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Bowl of Street Corn Salsa with Tortilla Chips

Mexican Street Corn Salsa

  • Author: Emily Wilson
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Charred corn kernels, crumbly cheese, creamy mayo and sour cream with jalapeno and lime makes a side dish or snack bowl everyone will love.


  • 3 corn cobs (about 3 cups of kernels)
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/16 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and diced small
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2/3 cup queso
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Sear the corn in a medium saute pan over medium-high heat, or on an outdoor grill.  Simply rotate the cobs as the kernels begin to char and continue rotating until the corn feels adequately blackened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool until easy to handle.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, freshly squeezed lime juice, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cumin and cayenne pepper.  Fold in the diced jalapeno, chopped cilantro and crumbled queso.
  3. Stand corn cobs upright on a cutting board (you can also stand the cobs upright in the bottom of a large, wide bowl to help catch the kernels) and shave your knife down the sides to release the kernels.  Before adding them to the mayonnaise mixture, make sure they are completely cool. Toss them in the fridge for a few minutes to help speed up the process.
  4. Add the cooled corn kernels to the mayo mixture and stir to combine well.  Season with salt and pepper to taste, then scoop onto plates or serve with corn chips for snacking.


This recipe was originally written in summer during the heyday of corn season. If you aren’t making this when fresh corn tastes best, feel free to substitute frozen corn kernels instead.