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Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad in a white bowl with a serving spoon.
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Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad - this easy to make pasta salad recipe is loaded with flavor! Charred corn and pasta are tossed in a creamy chili-lime dressing and topped with cotija cheese and crispy bacon!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Mexican Pasta Salad, Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad, Pasta Salad Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 269kcal


For the Chili Lime Dressing

For the Pasta Salad


TO PREPARE THE CORN (fresh or frozen)

    METHOD #1: In a Cast Iron Skillet or Regular Skillet (frozen corn)

    • Heat a 1 inch cast iron skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add the corn kernels in a single layer and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Stir and cook until the corn is charred. You may have to repeat this process until all the corn is nicely charred.

    METHOD #2: On a grill (corn on the cob)

    • Shuck and clean the corn. You don't have to worry about removing every piece of silk as it will burn on the grill.
      Heat your grill to medium heat. Place the corn directly on the grill. Grill turning occasionally for about 10 minutes or until charred and cooked through.

    To Make the Chili-Lime Dressing

    • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, minced garlic, lime zest and juice, chili powder and cayenne (if using). Whisk until well combined. 

    Make the Pasta Salad

    • In a large bowl, mix the charred corn, the cooked pasta, green onions, jalapeño, cilantro and cheese. 
    • Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the corn/pasta mixture and toss well. Add the bacon and mix together. Season with salt and ground black pepper to taste. Serve immediately or refrigerate to serve later.



    • Two cups of cooked pasta is about 2 ounces of dried pasta
    • Place the salad in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.
    • Nutrition facts includes the bacon however, all nutrition facts are an estimate and will vary depending on brands of ingredients used.


    Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 96mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 0.7mg