How To Make The Perfect Shoepeg Corn Dip
Everybody loves a good party dip, but this is a dip you might not want to share with anybody else! Shoepeg corn dip is sweet, spicy, and crunchy all at once, and I’m fairly certain I’m not the only one who has eaten an entire bowl!
Though it might seem impossible replicate the flavor on your own, it’s actually very easy to make! You can even make adjustments to how spicy your dish is by making your own. I like a spicy dip, so I always add extra jalapeno!
Whether you prefer things to be sweet, spicy, or perfectly balanced between the two, these tips will help you make the perfect dip. Let’s learn how to make it!
What You’ll Need
- ½ cup sour cream
If you want to make a lighter dish, you can substitute regular sour cream for a fat-free version, but I say live large and go full-fat for the most delicious dip. You won’t regret it, and neither will your guests.
- ½ cup mayonnaise
Use your favorite mayonnaise. You can also use a mayonnaise substitute, but real mayonnaise has a much richer flavor that will enhance the complexity of your dip.
- 4 green onions, green parts only chopped
Roughly chop your green onions into small pieces so that it will be easy to take a bite-sized amount of dip.
- 2 large jalapenos, seeded and diced
Jalapenos give this dish the spicy kick that it needs! When preparing the jalapenos, make sure to seed it. Otherwise, your dip might be too hot to eat!
If you and your family love spicy flavors (like me!), you can increase how much jalapeno is in the recipe. If the crowd you’re serving this dish to aren’t fans of spice, use only one jalapeno.
- 2 cans shoepeg corn, drained
Have you ever heard of shoepeg corn before? I hadn’t before I first tried this dish.
Shoepeg corn is a white, sweet corn that has very small kernels. It is very sweet and mild in flavor, making it the perfect crunch for your dip.
If you can’t find canned shoepeg at your local store, you can substitute it with another sweet corn. Some people like to mix one can of sweet corn with one can or yellow corn as an alternative that gets closer to shoepeg.
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Cheddar is a mild cheese that has a slightly sharp flavor, and the blend of cheddar cheese with jalapeno, sour cream, and more makes a delicious dip!
- Spices (optional)
If you want to make a dish that is more complex, you can choose to mix in ½ teaspoon of ground cumin, chili powder, or garlic powder. These are not required but can add a nice layer of flavor to your dip.
1. Prep all ingredients!
Since this dip is a mix-and-go item, you’ll find it easiest to make it if you prep all the ingredients first. Then, you can simply mix your ingredients together and be on your way!
This means that you should:
- Drain your cans of corn; set aside.
- Chop up green onions; set aside.
- Seed and slice jalapenos; set aside.
- Shred cheese (if shredding from a block).
- Measure out spices (optional).
Once you have all these ingredients together, more onto the next step!
2. Mix Up The Creamy Ingredients
Get your sour cream and mayonnaise. In a medium bowl, mix the sour cream and mayonnaise till combined. You will want them to be smooth and completely blended.
These two creamy ingredients are the base of your dip, but nobody wants a bite that is all sour cream or all mayonnaise, so make sure that you mix them thoroughly.
3. Add Everything Else!
Once your creamy ingredients are fully mixed, start adding in your other ingredients.
You can all the corn, green onions, jalapenos, and cheddar cheese all at once. Then, mix it very well! You want to evenly distribute all of the ingredients so that each bite is similarly delicious.
If you are using spices, you will want to mix them in at this time as well. Remember, you can always add more. Start with ¼ teaspoon of each spice (try chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin) and then add more to taste.
Some people even add bacon:
4. Cover & Chill
Once your dip is fully mixed, cover your bowl with plastic wrap. You can chill the dip in the bowl you mixed it in, or transfer it to a cute serving dish to chill. Transferring the dip now saves you clean-up time later!
Let it chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour. If possible, let it chill overnight so that the flavors can fully infuse into the dip and make it extra delicious!
5. Serve It Up!
After your dip chills, it’s ready to serve!
This dip is versatile and can be served hot or cold. If you want to serve it hot, put it in a microwave or oven-safe dish and heat it thoroughly. Make sure to mix halfway through heating to ensure the dip is heated evenly.
If you want to serve it cold, just put the dip in a serving bowl, and you’ll be good to go!
This dip pairs well with salty corn chips, but you can also serve it with veggies, vegetable cracks, or any other type of dipping snack. Try mixing it up to discover new, unique flavors! If you’re feeling crazy, mix the corn chips right into the dip for a chunky delight!
And there you have it! It’s that easy to make shoepeg corn dip that will have everyone at your party or family gathering talking and asking you for the recipe. This southern dish is delicious, and many people have never tried it before, so you can have the honor of being the one to introduce them to it!
Another great thing about shoepeg corn dip is being able to change up the ingredients in the dish to fit your tastes. Whether you want it to be sweet, spicy, or fat-free, you can make a shoepeg corn dip that will fit your needs.
Do you have tips on how to make the best shoepeg corn dip? Share in the comments below, and make sure to share this recipe with your friends!