Air-Fryer Mexican Corn Dip—I will never forget the first time I tried air-fried Mexican corn dip. It was the most fantastic thing I have ever put in my mouth!

The heat from the air fryer perfectly melts the cheese and creates a crispy texture. This recipe is easy to make—you only need a few ingredients!

Air Fryer Mexican Corn Dip
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It’s officially summer, meaning it’s time to break out of the grill! This recipe is perfect for your next BBQ because you can make it in an air fryer.

This dip has all your favorite Mexican flavors, like cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, green chilies, and more. It only takes about 15 minutes to whip up this delicious appetizer or snack. If you’re looking for a quick fix for those hot days ahead, this Mexican Corn Dip should be just what you need!

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What Is Mexican Corn Dip?

If you love Mexican food, chances are you’ve tried Mexican corn dip.

Mexican corn dip is a delicious appetizer that’s great for parties. It contains sour cream, mayonnaise, chili powder, and cumin. You can serve Mexican corn dip with chips or fresh vegetables as a healthy alternative to other dips, such as cheese or ranch, which are often high in fat and calories. This easy-to-make recipe will prepare you to serve the party in no time!

Air Fryer Mexican Corn Dip

Why This Recipe Works!

This recipe is perfect for the beginning air fryer cook because it is simple, easy to follow, and makes for a quick snack or appetizer.

It also has only a few steps, so you can easily follow along. The ingredients are inexpensive and easy to find in most grocery stores. This recipe only takes 5 minutes to prepare, making it great for weeknights when you want something fast but delicious!

And, of course, it’s delicious!

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Mexican Corn Dip

Elevate your appetizer game with this irresistible Air Fryer Mexican Corn Dip, a creamy, spicy, and utterly addictive dish that’s perfect for any gathering or a cozy night in

Air Fryer Mexican Corn Dip

Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below, in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information.

  • Corn Kernels: Cooked corn offers a sweet, juicy base.
  • Roasted Chilies: Adds a vibrant heat that you can adjust to taste.
  • Mayonnaise: The creamy backbone of this dip adds a smooth texture and rich flavor that’s hard to resist.
  • Sour Cream: Sour cream introduces a tangy twist, enhancing the dip’s overall richness and balance.
  • Chile Powder: Gives the dip a smoky undertone, enhancing its Mexican-inspired flavor profile.
  • Garlic Powder: Garlic powder brings a hint of garlicky warmth, rounding out the flavors with its aromatic presence.
  • Salt and Black Pepper: For added flavor, adjust to taste.
  • Fresh Cilantro: Chopped fresh cilantro adds a burst of herbal freshness, garnishing the dip with color and flavor.
  • Cotija cheese and Shredded Mexican Cheese: A generous sprinkle of cheese, like crumbly Cotija or shredded Cheddar, melts beautifully, adding a gooey texture and salty tang.

How To Make Air Fryer Mexican Corn Dip

Follow the step-by-step directions:

Air Fryer Mexican Corn Dip

Start by warming the corn kernels in a small saucepan or the microwave until warm. Drain the corn, if needed. In a large bowl, mix the ingredients, reserving 1/2 cup of the Cotija Cheese and 1 cup of Mexican Cheese.

Air Fryer Mexican Corn Dip

Pour the dip into your baking pan and set the temperature to 330 degrees F. Cook in an air fryer for 5 to 8 minutes, mixing about halfway through.

Air Fryer Mexican Corn Dip

Top with the rest of the Mexican cheese and Cojita Cheese, and serve with fresh cilantro!

Air Fryer Mexican Corn Dip

What Type of Corn Should I Use?

You can use anything you want for the corn; the three most common are canned corn, frozen corn, and corn on the cob. The key is to heat the corn and drain it (if needed) before adding it to the other ingredients.

Should I cook the corn first?

The best thing to do with your corn is to heat it. Yes, that’s right! You can warm up all those kernels in a small saucepan or on an open flame (such as over a fireplace or grill). We want you to warm up this delicious vegetable. It will make it more tender and sugary, enhancing the corn dip’s flavor.

Air Fryer Mexican Corn Dip

How can I make a lighter corn dip?

Today, I will discuss how to make a healthier version of corn dip. It’s one of those foods everyone loves, whether they’re dieting or not, but it doesn’t have to be bad for you!

Let me show you how we can make this classic crowd-pleaser without all the guilt. With a few substitutions, you can lighten this dip up. Here are some suggestions.

  • Mayonnaise: Use light Mayonnaise, such as Kraft Light Mayonnaise or Hellmann’s Light Mayonnaise; you cannot tell the difference. The flavor will remain the same.
  • Sour Dream: You can use light sour cream or Greek yogurt. Do not use regular yogurt; it is thinner and will thin your dip.
  • Cheese: Use light Mexican or light Cotija Cheese. The flavor of the corn dip will not differ.
Air Fryer Mexican Corn Dip

What else can I add to this dip?

Even though this dip is perfect as is, you might want to experiment with adding different ingredients. If you want a spicy kick, add some hot sauce or chopped jalapenos. Add some grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves for an Italian flair.

What else can I add to this dip?

  • Spice: Add hot sauce, diced jalapeno peppers, poblano peppers, sriracha sauce, and red pepper flakes.
  • Cheese: You can substitute shredded cheddar, pepper jack, or even Monterey Jack cheese.
  • Vegetables: Add some diced tomatoes, diced avocados, cucumbers, or even bell peppers.
  • Protein: Add shredded chicken, ground beef, taco meat, bacon bits, pulled pork, or ground chorizo. Make sure that the proteins are fully cooked before adding them.

What can I use if I don’t have Cotija cheese?

Cotija cheese is a Mexican cheese often used in dishes such as tacos and enchiladas. However, if you have none or can’t find it at the grocery store, several alternatives will produce similar results when cooking or baking!

  • Queso Fresco
  • Feta Cheese
  • Goat Cheese Crumbles

Can Air Fryer Mexican Corn Dip be served hot?

This is a versatile dip; you can serve it hot or cold. You can make this dip ahead of time and then heat it right before serving.

Can corn dip be made ahead of time?

Yes, this is a great dip that you can easily make ahead of time. For best results, let it cool to room temperature, cover it with saran wrap, and place it in the refrigerator, where it will last for 2 to 3 days.

Air Fryer Mexican Corn Dip

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Air Fryer Mexican Corn Dip

Air Fryer Mexican Corn Dip

4.80 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings


Warm weather is the perfect time to break out the air fryer and make some delicious Mexican corn dip! This recipe is easy to follow and perfect for a party or game day. Plus, it's a great way to use up leftover corn from dinner. So get your air fryer ready and enjoy this tasty dip!
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  • 3 cups corn kernels
  • 4 ounces roasted chiles
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, diced
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese
  • 1 cup Mexican Cheese, shredded


  • In a microwave bowl, heat up the corn.
  • Drain the corn if needed.
  • Add the corn to a large mixing bowl, then add the chiles, mayonnaise, sour cream, and spices. Add about ½ of the cotija cheese into the mixture, and 1 cup of the Mexican cheese.
  • Pour the mixture into an air fryer safe pan, and set the temperature to 330 degrees F, air fryer setting. Air Fry for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the dip is bubbly, and the cheese has melted.
  • Add the rest of the Cotija cheese, and diced fresh cilantro,  on top, right before serving.


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  • Baking Pan


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 7gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 504mgPotassium: 160mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 407IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 149mgIron: 1mg

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