The best Mexican street corn dip! Super light and refreshing for the summer with all your beloved street corn flavors. Perfect for your next summer cookout!

Mexican street corn dip in a skillet

Street corn is music to my tastebuds. It’s seriously my favorite thing to order off of a menu at a Mexican restaurant. The crunchy, charred corn. The creaminess of the sauce. The kick of heat from the chili powder. And the saltiness of the cotija cheese. It’s mouth-watering. It makes me want to travel back to Mexico every single time!

crunchy, charred street corn in a skillet

We’ve been getting a LOT of corn in our CSA lately so I decided to put it to good use. Mexican street corn meets the cast iron and tortilla chips. It’s basically street corn except you get to scoop it up with tortilla chips versus eating it off the cob. 

street corn, chopped jalapeno, chopped onions, and chili powder in a skillet

This would be perfect for a summer cookout or party. It’s packed with summer flavor and is corn-forward so it doesn’t feel to heavy or hot for the summer. It’s a deliciously light and refreshing dip that doesn’t skimp on flavor! 

Mexican street corn dip in a skillet

I tested this one a few times and this version in the cast iron is definitely my favorite! My parents are coming into town this weekend to visit and see our new place so I’m thinking we’ll be hanging out on our back porch noshing on this dip maybe with a couple cervezas in hand. 

Mexican street corn dip in a skillet

If you don’t have a cast iron, any old skillet will do. Feel free to sub frozen corn for fresh if it’s not available. And feta would make a good salty replacement if you can’t get your hands on cotija cheese! Dig in, friends!

Mexican street corn dip in a skillet

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Mexican street corn dip in a skillet

The Best Mexican Street Corn Dip

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  • 3 cups corn kernels (about 45 ears of corn)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Salt, to taste


  1. In a cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add corn, stirring occasionally, until corn is charred, about 4-6 minutes.
  2. Add jalapeno, red onion, chili powder and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in mayonnaise, yogurt, lime juice, and cojita cheese, until cheese is melted and corn is evenly coated. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Season with salt, to taste.
  3. Serve warm or cold with tortilla chips.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Dips
  • Method: Cast iron
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: street corn, dip, mexican

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  1. Emily

    Can I make this ahead? And then bake before serving? I’m wondering if I make it the day before if I can keep it in the refrigerator and then warm it up the day I’m serving?

    • Hi Emily. Great question! I would say you can prepare/cook the corn and chop up ingredients the day before, but don’t mix in the dairy until you plan to heat and serve. If you add in the yogurt, mayo, lime juice and cheese and refrigerate, the ingredients may separate out and not look or taste as good. I hope that helps!

  2. Tammy

    Do you have to eat this the day you make it or is it still good the next day?

    • It should be fine the next day! The flavors might not be as fresh and bright, similar to how salad wilts with dressing by the next day, but you can definitely still eat it the day after.

  3. Anita

    Do you think I could use sour cream instead of Greek yogurt? Thanks! Haven’t tried yet but sounds delicious.

  4. Tracie

    This looks wonderful! Is it OK to use frozen or canned corn when corn on the cob is not available?

  5. Wanda

    Did a trial run with this tonight. Will definitely be making it again! Added lime zest and used feta. I would like to step it up next time and char the corn on the grill. My family suggested grilled chicken and this in a wrap for dinner too! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Ann

    Hello! The recipe looks wonderful and I’m excited to try it! Is there a possible cheese substitute? I’m very doubtful I’ll find it where I live. Thanks.

  7. Amanda

    I thought this would have more “liquid” for being a dip, but it can certainly be scooped with tortilla chips, and is VERY good! I can’t stop eating it!

  8. Jamie

    Could this be served cold as well? Or is best served warm?