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My Mom's Thanksgiving Corn Casserole

Updated on September 23, 2014

An easy recipe for a delicious low-carb Thanksgiving side dish

This hearty, cheesy, and absolutely delicious corn casserole recipe was developed extemporaneously by my mother and has become a Thanksgiving favorite. Mom had never written down the recipe before, but at my request she estimated the proportions of the ingredients she uses (the full set of ingredients is pictured here). I typed up the recipe and my boys and I made it for the first time on November 6, 2009. It was fantastic!

(all cooking photos on this page were taken by myself and my son, who was 10 years old at the time.)

My mother, Marian Alexander
My mother, Marian Alexander

The history of Mom's corn casserole

The search for a low-carb dish for Thanksgiving

My mother used to be on the Atkins diet. During that time, she was pondering what kind of dish she could make for Thanksgiving to take the place of the traditional and beloved macaroni & cheese. She got an inspiration to make something with corn taking the place of the macaroni. She wondered next what she could use to add texture. Hey, how about cutting up some corn tortillas? She put it together with a few other ingredients and served it at the family Thanksgiving dinner, and it was an instant hit!

Mom doesn't do Atkins anymore, but the corn casserole is here to stay. She makes it every year now.


Is my mom beautiful or what?

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This recipe is VERY flexible. Adjust the ingredients or add new ones as you desire.

Optional ingredients include:

1/2 can cheddar cheese soup
1/2 can diced tomatoes
Pinch or two of chili powder

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 8 servings

Corn Casserole Ingredients

  • 2 cans whole kernel corn
  • 1/4 (or more) of an onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 1/3 stick margarine
  • 1/2 tsp salt or salt substitute
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 12 oz. (or more) cheese, (Mom uses pepper jack, cheddar, or cheddarella)

Illustrated Instructions

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Drain the corn. JG opened the cans and did the draining.Slightly beat the eggs. BT did this part.Chop the onions. Anything that involved the kitchen knife, I did myself.Finely dice the tortillas.Cut up the margarine.Shred the cheese. I used sharp cheddar.Put all ingredients in a baking dish and stir. I used an 8" x 8" x 4" dish.Cover the pan with foil.Put it in the oven at 350 degrees.Wait 45-60 minutes while it bakes.It's done when the cheese melts and the tortillas blend into the casserole.
Drain the corn. JG opened the cans and did the draining.
Drain the corn. JG opened the cans and did the draining.
Slightly beat the eggs. BT did this part.
Slightly beat the eggs. BT did this part.
Chop the onions. Anything that involved the kitchen knife, I did myself.
Chop the onions. Anything that involved the kitchen knife, I did myself.
Finely dice the tortillas.
Finely dice the tortillas.
Cut up the margarine.
Cut up the margarine.
Shred the cheese. I used sharp cheddar.
Shred the cheese. I used sharp cheddar.
Put all ingredients in a baking dish and stir. I used an 8" x 8" x 4" dish.
Put all ingredients in a baking dish and stir. I used an 8" x 8" x 4" dish.
Cover the pan with foil.
Cover the pan with foil.
Put it in the oven at 350 degrees.
Put it in the oven at 350 degrees.
Wait 45-60 minutes while it bakes.
Wait 45-60 minutes while it bakes.
It's done when the cheese melts and the tortillas blend into the casserole.
It's done when the cheese melts and the tortillas blend into the casserole.


  1. Drain the corn. JG opened the cans and did the draining.
  2. Slightly beat the eggs. BT did this part.
  3. Chop the onions. Anything that involved the kitchen knife, I did myself.
  4. Finely dice the tortillas.
  5. Cut up the margarine.
  6. Shred the cheese. I used sharp cheddar.
  7. Put all ingredients in a baking dish and stir. I used an 8" x 8" x 4" dish.
  8. Cover the pan with foil.
  9. Put it in the oven at 350 degrees.
  10. Wait 45-60 minutes while it bakes.
  11. It's done when the cheese melts and the tortillas blend into the casserole.
The finished product. The corn casserole was absolutely delicious!
The finished product. The corn casserole was absolutely delicious!

How it turned out

Well, Mom did a great job at sharing her recipe. The casserole is fantastic! We baked it for 45 minutes.

A delicious dish, savory and rich-tasting with a bit of crunch from the corn. (Don't tell Mom, but I left out the pepper. I'm not really into pepper.)

The onions had a quite a bite to them, probably because I didn't chop them as finely as Mom does. I liked them that way, but not everyone would, so make sure you chop the onions small.

When it first came out of the oven, we started eating it immediately (we have no patience or dignity). Those first servings seemed rather moist and tended to fall apart, but once it cooled a bit (like it was supposed to), it held together beautifully.

I ate three helpings right away. It's really, really good. You've got to try it.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      I love corn casseroles. I never would have thought to put corn tortillas in it. Thank you for sharing your mom's recipe! Liked.

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      AmeliaKat LM 5 years ago

      Mom was asked to bring a corn side dish to dinner on turkey day. Her friend had been talking about a corn souffle/casserole that his mom used to make. This sounds like it might be similar. She used crackers instead of tortillas and sweet green pepper. I'll be making it for him this year!

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Thanks to you and your Mom!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      how many carbs are in that dish?

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Can't wait to try that casserole, and your mom is an awesome looking mom! Thanks for sharing!

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      LOVE corn casserole! It's one of my favorite sides. Thanks for adding this to my Thanksgiving side dish lens. I'll be making use of your recipe myself.

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      Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      corn plus tortillas = yum in any form. nice lens!

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      nebby 7 years ago from USA

      Your Mom is very imaginative & creative - I think I'll try your Mom's recipe this weekend- no really I will.

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      Edit Photos 7 years ago from Earth

      Great recipe and lens! Blessed

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      xiaohuaz lm 7 years ago

      This sounds really good. A little late for Thanksgiving but I'm definitely going to make it for Christmas.

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      KDimmick 7 years ago

      That looks good!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations for being included on the Best of Lists, 75 Lenses You Shouldn't Miss This Thanksgiving by SquidTeam, and Happy Thanksgiving! - Kathy

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      This sounds like a great recipe. Nice to have new ways to serve corn and I like onions too.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      my mil makes corn pudding (pretty similar) for thanksgiving - i LOVE it!

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      I'm intrigued. I've never had corn casserole, but this looks really good. And your mom gets the thumbs up.

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      @mysticmama lm: Woohoo! You and my mom would love each other as dinner companions! (I would be on the other side of the table with my own G-rated corn casserole.)

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      VBright 7 years ago

      This sounds great! I am not a big fan of Green Bean Casserole, so I just might make this for Thanksgiving!

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      I'm definitely going to make this, but with extra pepper & that dash of cayenne pepper!

      Maybe even a little diced fresh jalapeno as well! :)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      1. I thought that was a picture of you! And yes, she's beautiful!

      2. The recipe sounds good. I would use frozen corn though as I think it tastes more like corn off the cob.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Yes, you had me with cheese! My son loves cheese on anything and this sounds like a great alternative to just plain corn. Thank you for sharing your Mom's recipe with us. She is beautiful and so are you!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      My mother-in-law makes a great corn casserole, but it is a little different. I want to give this one a try. ~ You and your Mom have the same beautiful smile! :D

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      BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Yup, but a little different. :D But any corn casserole gets my attention, cuz they are so good! I loved your recipe picture instructions. Great idea. Lensrolled to mine with my thanks.

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      oztoo lm 8 years ago

      This sounds tasty. I'm think I'll have to give it a try. Nice and easy too.

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Reading this recipe made my mouth water and I started thinking about June 10th when I had some in the park. It was very nice to meet you that day. I am going to try this the next time we have a family dinner gathering. I will volunteer for vegetable.

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Yes I had it at the squidoo meet up and it was delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Mmmmmmm. I love anything with corn. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This really sounds delicious and yes your mom is beautiful and a dear to share her recipe. Super recipe lens. blessed and lensrolling to Ohme's Recipes. Thank you for adding your Mom's Thanksgiving Corn Casserole to the plexo.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Welcome to Culinary Favorites from A to Z Headquarters! Your well-done lens is being featured under C is for... and is blessed.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens, blessed by a squidangel :)

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      norma-holt 8 years ago

      This is a great topic. Thanks for sharing. I will try the recipe but we don't have Thanksgiving in Australia, and you mom is pretty, and pretty cool too to come up with this recipe. 5* and fave


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      Ruth Coffee 8 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Sounds/looks tasty, thanks for the recipe!

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      eccles1 8 years ago

      it looks easy and good ! I love cooking for the holidays

      Happy Thanksgiving

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      totosmom 8 years ago

      Wow, I'm amazed at all the "Corn Custard" recipes on Squidoo. I'll post mine to my Ice Cream Pie Lens. I'll have to try yours.

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      oztoo lm 8 years ago

      I think this could be a big hit in our house. I'll definitely be giving it a go. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Mmm this Thanksgiving corn casserole does look wonderful! I'm definitely a corn fan, and onions, cheese and pepper fan so I'll go with your Mom's version! And I love easy recipes - looks like a hit to me!

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Joan..this looks really good. I love corn and this is a recipe I'll definitely try. Love you easy directions too! 5* and blessed by a SquidAngel!


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