Cheesy Corn Dip: A Star-of-the-Party Recipe

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Sneak Preview: This Cheesy Corn Dip combines seasoned corn, melted cheese, and green chiles for a queso that tastes great with chips. Instructions for making the paper serving dishes are included below.

Cheesy Corn dip served in a homemade containter.

If you went to college, did you gain weight as a freshman? (Don’t raise your hand.) Cheese dip made with Rotel tomatoes and melted Velveeta was responsible for most of my freshman 15.

Fast forward a few years and I have a new vice. Once you get started, this Cheesy Corn Dip is as difficult to resist as my freshman favorite.

Not surprisingly, this corn dip is perfect for a holiday or game day party. Keep your guests dipping by serving the queso from a small slow cooker with corn chips or my favorite, multi-grain tortilla chips.

Ingredients and common substitutions

  • Butter: Use butter, margarine, or vegetable oil.
  • Corn: I specified Southwestern seasoned corn or canned Mexicorn. If you have fresh corn on hand, I recommend making Mexicorn yourself.
  • Garlic: Fresh or bottled garlic will do the trick.
  • Green Chiles: Chopped green chiles from a can are the easiest option.
  • Hot Pepper pasteurized processed cheese food with jalapeno peppers: This is a store-brand cheese I buy from Krogers. If you can’t find it, substitute white American cheese or White Velveeta. Add chopped pickled jalapeno peppers according to how spicy you want the dip.
  • Evaporated milk: Substitute with half-and-half or heavy cream.
  • Cilantro: Fresh cilantro is beautiful in this dip, but not everybody likes cilantro. If you don’t know your crowd, serve it on the side.

How to make paper containers for the chips:

Make eating queso more fun by serving the chips and dip in these homemade containers that match your color scheme.

cutting and making paper containers for chips

Containers are made with 8.5 x 5.5-inch pieces of colored card stock and Scotch tape. Use a wax paper liner to keep the cheese sauce from leaking through the card stock.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the best way to serve cheese dip at a party?

I like to serve cheese dip in a small slow cooker. That way you can keep it warm for an hour or two. Cold cheese dip is not very appetizing.

What if the cheese dip gets thick before the party is over?

Add more milk or cream and stir.

Can I make this dip ahead of time?

You could assemble everything but the cheese in advance. Add the cheese within 30 minutes of serving and let it melt.

I can only find the traditional Velveeta cheese. Will that work?

Let me suggest you try this popular Nacho Cheese Dip that calls for yellow Velveeta cheese.

Parting Thoughts: Sometimes it’s the little things you do when planning a party that makes it memorable. Special containers fit in that category. Have fun with this dip and the containers.

If you have questions or suggestions, email me privately to Paula at Hope to see you again soon! Paula

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Cheesy Corn Dip Recipe

Southwestern seasoned corn mixed with melted cheese makes a spicy Queso Corn Dip you can serve with corn or tortilla chips.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizers
Servings 10 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups frozen southwestern seasoned corn or canned Mexicorn - drained
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • ¼ cup chopped green chiles
  • 16 ounces Hot Pepper pasteurized processed cheese food with jalapeno peppers
  • 1 12-oz can evaporated milk
  • Fresh chopped cilantro - optional


  • Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add corn to skillet and saute until corn barely begins to brown. Stir in garlic and green chilies.
  • Reduce heat to low. Cut cheese into small chunks and add to skillet. As cheese begins to melt, stir and add milk gradually till cheese is dipping consistency. You may not use all the milk immediately but save it to thin dip as needed. Whatever you do, don’t let this mixture boil or it will separate and be ruined!
  • Add cilantro just before serving if desired.


Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Corn Dip Recipe
Serving Size
Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Author: Paula Rhodes
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: chips and dip, gameday snacks, party snacks. queso cheese dip, White cheese queso recipe
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  1. Perfect for the holidays…. or anytime! Cleaver serving containers too.

  2. this looks so delicious! I really like such meals!

    have a nice time,

  3. TheKitchenWitch says:

    You had me at queso. I could bathe in the stuff! Beautiful photo, Paula!

  4. Jules @ Everyday Mommy says:

    Okay, this has got to stop. Your blog is a much too dangerous place 😉

  5. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons says:

    queso is for sure my weakness — looks great!

  6. I LOVE the little containers. I’ll have to make some when I’m feeling crafty.

  7. Looks great! I will have to pass this on to Brent as he is the queso lover in our family. He can make it at his home now!

  8. looks tasty, and the cute card board holders are great thanks for sharing the secret.

  9. Two thumbs up to cheese and corn!! This looks heavenly. My screen is in danger of getting bitten into… Love the cute containers you made out of card stock. What a fun way to serve a snack! 🙂

  10. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit says:

    Queso is so addictive! This white queso looks delicious- great for a party with those cute little containers. 🙂

  11. I think I’m more impressed with the crafting! 🙂 What a great idea – especially for the holidays. Cheese is especially welcome this time of year – and I love the southwestern treatment as opposed to the traditional Holiday Cheeseball – looks gorgeous!

  12. Looks wonderful and I love the little containers. Thanks for showing us how to make both!

  13. This recipe looks scrumptious! And I love your homemade containers.

  14. these look so good….. i want them now!

  15. Love the containers, but seriously, Paula, I LOVE the queso!

  16. What a great blog and the pictures. Well, I am salivating as I look. Who takes those mouth watering pictures?

  17. Ann Hastings says:

    This looks wonderful- I also gained the freshman 15 from velveeta and rotel- being an Indiana girl myelf, I never had it either 🙂
    I am going to make this for our office Christmas Party!!!

  18. Looks DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!
    I am going to have my preschoolers make these “baskets” in class Sunday as we talk about Jesus feeding the 5,000.

    1. Awesome idea about the “baskets”. Are you sure you shouldn’t be teaching school one of these days?

  19. Sharron Clemons says:

    Awesome idea about the “baskets”. Are you sure you shouldn’t be teaching school one of these days?

  20. Noelle Swanson says:

    I’m making this for Memorial Day this year! It looks so good! I ended up buying Mexican Velveeta so I hope it is as good! I know it won’t look white and pretty like yours! Thanks for the recipe!

  21. Found your website and blog (because of the salad in a jar!!) now I’m hooked and fascinated! Looking through your recipe pages, this one looks like a must try!
    Seeing the dates on the comments, it’s fun because of the time lapse! Now they are making a white velveeta cheese block (I’ve found it in a couple stores only though!).
    Definitely will be testing this, if I can locate the white velveeta again!!
    Keep up the great blog!

    1. Hi Rita
      I would like to find white Velveeta, too.