Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip
Perfect for game day or a party, this gluten free cheesy bacon corn dip is a make-ahead crowd favorite! Full of fresh produce, it’s a lighter take on classic heavy, cheesy dips.
I’m sharing this Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip just in time for the Super Bowl. But this is one of those dips that shouldn’t be set aside for once a year football parties.
Despite the title — you know, the cheesy and bacony part — it’s not one of those heavy, gluttonous, winter comfort food kind of dips.
It’s full of corn, red bell pepper, and jalapeno peppers. And yes, as the title suggests, there’s bacon and cheese as well.
But the produce to cheese ratio skews in favor of produce, and I can only imagine that this would taste even better in the summer made with fresh summer corn and peppers from the farmer’s market.
This would be perfect for a 4th of July party. Or any summer potluck, really.
And why stop at summer? This is also the perfect “wait around for the turkey to finish cooking” Thanksgiving dip.
How to Make Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip
Let’s start with the lineup: bacon, onion, garlic, corn, red bell pepper, jalapeno, cream cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and green onions.
All simple, easy to find ingredients. In fact, you may even have everything ready to go!
Don’t like Monterey Jack? Substitute in whatever you do like. Cheddar. Mozzarella. A pre-shredded Mexican blend. It’s all going to be delicious.
All we’re going to do is sauté the vegetables until soft. Stir in the cream cheese and shredded cheese until melted.
Then transfer this mixture into a baking dish and bake until hot and bubbly.
Make Ahead Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip
You know what’s even better about this dip? You can make it ahead of time! No need to add it to your long to-do list the day of the party.
Sautee all the vegetables, stir in the rest of the ingredients, and pour it all into your dish.
Refrigerate up to 3 days, and and before your guests arrive, pop it into the oven for 20 minutes. Bubbling hot, cheesy bacon corn dip, all prepped ahead of time.
What to Serve with Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip
Let’s be honest: tortilla chips are the gold standard here. Crunchy, salty, and perfect for scooping. Also good scooped onto crackers or dipped into with a pretzel.
Buuuut you want something low carb or a little healthier? We can do that. This dip is A++ on a piece of celery. (In fact, that’s how I enjoyed all the leftovers.) . Or on a carrot. Or roll it up in a lettuce leaf like a wrap.
Because truthfully, the vehicle to get this dip into your mouth isn’t that important — just as long as the dip gets there. Heck, eat it with a spoon. I fully support that.
This cheesy bacon corn dip is colorful, it’s delicious, and it’s not quite as bad for you as your typical party dip. We’ll go ahead and call this one a big winner!
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Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip
Perfect for game day or a party, this gluten free cheesy bacon corn dip is a make-ahead crowd favorite!
- 8 pieces of bacon, chopped
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 1/2 corn kernels (approximately 4 ears of fresh corn or 16 ounces frozen corn, thawed)
- 1 small red bell pepper, diced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
- 2 green onions, sliced
- Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook until brown, about 8 minutes. Drain the excess fat from the skillet.
- Add the onion and garlic to the skillet, cooking an additional 3-4 minutes, until translucent. Add in the corn, bell pepper, and jalapeno. Continue to cook until vegetables are soft, an additional 5 minutes. Stir in the salt. Add the cream cheese and 1/2 cup of the shredded Monterey Jack cheese, stirring until cream cheese is melted.
- Transfer the mixture into a 1 quart sized baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Bake until bubbly and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers, or celery.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 9gCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 8g
I love the flavor of bacon, corn and cheese together! I’ve never tried it as a dip.
I could eat dips for dinner every day of the week. I love them! This one looks fantastic and easy to put together.
I don’t eat bacon, but this really looks like it would be delicious even without the meat! The hubs would probably like the bacon though.. he misses bacon. Poor him. Lol.
Definitely delicious without bacon. I’ve always made it without bacon in the past, but my husband requested the bacon addition this time around. It would also be AMAZING with some smoked coconut in lieu of the bacon for the same smokey flavor.
This looks fantastic! I love a warm cheesy dip!
I love corn dip and I like the fact you can make it ahead. I’m like Sarah though and don’t eat bacon but I could easily see this as a tasty dip without it.
It’s so good without the bacon – that’s how I usually make it, except my husband requested some bacon this time around. You definitely won’t be missing anything if you leave out the bacon!
Mmmm. I love a good dip and I love corn! This would be absolutely delicious for #SB51. I agree, I bet this would be fabulous with fresh summer corn!!
Julie, I’m coming to your house for game day! This dip is so right up my alley! Then again, my dear, you had me hooked as soon as I read the word bacon. 🙂
You are always welcome to come over for game day. The more the merrier – I (obviously) love to cook for a crowd!
Looks so delicious! With all of those ingredients, you can hardly go wrong with this recipe 🙂
Oh Julie, your cheesy bacon and corn dip looks amazing! I am so making it this weekend and for sure it will be a crowd pleaser!
First, I love that it is make-ahead and completely gluten-free!! That’s already a winner as far as I am concerned. It surely looks flavorful and love the spicy kick from the jalapenos!!
Cheesy party dips are always the best, and with bacon included it’s got to be a hit! Do you think I can count the corn and peppers as my veggie serving for the day??! 🙂
Yes, you definitely can. Corn and peppers and onions – three servings of veggies right there. 😉
I love a good dip and tortilla chips! I’m sure this would be a big hit at a Super Bowl party!
This is perfect for game day! My family loves everything about this, and it will definitely be a huge hit. Take out the cheese and I’ll be stuffing everything else in a tortilla all day every day – good stuff!
Yes! It would totally be perfect to put in a tortilla or a quesadilla. If we ever have any leftover dip, I am so going the quesadilla route.
Oh goodness me, this recipe is just full of all the things me and Hungry Hubby love. He would go crazy for this dip, might have to spoil him with it for Valentines Day 😀
I would actually watch a whole football game to eat this! This looks positively scrumptious. Can’t wait ti give it a try.
I love that this can be made ahead of time – makes it perfect for game days, pot lucks or any given Tuesday 😉 It looks fantastic!
Corn on corn chips! So much corn! Not that that’s a bad thing, it looks mighty tasty 🙂
Oh, wow. Not only does it look delicious, but it’s the kind of food that can be a real part of a meal. You can be all indulgent, without feeling horrible after!
How awesome does that look! I have never tried or even thought of corn dip. I have made bean dip and love it and this is even more better with the sweet corn in it. My boys would go crazy for this dip. I am definitely making this sometime soon 🙂
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