Slightly charred sweetcorn with a subtle chilli kick and freshness from the lime juice. This Mexican Sweetcorn Salad makes a perfect side dish and is so easy and tasty.
Sweetcorn is very underrated!
Sweetcorn or corn, is very underrated in my opinion!
I have loved it for as long as I can remember. I used to come home from school as a child and as a treat eat a small tin of sweetcorn straight from the tin.
But I am a bit fussy – something you will know if you have followed my blog for a while. I am loyal to a particular brand of sweetcorn. For me it has to be Green Giant sweetcorn with salt and sugar.
I am not usual loyal to brands, but I have tried other and nothing can compare!
Inspired by a Mexican classic – Elotes.
Elotes are a classic Mexican street food. They are corn on the cob charred on the grill and then spread with mayonnaise, chilli and cheese.
It is a popular snack sold by street vendors on the streets of Mexico and at festivals.
I have taken the flavours from elotes and made my own twist using tinned sweetcorn.
Which type of sweetcorn should I use for this Mexican Sweetcorn Salad?
Although I prefer and will always use my favourite brand of tinned sweetcorn, you can use whatever you like.
Frozen sweetcorn is another option that is just as easy as using tinned corn. You could leave it in the fridge or run it under cold water to defrost it if you would like.
Otherwise you could add it straight to the pan. Just make sure it is piping hot all the way through.
You could also use fresh corn. I would recommend using a knife to cut the corn kernels off the cob. Unless you are going to make this recipe more in the style of Elotes.
What can I use if I don’t have ancho chilli powder?
If you like Mexican food, I would recommend buying some ancho chilli powder. It is only of my favourite chilli powders and I have a lot of recipes that I use it in.
However if you don’t have any, you can use any chilli powder that you have. I would always recommend adding a small amount and then tweaking. You can always add but you can’t take away remember!
Can I use bottled lime juice?
Freshly squeezed lime juice would always be my preference. However if you don’t have fresh limes to hand you can use bottled lime juice.
Adapt the recipe to your tastes
The beauty of this recipe is that you can taste and tweak it as you go.
I like a strong taste of garlic and a hit of chilli, but you might prefer less. I would always recommend starting off with a small amount and adding more.
You can then try it and see if you would like to add some more garlic or chilli.
Mexican Sweetcorn Salad cooking tips
When cooking the sweetcorn, you are looking to get some real colour on it.
Don’t be alarmed when the sweetcorn starts getting charred and black. This is what you want! It will give you such a lovely flavour to the finished salad.
Once you have got a nice colour on the sweetcorn, let it cool in a bowl for a few minutes before adding the mayonnaise and other ingredients.
How many people does this Mexican Sweetcorn Salad serve?
Well that depends how much people like it! The recipe should feed 6 people, but if in doubt I would recommend making more!
Mr Curly and I can quite happily eat half of this between the two of us. It is one of our favourite side dishes!
That is why the recipe below is a larger portion because you will be surprised at how quickly it all gets eaten!
How long can leftovers be kept?
If you do have some leftovers, keep it in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge.
I would recommend adding more sprinkled feta onto it when you are going to eat it again.
What can I serve this Mexican Sweetcorn Salad with?
So many things!
If you follow my blog, you will see this Mexican Sweetcorn Salad cropping up in the background quite a lot!
It is such a great side dish to eat with a number of meals and makes a fantastic side dish for any BBQ. It would be delicious with my Ancho Chilli Chicken, Garlic & Lime Chicken Thighs or Ultimate Bacon Cheese Burgers.
This salad is also the perfect accompaniment to tacos, like my Pasilla Pork Tacos.
Now if that hasn’t provided you with enough delicious ways to enjoy this salad than I don’t know what will!
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Mexican Sweetcorn Salad
Slightly charred sweetcorn with a subtle chile kick and freshness from the lime juice. This Mexican Sweetcorn Salad makes a perfect side dish and is so easy and tasty.
- 680 g sweetcorn (2 large tins) drained
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp mayonnaise light
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ¼ tsp ancho chilli powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 30 g feta
Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the sweetcorn and let it cook until it starts to char making sure you stir it occasionally
In a bowl mix together the mayonnaise, lime juice, garlic, chile powder and salt
When the sweetcorn is nicely charred, let is cool for a couple of minutes before adding to the mayonnaise mix
Finish by sprinkling the feta on top
Keep in the fridge for 2-3 days
Nutritional information is given as a guide only and my vary.