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I love the winter. LOVE IT. Of course, the holidays are GREAT, but I really love just being with family and friends and relaxing or celebrating together. This past weekend was the perfect time to make and share this Cheesy Chipotle Hot Corn Bacon Dip recipe, because people were in and out of our house for days, which made my heart happy. If you want to make your guests as happy as my heart was, give this recipe a try. It uses fresh corn, but you could probably use canned (I haven’t tried that), and three kinds of TABASCO® Sauce. The best thing about TABASCO® Sauce is that you can use it an ingredient to enhance flavors without overpowering dishes AND/OR as a condiment to allow each person to personalize their food. I’m going to show you how to do both. Read on!
So, we’re using three kinds of TABASCO® sauce: TABASCO® Brand Pepper Sauce, TABASCO® Chipotle Pepper Sauce and TABASCO® Green Jalapeño Sauce, and we’re using them in different ways. First, we used TABASCO® Brand Pepper Sauce to flavor the water when we cooked the corn. It doesn’t overpower the taste of the corn, but gives it an added flavor that really adds to this dish.
TABASCO® in the Water
My husband added 1/3 of a bottle, about 3 Tablespoons, into the water to flavor the corn. We cooked the 8 ears of shucked corn for about 7 minutes.
Did you know that TABASCO® brand Original Red Sauce is made with just three ingredients? I love simple things, like this, that are delicious. It’s just aged red peppers, salt and distilled vinegar. The simple ingredients and simple processing make it a versatile hot sauce that can be used in just about any food or drink. It’s also Non-GMO, Gluten free and has zero calories.
After you remove the corn from the water, let it cool some so you don’t burn yourself. Then carefully slice off the kernels.
TABASCO® on the Bacon
While the corn was boiling, we coated 6 strips of bacon, with TABASCO® Chipotle Pepper Sauce, which is our family’s favorite sauce. When I was at Kroger, I picked up 3 bottles of it. No, that’s not too much, because we ran out recently and everyone became “hangry” annoyed. We scrapped a whole dish we were planning because, for us, there is no substitute.
Cook the TABASCO® Chipotle Pepper Sauce coated bacon at 450 degrees until it is browned. Keep an eye on it. After it’s out and cooled, chop it up. It’s going into the dip, so cut it to your favorite size. Many people’s favorite size is a whole strip, am I right? Well, go smaller than that. HAHA
Let me tell you how serious I am about TABASCO® Chipotle Pepper Sauce. I went to Kroger the day before Thanksgiving to get some, and I had already done my shopping. It’s made with smoke-dried jalapeno peppers and it brings a rich balance of smoke and heat. It pairs especially well with any kind of protein dish and can be used in marinades and as a condiment over prepared meats. It can also be combined with pineapple for a sweet-savory dish. Which is why it drove me out into shopping madness, that’s some TABASCO® love, for sure. To be honest though, I still forgot to get the rolls. I don’t know how. So, my sons headed to Kroger later. I love how they’ve always got what we need!
TABASCO® in the Corn, Bacon, Cheese Mix
Does this look good or what? The fresh corn, green onions and bacon, along with the balance of heat and flavor that TABASCO® brings, really makes this dish outstanding.
We added 2 tablespoons of TABASCO® Green Jalapeño Sauce to the corn mix. It is made with Jalapeño peppers, for flavor that’s not too wild and not too mild. It is the TABASCO® Sauce flavor with the lowest Scoville Heat Units and is most often used as a condiment for Mexican cuisine. It’s a perfect match for this dish.
Now mix in 1 block of cream cheese, a cup of shredded cheddar cheese and 3 Tablespoons of chopped green onions. Stir it all up and back it for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Cheesy Chipotle Hot Corn Bacon Dip Recipe
You can eat right out of the giant bowl…OR…
You can spoon out some delicious cheesy chipotle hot corn bacon dip into ramekins or small bowls and please a crowd!
We served our Cheesy Chipotle Hot Corn Bacon Dip with pita chips, but the sky is the limit. I also thought that this dip would be great in a burrito or as a layer in a casserole that calls for corn. It’s really versatile!
TABASCO® for Topping
We also put TABASCO® out to be used a condiment so everyone can personalize their food. This dip was a hit with our crowd!
What are your favorite appetizers to make for a crowd?
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