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Baked Corn Casserole Recipe With Cheese

Baked corn casserole recipe with cheese is a heartwarming dish that seamlessly combines the natural sweetness of corn with the rich, melt-in-your-mouth goodness of cheese and spicy green chilies.

A classic comfort food, it’s perfect for family gatherings, potlucks, holidays, or any time you’re in the mood for a creamy, cheesy delight.

The Perfect Side Dish

Corn casserole on a white plate. The white plate is sitting on top of two other plates.

Alright, let’s chat about that corn casserole. You know, the one that makes the rounds each holiday season and pops up on everyone’s Christmas dinner tables.

Yep, that delicious side dish I’m talking about is the easy corn casserole recipe. Those sweet corn kernels mixed with spicy Mexican chili powder and cornbread.

If you’re someone who’s always been a bit wary about trying new side dishes (we all have our staples), this might be the time to change things up a little bit.

Corn casserole on three white plates. There's a flower in the background and some spatulas.

With a golden, crusty top and a soft, flavorful center, this side dish promises to be the showstopper on any dining or holiday table, tempting both the eyes and your taste buds.

Whether served as a delectable side or a main dish, this casserole brings a touch of homespun warmth to every meal, including something as simple as a weeknight dinner.

Now, whether you lean more towards a creamy corn casserole with heavy cream or you’re experimenting with a cream cheese corn casserole (which, by the way, has a creamy texture that’s just to die for like the one over at Southern Home Express), the basic recipe is pretty easy and forgiving.

Corn casserole in a skillet with a spoon. There's a plate of corn pudding above the skillet and a couple of forks and a salt and pepper shaker sitting nearby.

A Variety Of Ingredients

One of the best things about this dish is its versatility. If oven space is short, especially during those big holiday dinners, toss the ingredients into a slow cooker or Crock Pot instead.

You can also try the Jiffy cornbread casserole version by adding a little extra moisture to ensure a moist outcome. Sprinkle in some cayenne pepper and change up this classic side dish.

Garnish with a sprinkle of green onions before serving on the holiday table to give it some color.

This recipe is spicy with the addition of Mexican chili powder, which is hotter than typical chili powder. It also features green chilies to add some flare to the dish.

Both the green chilies and Mexican chili powder are optional if you don’t like things as spicy.

corn pudding casserole on a white plate. There is some casserole on a fork.

Ingredients For Corn Casserole

Don’t have all the ingredients on hand? A quick trip to the grocery store, and you’ll find everything you need. But, you might be surprised to find that you have these ingredients on hand.

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Corn casserole on a white plate. There are two forks next to the plate.

How To Make The Corn Casserole Recipe

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×9-inch square baking dish or 10-inch cast iron skillet and set it aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the whole-kernel corn, cream-style corn, diced green chilies, sour cream, melted butter, and Mexican-style chili powder. Stir well to combine the ingredients.
  3. Gradually add the corn muffin mix to the corn mixture, stirring until just combined. Don’t overmix.
  4. Gently fold in 1⁄2 cup of the shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
  5. Pour the corn mixture into the prepared pan of your choice, spreading it out evenly.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top of the corn mixture, spreading it evenly.
  7. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 40-45 minutes, or until the casserole is golden brown and set in the center.
  8. When the casserole is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!
corn pudding casserole on a white plate. There is some casserole on a fork.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Ingredients for corn casserole

Start by gathering your ingredients.

mixing up ingredients for corn casserole

Add the whole kernel corn, creamed corn, green chilies, sour cream, butter, and chili powder, and mix well.

mixing up ingredients for corn casserole

Next, add the corn muffin mix to the bowl and mix well.

For this recipe, I used Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, but you can use your favorite corn muffin mix.

Jiffy cornbread mix can be a little sweet, so if you want your corn casserole to be a little less sweet, you can use a different brand of corn muffin mix.

You will still get a little bit of sweetness from the corn, however.

shredded cheese in a bowl with corn casserole ingredients.

Add the shredded cheese and mix.

corn casserole in a cast iron skillet with shredded cheese on top.

Finally, spread the corn casserole mixture into the skillet or casserole dish and spread out evenly. Top with the remainder of the cheese.

Cooked corn casserole in a skillet.

Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is nice and golden brown.

Sprinkle a little bit of green onion on top before serving on the holiday table.

The corn casserole will bubble with a cheese sauce and give off a wonderful aroma, and you’ll know you’ve chosen a winner.

The creamy, cheesy goodness contrasts beautifully with the slight crunch of the cornbread top.

Corn casserole on a spoon over a skillet.

And for those who like to have their recipes in a traditional format, jot down the steps and ingredients for this creamy corn casserole on a recipe card to keep or share with friends.

You can also print out the recipe below.

What To Serve With Corn Casserole

Corn casserole on a white plate with two forks next to the plate. There's a salt and pepper shaker next to the plate.

Leftover Corn Casserole

If you end up with casserole leftovers (it’s so good, though, with this delicious flavor, that’s a big ‘if’), just let it cool down to room temperature, wrap it up in plastic wrap, and store it in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.

It tastes just as fantastic the next day.

For folks looking for easy recipes, this one’s a goldmine.

It’s also a good thing that this corn recipe doesn’t take up a lot of prep time, because, let’s face it, the holiday season is hectic enough and no one wants to stay in the kitchen for too long.

corn casserole in a cast iron skillet

The next time you’re browsing for delicious recipes give the cheesy corn casserole recipe a shot. It’s good enough to serve for any holiday meal including Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner.

It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite things, and I bet it’ll be one of yours too. I hope you love it!

Corn casserole on a white plate with two forks next to the plate. There's a salt and pepper shaker next to the plate.

Baked Corn Casserole Recipe With Cheese

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Corn casserole is a comforting blend of creamy corn goodness, green chilies, cheese, and plenty of spice. The easy cheesy corn casserole is a holiday favorite and makes a great side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (14.75 ounces) cream-style corn
  • 1 can (7 ounces) diced green chilies, drained
  • 1-2 teaspoons Mexican-Style chili powder
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 package (8 ounces) corn muffin mix
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese + 1/2 cup separated
  • Optional: a pinch of salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9x9-inch baking dish or 10-inch cast iron skillet and set it aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole-kernel corn, cream-style corn, diced green chilies, sour cream, melted butter, and Mexican-style chili powder. Stir well to combine.
  3. Gradually add the corn muffin mix to the corn mixture, stirring until just combined. Avoid overmixing.
  4. Gently fold in 1⁄2 cup of the shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
  5. Pour the corn mixture into the prepared pan of your choice, spreading it out evenly.
    Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top of the corn mixture, spreading it evenly.
  6. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 40-45 minutes, or until the casserole is golden brown and set in the center.
  7. When the casserole is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

Notes

If the top of the casserole is getting too brown while baking, place a sheet of aluminum foil over the top until done baking.

This corn casserole can be stored in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to three days.

To reheat, place the desired amount in a microwave-safe dish and heat it until warmed through in the microwave. Alternatively, you can reheat it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Serve this delicious corn casserole as a side dish alongside grilled chicken, roasted turkey, barbecue ribs, or any main course of your choice.

For added freshness, garnish the baked casserole with chopped green onions or freshly chopped cilantro before serving.

Feel free to customize this recipe by adding ingredients such as diced onions, garlic powder, jalapenos, or cooked and crumbled bacon.

If you don't want to use canned corn, you can use fresh corn for this recipe.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 299Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 275mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 6g

Nutrition is approximate.

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