Cheesy Corn & Pepper Baked Santa Fe Dip

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Cheesy Corn & Pepper Baked Santa Fe Dip by WickedGoodKitchen.com #football #superbowl #gameday #partysnacks #recipeBaked Santa Fe Dip for Football Season!

It was December 1997 when I first made Baked Santa Fe Dip. Ever since, it has been a family favorite—not only during football season, but also for summer BBQs (with Margaritas, of course!) and even Christmas. We enjoy this super-easy Southwest dip so much that The Big Lug and I find all sorts of reasons to make it.

Baked Santa Fe Dip is the perfect dip to bring along for card playing or game night evenings with friends or just for casual potluck gatherings. Keep in mind you will need access to an oven and a heatproof serving piece to act as a trivet. We like to use our large round wicker cheese platter or a round woven place mat, both being heatproof.

However, we especially like making this dip for Super Bowl Sunday in addition to whatever other Super Bowl fare I whip up for the festivities. Why? Because, invariably, Baked Santa Fe Dip disappears. Fast. In fact, it disappears first. A clear sign of a favorite football season and Super Bowl snack in my book!

Cheesy Corn & Pepper Baked Santa Fe Dip by WickedGoodKitchen.com #football #superbowl #gameday #partysnacks #recipeInterestingly, I found this recipe in a Christmas special publication of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Holiday Cooking, 1997. There it sat, on page 61, just begging to be made as soon as humanly possible. I remember jumping up from my seat and running over to The Big Lug to share with him the news of finding this gem of a recipe. We made it the next day. Yes, the very next day.

Christmas Eve at The Big Lug’s aunt’s house was going to be a “pitch in” that year. And, since I was still considered a new member of the family, I wanted to impress everyone with irresistible deliciousness. Yes, a trial run of the recipe was in order. Trial run, indeed. We both fell in love with Baked Santa Fe Dip! A real keeper of a recipe.

Cheesy Corn & Pepper Baked Santa Fe Dip by WickedGoodKitchen.com #football #superbowl #gameday #partysnacks #recipeSince the first time I whipped up Baked Santa Fe Dip, we have made a few simple changes that, in our humble opinion, improved the recipe immensely.

First, I like to use part mayonnaise and part sour cream. TIP: You simply must not make the recipe with all mayonnaise—that is, unless you prepare it the original Better Homes and Gardens way with light mayonnaise. This recipe depends on added creaminess. Trust us here at Wicked Good Kitchen. We would never steer you wrong. Preparing the recipe with only real, full fat mayonnaise, does not turn out well at all—that is, unless you like a curdled mess.

Cheesy Corn & Pepper Baked Santa Fe Dip by WickedGoodKitchen.com #football #superbowl #gameday #partysnacks #recipeSecond, since I do not like baking or cooking with any added sugar that isn’t necessary in recipes, I avoid mayonnaise with sugar or maltodextrin (very high glycemic) added and go with Duke’s® Mayonnaise—that is, if I don’t make my own homemade mayonnaise. Fortunately, our local Fresh Market store carries Duke’s® Mayonnaise.

Cheesy Corn & Pepper Baked Santa Fe Dip by WickedGoodKitchen.com #football #superbowl #gameday #partysnacks #recipeThird, by adding dairy sour cream in a 1:1 ratio, it solved our undesirable curdling problem and created an especially pleasing amount of creaminess to our Baked Santa Fe Dip. For real dairy sour cream, I always reach for Daisy® Brand Sour Cream because it is all-natural with no maltodextrin or sugars added. For my low carb baking and cooking, Daisy® Brand is the only way to go. It is essential in my kitchen.

Cheesy Corn & Pepper Baked Santa Fe Dip by WickedGoodKitchen.com #football #superbowl #gameday #partysnacks #recipeWe also like to use Monterey Pepper-Jack Cheese in lieu of plain Monterey Jack Cheese in our Baked Santa Fe Dip. It does provide an additional kick, but use whichever you prefer. One of the best aspects of this recipe is that it can easily be assembled in advance, tucked in the fridge and be ready to simply “throw into the oven” just before serving. Not only that, but the assembly itself is easy peasy. Who doesn’t love easy—especially when pulling together a wide spread of appetizers and snacks for a large football party or on Super Bowl Sunday?

Cheesy Corn & Pepper Baked Santa Fe Dip by WickedGoodKitchen.com #football #superbowl #gameday #partysnacks #recipeWhat makes our version of Baked Santa Fe Dip wicked good? Easy, creamy-cheesy Southwest-style dip with bits of corn for sweetness and just the right amount of heat from the chili peppers in adobo sauce balanced with cool, fresh homemade tomato salsa with fresh chopped vine-ripe tomatoes, green onions and cilantro. Add your favorite tortilla chips and/or veggie dippables and you’ve got it made in the shade. Your friends and family will be so impressed at your next party. Baked Santa Fe Dip is definitely wicked, wicked good and, quite simply, should always be in your “Game Day Playbook”!

Bon appétit!

xo,

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Note: This is a repeat performance from Wicked Good Kitchen during my “educational leave” to share for the new NFL football season. The original post was published on January 28, 2013 here in celebration of the Super Bowl. For this post, the images were reworked for better representation of the dish as well as coded properly for pinning at Pinterest. Enjoy!

Cheesy Corn & Pepper Baked Santa Fe Dip

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Makes about 14 servings.

Serving Size: About 4 tablespoons per person.

Cheesy Corn & Pepper Baked Santa Fe Dip

What makes our version of Baked Santa Fe Dip wicked good? Easy, creamy-cheesy Southwest-style dip with bits of corn for sweetness and just the right amount of heat from the chili peppers in adobo sauce balanced with cool, fresh homemade tomato salsa with fresh chopped vine-ripe tomatoes, green onions and cilantro. Add your favorite tortilla chips and/or veggie dippables and you’ve got it made in the shade. Your friends and family will be so impressed at your next party. Baked Santa Fe Dip is definitely wicked, wicked good and, quite simply, should always be in your “Game Day Playbook”!

Ingredients

  • For the Dip
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Pepper-Jack cheese
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise, such as Duke’s®
  • ¼ cup dairy sour cream, such as Daisy® Brand
  • 1 (8-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained (about ¾ cup)
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies, such as Old El Paso®, drained
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped canned chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce, such as San Marcos, by Emsanmar®
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, we use McCormick®
  • For the Homemade Salsa
  • 1 large vine-ripe tomato, seeded and chopped (about ¾ cup)
  • 3 green onions, sliced (about ¼ cup)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Vegetable dippables such as red, orange or yellow sweet bell pepper wedges or sliced jicama
  • Lightly salted tortilla chips or scoops, gluten free for gluten free option

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Prepare the Dip: In a large bowl, stir together cheeses, mayonnaise, sour cream, corn, green chilies, chipotle chili peppers and garlic powder. (I like using a rubber spatula for this.) Scrape mixture into an ungreased 9- or 10-inch round quiche dish, shallow 1-quart casserole or 9-inch pie plate. (I like to use my white 10-inch fluted quiche dish. See Resources.) Bake in preheated oven until heated through and bubbling around the edges, about 25 minutes.

Prepare the Homemade Salsa: While the dip is baking, combine tomato, green onion and cilantro in a small bowl; toss well with a spoon. Set aside.

Assemble the Dip: Carefully remove hot dish from oven and place on a heatproof serving piece. We like to use our large round wicker cheese platter or a round woven place mat, both heatproof. Spoon homemade salsa in the center of the dip and serve hot with vegetable dippables and/or tortilla chips.

Recipe Notes

Tips:

MAKE AHEAD: Recipe can be prepared up to 1 day in advance. After spreading dip mixture into baking dish, cover with plastic food wrap and refrigerate. Do the same for the homemade salsa. Keep both covered and refrigerated until ready to bake the dip. Remove from refrigerator and bake the dip while allowing the salsa to come closer to room temperature as the dip bakes.

IMPORTANT: You simply must not make the recipe with all mayonnaise—that is, unless you prepare it the original Better Homes and Gardens way with light mayonnaise. This recipe depends on added creaminess. Preparing the recipe with only real, full fat mayonnaise, does not turn out well at all—that is, unless you like a curdled mess. Therefore, use all light mayonnaise or our combination of real, full fat mayonnaise and sour cream for best results.

NOTE: Please note that the servings yielded (28) in the original Better Homes and Gardens recipe are not what we agree with here at Wicked Good Kitchen. (Haha!)

Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com
Adapted From: Baked Santa Fe Dip by Better Homes and Gardens, Holiday Cooking magazine, 1997, page 61.

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Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.

Comments

  1. Stacy,
    While reading this, besides pondering how absolutely delicious this Baked Santa Fe Dip looks, I could not resist but feel a mild pang of envy toward your family members. Lucky them to be the benefactors of such dreamy dishes like this, at holidays and other gatherings!! Your photos make the whole concoction even more appetizing. Thanks too for the tips on the Duke’s mayo, I will be looking for that, next time I’m down that particular aisle!
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    • Thank you, Dan! You are so sweet and always brighten my day. You, your friends and family will love this dip and I hope you will make it soon. Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

  2. Stacy, I just fell in love! I can’t get over cheese dips, I love them dearly.. get me at a party near a cheese dip and I’m claiming my spot and you can’t get to the bowl! This looks absolutely perfect for get togethers!
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  3. WOW! WE GOT HOOKED TO THIS DIP…SURE TO TRY THIS OUT ON WEEKEND….LOOKS GORGEOUS 🙂

  4. I’m all about that football food right now. I become extremely over-indulgent in the fall due to dips like this…and I don’t even care! This sounds right up my alley for Sunday game-day snacking!
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    • Hahaha! Thank you, Jaclyn! I’m right there with you…partner in crime. Girl, you and the hubs will love this dip. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Wow, this looks awesome!!! I love dips of any kind and am always looking for new recipes. This is making me hungry. Thanks for sharing this with us Stacy! 🙂
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  6. Loving all of that cheese!! Fabulous flavors and so perfect for football parties!!
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  7. Oh goodness! This looks heavenly! And perfect football food!

    Also: love that you call for Duke’s mayo. It’s the best 😉
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    • Thank you, Christina! Yes…Duke’s Mayo reigns supreme. You and hubby will love this dip. Thanks for stopping by, girl!

  8. This looks so good! I can see myself going crazy with the chile peppers.
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  9. I am sure, your new family were impressed with you and this dish. Looks so delicious, would be so good with some blue corn chips, oh yum. There is not a single thing I would change when I plan to make, trust the wicked good kitchen a lot.

    • Thank you, Ash! You and your family will enjoy this dip. It is made with quality all-natural ingredients you can trust. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Um … I am (almost) speechless! This looks incredible, Stacy!
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  11. I must make this as soon as possible for my boys – football snacks are a tradition in our house on Sundays. I’m going to try substituting non-fat Greek yogurt (beaten w/ one egg – keeps it from curdling) for the mayo and/or sour cream and see how that turns out.
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    • Thank you, Jeanette! Very creative to try with non-fat yogurt. Just keep in mind that this recipe does rely on creamy to blend with all that cheese when it melts for a nice texture. Since eggs are in mayo, theoretically your substitutions should work. Let me know how your test works out. Thanks again and happy weekend!

  12. I have a serious weakness for cheesy dips. This is way too tempting, Stacy! Pinning!
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    • Thank you, Anna! My sincere apologies for tempting you, LOL. This dip will surely become a favorite if you love cheese. Thanks for the pin, girl! xo

  13. Oh my goodness…all that cheese. I’d do anything for this right about now!! 🙂
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  14. Yum! Your Cheesy Corn & Pepper Baked Santa Fe Dip looks gorgeous and scrumptious! Can’t wait to give it a try.
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    • Thank you, Amy! I hope you will give this dip a try. You can never go wrong with a Southwest cheese dip, right? Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Duke’s is the best mayo, no question! 🙂 This dip looks totally fabulous – I’ve never heard of Santa Fe dip, but I’ve obviously been missing out!
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    • Thank you, Jennifer! You are right about Duke’s…it’s the best mayo in the entire world aside from homemade. You will love Baked Santa Fe Dip. I bet hubby will love it and it will soon become a favorite. It’s so easy to make, too! Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

  16. Oh man, you’re killing me with the dips lately! Cheese, cheese and more cheese, I’m in! I can see why you guys make this all the time and it’s so happening for girls’ night!
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  17. Ooooh, NOM. I love any kind of cheese dip! I will definitely be making this with homemade mayo so to avoid the soy! This looks delicious. I come from a huge family of cheese dip lovers, so I’d like to see how quickly this gets gobbled up. 🙂
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    • Thank you, Anne! Cheese dip rules, doesn’t it? Make this dip. I order you to do so. You’ll be so happy you did and I bet it becomes a new favorite. We can’t get enough of it! You’re right…even with Duke’s, they use soybean oil. *sigh* At least it is sugar-free and maltodextrin-free and they use real eggs. Homemade is truly the way to go. Thanks for stopping by, girlfriend!

  18. This is perfect, cozy up and watch football food! I love it!!
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  19. This sounds like a great dip for me on Football Sunday! 🙂

  20. trolling my favorite blogs for Super Bowl recipes and this def fits the bill!!! looks amazing Stacy I love this 🙂
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    • Thanks, Christine! Oh, girl…this dip. This dip! It is soooo good. I hope you will make it for the Super Bowl. In fact, if you’ll be having people over, you better make an extra batch or two! I’m serious. It will surely become a new favorite. 🙂

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