In this recipe, we give a beloved traditional dish a spicy, smoky twist as our Corn Casserole marries old-fashioned comfort with an irresistible, contemporary spin.
We create a delightful blend of familiar ingredients like the Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, sour cream, and cheddar cheese, adding a playful kick with jalapenos and adding warmth with a dash of smoked paprika.
Why This Easy Corn Casserole Recipe Works
EASY TO PREPARE - This casserole recipe comes together effortlessly. The simplicity of the dish allows even beginner cooks to create something tasty in no time.
VERSATILE - Whether it's a regular weeknight dinner, a special holiday meal, or a grand Christmas dinner, this corn casserole adapts to every situation as a fantastic savory side dish.
RICH FLAVOR - With a unique combination of ingredients, including the heat from jalapenos and the smokiness of paprika, this corn casserole delights with a depth of flavor.
PERFECT WITH TURKEY - This corn casserole pairs perfectly with turkey, making it an ideal side dish for holiday feasts or family dinners.
A CLASSIC WITH A TWIST - While this classic corn casserole recipe brings a sense of comfort and nostalgia, the added jalapenos and smoked paprika introduce a contemporary touch that elevates the dish.
Please check the recipe card below for a detailed, printable ingredient list.
JIFFY CORN MUFFIN MIX - The Jiffy mix is the perfect base and adds delicate texture.
SOUR CREAM - Adds a tangy richness, balancing the sweetness and enhancing the creamy texture.
CHEDDAR CHEESE - Brings in a layer of savory sharpness, which complements the creamed corn.
WHOLE KERNEL SWEET CORN and CREAM STYLE CORN - Provide a delightful mix of textures and enhance the overall corn flavor.
JALAPENO PEPPERS - Introduces a spicy kick that cuts through the creamy elements and elevates the dish.
SMOKED PAPRIKA - A smoky note adds depth to the flavor of the casserole.
BUTTER and LARGE EGGS - Contribute to the casserole's rich, moist texture.
CRISPY FRIED ONIONS - Add a crunch and another layer of flavor to the dish.
How To Make A Smoky Corn Casserole
Please check the printable recipe card below for more detailed instructions.
- Beat Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, paprika, eggs, sour cream, melted butter, and eggs in a large bowl.
- Fold in both types of corn, cheddar cheese, and chopped jalapeno.
- Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish and smooth the top.
- Bake until golden brown, let it cool for a few minutes, and serve topped with crispy fried onions, if using.
Recipe Success Tips
USE FRESH INGREDIENTS - To ensure the best flavor, use fresh jalapenos and cheddar cheese.
DON'T RUSH THE BAKING - Make sure to bake the casserole until golden brown. This helps to ensure that the casserole is cooked evenly and adds beautiful color to the dish.
TEST FOR DONENESS - Use a toothpick to check if the casserole is fully baked. It should come out clean.
GRILLED MEAT - Corn casserole pairs wonderfully with any grilled meat, offering a satisfying contrast in flavors.
GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE - Together, these two casseroles create a harmonious blend of flavors and make for a perfect holiday meal.
SWEET POTATO - Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes is one of our most popular recipes and works beautifully with this side dish. Perfect if you want to have a multitude of Thanksgiving side dishes that balance sweet and savory, soft and crunchy textures.
STORE - Store leftover corn casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
FREEZE - Wrap the cooled casserole tightly in plastic wrap and then foil. Freeze for up to three months.
REHEAT - Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat in a 350-degree oven until warmed through.
Enjoy the simplicity, versatility, and depth of flavor this corn casserole brings to your table! It’s the perfect side dish that everyone's sure to love.
More Delicious Side Dishes Perfect For The Holidays
ROASTED CARROTS AND PARSNIPS - We first roast them, then glaze them in a simple but delicious Bourbon and Brown Sugar glaze. The results are delicious.
CHEESY MASHED POTATOES - Loaded with creamy, rich cheese and butter, this dish takes mashed potatoes to a whole new level of deliciousness.
GREEN BEANS WITH BACON - Loaded with creamy, rich cheese and butter, this dish takes mashed potatoes to a whole new level of deliciousness.
ROASTED POTATOES AND CARROTS - Experience the sweet and savory harmony of oven-roasted carrots and potatoes, a versatile side that complements any main dish.
MASHED SWEET POTATOES - Experience the sweet and savory harmony of oven-roasted carrots and potatoes, a versatile side that complements any main dish.
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Smoky Spicy Cheddar Corn Casserole
- Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9x13" casserole dish.
- In a large bowl, combine the Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, smoked paprika, eggs, melted butter, and sour cream and beat with an electric mixer until well combined.
- Add in the whole-kernel corn, cream-style corn, shredded cheddar cheese, and chopped jalapeno. Stir with a spatula until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Use a spatula to smooth the top so the casserole cooks evenly.
- Bake the casserole in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the center is set (a toothpick inserted in the middle should come out clean).
- In the last 5 minutes of baking, sprinkle the crispy fried onions on top of the casserole for added crunch and flavor. Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.