My hubby and our neighbors expect this Sour Cream Corn Dip at our annual 4th of July bash. The unusual combination of ingredients always gets rave reviews.

This Corn Dip Recipe, served with tortilla chips, has become an Independence Day tradition. Creamy. with a touch of heat, it’s delicious scooped onto a tortilla chip. I promise that you and your party guests will love it!

Sour Cream Corn Dip Recipe in a white serving bowl.

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Why You Must Make

  • This odd combination of ingredients results in a most delicious dip.
  • This cold corn dip is one of my most requested recipes from my real-life friends. Bill insists I make this corn dip recipe for our annual 4th of July gathering, year after year.
  • Super simple to make, a sour cream and mayo base is spiced up with green onions, green chilies, diced jalapeño, cayenne, and cumin, then defrosted frozen corn, diced red bell pepper, and shredded sharp cheddar cheese are mixed in, and it’s ready to be scooped up with corn tortilla chips.
  • You can easily up the spice factor to your liking. Try this unusual corn dip at your next summer gathering, and make sure you have plenty of copies of the recipe to share! 
Sour Cream Corn Dip Ingredients on a sheetpan with labels.

Ingredient Notes

  • Kitchen Staples – Mayonnaise (Hellmann’s or Duke’s), Sour Cream
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese – shredded
  • Frozen Corn – Defrosted. Drain any moisture before using. If you’d like to use fresh corn, blanch it first, cool and cut off the cob.
  • Red Bell Pepper – Diced
  • Can Chopped Green Chiles – Small 4-ounce can, drained. 
  • Green Onions – Also known as scallions, chopped.
  • Fresh Jalapeno – Diced. May omit or use less for a less spicy version.
  • Ground Cumin – Adds a depth of flavor.
  • Ground Cayenne Pepper – Adds more heat.
Overhead view of Sour Cream Corn Dip in a round ceramic dish.

How to Make

Rave Reviews

I made this sour cream corn dip recipe for the umpteenth time for our annual 4th of July gathering; and once again, I went through the list of ingredients when a few folks were hovering over the bowl, scooping up bite after bite with their chips, wondering how to make this dip. Bill, who has been trying to keep up his new, slim, trimmer profile, couldn’t stay away. It is a well-loved dip!

I had bought a large bag of tortilla scoops, and even before the party started, he questioned whether we had enough. Thank goodness there were a few leftovers he can nosh on over the next few days. I kept the dip on ice for the duration of our cookout so it would be safe to eat without worry of food-borne bacteria that can plague summer picnic fare.

Sour Cream Corn Dip side view in a white ceramic bowl garnished with jalapeno slices.

Recipe Tips

  • You can easily up the spice factor to your liking. Add more or fewer jalapeno peppers depending on whether you want your sour cream corn dip super spicy or mild. The same goes for the cayenne pepper.
  • Try some blanched fresh sweet corn cut off the cob for the ultimate summer experience! I’m sure you could lighten this up with reduced-fat sour cream, mayonnaise, and cheese, but I haven’t done this.
  • If you are serving this at a summer gathering, make sure it doesn’t sit out longer than 2 hours unless you have it on ice. This will prevent food poisoning.
  • We like serving this corn dip recipe with (affiliate link) Tostitos scoops, so you get a good dip to chip ratio. Any corn or tortilla chip will work.
  • To use fresh corn, check out this reference for boiling corn on the cob.

Try this unusual Jalapeno Corn Dip at your next summer gathering, and make sure you have plenty of copies of the recipe to share!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Use Fresh Corn Instead of Frozen Corn?

Yes, fresh or frozen corn can be used for this recipe and many others. Unless your fresh corn is super tender, it’s best to quickly blanch it in boiling water to soften the kernels and remove the raw flavor before using.

How Do You Remove Corn from the Cob?

Place the shucked ear of corn in a large mixing bowl, with the handle (stem) end up. Slice from top to bottom removing the kernels and letting them drop into the bowl. Remove any silk that falls into the bowl before using.

How Long Can You Keep Leftover Corn Dip?

As long as the dip hasn’t been left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours, you can keep your dip covered, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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Sour Cream Corn Dip - A strange combo, but EVERYONE wants the recipe!

Sour Cream Corn Dip Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 16 servings

This unusual combination of ingredients makes an irresistible dip! Get ready for all the recipe requests when you serve it! This recipe is adapted from my friends Kaye and Katie.


  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2-3 cups frozen corn, defrosted
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can chopped green chilies (about 4 ounces, drained)
  • 1 bunch green onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 fresh jalapeno diced (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients well and refrigerate for about an hour before serving..
  2. Serve with tortilla chips.


Do not leave out for more than 2 hours without keeping the dip chilled to prevent food borne illnesses.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 278mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g


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