Sweet Chipotle Corn Casserole is a spin-off of traditional Mexican Street Corn and has a little bit of "sweet heat" to it. Pairs beautifully with Mexican food, ham or barbecue and is ready in 40-minutes!
You'll love this recipe!
- Quick and easy - use canned or frozen corn
- Affordable - this recipe costs under $10 and goes a long way
- Delicious - the addition of the Sweet Chipotle peppers gives a little hint of sweetness to offset semi-spicy cheese
- Different- Not the same old Mexican Street Corn recipe you've had before
Here's what you'll need:
Corn, mayonnaise, sour cream, chili powder, ground cumin and...this new product...Sweet Chipotle Peppers!
This is a new product, usually found on the Mexican aisle along with salsa, jalapenos, refried beans and hard taco shells. It's a bit sweeter than chipotle peppers in adobo sauce...
You can use frozen, fresh or canned corn. You'll need about 4 cups of corn, one cup of mayo, ¼ cup sour cream and 4 ounces of Pepper Jack (or Monterey Jack) cheese, plus a little chili powder and ground cumin.
Here's how to make it:
I used two peppers for this recipe (there's about 4 in a can.) Start with two, give it a taste, and see if you want it spicier.
First, remove the seeds and chop the peppers. Just slice the pepper in half lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds.
Chop that up real fine then, dump everything into a large bowl! Combine well, place in lightly oiled baking dish and bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes @ 350º!
Are Chipotle peppers hot?
You'll most often find canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and yes, they've typically got a bit of heat to them. This recipe uses San Marcos brand Sweet Chipotle peppers that are in a sweet piloncillo sauce.
Piloncillo is often referred to as Mexican brown sugar. This offsets the heat of the pepper, and offers a really nice combination of "sweet" & "heat."
Can't find Sweet Chipotle peppers?
Use peppers in adobo sauce. Add 2 tablespoons of the sauce to the corn mixture and two heaping, packed tablespoons of brown sugar.
If you don't care for Pepper Jack cheese, you can use Monterey Jack, Queso Fresco, or Mozzarella. The important thing is to use a "melting cheese" in the casserole-not a "crumbling" cheese.
This recipe calls for 4-ounces of Cotija cheese to be crumbled over the finished dish. It tastes very similar to Parmesan so, if you can't find Cotija, substitute with real shredded Parmesan. Note: do not add Cotija to the casserole-it doesn't melt and you'll have a clumpy mess.
Serving size information
This recipe yields about 5 cups of corn casserole. If you serve this as a side dish, allow each serving to be ½ cup; this will easily serve 10 people. For large groups or groups with "big eaters", I recommend doubling the recipe...my husband eats at least 1 cup everytime I make this...
Make in Advance
Assemble recipe and refrigerate uncooked or, bake the casserole and refrigerate. Either way, you can make this ahead of time!
When you're ready to serve, just heat oven to 350º and bake uncovered. 40-minutes if it's not cooked; about 20-minutes to reheat the cooked casserole.
Here are some other ideas to serve with Sweet Chipotle Corn Casserole!
Sweet Chipotle Corn Casserole
- 4 cups corn
- 7.5 ounces Sweet Chipotles with liquid
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 4 ounces Pepper Jack cheese
- 4 ounces Cotija cheese (garnish)
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon lime juice (about one lime)
- ½ cup green onions (divided); (about 2 green onions)
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt kosher
- Preheat oven to 350ºF
- Rinse frozen corn or drain canned corn; place in large mixing bowl
- Pour 4 tablespoons of the sweet chipotle liquid into the corn
- Remove 2 sweet chipotle peppers from can; slice lengthwise; remove seeds; dice finely; add to corn
- Add mayonnaise, sour cream, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, lime juice, salt and Pepper Jack cheese; combine well
- Add half of the green onions to the mixture (¼cup of green onions); reserve the other ¼cup for garnish; combine well
- Pour corn mixture into lightly buttered baking dish
- Bake uncovered at 350º for 35-40 minutes
- Allow to rest for 5 minutes; garnish with crumbled Cotija cheese and remaining ¼ cup of green onions
- Use peppers in adobo sauce. Add 2 tablespoons of the sauce to the corn mixture and two heaping, packed tablespoons of brown sugar.
- Feel free to substitute with Monterey Jack, Queso Fresco, or Mozzarella. The important thing is to use a "melting cheese" in the casserole-not a "crumbling" cheese.
- This recipe calls for 4-ounces of Cotija cheese to be crumbled over the finished dish. It tastes very similar to Parmesan so, if you can't find Cotija, substitute with real shredded Parmesan. Note: do not add Cotija to the casserole-it doesn't melt and you'll have a clumpy mess.