These Mexican Street Corn Tacos (Tacos with Corn) put a fun twist on elotes or grilled Mexican corn on the cob that’s slathered in a tangy cream sauce and sprinkled with chili powder. Plus, they come together in just 20 minutes!
I’m trying to remember back to the first time I tried Mexican Street Corn… I can’t recall exactly when it was, but I do know that I was instantly hooked! It’s grilled corn that’s slathered in a tangy cream sauce and sprinkled with chili powder, cotija cheese and fresh cilantro. Really, it’s hard for me to eat corn on the cob any other way now.
I even make my carrots street corn style now.
So, in an effort to get even more Mexican Street Corn into my life I came up with the idea of topping my tacos with a corn mixture that’s got all those same flavors going on. Instead of serving the corn on the cob, in the traditional method, I cut the kernels off and turned them into a corn salad of sorts – preserving all those same great flavors.
I wanted a creamy corn mixture, with a good amount of tang and a bit of heat, but I really wanted that fresh corn flavor to shine through too.
- Taco Seasoning
- Olive Oil
- Cotija Cheese (or Parmesan)
- Jalapeno – seeded for less heat
- Lime Juice
- Chili Powder
- Tortillas – for serving
- Cilantro (optional)
- Red Onion (optional)
Tip: How to Get Corn Off the Cob
Here’s a tip for getting those kernels off the cob.
First shuck your corn and then seek out that bundt pan that’s buried way in the back of your cupboard. Place the corn, stalk side down into the hole of the bundt pan and then cut around the cob. The kernels will fall right down into the pan and will make for much easier cleanup. You won’t have to be chasing those kernels all over the place.
How to Make Tacos with Corn
Pop those bright yellow kernels into a hot skillet with a bit of olive oil and let them get nice and charred – flipping them once while cooking.
Once they’re nice and charred, it’s time to dress them up. I used a tiny bit of mayonnaise (you could also use sour cream or Greek yogurt if you prefer), a good squeeze of lime juice, a bit of jalapeno for heat, garlic, chili powder, and a dash of cilantro at the end to add some freshness.
Let those flavors all mingle together while you prepare your chicken.
Using the same skillet for the corn, cook the chicken – less dishes are always appreciated, right? I thin sliced a couple of chicken breasts, seasoned them with a bit of taco seasoning (the kind you find in the packets), and added them to the hot skillet.
The chicken cooks up really quickly – just a few minutes on each side is all it should take.
After that, it’s time for the assembly process. I layered everything into some tortillas. Then, just pile on your chicken and the corn mixture.
I also added a bit of red onion at the end for a bit of extra color and crunch, but that step is totally optional.
Are you a fan of Mexican Street Corn? Have you tried any fun variations on this traditional side dish? Here’s a fun twist for a Mexican Street Corn Salad recipe.
What to Serve with Them
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- Instant Pot Mexican Rice
- Mexican Street Corn Salad
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- Instant Pot Black Beans
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- Southwest Salad
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Street Corn Tacos Recipe
Mexican Street Corn
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 ears corn (shucked, kernels removed)
- 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons cotija cheese (crumbled)
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/2 jalapeno (seeded and minced)
- 1 clove garlic (finely minced or grated)
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- Kosher salt (to taste)
Mexican Street Corn
- Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over high heat until shimmering. Add corn, season to taste with salt, and cook without moving until charred on one side, about 2 minutes. Toss corn, stir, and repeat until charred on second side, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a large bowl and clean skillet.
- Add mayonnaise, cheese, cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, lime juice, and chili powder and toss to combine. Season with salt to taste.
- Heat oil in the same skillet used for corn over medium-high heat. Add sliced chicken and sprinkle with taco seasoning. Stir to combine and sautee until fully cooked, about 5 minutes.
- Top tortillas with Mexican street corn and chicken and sprinkle with chopped red onions, if desired. Serve immediately.
This post was originally published in 2019. It was updated in 2023 to add new information. The tacos with corn recipe remains the same. Enjoy!