street corn salsa

Street Corn Salsa

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Street Corn Salsa is a undeniably delicious Mexican street dish that you can craft in your own kitchen. Roasted corn, fresh vegetables, and crumbly cotija cheese come together in a southwestern-inspired side that you will crave over and over again.

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Love of salsa

I love Mexican food, especially the salsas. Guacamole, salsa verde, fresh tomato salsa, pineapple salsa, and my new favorite: street corn salsa.

Street corn salsa is my guilty pleasure with its roasted corn and amazing crumbly cotija cheese. It’s great by itself, on salads, on tacos, and more.

what is street corn?

mexican street corn

Mexican street corn (elote) is a wildly popular food found at street vendors across Mexico.

It’s made its way to the US and if you’re lucky, you can find this irresistible snack at a local food truck.

mexican street corn salsa

Street corn is often served on a stick and on the cob. This salsa recipe takes the corn off the cob for an exciting dip to eat with chips!

how to: roast corn

roast corn

Roast a can of corn or fresh corn and butter in a pan over medium high heat. This step is essential to increase the flavoring of the corn by cooking it just slightly. Yummy smells of sweet corn will waft through your house!

street corn salsa

The edges of the corn will start to brown slightly and will be done after about 10 minutes.

how to: prep ingredients

chopped vegetables

Prepare the remaining vegetables for the salsa as the corn cooks. Dice red onion, jalapenos, and garlic, and chop the cilantro.

Gather spices to create a Mexican spice mix: cumin, chili powder, oregano, and a little salt.

Squeeze a fresh lime if using.

cotija cheese

Crumble some delicious cotija cheese and try to save some for the salsa 😉

Slice an avocado and stir swiftly in a small bowl until smooth.

How to: Make street Corn Salsa

street corn roasted garlic

After 5 minutes of roasting, add seasoning and garlic to the corn and continue cooking 5 minutes.

In a medium sized bowl add corn, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, and toss. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Add the creamy avocado and stir well.

street corn salsa

Top with delicious crumbly cotija cheese and enjoy!

street corn salsa

Street Corn Salsa

A unique take on mexican street corn shucked from the cub and tossed as a salsa.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: corn, dip, mexican street corn, salsa, street


  • 1 15 oz can corn preferably sweet
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup red onion diced
  • 2 jalapenos diced
  • 3 cloves garlic diced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 dash salt optional
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 avocado creamed/whipped
  • crumbled cotija cheese use as desired


  • Melt butter over medium heat and saute corn.
  • After 5 minutes of cooking add garlic, cumin, chili powder, oregano, and salt to the corn. Continue cooking 5 minutes, for a total of 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • In a medium-sized bowl toss corn mixture, red onions, jalapenos, cilantro, and lime juice. Mix in avocado until cover with cotija cheese.
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6 thoughts on “Street Corn Salsa”

  1. I love street corn!! I make esquites all the time these days. Salsa is soooo good!!! I like that you combined the two elements. Oooh these ingredients are great with putting together the street corn salsa. I need to give it a try! I use Trader Joe’s everything but the elote seasoning.

    Nancy ♥

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