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Rotel Corn Dip

Savory, creamy, and flavorful, this Rotel corn dip is an absolute crowd-pleaser. Made with simple ingredients, this easy dip comes together in 10 minutes for the ultimate game-day snack and party appetizer. Serve it with tortilla chips, crisps, and more!

If you’re looking for more dips, try our Jarlsberg cheese dip, Franks buffalo chicken dip, and Velveeta chili cheese dip.

bowl of corn dip with Rotel on a wooden board.

Corn dip with Rotel

This corn dip with Rotel is one for the books. It’s an easy recipe that you can include in any party menu.

Fiesta corn dip is creamy, is full of sweet corn, and has pops of flavor thanks to Rotel, green onion, and sharp cheddar.

It’s the perfect combination of textures and flavors, just begging for a tortilla chip, cracker, or veggie to dunk in.

I don’t think you can have too many easy and delicious party appetizers to turn to.

And this easy corn dip makes a great addition to your collection!

Rotel corn dip ingredients.

Rotel corn dip ingredients

See the recipe card below for exact measurements to make Rotel corn dip.

  • Corn: I used canned corn, but you are welcome to use fresh or frozen corn as well.
  • Rotel: I love the original Rotel with green chilies, but you can also use the mild or hot versions.
  • Cream cheese is the base of the dip, adding creaminess and rich flavor. Be sure to let the cream cheese soften for about 30 minutes.
  • Sour cream is another great creamy, tangy component in this dip.
  • Sharp cheddar cheese adds incredible depth of aroma. For the best results, shred the cheese yourself from a block of cheese.
  • Green onion kicks up the savory flavor and provides extra texture.
  • Spices: I used a blend of salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder to flavor the dish.

How to make corn dip with Rotel

step 1 combine cream cheese and seasonings.

1. Combine cream cheese and seasonings

  • Place the softened cream cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika into a large mixing bowl.
  • Whisk together until well blended.
step 2 stir in Rotel and corn.

2. Stir in Rotel and corn

  • Next, add the corn and Rotel to the bowl and fold them into the cream cheese mixture.
step 3 add cheese and green onion.

3. Add cheese and green onion

  • Stir the shredded cheddar cheese and green onion into the dip until evenly combined.
step 4 serve or chill.

4. Serve or chill

  • Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and serve right away, or refrigerate (covered with plastic wrap) until ready to eat.
  • HandandHan the dip with tortilla chips, crackers, Fritos, or veggie sticks. Enjoy!

Serving suggestions

There are so many different foods you can enjoy dunked in this hearty fiesta corn dip recipe. Serve it with any of the dippers below, or get creative!

  • Tortilla chips
  • Crackers
  • Fritos
  • Toasted bread
  • Bagel chips
  • Pretzel chips
  • Pita bread or pita chips
  • Brown sausage
  • Fresh veggies like carrots sticks, celery sticks, or bell pepper strips

Tips

  • Soften the cream cheese: To soften the cream cheese, set it out on the counter for 30 minutes to an hour beforehand. You can also zap it in the microwave in 10-second bursts – just be careful not to melt it. Take it out of the packaging and place it in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Adjust the texture: Corn dip with Rotel is meant to be thick and chunky. But, if you find it too thick for your liking, add a few tablespoons of sour cream or mayonnaise to thin it out.
  • Heat it up: Want your corn dip to bring the heat? Use hot Rotel with habaneros, add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, or add a dash of your favorite hot sauce.
hand dipping a tortilla chip into Rotel cream cheese corn dip.

Variations

Here are some substitutions you can make to customize this Rotel corn dip recipe:

  • Roasted corn: Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the corn and cook until the kernels are golden brown, about 5 to 10 minutes. Take off the heat and set aside to cool for a bit.
  • Mexicorn: Replace the sweet corn with Mexicorn for extra flavor.
  • Tomatoes: In case you can’t find Rotel, dice up a bunch of fresh tomatoes and add a few chopped green chilies.
  • Cheese: Swap in your favorite cheese! Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Gruyere, Swiss cheese, and Gouda will all work fine.
  • Mayonnaise: Mayo is a good substitute for sour cream.
  • Cilantro is the herb of choice for this Mexican-inspired appetizer. Add 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro.
  • Parsley: Feel free to add parsley in place of cilantro.
  • Lime juice: Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of lime juice for a pop of zingy flavor.
  • More veggies: Bell peppers, onions, and chilis are great add-ins.
  • Bacon: Pan-fry bacon until crisp and crunchy. Then, crumble the bacon into the dip.
top shot of bowl with fiesta corn dip and tortilla chips.

Storage instructions

How to store Rotel corn dip

Leftover corn dip keeps in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

If you notice separation, stir the dip to bring the ingredients back together.

Can you freeze corn Rotel cream cheese dip?

No, I don’t recommend freezing Rotel cream cheese corn dip because cream cheese and sour cream tend to split and change texture after thawing.

Leftover options

If you have leftover Rotel corn dip, there are lots of ways to use it up. Here are just a few:

  • Spread it on a sandwich, burrito, wrap, or burger.
  • Warm it and toss it with warm pasta.
  • Mix it into chili or taco soup.

More delicious dips to try next

Rotel corn dip recipe.

Rotel Corn Dip Recipe

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Savory, creamy, and flavorful, this Rotel corn dip is an absolute crowd-pleaser. Made with simple ingredients, this easy dip comes together in 10 minutes for the ultimate game-day snack and party appetizer. Serve it with tortilla chips, crisps, and more!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz / 225 g cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup / g / oz sour cream
  • 4 cups / 700 g / 24.7 oz corn (drain and rinse if using canned corn)
  • 1 can (16 oz / 450 g) Rotel with green chilies
  • 1 1/2 cups / g / oz freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

Instructions

  1. Combine cream cheese and seasonings. Place the softened cream cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika into a large mixing bowl. Whisk together until well blended.
  2. Stir in Rotel and corn. Next, add the corn and Rotel to the bowl and fold them into the cream cheese mixture.
  3. Add cheese and green onion. Stir the shredded cheddar cheese and green onion into the dip until evenly combined.
  4. Serve or chill. Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and serve right away, or refrigerate (covered with plastic wrap) until ready to eat. Hand the dip with tortilla chips, crackers, Fritos, or veggie sticks. Enjoy!

Notes

Tips

  • Soften the cream cheese: To soften the cream cheese, set it out on the counter for 30 minutes to an hour beforehand. You can also zap it in the microwave in 10-second bursts – just be careful not to melt it. Take it out of the packaging and place it in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Adjust the texture: Corn dip with Rotel is meant to be thick and chunky. But, if you find it too thick for your liking, add a few tablespoons of sour cream or mayonnaise to thin it out.
  • Heat it up: Want your corn dip to bring the heat? Use hot Rotel with habaneros, add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, or add a dash of your favorite hot sauce.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 325mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 5g

FAQ

How long can sit corn Rotel cream cheese dip out?

Since the recipe includes dairy, you want to refrigerate corn dip with sour cream and Rotel after 2 hours of being out at room temperature.

Can I make Mexican corn dip with Rotel in advance?

Of course! You can easily store your fiesta corn dip with Rotel in the fridge until ready to serve. Give the dip a good stir before serving, and you’re good to go.

Do you drain Rotel for fiesta corn dip?

No, there is no need to drain the juices from the can. The juices add flavor and help to thin out the texture.

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