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corn dip with cilantro and crumbled white cheese on top in a serving bowl

Mexican Street Corn Dip

This Mexican street corn dip is made with cotija cheese, crema, smoky spices, and lime juice making it an easy, cheesy, perfect dip for Cinco de Mayo or any party!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 134kcal


  • 4 cups corn fresh, frozen or 4 ears shucked
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cup Mexican crema or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • Tortilla chips for dipping


  • Add olive oil to a large skillet and preheat over medium-high heat.
    1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Add the corn and sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring often until the corn is slightly browned. If using fresh corn, brush the corn kernels with the olive oil on all sides and use a grill or grill pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until it is lightly charred.
    4 cups corn
  • Remove the corn from the heat and set it aside until it is cool enough to handle. (Cut the corn kernels off the cob if using whole cob)
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the crema, lime juice, chili powder, and smoked paprika.
    ⅓ cup Mexican crema, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 1 teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Add the corn, cotija and cilantro to the crema mixture and stir to thoroughly mix together.
    ½ cup crumbled cotija cheese, ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • Serve at room temperature, warm or cold with tortilla chips.
    Tortilla chips


Store leftover dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Mexican crema available in most grocery stores near the cotija and queso fresco.
If you aren’t a fan of cilantro, parsley works too!
Add one diced avocado if desired.
Use sour cream, plain Greek yogurt or mayonnaise instead of Mexican crema.
Grill the corn on a regular grill if preferred.
For a cheesier version, add 4 oz of cream cheese and bake the entire mixture in a baking dish at 350 ° F for 15 minutes.
Add 2 cloves of minced garlic
For a spicy corn dip, add a chopped jalapeno pepper, green chiles, a tablespoon of your favorite hot sauce or ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper.
Nutritional information does not include tortilla chips.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 458IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg