slow cooker mexican grilled corn dip
I have, admittedly, been writing this post in my head for the better part of July. I may have been physically absent on the blog, but my mind has been hard at work this whole time, cranking the gears along that generate all those ideas for recipes to share. Off the grid I’ve been chopping fresh vegetables, slicing juicy fruits, grilling meats and sipping on sangria and icy beers but inside, in my head, I’ve been blogging away all the while.
This month off was just what I needed: to relax, recharge and renew my sense of perspective, re-energize my creativity. But it’s also been a time to shift those gears that have been constantly turning in my mind. And, alongside those glasses of sangria and icy beers, to eat mountains of this slow cooker corn dip. So thank you. Thank you so much for giving me this time.
I can’t tell you how things are going to look for me in the future — around here, there, everywhere. What I know is that I had a lot of time this month to spend with my baby girl, with my husband, with my family, (with this dip!), with everyone and everything I love, and it was so grand that in some bittersweet way, I didn’t want it to end. But those gears, though shifted, kept going. And this blog, this blogging thing, it’s just become a part of me. It may be a part that will change over time, but for now it’s still here, in my head, feeding my mind with ideas of how to combine peaches and pesto in a salad, how to make a cake that tastes like peanut butter and jelly or, at the request of my husband, how to make a dip that tastes just like that magical stuff that goes on Mexican grilled corn that we’ve been eating all summer long. The former ideas will hopefully come to light someday soon, but today, friends, I give you this dip. Let’s raise a tortilla chip to that.
A few weeks ago I picked up Ashley’s cookbook, Date Night In. Having some extra time to cook for cooking’s sake and not for blogging, I thought it would be fun to pick up a few new reads and give them a try. Hers quickly became my favorite — and within it, the recipe for her Mexican grilled corn with crumbly Cotija cheese and juicy lime. Her directions are to brush each freshly grilled ear of corn with a mixture of mayonnaise, crema, garlic, salt and lime juice, and we have done just that so many times this past month that when I lay the book on my kitchen counter, it flops open to that page every time.
Slow Cooker Mexican Grilled Corn Dip
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 2 hours 20 mins
- Total Time: 2 hours 35 mins
- Yield: 10 to 12 servings 1x
- 6 ears corn
- 2 (15 oz) cans corn, drained
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- Juice of 2 small limes
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce
- 1 1/4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 8 oz cream cheese, cubed
- Crumbled Cotija cheese and chopped fresh cilantro, for topping (optional)
- Tortilla chips, for serving
- Remove husks from corn ears. Grill corn directly over high heat on a grill, rotating until all sides are well charred. Cool until easy to handle.
- Use a sharp knife to slice corn kernels off ears; transfer corn kernels to a slow cooker along with canned corn, mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice, hot sauce, Monterey jack cheese, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
- Top mixture with cubed cream cheese. Cover and cook on low heat 2 hours. Stir in cream cheese, then cook on high heat 10 to 15 minutes until warmed through.
- Transfer dip to a serving bowl. Top with more salt and pepper as well as crumbled Cotija cheese and chopped fresh cilantro, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature with tortilla chips.
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Welcome back S! We missed you!! 😀
So glad to hear your month off was what you needed! With an upcoming maternity leave, I am battling the idea of taking it all off or having posts built up. Cause time will only tell!
This dip has everything I love about dips…cheese, sweet corn and the fact that its done without turning on the oven. Sign me up!
Sune — Thank you! I’m happy to be back. 🙂
Meg — Do what’s best for YOU. You will never regret that. 🙂
Good for you taking some time off! I think every once in a while you just need some time to recharge, and of course, family is always most important. Also, cheesy corn dip for life. 🙂
Welcome back, you were missed! So glad to hear that you really enjoyed and took advantage of the time off. xo
I am so glad you were able to savor your month off. Happy to have you back in the blogging community of course. 🙂 And this dip? Whoa. I’m in love. XX
Welcome back, Stephanie! And you’ve brought such a delicious looking dip with you too! Glad you enjoyed your vacation and time off with your family. Can’t wait for more scrumptious updates!
Sometimes all you need is just some time away to revitalize your creative process! I find that this works for me too. I’m so glad you enjoyed your month off, but I’m excited to see what new recipes you come up with next!! 🙂
HEY girl!! You do you. We’re just happy to see your fine self back at it – and with a total winner!! Loving how summery and easy this is!
I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog today! I love finding new dips to serve at parties that are unexpected! This looks delicious.
Can I say that I am always the one who unintentionally brings the “healthy” thing to a potluck or family party? Not that it’s always a bad thing, but even when I’m not trying, I end up bringing something that weirds everyone out a little just because I’m trying to bring something gluten-free for myself to eat. That said, this is totally gluten-free and doesn’t have any quinoa or kale or anything freaky like that 😉 so, I’m ALL OVER IT.
So glad you got a break, Steph!
Autumn — Lol! For what it’s worth, I’d eat anything you brought to a potluck. 😉 Thanks, lady!
Oh my gosh, this is too good for words! 🙂
Welcome back beautiful!!! So glad you have a wonderful month off and so proud of you. Can’t wait to see you in just a few weeks xo