The inspiration for my warm, kidney bean and corn dip is corn on the cob in Mexico. In Mexico, you’ll see vendors hawking grilled corn on the cob rubbed with mayonnaise and chili powder and a dash of Parmesan. The Parmesan doesn’t seem like it would pair well, but it does. That slight tang beefs up the flavor in the beans and complements the corn.
In this dip, I add corn, dark kidney beans (you can also substitute pinto), mayonnaise, green chilies, chili powder, cumin, lime, Parmesan and cilantro and warm it on the stovetop for about 3 minutes. Before serving, I add a handful of shredded cheddar. Serve it with tortilla chips. It’s best warm, but is still delicious when it cools.
I’ve served it twice and it’s been a huge hit!
Mexican Inspired Corn and Bean Dip
1 (15-ounce) can of whole kernel corn
1 (15-ounce) can dark kidney beans or pinto beans
1 cup chopped red onion
1 teaspoon canola oil
½ teaspoon cumin seed
1 (4-ounce) can of chopped green chilies
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Chop onion and set aside. Drain the beans and corn and set both of those aside.
In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. When hot, add onion and cumin seed and cook 4 minutes. Then pour in the rest of the ingredients and stir. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook 3 more minutes until everything has melted together and is well combined. Serve with tortilla chips.