Mexican Crazy Corn Salad

Crazy Corn Salad

This crazy corn salad is inspired by the Mexican corn salad called esquites. Esquites is a play on Mexican street corn called elote. Elote is made by boiling or grilling corn on the cob, sometimes with the herb epazote, slathering it with butter and mayonnaise then rolling it in cheese like Cotija or Parmesan and sprinkling it with chile powder and a squeeze of lime. Crazy.

All my life I’ve only known one way to eat corn. . .smeared with butter, salt and pepper.

This is my version with fresh corn off the cob, mayonnaise, lime, chili powder and avocado, my personal stamp on things. I was tempted to add more ingredients but ended up keeping it simple. It’s a salad you can build on but don’t need to because it’s pretty close to perfect as is.

There are so many different ways you can cook the corn. If you’re using fresh corn on the cob grilling it will add another layer of flavor to the salad. You can also cut it off the cob or use frozen corn and a cast iron frying pan to get a little char on it. That’s what I did although the charring was light. I was impatient. You can also roast the corn in your oven or even broil it to get some color on it. Or you can just skip charring it altogether. I cross my heart it will still be exceptionally good.

By exceptionally good I mean the most addictive and moreish corn you will ever eat!

All in one single bite you get the salty cheese, the smokiness of the chile powder with the richness of the mayo and the buttery avocado plus the bite of the lime juice all wrapped around succulent, sweet corn.

You can serve this chilled or at room temperature and even warm if you must. And you must.

You absolutely must eat it. Once you do you’ll never look at corn the same way again.

Cross my heart and pinky swear.

Mexican Crazy Corn Salad

Mexican Crazy Corn Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 6 servings as a side

Mexican Crazy Corn Salad

A Mexican inspired salad with fresh corn off the cob, mayonnaise, lime, chili powder and avocado.


4 - 5 cups of cooked, cooled corn (I recommend fresh corn cut from the cob but any will type will work)
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1 ripe avocado, diced small
1/4 cup mayonnaise
the juice of 1 lime, plus a second lime cut up for serving
1 teaspoon chili powder (like this )
salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large mixing bowl toss the corn, cheese and avocado together.
  2. In a small bowl whisk the mayo, lime and chile powder together. Gently mix it into the corn until evenly combined.
  3. Season to taste with lots of salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature or chilled with lime wedges.


Inspired by Patti Jinich

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  1. Kim says

    My husband and I first had elote while on vacation in San Fran. We started with one ear and then went back for more! The flavors should be illegal. This bowl of corn salad would be devoured at my house!

  2. Mary Frances says

    You know I love crazy! Although grilled corn on the cob is pretty uh-mazing, this salad has me hook, line, and sinker. I am a major Mexican food gal, so this is straight up my alley! The lime is my favorite part :)

  3. Joanne says

    As if elote wasn’t crazy awesome enough, you go and make a whole bowl of it! I would have serious problems not eating up the whole thing!

  4. BeadedTail says

    Crazy or not it looks delicious! Corn on the cob is one of the best things of summer so thanks for another way to enjoy it!

    Moon, hope you and your mom are enjoying a lovely holiday weekend!

  5. Doris says

    Happy Memorial Day Reeni!
    I surely wish I had seen this recipe for today’s barbecue—sounds just scrumptious. I do have the corn but will make the regular way—but I will try this for sure.
    I hope you and yours celebrate in style and let us remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for no thanks can be enough. God bless our service men and women!! XOX

    • Reeni says

      Happy Memorial Day Doris! Hope you’re having a great one! This corn is really yummy – hope you get a chance to try it! Have a good week and thanks for stopping by! Hope you are well. xoxo

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