Summer Corn and Cotija Cheese Dip

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Cast-iron skillet filled with a batch of our Corn and Cotija Cheese Dip recipe

Oh mah gosh. This dip? Where do I even start…

The star of this dip is beautiful yellow corn, which is perfect for summer. Corn is officially my muse at the moment.

Fresh ears of corn for making our Summer Corn Dip recipe

Since making my creamy Brussels Sprout and Shallot dip last fall, I have been kind of smitten with the idea of mixing cheesy things with vegetable things in a cast iron skillet. That’s really how this dip came to be.

Bowl of ingredients for making our homemade corn dip recipe

The ingredients are simple, as always: fresh corn, shallot, garlic, light cream cheese, sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and Mexican cotija cheese. Never heard of cotija? It’s a hard, salty, crumbly cheese that originated in Cotija, Mexico. And it’s full of flavor!

From start to finish this dip takes about 30 minutes and requires just 1 bowl and a baking dish. Holy cow, this shouldn’t be that easy BUT IT IS.

Cast-iron skillet filled with homemade Corn and Cotija Cheese Dip
Skillet of Creamy Corn and Cotija Cheese Dip for a vegetarian appetizer

How does it taste?

Creamy, cheesy, salty, and perfect on a tortilla chip, but somehow still light and summery. In other words, it is perfect.

We took this batch straight over to our friends’ house for dinner one night last week and I knew they would like it so much that I planned to leave all the leftovers. A few chip-fuls in and I knew I was right. In fact, it was nearly empty by the time we left.

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Grabbing a scoop of Corn and Cotija Cheese Dip on a chip

Summer Corn and Cotija Cheese Dip

A dip with fresh corn and Mexican cotija cheese. Decadent tasting while surprisingly light. Best of all: so simple and flavorful.
Author Minimalist Baker
Skillet of Summer Corn and Cotija Cheese Dip topped with green onion
4.94 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Course Appetizer, Side, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mexican-Inspired, Vegetarian
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 3 cups fresh corn (cut off the cob // 3 ears yield ~3 cups)
  • 1 medium shallot (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 ounces 1/3-fat cream cheese (4 ounces = 1/2 package)
  • 1 cup grated cotija cheese (more for topping)
  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt and ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C).
  • Heat a cast iron or oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 of the olive oil (1 Tbsp as original recipe is written), and the shallot and garlic. Stir constantly to prevent burning.
  • Add corn, sea salt and pepper and stir. Cook for 5 minutes until shallots appear softened and the corn is slightly darker in color. Then remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl mix together sour cream, cream cheese, and cotija and stir. Add corn mixture to the bowl and stir until well combined.
  • Use remaining olive oil (1 Tbsp as original recipe is written) to lightly grease the cast iron so the dip doesn’t stick. Spoon dip back into the skillet and bake for 11-13 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  • Serve with veggies, tortilla chips, crackers or baguette bread. Tortilla chips were my favorite.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without chips.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 g Calories: 288 Carbohydrates: 25 g Protein: 7.5 g Fat: 19 g Saturated Fat: 8 g Sodium: 38 mg Fiber: 2.7 g Sugar: 5 g

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  1. Mark says

    This is ridiculously tasty, as is, but. . .(and this isn’t a negative ‘but’, at all) when I added a roasted and diced poblano (and 1-3 roasted, diced jalapeños for a little heat) the reaction was just shy of euphoric! Nom nom.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Ooo, yum! Thanks for the kind review and sharing your modifications, Mark! xo

  2. Casey says

    Would I be able to use this mixture inside of the scoops tortilla chips and bake? Trying to avoid a dip and thinking more finger food version…thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Casey, we think they might get soggy, but it’s worth a try. Let us know how it goes!

  3. Johanna says

    This recipe is amazing! I don’t bother with the oven or the bowl after making this for the first time and just as good. After cooking the corn (may want to cook corn longer) I just turn down the heat and add the cream cheese and after mostly melted add the cojito. Once it’s all incorporated it’s ready to go and oh so delicious.

  4. Sarah says

    Made this tonight because I needed to use up some corn on the cob. One of my family members can’t eat it straight of the cob and we love cheese dip, so I stumbled across this recipe. Delicious with freshly fried corn chips!

    Substituted the cotija cheese for grated Parmesan Romano, and added in some shredded chihuahua cheese. Very creamy and the bite of the corn is delicious! Look forward to making this when I have feta or cotija in the future.


  5. Chelsea Figlan says

    Do you serve this hot then? I’m looking for a recipe to use up my cotija cheese and I have game night at a friend’s this weekend. Was curious if I’d have to make it there and serve it hot or what. Thanks!

  6. Carrie says

    Delicious – only change was Himalayan pink salt since I didn’t have sea salt in the pantry. YUM.

  7. Cindy says

    This recipe looked so good I tried it when I only had canned corn. I didn’t have cream cheese so I added a heaping spoonful of mayo. It was delicious. I look forward to making it again with fresh corn.

  8. Angela Ethier says

    My daughter just made this last night. It was so delicious, everyone loved it! Only one problem, you can’t stop eating it. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Lauren says

    This dip is amazing, only problem is I can’t stop eating it!!! I couldn’t find the type of cheese you used so used feta and it is delish!

  10. Joan says

    I am going to make this dip this weekend and will probably be able to tell what size skillet would work best once I combine the ingredients. But I’d like to know ahead of time so I can get it ready. Would an 8″ iron skillet be too small or should I plan to use a 10″ iron skillet?

  11. Patti says

    I’m curious – has anyone made this after the summer season when fresh corn is not available? (Using frozen or canned sweet corn) I’m from the Midwest so it’s very limited as to when we have the opportunity for fresh, sweet corn.
    PS- made this and added Mexican spice and cayenne spice and it was awesome!

    • Josee Marchessault says

      I think I would use frozen corn. Trader Joe’s has a wonderful frozen roasted corn that I used in the past to make a Mexican Street Corn Salad and people couldn’t even tell that it wasn’t fresh corn! Good luck!

  12. Sherry says

    I made this for a Halloween party I had on Saturday.
    It was a huge success. Some used flavored triscuts, I had tostitos scoops and some used the bread I made for another dip. It went well with all of it. Definitely a keeper!

  13. Monica says

    I just made this as an appetizer tonight (I had a whole dinner planned but I didn’t feel like making it right when I got home from work). This corn dip was wonderful! I added cumin to the roasting corn for a boost in flavor and then topped the finished dish with chili powder and Parmesan cheese, and served with blue corn tortilla chips. Perfection!

  14. Bethany says

    I made this as part of tonight’s dipper dinner, serving it with blue tortilla chips, and really liked it!

  15. Susan says

    This sounds a lot like what a Mexican restaurant in California, El Torito, serves called corn pudding. I could eat it for dessert. It is so good. I like the additions people have added and will try some of them. We have fresh jalapenos in the garden and I think this dish calls for them. Lime and cilantro sounds perfect to.

  16. Kim Gaynor says

    oooh, I can’t wait to try this for the summer party we’re planning to host. Thanks so much!

  17. Sarah says

    I was looking for recipes with cotija and fresh corn, and this popped up. I made it last night for dinner as a side to go along with some sweet potato and black bean tacos. I did add a little bit of diced jalapeno, but other than that I left it exactly as written. It was awesome!

  18. Kay says

    When describing the dip, you talk about scallions. However, in the recipe, you say use shallot. Please clarify…also @Ruth: Cotija is NIT the same thing as Queso Fresco although they can sometimes have similar textures.

  19. Ruth says

    Unfortunately, it was extremely bland. needs something else for flavor. Maybe some peppers or chiles.

    Also, Cotija is known as Queso Fresco or Blanco(not quite the same but very similar).

  20. n1kk1 says

    This was a tasty dip. I didn’t have the cojita cheese so I subbed parmesan instead. I also added chopped onions. Not only great to eat right out of the oven but also the next day. When I heated up the dip the second day I added some black beans and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  21. Kerry says

    Do you cook the corn before you cut it off the cob or does it get cooked enough in the skillet? Thanks!

  22. Jess says

    I can never get enough of sweet corn this time of year (I think I ate my weight in the stuff when I was at the beach a couple weeks ago). Love the idea of putting it in a dip though – with those blue corn tortilla chips, I’m not at all surprised it went fast!

  23. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog says

    This dip sounds just like this corn side dish I had at a little taco place in our neighborhood. It was so good – creamy & cheesy just like this sounds. I’m putting this on my must make list!

  24. Eileen says

    This sounds like such a great appetizer–so perfect for a summer party! And who doesn’t want more reasons to cram all the fresh new-season corn into their mouth?

  25. Tuliplights says

    I’m in the North and wouldn’t have a clue where to find Mexican cheese. Is there something similar I could sub in?

    • Dani says

      I searched for Cojita here in DC, but couldn’t find it. I’m going to try it with Parmesan and I’ll let you know how that goes. :)

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

        I think parmesan would work well here, or even perhaps cheddar or monterrey jack or pepperjack. Hope that helps!

        • Dani says

          Making this dip was quite an adventure, but well worth it. So, maybe I just might have started a kitchen fire with my new cast iron and quickly learned what ‘seasoning’ a pan means and thankfully remembered how to smother an oil fire, but this dip was delicious – even with Parmesan. Maybe someday I’ll come across some Cotija.

          • M.Dupont says

            Cotija cheese is everywhere in DC. Try any Safeway (by the eggs, not by the cheese) or any of the plentiful Latin American groceries. The Best World in Mt Pleasant has about 20 different kinds. I am going to try this with canned corn.

  26. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says

    I’m in love! I simply in love right now! Wow! And that cast iron skillet is everything.

  27. Tieghan says

    Cajita cheese has been my trusty side kick since May. I love the stuff too much! I am also thinking I love this dip too much. I could probably it it all, no chips needed. It loos so good and is right up my alley!