A Flavorful Fiesta: Spicy Corn Casserole

Looking for a show-stopping side dish that will tantalize your taste buds? Look no further than the irresistible Spicy Corn Casserole. This crowd favorite combines the sweetness of corn, the heat of green chilies and jalapeños, the smokiness of bacon, and the tanginess of cream cheese into one delectable dish.

Spicy corn casserole in a black cast-iron skillet.

Similar to my beloved Green Bean Casserole without Mushroom Soup, this jalapeño corn casserole is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a holiday dinner, enjoying a cozy weeknight meal with your family, or impressing guests with a special dinner, this dish is a guaranteed hit. Plus, it’s easily scalable, making it an ideal contribution to a potluck feast!

What Makes This Recipe Special?

Let’s take a closer look at what makes this spicy corn casserole truly exceptional:

  1. Versatility: This recipe can adapt to any corn variety you have on hand. While fresh sweet corn is preferred, you can easily substitute frozen or even canned corn for convenience.

  2. Balanced Heat: The combination of jalapeños and chilies adds a delightful spiciness to the casserole, but it’s tempered by the luscious cream cheese filling. If you prefer a milder version, simply reduce or omit the jalapeños and chilies.

  3. Ease and Accessibility: Making this hot corn casserole is a breeze. With just seven readily available ingredients, you can whip up this mouthwatering dish in no time.

Before we dive into the cooking process, a special shoutout to my friend, Leigh Ansley, for generously sharing this recipe with me!

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Let’s Get Cooking!

Now that we’ve explored the highlights, let’s gather our ingredients and embark on our culinary adventure. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients for a corn casserole including corn, cream cheese, and bacon.

  • Sweet corn: The star of our party. Fresh corn is preferred, but frozen or drained canned corn works just as well.

  • Cream cheese: This creamy delight acts as the binding agent, bringing everything together while adding its signature tanginess.

  • Milk: Adding a touch of moisture, milk helps to thin out the cream cheese and keep the casserole moist.

  • Canned green chilies: These flavorful gems elevate the dish, infusing it with irresistible taste. You can find them in the Mexican food aisle of most grocery stores.

  • Butter: A dash of butter imparts a rich, buttery flavor and ensures the casserole stays moist.

  • Bacon: Because let’s be honest, bacon makes everything better. Crumbled bacon takes this casserole to the next level of deliciousness.

  • Jalapeño peppers: Not only do they add a vibrant green hue, but if you remove the ribs and seeds, they provide a mild spiciness. Feel free to leave the ribs and seeds intact for an extra kick.

Now that we have our ingredients ready, let’s dive into the cooking process:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the milk, butter, and cream cheese. Stir constantly until the butter and cream cheese melt, creating a smooth mixture. Remove from heat.

Cream cheese and butter melting in a saucepan.

  1. Add the green chilies, jalapeño, and corn to the cream cheese mixture. Stir until well combined.

Corn, chopped jalapeños, and bacon in a saucepan.

  1. Grease a small 8-inch square or round casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray or butter. Transfer the mixture into the dish.
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A baking dish full of corn casserole ready for the oven.

  1. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the edges become bubbly. Once it’s out of the oven, sprinkle the top with crumbled bacon for that irresistible finishing touch.

Corn casserole in a baking dish on a blue and white kitchen towel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: More corn recipes, please?

Absolutely! If you’re a corn lover like me, here are some tantalizing recipes you might enjoy:

  • Southern Shrimp and Corn Fritters
  • Southern Corn Salad
  • Southern Creamed Corn
  • Fresh Corn and Blue Crab Bisque
  • Southern Succotash with White Acre Peas
  • Fried Sweet Corn
  • Corn Tomato and Avocado Salad

For even more side dish inspiration, feel free to explore all of my side dish recipes.

Let’s Connect!

If you try this recipe and love it as much as I do, please consider rating it and leaving a comment. Your feedback means the world to me!

Thank you for joining me on this scrumptious journey. I hope to see you back here soon!


This recipe was originally published on October 2, 2017. It was republished on December 19, 2021, with new photos, expanded directions, and the addition of a FAQ section.