Corn Casserole (Cheesy Corn)

LAST UPDATED: Aug 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Feb 21, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

Creamy corn casserole made with cream cheese – this cheesy corn doubles as a dip! It’s a classic side dish that is perfect for parties as a dip or a family-friendly side dish.

A white casserole dish filled with creamy corn casserole.

I’m not sure how I escaped 6 years in Kansas City without a deep love for barbecue, but I’ve never really cared for it. Any time we had guests in from out of town, they wanted to experience the barbecue.

I can’t blame them, I love doing the same when I travel! There’s nothing better than getting a taste of a city’s food culture when you’re visiting somewhere new.

I was often guilty of being the person who made a meal on anything-but-barbecue during our time there. Joe’s Kansas City BBQ has the best french fries. Seriously. I could live on them.

A white casserole dish with handles, filled with cheesy corn casserole.

That’s okay with me though! Just because you don’t enjoy the main dish in a barbecue dinner doesn’t mean you can’t have just as much fun, right? Side dishes will win for me every single time!

I LOVE a great side dish– yes, often more than the main dish… and I’ve shared countless recipes with you over the years! Try this cabbage salad, spaghetti pasta salad, homemade potato salad and crispy brussels sprouts if you’re looking for more incredible options.

I like to give a lot of detail in my recipe posts to guide readers through any questions. If you’re just here for the printable recipe, feel free to click “jump to recipe” right under the title of this post and you’ll head straight there!

A white casserole dish with handles, filled with cheesy corn casserole.

The Best Cheesy Corn Recipe – Just Like Jack Stack

Another local favorite bbq side dish is Jack Stack Cheesy Corn, which is absolutely incredible. I realized years later that they share their recipe on their website and have even made it at home a few times.

When it comes to all things cheese, I’m almost an expert. I’ve developed my own Cheesy Corn casserole that’s even creamier than the original and doubles as a dip! What could be better?

A white casserole dish with handles, filled with cheesy corn casserole.

Why You’ll Love this Cheesy Corn

It’s SO good that I’ve called creamy cheesy corn dinner more times than I care to admit.

Actually, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to call this delicious corn dinner since it includes a couple different food groups! It reminds me a little of the sweet cream corn that we ate when I was a kid, but so much better.

It’s the perfect blend of sweet, crunchy corn and salty, creamy cheeses. It comes together so quickly and it’s such a flexible option for parties- sure to be a crowd pleaser!

A white casserole dish with handles, filled with cheesy corn dip with ham.

Ingredients For Corn Casserole

  • Fresh sweet corn – You can use canned, frozen corn or fresh cooked corn kernels. All work beautifully here!
  • Velveeta (please don’t judge me – when it’s right, it’s right!) *you can certainly use freshly shredded cheddar cheese in place of Velveeta, but this is a rare recipe where Velveeta wins, in my opinion!
  • cream cheese – You can use a lighter cream cheese here if you’d like to cut the fat a little.
  • butter – You can use salted or unsalted – I generally have salted on hand so that’s what we use.
  • minced garlic – I am a fan of shortcuts when they don’t change flavor, and store bought pre-minced garlic works beautifully here.
  • diced ham – any kind of cubed/diced ham will work! You can even get fancy and try a pancetta or proscuitto.

How to Make Cheesy Corn

  1. In a medium sized pan over medium heat, add corn, velveeta, cream cheese, butter and garlic. Stir until melted.
  2. Stir in cubes of ham.
  3. Serve in a casserole dish for a side dish or slow cooker to keep warm as a corn dip.
A white casserole dish with handles, filled with cheesy corn dip.

Tips for the Best Cheesy Corn Dip

There are a couple notable differences in this Cheesy Corn recipe that set it apart from the rest.

  • First and foremost, I don’t bake it! This recipe can be made entirely on the stovetop, which makes this Cheesy Corn Dip recipe so creamy and really quick and easy to make. Oven space is always a commodity at our house especially during the holidays.
  • While some cheesy corn recipes call for bacon, I prefer diced ham in this particular recipe. I think it coordinates better with the texture of the corn kernels. However, feel free to modify if your family prefers bacon!
  • Want to throw it in the oven to keep it warm? Feel free to do so! Cover with aluminum foil and keep the oven at around 350 degrees for up to one hour. Some people prefer this extra step simply because they like the crispy baked edges of cheese!
  • Feel free to serve this corn casserole or corn dip in your crockpot! Leave the crockpot on the lowest/warm setting to keep it warm. This can be ideal for potlucks, too.
A white casserole dish with handles, filled with cheesy corn casserole.

Corn Dip Recipe

Oh, I should also mention that this is an incredible Corn Dip recipe! Serve cheesy corn as a dip with tortilla or corn chips. You won’t regret it.

It’s not just a side dish…it’s so much more than that! In fact, if you’re serving a large amount of guests, I would certainly double the recipe. It’s just that good!

You can easily double or triple this recipe right within the printable card! Simply use the slider bar to change all the ingredient amounts to fit your needs.

A white casserole dish with handles, filled with cheesy corn casserole.

Where To Serve This Corn Casserole With Cream Cheese

One of the things that makes this such a crowd-pleasing side dish or dip is that it is seasonless! This delicious cheesy corn works as well for your summertime parties as it does throughout the year.

  • Perfect for backyard barbeques in the summer
  • The ultimate Thanksgiving side dish your family will devour
  • The perfect appetizer for your Christmas spread
  • Delicious for Easter as it coordinates beautifully with ham
A white casserole dish with handles, filled with cheesy corn casserole.

What Readers Are Saying About This Corn Casserole

  • Rebecca says: “All 7 of my children loved it and asked for seconds.” Rebecca that’s a WIN! 
  • Linda says: “I’m gonna try this but adding bacon instead of ham!” Always a delicious option.
  • Cheryl says: “I love how versatile this recipe is! Whether you enjoy it as a side or a dip, it’s a crowd pleaser!” I completely agree, Cheryl! Glad you’re enjoying it! 
A white casserole dish with handles, filled with cheesy corn casserole.

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Corn Casserole (Cheesy Corn)

Julie Blanner
Creamy corn casserole made with cream cheese – this cheesy corn doubles as a dip and is always a crowd pleaser!
5 from 28 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 179 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cans corn drained or 8 ears of corn, boiled
  • 8 oz velveeta cubed
  • 4 oz cream cheese cubed
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1/3 lb slice of ham (1 thick slice), cubed

Instructions
 

  • In a medium sized pan over medium heat, add corn, velveeta, cream cheese, butter and garlic. Stir until melted.
  • Stir in ham.
  • Serve in a casserole dish for a side dish or slow cooker to keep warm as a corn dip.

Video

Notes

Tips for the Best Cheesy Corn Dip

  • This recipe can be made entirely on the stovetop, which makes this Cheesy Corn Dip recipe so creamy and really quick and easy to make. Oven space is always a commodity at our house especially during the holidays.
  • While some cheesy corn recipes call for bacon, I prefer diced ham in this particular recipe. I think it coordinates better with the texture of the corn kernels. However, feel free to modify if your family prefers bacon!
  • Want to throw it in the oven to keep it warm? Feel free to do so! Cover with aluminum foil and keep the oven at around 350 degrees for up to one hour. Some people prefer this extra step simply because they like the crispy baked edges of cheese!
  • Feel free to serve this dip in your crockpot! Leave the crockpot on the lowest/warm setting to keep it warm. This can be ideal for potlucks, too.

Nutrition

Calories:179kcalCarbohydrates:17gProtein:8gFat:9gSaturated Fat:5gCholesterol:32mgSodium:520mgPotassium:227mgFiber:1gSugar:5gVitamin A:580IUVitamin C:3.9mgCalcium:121mgIron:0.5mg
Keywords cheesy corn, corn dip
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