different it ended up being from your recipe, but I thought it was totally delicious with good texture as a side or with chips. The only other thing I did different was sauté the garlic with the corn and jalapeños because I don’t like the bite of raw garlic. It was really amazing and delicious though. I love your recipes and pictures!

  87. I love that this whips up so easily! I can find the cotija cheese in the dairy section of my of my grocery stores but I always have feta on hand so I’ll make one batch with the feta this week and another with the cotija next week. I can already smell the fresh flavors! I love your site!!

  88. What a creative idea for a recipe!

  89. You have such a lovely blog!!
    I love corn and that´s a great recipe to try out soon =)

  90. This is absolutely KILLER! I normally won’t experiment on guests but I KNEW this would be a winner. I did and it was!!!!! Everyone demanded the recipe so I shared ‘damn delicious’. You have become a very valued resource. Thank you so very much.

  91. I have recently fell in love with Mexican street corn as well. Great minds think alike too…I have a similar recipe I’m getting ready to post on the blog…made it last weekend 🙂 So good!

  92. I LOVE mexican corn! This dip would be oh so additcting.

  93. Looooovveeeee this dip! See you tonight! 🙂

  94. Please pass the bowl, love this dip!

  95. Hi there!

    Is there a substitute for the cotija Cheese? I don’t think I can find that where I live

    Thank you 🙂

    • Feta should work just fine.

    • Feta will work if you can find some that is very dry and crumbly so it can be very finely crumbled. The Mexicans I’ve talked to in very small rural towns in Kansas use pre-grated parm as a substitute, the kind that comes in a green shaker. (Feta can be as exotic as Cotija in some places.)

  96. Roughly how much corn do you get from 5 ears? Sadly, we are out of corn-on-the-cob round these parts and I want to try with frozen corn.

    • 1 medium ear of corn is around 1/2 cup-3/4 cup corn kernels. But 4 cups frozen corn kernels should be fine here.

  97. Dang, this looks so yummy! The perfect way to use up corn 🙂

  98. I really need to get on this Mexican street corn thang…especially since my husband is a Corn Husker (Nebraska) himself! This dip looks perfect, and I can’t wait to get those kernels all up in my teeth! 🙂 Pinned!

    • Hey Taylor, 
      I am also a Nebraska Corn Husker and true to tradition, I eat corn every chance I can, even though I live in California now. I am always excited about a great corn recipe! 

  99. I love that you cut the corn off the cob, amen to being resourceful! I always do for sake of less mess, less teeth sticking, etc. This dip looks amazing! I’d pound it down til it was gone!

  100. This looks amazing!! Gotta get some chips up in there!!


  101. Ahhh you and your delicious dips! This would definitely be best served by the spoonful (and then a hundred more!) yum 😀 x