Thursday, January 7, 2016

Time to Fiesta

I love corn.   My favorite veggie...or grain...or...what is it anyway?!?!  I don't care what it is, it's my favorite.  I'm a sucker for a side of corn whenever I eat out.  On the cob preferably, even though I'll inevitablty cut it off the ear before eating.  (I don't like it when the kernels get stuck in my teeth.) Creamed corn is pretty darn good, too. My youngest shares my affinity for corn as well.  In fact, we just had corn on the cob for dinner last night and you'd have thought we were celebrating his birthday.  Sweet boy was SO excited!  

My grandma passed along the MOST DELICIOUS fiesta corn recipe to me a few months ago and I couldn't wait to try it.  I'm not a fan of the fiesta corn in a can...maybe the only kind of corn I don't like...but this one sounded too good to pass up.  I mean, how can you go wrong when bacon is a part of the recipe?!  Needless to say, this was a HIT!  There was hardly a bite left!!  This is definitely a go-to side dish now.  Perfect for dinner at home or for entertaining a crowd!!  It would definitely be the hit of the party!


1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
5 cups of frozen corn
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese
1/2 C. half and half
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chiles
2 tsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt

I can't cook bacon to save my life.  It always ends up in wrist burns, grease-stained shirts, and charred pork.  HOWEVER, I managed to do this pretty successfully in a large stockpot.  So grab'll need a stockpot for this..not just for the bacon, but for the whole dish  This is a one-pot kind of recipe...less mess, lots of flavor.

First up, add bacon strips to the stockpot and cook over medium heat until crisp.  Remove bacon, crumble, and set aside.

Don't drain the bacon drippings...just leave it in the stockpot.  I repeat..DO NOT DRAIN DRIPPINGS!

Now...add the corn and peppers to that deliciously sinful bacon drippings.  You see where I'm going with this?!  HEAVEN.

Cook the corn and peppers in the bacon grease for about 5-6 minutes or until soft and tender.  

Now stir in the  cream cheese, half & half, green chiles, sugar, pepper, and salt.  Just toss it all in and stir to combine.  

Heat the mixture and bring to a boil.

When the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat and toss in the crumbled bacon bits.   Stir to combine and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until mixture starts to thicken

Remove from heat, serve, and ENJOY!!!

Speaking of Jimmy Crack Corn, that's what this recipe should be named...CRACK CORN.  SO addicting!  You should be able to infer how delicious this is just by the list of ingredients, but if you need me to tell you one more time, IT'S AMAZING!!!  #alltheexclamationpoints
If you're a fan of corn like our little family, this needs to be on your list of things to make...SOON!!!


  1. Looks pretty delish! Have you tried making bacon in the oven? It will make you an expert! 400 for 20 minutes on a cookie sheet. Perfect every time with no splattering or flipping.

    1. That's my favorite trick!!! And such a good reminder!!! I've cooked it like that several times and you're so right...perfection!! I should've done the same for this recipe and reserved the grease, but I wasn't thinking ahead and was so behind in meal prep. NEVER AGAIN, my friend. NEVER again. Bacon + Skillet + ME = DISASTER :)

  2. Bake your bacon in the oven. I put mine on parchment and there's no need to clean. Google Martha Stewart oven bacon!

    1. My favorite trick, Kasey!!! It's a lifesaver for bacon cooking impaired people like myself :)