This easy corn casserole is loaded with corn, bacon, cheese, peppers and green onions. It’s a hearty and flavorful side dish that’s perfect to go with a holiday meal!
In my opinion, side dishes are the best part of the holiday meal. From sweet potato casserole to loaded mashed potatoes to bacon wrapped green beans, there are so many different flavors and textures to sample! This corn casserole is a family favorite and is super easy to make.
Corn casserole is a traditional side that’s found on millions of holiday menus around the country every year. I’ve taken the classic corn casserole and pumped up the flavors with the addition of a variety of fresh and colorful ingredients. Corn casserole will never be the same again!
How do you make corn casserole?
This recipe starts with a box of cornbread mix, which is doctored up with canned corn, sour cream, eggs, creamed corn, and melted butter.
After your basic batter is ready, the flavorings go into the mix. I went for color and texture here, so I did a combination of bacon, red bell peppers, green onions and shredded cheddar cheese. Other great add-ins include
- Green chiles
- Diced ham
- Sauteed onions
- Fresh herbs
- Minced jalapeno
- Monterey Jack cheese
After everything is combined, the batter gets poured in a baking dish and goes into the oven until the corn casserole is golden brown.
I add a topping of bacon, red peppers and green onions to my casserole because it makes for a nice presentation and also happens to taste delicious. After your corn casserole has cooled down a bit, you can serve it up alongside your favorite protein. I like to serve this dish on Thanksgiving as a side to roasted turkey or ham.
Tips for corn casserole
- This recipe can be assembled up to one day before you plan to bake it. Simply store the covered casserole dish in the fridge until you’re ready to put it in the oven. You may need to add a few extra minutes to the cook time to compensate for starting with a cold casserole.
- Fresh or frozen corn can be substituted for the canned corn.
- Feeding a crowd? You can double this recipe and bake it in a 9″ x 13″ dish.
- If you’re looking to save a few calories, you can substitute low fat sour cream and the recipe will still be delicious.
I serve this corn casserole for every major holiday, and my family can’t get enough of it! Loaded corn casserole is also great for potlucks, I always get so many requests for the recipe when I bring it to share with friends.
This year, shake up your holiday dinner and try a loaded casserole in place of the traditional basic corn casserole. Your family will thank you!
More great side dishes
- Zucchini Gratin
- Stovetop Mac and Cheese
- Honey Roasted Carrots
- Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
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Loaded Corn Casserole
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 2 eggs
- 8 1/2 ounce package cornbread mix such as Jiffy
- 15 ounce can corn kernels drained
- 14 3/4 ounce can creamed corn
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup cooked crumbled bacon plus more for garnish
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions plus more for garnish
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper plus more for garnish
- cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9 inch square pan or 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
- Place the butter, eggs, cornbread mix, corn kernels, creamed corn and sour cream in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
- Add the bacon, green onions, cheese and red pepper to the bowl. Mix thoroughly.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Garnish with additional bacon, green onions and bell pepper if desired, then serve.