My Mexican Street Corn Potato Salad recipe borrows the incredible flavors of elote, complete with the creamy sauce, fresh lime, cilantro, and crumbly cotija cheese ~ it’s perfect for your next potluck or backyard barbecue.
Mexican street corn meets grandma’s potato salad
Mexican street corn is corn on the cob that’s been grilled, then slathered in mayo, and topped with chili, crema sauce, and crumbly cotija cheese ~ lime and cilantro make the flavors pop. I’ve already used this irresistible combo in my Mexican street corn salad, and today I’m having some fun with everybody’s favorite potluck classic. Why settle for the same old same old when you can celebrate with this south of the border inspired recipe.
Ingredients for Mexican Street Corn Potato Salad
- new potatoes
- red onion
- jalapeño pepper
- black olives
- chipotle chile pepper powder ~ this is spicy, so substitute regular chili powder if you like less heat.
- crumbled cojita cheese ~ substitute feta or shredded Monterey Jack.
- sour cream or Mexican crema
- fresh lime
- shredded lettuce
TIP: add the mayo while the potatoes are steaming hot!
Making this salad starts like any other great potato salad, with tender new potatoes tossed with creamy mayo while they’re still steaming hot. I blend in some lime juice and smokey chipotle chili pepper with the mayo to start infusing the street corn vibe right from the beginning. The hot potatoes will absorb all those amazing flavors.
The easiest way to cook corn for salads
- Place an ear of corn, still in its husk, right into the microwave and cook for 3 minutes. If you do more than one ear at a time, you’ll need a little longer, depending on how you like your corn done.
- Peel away the husk under cold running water. The husk and silk will slide right off.
- Remove the kernels with a small sharp knife. I like to stand the ear in a large bowl to catch the kernels.
How to grill corn in the broiler
If you want to go a step further with this salad you can grill the corn, either on an outdoor grill, or right in your oven’s broiler.
- Shuck the corn, and brush with olive oil or melted butter.
- Place on a baking sheet and place 6 inches under the broiler flame.
- Cook for 10 minutes, turning often.
- Let cool and then slice off the kernels with a small sharp knife.
perfect salads for potlucks ~
- Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad
- Mediterranean Bean Salad
- Sour Cream and Onion Potato Salad
- Corn and Cucumber Salad
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Mexican Street Corn Potato Salad
- 1 lb small thin-skinned potatoes, skin on
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise, (I used a heaping 1/4 cup)
- 3 Tbsp lime juice, divided
- 1/2 tsp chipotle chile powder
- salt and fresh ground black pepper , to taste
- 1/2 cup sliced black olives
- 2 ears cooked or grilled corn, kernels removed
- 1/4 cup minced red onion
- 1 jalapeño or Serrano pepper, minced
- 1/2 small head iceberg lettuce, thinly shredded
- fresh cilantro leaves
- crumbled Cojita cheese
- 1 lime, cut in wedges
- 1/4 cup sour cream, or Mexican crema
- Boil the potatoes in salted water until they are just tender. Drain and rinse briefly in cold water. Cut them in bite sized chunks and put them in a bowl.
- Mix together the mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of the lime juice, chipotle chile pepper, and salt to taste. Taste and add a little more lime juice if you like. Pour the dressing over the still hot potatoes and toss to coat them evenly. Mix in the olives, corn, and hot peppers. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and chill for at least 2 hours.
- Arrange the shredded lettuce on a platter or large shallow salad bowl. Top with the potato salad, and then garnish with cilantro, more chipotle pepper, crumbled cojita cheese, and lime wedges.
- Thin the sour cream with a tablespoon or 2 of lime juice and drizzle over the salad just before serving.
Questions and Reviews
This was an amazing recipe! I was searching through so many but none of them looked quite like I was wanting. I made two modifications based on what I had on hand. I used half taco seasoning and half smoked paprika in place of the chili seasoning. I use roasted green chilies in place of the jalapeño.
I ended up not adding extra cheese or mayo after the initial mayo that I added, because I just didn’t think it needed it (and was trying to make it a bit lighter). I’m sure more would have been delicious though!
This was a fabulous salad – made for the first time for friends who are vegetarian. I also served your 7 bean with
chimichurri dressing (also great – tangy and flavorful) they compliment each other well. The potato salad is rich and smokey with those charred but still crisp and sweet corn kernels coming through. Just delicious! I love my grandmothers’ potato salads – one Danish style and the other Austrian style, but this is a fine departure. Potatoes are terrific at playing different roles! I served the 2 salads with a rustic blue corn bread – a perfect dinner combination. Thank you Sue!
I can’t wait to try this – we love elote, and make it frequently! I also wanted to tell you that I really appreciate the new feature to adjust the number of servings – pretty fantastic!
Sue you hit the nail squarely on the head with this one. With farmers markets open again, I can get the corn Saturday. Until then, I’ll just salivate thinking of this one.
I can’t WAIT to get back to a farmers market…enjoy Phyllis!
I know this could be the greatest hit at the BBQ with friends, when the time is right, because of lockdown. But I am going to make it for myself. Be safe