Big Corn Dip Party Appetizer for a Crowd

Everyone is going to want this corn dip recipe! If you’re going to try just one new party dish this summer, this party size corn dip is my recommendation. Make it the day before your event so there’s no last-minute stress, and serve it with a bag of tortillas chips. Let’s make it…

This is the one appetizer corn dip you can make on repeat for every get together throughout the year. 

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Why this corn dip recipe is great to make…

  • Make it a day ahead!
  • Great addition to a BBQ menu.
  • Crowd-pleasing game day recipe.
  • It’s made with ranch dressing and is sour cream and mayonnaise FREE.

This recipe guide includes a full-length video for beginners (scroll to bottom of page). 

In the video, you’ll see we completely destroy our kitchen in a very dramatic demonstration of making this delicious party dip!

It’s some of our finest film work yet!


Here’s what you need to make corn dip.

Main corn dip vegetables and ingredients

  • 16 oz corn, frozen, thawed
  • 15 oz black beans, washed and strained
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 pint tomatoes, grape or cherry, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, pith removed, diced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Dressing and corn dip seasonings

  • 10 oz ranch dressing
  • ½ tsp paprika, smoked
  • ½ tsp garlic, granulated
  • ¼ tsp cayenne powder
  • ¼ salt, or to taste
  • ¼ black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped

Serve with tortilla chips.

This corn dip is a big-portion version of the Mexican salad I made on-air for the KGW news when we lived in Portland, Oregon.

How to make corn dip for a crowd

Now I’ll walk you through it…

Quick look at this chilled corn dip

  1. Mix vegetables and cheese.
  2. Add ranch and stir.
  3. Add corn dip seasonings and cilantro and stir.
  4. Serve chilled.

This cold corn dip has so many names, it’s sometimes called a “fiesta corn dip” or a “southwest corn dip” 

Detailed recipe steps

  1. Mix vegetables for corn dip. In a large bowl, add together the main ingredients: thawed frozen corn, black beans, red pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, tomatoes, carrots, jalapeno, and cheddar cheese.
  2. Add ranch dressing and stir. I usually use about 8-10 oz, depending on how creamy I want it. The size of your salad will vary a bit based on the size of your vegetables and if you substitute anything. So I recommend you add half the ranch dressing, stir and give it a taste, and then add more to your liking. 
  3. Top corn dip with seasonings and cilantro and stir. Add in the paprika, garlic, cayenne powder, salt, black pepper, and cilantro. Stir to combine and taste to make sure you like it. Add any other seasonings as needed.
  4. Chill until it’s time to serve. I like to bring a thin ice pack to put under the corn dip to keep it chilled at a BBQ party or on a potluck table.

Serve it chilled for the ultimate refreshing veggie BBQ side dish!


What is street corn dip?

It’s a little bit different from this recipe, in that street corn dip is usually prepared with spices (like chili powder) and heavier ingredients like cream cheese and mayo. This Sip Bite Go recipe version is a healthier corn dip that’s lighter and served chilled.

What type of dressing do you use for corn dip?

I’ve always been a fan of using ranch dressing in corn dip, but have also used blue cheese when that’s all I had in the fridge. You can also use this tasty homemade jalapeno ranch dressing. It will add some spice! 

Which ranch dressing brand do you recommend for corn dip?

In this recipe demonstration video, you’ll see I used Tessemae’s Ranch. My preference is usually to use a good-quality ranch from the refrigerated section of the grocery store. In my experience, there are often less preservatives in these, which is why they need to be refrigerated. See my bottle of Tessemae’s Creamy Ranch Dressing purchased at Whole Foods below…Tessemaes Creamy Ranch Dressing for Corn Dip Recipe In Background

How long is corn dip good for?

While this corn dip won’t last long because it is so GOOD…if kept cold in the fridge, this dip will last 3 – 4 days. 

Can you freeze corn dip?

I do not recommend freezing corn dip because the ranch dressing will not freeze properly. If you want to freeze the corn dip before adding the ranch dressing, then yes, that will work. 

When you’re ready to serve the corn dip, remove it from the freezer to thaw then add ranch dressing to combine and mix. Serve with tortilla chips and top with fresh cilantro. 

It’s my first time dicing jalapeños – any tips?

I like to wear gloves so my fingers don’t get spicy while I’m preparing jalapenos! For this recipe, cut off the end of the stem. Then remove the white part and seeds inside (the pith), then cut in slices and dice up the rest…

What is corn dip?

This is a unique dip that’s a bunch of fresh vegetables like fresh corn or frozen corn, yellow bell pepper & red peppers, red onion, tomatoes, carrots, and jalapeno. Add those with shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese then top some sort of liquid dressing like ranch, mayo, or sour cream as your binder. Finish with either freshly chopped cilantro or green onions for a nice finish.

This is a cool dip because it’s served cold, can be kept in the fridge for days, and you can feel free to add and remove the vegetables that you choose. It’s a great alternative to Mexican street corn / Mexican style corn dips.

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Meat thermometer recommendations

Every home chef needs a reliable meat thermometer to cook food perfectly. 

On Sip Bite Go, you’ll often see me using:

  1. Meater thermometer – a fancy wireless thermometer that connects to a phone app – gifted to me from a Traeger partnership.
  2. ThermoPro digital thermometer – which has a wire that connects the thermometer to a display box outside the oven/grill. 

It’s like being psychic! The great thing about either of the thermometers above is that I don’t have to take the food out of the oven to know the temperature. 

How to use ‘em… What I do is stick the digital thermometer in steak, pork, chicken, whatever… Then put the food in the oven, on the smoker, or grill.

While the meat cooks, it reads the temperature so I know exactly what temp meat is as it’s cooking. Without having to take it out and check. It’s really difficult to overcook food when you know exactly what temp it is inside!

Why I wrote this recipe

This delicious recipe for corn dip has become my go-to dish to bring to a potluck or make a head for a party or brunch

There are some other, more traditional corn dip recipes that are served hot… and those often have cream cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, and frozen corn. 

While those creamy corn dip recipes are delicious, I like this version because it doubles as a salad. 

You can easily eat it with a fork, use it as a topping for tacos, add it to a griddled steak fajitas, or just serve it with corn chips.

It is very easy to make and versatile – I’m sure there are other tasty accompaniments to serve it with!

Are you a foodie, too?

Hey home chefs, hope that answers all your questions about making a big batch of corn dip for entertaining a party crowd. 

Enjoy cooking and chat soon on Instagram / TikTok / YouTube.

– Jenna

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