Mexican street corn casserole

mexican street corn casserole

June 21, 2022 7 Comments

This easy to make Mexican Street Corn Casserole is the perfect side dish to compliment any meal this summer.

Mexican street corn casserole

From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito

This Mexican Street Corn Casserole is such a phenomenal side dish.

Have you ever tried Mexican Street Corn or Elote as it’s better known as?

mexican street corn casserole

You know, that perfectly grilled corn on the cob served on a stick covered in mayonnaise, spices and cheese?

It’s a super popular food sold usually sold by street vendors in Mexico.

baked Mexican street corn casserole

Sometimes you’ll find it on the menu at a Mexican resturant too if you’re lucky.

Oh its just so good!

street corn casserole in baking dish

Now my recipe isn’t authentic by any means. This is just my version of it in casserole form.

Easier to feed a crowd that way for me.

street corn casserole with cilantro

One of my girlfriends gave me this recipe years ago and I’ve been making it ever since.

I know if you are give this Mexican Street Corn Casserole a try that you’ll love it, too.

Other Side Dishes

If you’re looking for some other super easy side dishes to make just like this one, here are some great ones.

crispy oven roasted potatoes

Can this mexican street corn casserole be made ahead?

Yes, this Mexican Street Corn Casserole can be made ahead.

mexican street corn casserole out of the oven

Just follow the instructions up to the baking part and pop it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it.

Do I have to use corn on the cob?

No you don’t have to use corn on the cob for this recipe.

You absolutely can use frozen corn, thawed. It will come out just fine. Use about 3 cups

fresh corn on the cob

I would avoid canned corn, though.

If you have to I guess it would work but just be aware that it will most likely throw the texture off and be a little more mushy then it should be.

Can this be made lighter?

Yes for sure. If you’re watching calories there are corners we can cut here.

Try using low fat mayo and sour cream. Low-fat cheese would work here, too.

mayonnaise on the shelf

Just keep in mind cutting calories often times mean cutting some flavor, too.

So if you want the full effect, use the regular stuff.

What cheese should I use?

Traditional elote uses Cotija cheese. If you’d like to use that, please do.

Like I said earlier, this recipe is not authentic. It’s just my version so I used cheddar.

block of cheddar cheese

Pick whatever cheese you’d like. I would just recommend shredding it yourself and not purchasing the pre shredded cheese in bag they sell at the grocery store.

different blocked cheeses

There’s all kinds of anti clumping chemicals in there that also prevents the cheese from melting well.

Shred it yourself, you’ll taste the difference for sure.

How can I spice this mexican street corn casserole up?

Spicing this up is easy!

Just add some extra chili powder or even diced Jalapeños to the mix and you’ll be good go!


Try some pepper jack cheese, too.

How much depends on your heat tolerance. Just start small and add more for more heat if you’d like.

What should I serve with mexican street corn casserole?

There are so many great main courses that this Mexican Street Corn Casserole would go great with.

Anything you can possibly throw on a grill at a BBQ would work.


Burgers, chicken, hot dogs and just about anything really.

You don’t need to grill something for this one though.

stove top stuffing meatloaf cover

I’ve served it as a side to meatloaf and many other main course proteins.

Choose whatever you’d like. It goes with so many things.

Mexican Street Corn Casserole Ingredients

mexican street corn ingredients
  • Corn on the cob
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Chili powder
  • Cilantro (optional)


First, using a knife or a kitchen tool, remove the corn from the cob and place it into a medium sized bowl.

removing corn from the cob

Next add the mayonnaise and sour cream.

sour cream

Now add the shredded cheese. Save a little for the top of the casserole later.

shredded cheese

Then add the salt, pepper, chili powder and garlic power.

seasoned corn

Now mix everything together until it’s evenly combined.

mixed mexican street corn

After that place it in a baking dish and smooth it until it’s evenly spread out.

street corn in baking dish

Add just a little more cheese to the top of the corn

shredded cheese going onto the corn

Next bake it at 375° for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the casserole is nice and bubbly.

oven set to 375

Finally add some shredded cilantro to the top when you’re done (optional) , let it cool slightly and enjoy!

Mexican Street Corn Casserole Recipe Video


This easy to make Mexican Street Corn Casserole is inspired by Elote and the perfect summer side dish.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: mexican street corn casserole, street corn, street corn casserole


  • 4-5 ears Corn on the cob
  • 1/4 cup Mayonaise
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbs Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbs Chili Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Cilantro, shredded (optional)


  • First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Carefully remove the corn from the cob using a knife or kitchen tool.
  • Add all of the ingredients to a medium sided bowl. Reserve about 1/4 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Stir everything together until its evenly combined and transfer it to a baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the cheddar cheese on top of the casserole and bake, uncovered, for about 20 min or unit the cheese is melted and the casserole is bubbling.
  • Let it cool slightly and add shredded cilantro to the top (optional). Serve warm
Tara Ippolito

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Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • Robert Cauttero June 21, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    If you use frozen corn, how much?

  • Jennifer Z June 22, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Could you add anything else to the did to “jazz” it up? Like cilantro or a can of green diced chillies?

    • Al Dente Diva June 22, 2022 at 4:15 pm

      Heyyyy yes absolutely. Try chili’s or jalapeños for sure. Cilantro works well here too. Btw I love that you said jazz it up ☺️

  • Jessica July 12, 2022 at 3:05 am

    What would be a good main dish for this

    • Al Dente Diva July 17, 2022 at 4:39 pm

      Hi! I have some suggestions in the blog post but I have a great bbq chicken recipe for bbq chicken that would be great

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