Jalapeno Popper Creamed Corn combines the sweetness of corn with the heat of jalapeno peppers and the richness of cheese and bacon. It’s an indulgent side dish cooked in a slow cooker, allowing the flavors of a jalapeno popper appetizer to blend for a comforting and satisfying dish! If you prefer a more classic version, I also have a fantastic Creamed Corn recipe you will love!
Ingredients & Substitutions
Corn: You will need five cans of corn kernels, which are the main base of the dish. Drain the liquid before adding to the slow cooker. You could also substitute fresh corn, especially when in season, or frozen corn that has been thawed.
Cheese: Both shredded sharp cheddar and pepper jack cheese are added to the dish, contributing to the creaminess. The pepper jack cheese adds a little extra spicy kick to each bite, too.
Jalapeno Peppers: We can’t leave out the jalapeno peppers in a jalapeno popper recipe! I used two medium jalapenos, seeded and diced. For the most heat, leave in the seeds and membrane from the jalapeno peppers.
Cream Cheese: Just like the popular appetizer includes cream cheese, it is also part of this recipe. It adds richness to each bite.
Bacon: Thick-cut bacon is cooked nice and crispy, then crumbled and added to the creamed corn right before serving for a salty and crunchy element. You can make the bacon in advance by baking it in the oven. Set strips onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Bake at 415°F for about 20 minutes, or until the bacon reaches your desired crispiness. Once cool, break it into small pieces. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. You could also leave out the bacon if preferred.
What To Serve With Jalapeno Popper Creamed Corn
This rich and indulgent side dish pairs well with a variety of dishes. Here are a few you could try:
- Pair it with grilled meats like steak, chicken, or pork chops.
- Add it to your side dishes at a barbecue.
- Serve it as part of your holiday menus like Christmas and Thanksgiving.
- For a comfort food pairing, serve it with fried crispy chicken tenders.
- Use it as a topping for tacos (like my shredded beef tacos) or chicken fajitas! Yum!
- Serve the creamed corn over a baked potato.
Can I Make This Without A Slow Cooker?
Yes, you could make jalapeno popper creamed corn without a slow cooker or crockpot. Simply combine the ingredients (all except the bacon) in a large saucepan or pot over medium-low heat for about 20-30 minutes. Once the mixture is well combined and heated through, stir in the cooked and crumbled bacon.
How To Store Jalapeno Popper Creamed Corn
To store crockpot jalapeno popper creamed corn, first, let it cool to room temperature. Next, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last up to 3-4 days. Reheat the creamed corn in a slow cooker, the microwave, or on the stovetop over medium-low heat.
Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper Creamed Corn
- 5 cans (15.25 ounces each) corn kernels, drained
- 2 cups (226 g) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 cup (113 g) pepper jack cheese, shredded
- 2 medium jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced (about ⅓ cup)
- ½ cup (122.5 g) whole milk
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ cup (½ stick / 57 g) unsalted butter, cubed
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
- 8 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
- To the bowl of a slow cooker, add corn, cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, milk, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
- Top with butter and cream cheese.
- Cover. Cook on high for 2 hours (or low for about 4 hours).
- Right before serving, add crumbled bacon. Stir to combine.
- Serve warm.
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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:
Warning: this is addicting. What an easy and delicious side dish that could easily pair with any meal. What are you waiting for?? Make this ASAP!
If you are looking for a rich and indulgent side dish, this is it! It is so delicious and creamy with heat from jalapeno peppers. This recipe really takes creamed corn to a whole new level of flavor!!!
So delicious! This has all the flavors of a jalapeño popper in creamed corn form, and you just throw it all in the crockpot. So easy!
This side dish has so much flavor, it just might steal the show! This is so easy to make and absolutely worth making!
This is a deliciously creamy side dish! It is cheesy, rich, and savory! You get a small kick from the jalapeños, too.
This is soooo good. It's creamy and flavorful and easy to make! Can't wait to make it for my family.