Pork Side Dish

Ranchero Corn

July 17, 2014

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned our running joke about always having corn in the house, so whenever someone says “What are we eating with it?” the joke is always “Corn!” Ok, maybe you have to be there. 🙂 I was looking for a side for our 4th of July menu and saw this Ranchero Corn recipe and instantly knew I wanted it. It furthers our joke and it has bacon AND ranch dressing. My mouth was watering just thinking about it. I love it when you look forward to a side as much as the main dish. I also wanted something really simple to put together so I could spend more time enjoying the festivities and not cooking.

Ranchero Corn

So, how’s it taste?

I really liked it, but next time I’ll make a few tweaks. The first thing we noticed is it’s way too spicy. It only has 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes in the entire batch, but it was too much. It overpowered the bacon even! Huge no-no. I like a bit of kick in my food, but not that much. I think a great alternative would be to use less and substitute ground cayenne pepper. Keep the heat, but tone it down a bit. Now the spice probably overpowered the ranch as well, but I feel like using the powdered dressing mix would’ve worked much better to amp up that flavor. I’m a big fan of ranch and it got a little lost in here with everything going on. I think using the dressing mix with a bit of sour cream instead of the bottled version would make this corn so much better.

Ranchero Corn

Once I got used to the spice, I absolutely loved it. Crunchy, chunky, and creamy freshened up with lime and cilantro. I used green bell peppers in mine, but red or orange would be really pretty in this dish, too. The corn holds up great as leftovers. I even had a meal or two that was just the corn!

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 35 min

Ranchero Corn


1/4 lb. mesquite-smoked or regular bacon, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
2 (11 oz.) cans sweet yellow and white corn, drained
1/4 cup ranch dressing
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes*
1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

*Leave this out or use less if you don't want it spicy.


1. Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Discard drippings.

2. In same skillet, combine cooked bacon, onions, bell pepper, and corn. Reduce heat to low; cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally.

3. Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine salad dressing, lime juice, cumin, and red pepper flakes; mix well.

4. Add dressing mixture to corn mixture; mix well. Remove skillet from heat. Stir in chopped cilantro.

per 2/3 cup serving: 150 calories, 9g fat, 13g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g protein

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  • Sues July 17, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Ahhh summer corn is SO good! I am not a huge fan of eating it right off the cob, so I love finding delicious-sounding recipes like this one.

  • Consuelo - Honey & Figs July 17, 2014 at 9:30 am

    This looks like the most perfect side dish! I love all things corn! xx

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely July 17, 2014 at 11:15 am

    We love corn a lot too! Whenever it’s on sale, I go nuts and buy way more corn than we need. Can’t wait to try this bacon and ranch version! Sounds delicious!

  • Annie @Maebells July 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Corn and Bacon?! I am in! I can’t wait to try this!

  • Cailee @ http://hellohealthyeating.com July 17, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    YUM!! This looks delicious and healthy! I love corn! It’s so sweet and delicious… naturally!! 🙂

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice July 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I am a huge corn person, Leah! I’ve seen so many delicious recipes on pinterest that I can’t wait to try. This one is moving to the top of the list! Sounds delicious, especially with Ranch and cilantro added in. Pinned!

  • Olivia - Primavera Kitchen July 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I love summer corn recipes! They are always so tasty and yummy! Yours looks so flavourful with bacon 😉

  • Kelly July 17, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    We love corn and always seem to have some in the house too! This looks fantastic, Leah! Love the ranch and bacon in here!

  • Alyssa @ My Sequined Life July 17, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    This looks like the perfect summer side dish! We love corn in our house, but we’ve never had it prepared like this. We also love bacon and super spicy things, so I think I know what we’re making soon. 🙂 Yum!

  • Katie July 18, 2014 at 7:30 am

    We are corn lovers at my house too! And it sounds like this Rachero Corn is a winner! It combines my two favorite things- Ranch and Corn..perfection 🙂

  • Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake July 18, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    This looks amazing!! We have lots of corn too, seems like we are eating it all the time too right now! I’m totally going to try this with your tweaks you mentioned!

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout July 18, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Cilantro is seriously to die for… this looks amazing! A great summer side 🙂

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! July 19, 2014 at 7:54 am

    That is too funny – I always have corn on hand and serve it probably at least once a week. It’s just soo good. I love trying out new recipes to switch things up – this is a great side dish 🙂

  • cheri July 20, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Hi Leah, love corn salads and this one is a real winner. Corn and bacon go so well together.

  • Monet July 20, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    My little one LOVES corn. It’s one of her favorite things to eat. I’ll be sure to cut the spice down though if I make this! Thank you for sharing, Leah!

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche July 20, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    ive never thought to make corn like this before. thanks for the inspiration!

  • Lesley Eats July 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I didn’t have any corn! (Sorry; had to.)

  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies July 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    This sounds so good! I love corn and can never get enough of it — I’d leave out the bacon for a vegetarian dish, but I’m pretty certain my boyfriend would sneak some into his portion 😉

  • Isadora July 27, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    That is funny! Now that I think about it, we seem to always have corn on hand too! Maybe it is because it makes the perfect side, especially in the summer! I love how you dressed this corn up, it sounds amazing!