Mexican Corn Salad

by Jennifer Wieland
Mexican Corn Salad - Elotes

Growing up in Chicago and being part of a Mexican family meant that I spent time in the Pilsen neighborhood, which is a predominantly Hispanic part of the city. Usually we were there to visit my great-aunt who would always have the best tamales ready to feed us with. While there my parents would hit the Mexican bakery across the street to buy a bunch of Conchas (Mexican sweet bread) for us to take home with us. Us kids, we would beg and plead for my parents to let us stop at one of the little bicycle carts that roamed the neighborhood selling everything from tamales, to paletas (Mexican popsicles), to elotes (Mexican corn on the cob). Since my auntie would fill us up with tamales we would usually end up with paletas if I got to pick or elotes if my sister did. My brother being younger just had no say.

Now though, I am older and I can make my own tamales and my auntie has moved to a different neighborhood so I rarely head into the Pilsen neighborhood anymore but when I do I still see the carts there and it reminds me of my childhood. Same thing happens for my sister but with her it’s funny because she loves Elotes so much that I have seen her head there while pregnant just to find a cart and buy some because a craving struck her. It has happened with every pregnancy I think and since she is pregnant right now I decided to make her some Mexican corn but with a twist. I made it into a Mexican corn salad and let me tell you it was so ridiculously good and one of the favorite foods served at our family Memorial Day BBQ. Now, if you have never had elotes then good God, it is a must try!

Mexican Corn Salad - Elotes

Mexican Corn Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp. + 7 tbsp. salted butter, melted
  2. 24 oz. frozen sweet corn
  3. 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  4. 1 carrot, diced
  5. 1/3 c. mayonnaise
  6. 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro
  7. 1/4 c. Cotija cheese
  8. juice of half a lime
  9. 1 tsp. paprika
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan melt 1 tbsp. of butter over medium-high heat and then toss in the corn, bell pepper and carrots. Make sure to get it into an even layer. Let it cook until the corn is cooked through and the other veggies are softened a bit. Then give it a stir and flatten again. Now cook until it some of it starts to brown a bit. Remove pan from heat then and pour the veggies into a serving bowl. Pour the 7 tbsp. of melted butter over the veggies and stir. Add the mayonnaise and stir until all of the veggies are evenly coated. Stir in half the cheese, the cilantro and the lime juice. Top with the remaining cheese and sprinkle with the paprika.
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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 4-20 so things are always crazy with everything from preschool, to autism, to college. She tries to bake, craft and blog her way through all of the craziness that life throws her way.

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30 Responses to “Mexican Corn Salad”

  1. Liz Mays says:

    That sounds so yummy! Can I substitute something for the mayo though? That doesn’t agree with me. I so want to try this!
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  2. Yum! I’d love to try this with fresh corn!
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  3. This sounds SO FREAKING GOOD and it has my stomach rumbling, lol!
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  4. Raijean says:

    That looks so good, I’m going to try to make this.
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  5. OH! That looks so good & refreshing!
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  6. This looks amazing, and I adore that kind of cheese. YUM!

  7. HilLesha says:

    That looks so amazing! I love Mexican food. :)

  8. That looks amazingly delicious. I’ll have to try it our our next Mexican night.
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  9. My this looks good. I’m adding it to my salad collection.
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  10. Robyn says:

    Oh yum! We have a family meal in a couple weeks and I am going to make this!
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  11. This will be perfect for our quick summer get togethers.
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  12. Courtney says:

    My husband is going to go crazy!! He is corn obsessed and I just got a bunch on sale – yum!

  13. Andrea Kruse says:

    Oh, that looks amazing! I wonder how it would be with fresh corn? We grow a lot on the farm and I am always looking for new recipes to use it with. Thanks.
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    • Fresh corn would work fine. I was just honestly, to lazy to cut all that corn off of the cob. Regular Mexican Corn is on the cob so it would be great. The cook time would be faster too since you aren’t starting with frozen.

  14. Shell Feis says:

    Ooh yum! I’d have to skip the cheese {lactose intolerant} but otherwise this looks delicious!
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  15. Beth says:

    I love to make corn salsa with leftover corn. The problem lately is that the kids have been eating the corn all up. I guess I need to just make some for salsa!
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  16. This looks delish & easier than mine :)
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  17. trisha says:

    I swear I could eat dinner on ONLY side dishes!!

  18. Ashley M says:

    Conchas are the best! The area of florida our vacation home is in has a strong mexican influence so I love taking advantage of all the delicious eats.

  19. This looks really yummy! I’ve never heard of cotija cheese. Where in the grocery store do you get it?
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  20. tammilee says:

    This looks fantastic. I have never made a corn salad before. It looks perfect for summer

  21. Amanda K says:

    That looks amazing, let alone the colors and the photography make me want to reach thru the screen and eat it!

  22. Carlee C says:

    That looks beautiful! Perfect for a summer dinner or picnic. This would also be great by the pool.
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  23. Grace Hodgin says:

    This looks like a great recipe and I love introducing new recipes to the family. It really looks yummy and am anxious to try it.
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  24. […] Mexican Corn Salad looks so amazing. It’s a fun play on Mexican street corn, one of my favorite summer […]

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