Crock Pot Cheesy Corn is a creamy and cheesy corn easy side dish recipe that’s made right in the slow cooker! It takes about 10 minutes to assemble the cheesy corn. All that’s left is to let this delicious side dish cook!
You’ll need simple ingredients like fresh, frozen, or canned corn, cream cheese, heavy cream, cheese, and seasonings to make this easy recipe!
This recipe was originally published in 2016 and updated in 2023 with new images and suggestions. The recipe was slightly altered to make it even easier and creamier!
I LOVE growing corn in my garden and then making sweet freezer corn to enjoy throughout the year. It’s one of my favorite things because it reminds me of summer during the long cold winter months!
Years ago I decided to up my corn side dishes game and there isn’t a better way to do that than by adding cream cheese and cheddar cheese! You can’t go wrong with those two ingredients. I’ve been making cheesy crockpot corn ever since!
You also can’t go wrong with adding crumbled bacon! This creamy cheesy corn has ALL the things!
And if you are looking for corn casserole jiffy cornbread mix on top of it you’re in the right place. It’s easier to make and in my opinion even better!
I LOVE that this recipe can be thrown together in about 15 minutes. If side dishes aren’t easy at my house they don’t happen!
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Quick and Easy! I love easy slow cooker recipes where I can add everything to the crockpot and let it do the rest! This is one of those recipes! I’ve even assembled the slow cooker cheesy corn ahead of time, refrigerated it until a couple of hours before dinner, and then put it on the slow cooker. Make-ahead recipes make my life so much easier!
- Creamy & Cheesy! This cheesy corn casserole is decadent and so yummy! It’s a little different than creamed corn because it has cheese and cream cheese!
- Crowd Pleaser! I’ve served simple side dishes for weeknight dinners, for company, a special occasion, and to feed a crowd. Everyone always raves about it and asks for the recipe.
- Slow Cooker Recipe: Making crockpot corn casserole means that you don’t have to tie up oven space to bake this classic side dish, which is a big deal for a holiday meal!
The ingredients you need are really simple! There are so many options for substituting and swapping ingredients, too. Let’s go over some of my favorite delicious addition ideas!
- Corn: Frozen, canned, or fresh. My homemade sweet freezer corn is all that I use.
- 8 Ounces Cream Cheese: Regular full-fat cream cheese is the best! It’s creamier than reduced-fat cream cheese!
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese: Pretty much any grated cheese will work. Sharp cheddar cheese, pepper jack, Monterey jack, or Colby jack are all good.
- Heavy Whipping Cream: Whole milk or 2% will work. It won’t be quite as creamy.
- Butter: Use real butter! It’s so much better than margarine!
- Salt and Pepper
- All Purpose Flour
- Optional: Cooked and crumbled bacon (I love using the precooked and crumbled kind), ham, diced green chiles, jarred jalapenos, minced garlic, and diced onions.
Although this recipe is really easy let’s talk about a few of the tips I’ve learned along the way!
- Drain the corn. Fresh, frozen, or canned corn will work great for this recipe. Make sure frozen corn is thawed and drained before using. Canned corn also needs to be drained in a colander or it will make the creamy cheese corn too thin and runny.
- Fresh corn. 1 ear of corn will yield about 3/4 a cup of corn kernels.
- Flour: Adding flour to the corn casserole will give it a creamy texture. Start with 1 tablespoon of flour and adjust as needed to thicken the creamed corn. If the corn is really thin mix the flour with equal parts of cream until it’s smooth then add to the corn casserole. It will take about 30 minutes of cooking to completely set up. You can also use cornstarch for gluten free corn.
How do you Make Cheesy Corn
Cheesy creamed corn is really easy to make in the crockpot! The hardest part is waiting for it to cook!
Step 1: Add ingredients to the crockpot. Spray the crockpot with nonstick cooking spray to prevent it from sticking, or use a crockpot liner. Add drained corn, cooked and crumbled bacon, butter, cream, salt, and pepper to the slow cooker. Add any other optional ingredients. Stir.
Step 2: Cook. Set the crockpot to low and cook for 2-3 hours. It doesn’t really need to cook, just warm.
Step 3: Add cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Stir.
Step 4: Thicken. If the creamy corn is too thin add a couple of tablespoons of flour and stir to coat the corn.
Step 5: Cook. Continue cooking on low for about 30 minutes. Taste test. Adjust seasonings. Serve.
How to garnish slow cooker cheesy corn.
For a pretty presentation transfer the corn casserole to a serving dish and garnish with
- fresh chopped parsley
- additional bacon
- parmesan cheese
- jarred sliced jalapenos.
Expert Tips for Success
I really do love slow cooker creamy corn made without any of the extras! It’s rich, creamy, and simple. But, I’m not opposed to customizing it to jazz it up a bit either. You can make it spicy, hearty, or whatever!
- Spicy: Add jarred jalapenos to kick up the heat! Pepper jack cheese is also delicious!
- Cheese: Sprinkle extra cheese over the casserole during the last 30 minutes of cooking time. Don’t stir to create a gooey layer of cheese on top.
- Parmesan Cheese: Adding parmesan cheese gives it a Mexican corn casserole vibe.
- Meaty: Add diced ham or crumbled bacon to make it hearty! You can’t ever go wrong with bacon!
- Onions: Add green onions to the top of the casserole just before serving
- Red Peppers: Diced bell peppers add a pretty pop of red!
Creamed corn is typically sweet corn with a flour gravy. It’s thin and eaten with a spoon. Cheesy corn has cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese. Cheesy corn is thick enough to eat with a fork.
Store cheesy crockpot corn in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Freeze cheesy corn in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave, oven, or slow cooker.
Honestly, crockpot corn with cream cheese is a perfect side dish for pretty much anything! It’s always a hit.
The creamy and cheesy flavors pair really well with chicken, pork, and beef. I especially love it with BBQ foods!’
Add a green salad, smashed red potatoes, and cream corn to any of these main dishes for a perfect meal! It’s the ultimate side dish!
- Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Chops
- Perfect Grilled New York Strip Steak
- Beef Tenderloin Steak
- Slow Cooker Roast Beef
- Smoked Meatloaf
Recipe for Cheesy Corn
With its creamy texture and a heavenly blend of flavors, this crockpot cheesy corn recipe is a winner. The combination of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and heavy cream creates a rich and velvety sauce that takes the sweetness of the corn to a whole new level.
Whether you’re hosting a gathering, attending a potluck, or simply craving a comforting side dish, this crockpot cheesy corn will leave everyone asking for seconds. So, fire up your crockpot and prepare to experience pure cheesy corn bliss!
Cheesy Crockpot Corn
- 1 24 ounce bag frozen corn thawed and drained
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 8 ounce package cream cheese
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 1 Tablespoon flour optional
- 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon, or diced ham
- diced red peppers
- jarred jalapeno peppers
- diced onion
- Spray the Crockpot with nonstick baking spray or line it with a slow cooker liner.
- Add corn, butter, heavy whipping cream, salt, and pepper to the slow cooker. Add any optional add-ins such as cooked and crumbled bacon, diced peppers, diced jarred jalapenos, etc. Stir.
- Cook on low heat for 2 1/2 hours.
- Add a block of cream cheese and grated cheese. Stir.
- If the cheesy corn is too thin sprinkle a Tablespoon of all-purpose flour over the corn and stir to combine.
- Cook for 30 more minutes.
- If desired pour into a serving dish and top with chopped fresh herbs.