Cheesy Corn Casserole (Choclo con Queso)

Choclo con queso cheesy corn casserole recipe

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 as a side dish.

The large kernel Andean corn known as choclo has a nutty, chewy taste and is slightly less sweet than North American corn. Choclo is often paired with queso fresco as a snack in South America or served as a side dish with a savory chile cheese sauce.

This recipe is a North American take on that delicious choclo and cheese combination. If you can find frozen Andean ​choclo at your local Latin food market, you'll enjoy its unique taste in this rich, cheesy dish. This casserole would make a great Thanksgiving side dish, as it represents indigenous local flavors with a North American casserole-style presentation.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen choclo kernels
  • 1/4 cup red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon aji panca paste (or 2 teaspoons minced chile pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese (grated)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for choclo con queso
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  2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the frozen corn. Cook the corn until it is just tender, but still chewy, about 5 to 8 minutes.

    Bring salted water to boil
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  3. Drain corn and set aside.

    Drain corn
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  4. In a medium saucepan, sauté the minced onion, cumin, and aji panca paste in the butter over medium heat, until the onion is soft and fragrant.

    Saute minced onion
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  5. Add the flour and stir for a minute or two, then whisk in the milk. Continue to stir until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens.

    Add the flour
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  6. Remove from heat and stir in the cream cheese, queso fresco, and 1/4 cup of the cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Stir
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  7. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly butter or grease an oven-proof casserole dish.

    Butter pan
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  8. Stir the cooked corn into the cheese sauce, then place the mixture into the casserole.

    Stir cooked corn into cheese
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  9. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese and the mozzarella cheese over the top of the corn.

    Cheese
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  10. Heat casserole in the oven until the cheese is melted and the corn is bubbly.

    Heat casserole
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  11. Serve and enjoy!

    Choclo con queso
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