Hot Corn

Southern Kitchen

Hot Corn

Hot Corn

Serves: 4 to 6

Hands On Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


8 ounces cream cheese

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 (14-ounce) cans shoepeg corn or yellow sweet corn (not cream-style)

1 (4.5-ounce) can hot or mild chopped green chiles

3 jalapeños, finely diced and seeds removed, if desired

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Heat the oven to 325 degrees. While the oven is heating, place the cream cheese and butter in a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Place in the oven to melt.

When the cream cheese has fully softened, remove the dish from the oven. Stir to combine the butter and cream cheese. Stir in the corn, green chiles and jalapeños, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Return the dish to the oven and bake until bubbly, 30 to 35 minutes.

Switch the oven to broil and continue to bake until the top of the corn is lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

About the recipe

Made somewhat like an oven-baked creamed corn, Southern Kitchen reader Wanda Everett’s recipe for “Hot Corn” blends cream cheese and butter with a couple cans of shoepeg corn, a can of green chiles and diced jalapeños. The cream cheese is the key to success here, as it adds not only a creamy texture, but also a bit of tang to cut the richness of the butter. This ultra-simple recipe can be made all in a casserole dish; you’ll just need a knife to chop the jalapeños and a spatula to stir it all together. 

This recipe first appeared in Saving Southern Recipes.