Save on Pinterest

Jalapeno Popper Corn Salad

I created this recipe for a wedding I was catering, and it's a good thing I made buckets of it, because I couldn't stop eating it! This chilled creamy salad combines all the best flavors of jalapeno poppers with the delicate sweetness of fresh corn. —Amanda Miller, Hutchinson, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups fresh corn (about 8 ears), cooked and cooled
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon, divided


  • Grill onion and jalapenos, covered, over medium-high heat or broil 4 in. from heat 3-5 minutes on each side or until lightly charred. Cool completely; chop into 1/2-inch pieces.
  • Combine the next nine ingredients. Stir in corn, cheeses, half the bacon, and the grilled vegetables. Top with remaining bacon to serve.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Since the grill is fired up anyway, consider grilling the corn instead of boiling or steaming it.
  • To make a lower-fat version, use thick plain yogurt instead of the sour cream, and use reduced-fat mayo and cream cheese.
  • If spiciness isn't your thing, substitute Swiss cheese for the pepper jack.
  • Nutrition Facts
    3/4 cup: 476 calories, 40g fat (14g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 616mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.

    Recommended Video


    Click stars to rate
    Average Rating:
    • Kristen
      Jun 21, 2020

      My new fave! Can’t wait to make it again for other people!! Followed the recipe and didn’t make any additions but maybe next time I would add some more veggies, maybe peppers

    • Debglass11
      May 25, 2020

      This is a fantastic salad! Took a tip from the test kitchen and grilled the corn along with the onion. I also threw a red bell pepper on the grill. I didn't have fresh jalapeno, so used the equivalent of diced from a jar. Everything else stayed exactly as written. This was absolutely delicious! My new go-to summer salad. Great for every cookout. Will absolutely, no question, make again!

    • pajamaangel
      Jul 22, 2019

      The entire family loved this!! I broiled the jalapeno and onion instead of grilling it as we weren't using the grill otherwise and it still tasted amazing. I'm sure grilling it even deepens the flavor. What a winner! We will make this time and again. Thank you!

    • Teri
      Jul 16, 2019

      Great recipe absolutely loved it. I did grilled jalapenos and put in 4 instead of 2 because most of us like extra spicy. Will definitely make this again.

    • randcbruns
      Jun 4, 2019

      This has been popping up at all the potlucks and graduations in my area. This is great and gets better as it sits.

    • amsm
      Oct 16, 2018

      Very good salad! Although it takes a bit of time to prepare, it is worth it. This salad is creamy and very flavorful. My family likes less heat, so next time I make this I will not incorporate the jalapeño seeds into the salad. This salad gets better and hotter as it chills.

    • tiffanykorn
      Jul 5, 2018

      While the recipe has a lot of different components that need to be cooked separately, when they are all put together it is a delicious summer salad to go along with something grilled.

    • robbrd
      Jun 27, 2018

      I broiled the onion and pepper because I didn't want to be outside grilling in 103 degree heat. haha I enjoyed it because it was something different for a side. While everyone ate it and some even had seconds, I'm not sure they will say, "Hey, Mom! Can you make more of that corn salad we had?" I know they won't complain if they find it on the table though. Super easy to whip together. I did heed someone's advice to let it chill a few hours before serving.

    • joycerm53
      Jun 12, 2018

      Very good salad!! Will definitely makes this again. Joyce Moynihan, Volunteer Field Editor, TOH

    • jnwoll
      Jun 12, 2018

      This is AWESOME. I didn't grill the corn, but I did throw it under the broiler just to brown it up a little.