This versatile Mexican Hot Corn Dip is perfect for entertaining. You can spice it up as much as you like; serve it with warm tortillas or tortilla chips.Take Me to the Recipe!
I made it at the last minute for a casual supper. If you are in the habit of making chili chances are good you would have the ingredients on hand.
The dip itself is gluten free so you could enjoy it with gluten free corn ships or rice crackers.
The best part though is this recipe is so forgiving. If you don’t have Monterey Jack cheese you can use cheddar or a mixture of cheddar and Jack. Don’t have black beans – you could omit them. In that case I would be tempted to add in some sweet red pepper and green onions. You could substitute cream cheese for the sour cream but you will get a stiffer dip.
The base is really a delivery mechanism for the Mexican spices! I have also made this with Fajita seasoning which is equally good. Or you can refer to the recipe Note 1 for a spice mixture from your spice cabinet.
You can also customize the heat level. The mildest would be to use the taco seasoning and omit the Mexican Green Sauce, which is a fairly mild jalapeno relish. My husband and one guest found the heat level beyond their liking with the Green Sauce in the dip. Others were fine with the slightly piquant level.
But… let me tell you about those Crispy Jalapenos from Fresh Gourmet that I found at my Costco. The package suggests to use them as toppers for burgers, salads and baked potatoes. So I thought they would be a perfect fit for the hot corn dip. They might be for heat demons but I was overwhelmed- and I can handle a fair bit of jalapeno heat. I tried even just a tiny piece and I think I got a deep fried seed! I can’t quite imagine them on a salad although a jalapeno lover might like them as garnish on this Beef Taco Salad.
You could also add a bit of ancho chili powder or habanero chili powder if you want to amp up the heat throughout the whole dish.
I think this would also be good with a pound of browned ground beef in it. That would bring it up to a main dish contender I think. This could be a fun dish to make up and reheat on the BBQ for a casual summer supper item. You could make the hot dip with just a basic level of dip and let people top their portion with fresh or pickled jalapenos.
I am waiting anxiously for spring weather to arrive, even though the calendar says it is spring. And… now I can’t wait for BBQ season to try this!