Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip

Perfect for game day or a party, this gluten free cheesy bacon corn dip is a make-ahead crowd favorite!

Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip: perfect for game day or a party, this gluten free make-ahead dip is a crowd favorite! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip: perfect for game day or a party, this gluten free make-ahead dip is a crowd favorite! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

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.

Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip: perfect for game day or a party, this gluten free make-ahead dip is a crowd favorite! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

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.

Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip: perfect for game day or a party, this gluten free make-ahead dip is a crowd favorite! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

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.  

Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip: perfect for game day or a party, this gluten free make-ahead dip is a crowd favorite! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

Plus, you can make it ahead of time!  Sautee all the vegetables, stir in the rest of the ingredients, and pour it all into your dish.

Refrigerate up to overnight, and before your guests arrive, pop it into the oven for 20 minutes.  Bubbling hot, cheesy bacon corn dip, all prepped ahead of time.

Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip: perfect for game day or a party, this gluten free make-ahead dip is a crowd favorite! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

It’s 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!

Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip

Perfect for game day or a party, this gluten free cheesy bacon corn dip is a make-ahead crowd favorite!

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.