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5 from 15 votes

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

Mexican street corn pasta salad is a fusion between elote and pasta salad to give you a flavorful, veggie-filled pasta salad to share.
Prep 20 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 35 minutes
Fat 11
Carbs 87
Protein 19
Yield 8


  • 16 oz. dried pasta we used conchiglie noodles
  • ½ cup reserved starchy pasta water
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 cups frozen corn canned corn or fresh corn cut off the cob work too
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1.5 teaspoons flaked sea salt separated
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt any % fat works
  • cup sour cream
  • 4- oz. Cotija cheese crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Zest from 1 small lime
  • 3 tablespoons salsa
  • 1 large red bell pepper matchstick or chopped
  • ½ medium red onion minced
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro roughly chopped


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook the pasta until al dente. Remove ½ cup of starchy pasta water from the pot and set aside for later. Strain the pasta and set it aside for later.
  • Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium/large heat. Add avocado oil to the skillet. When the avocado oil is fragrant and hot, add the minced garlic to the skillet. Let the garlic sauté for 1 minutes.
  • Add the corn to the skillet and toss with the garlic. Sprinkle the chili powder, cumin, paprika, pepper and 1 teaspoon salt over the corn and toss. Cook the corn until it begins to brown (about 10 minutes). Be sure to toss the corn periodically so it does not burn on the bottom of the pan. Remove the skillet from heat and let cool briefly.
    corn in frying pan.
  • Once the corn has cool a bit, add the Greek yogurt, sour cream and ¼ cup of the starchy pasta water to a large bowl and whisk them together. Add the remaining salt, cotija, lime juice, lime zest, and salsa and stir to combine.
    sauce in bowl.
  • Add the pasta to the sauce and toss and then add the cooked corn, red pepper, and onion to the pasta. Toss again until all of the ingredients are coated. If you want it a bit saucier, you can add a little bit more starchy pasta water.
    pasta salad in skillet.
  • Finally, add the cilantro to the pasta salad and toss one last time. Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy.

Tips & Notes

  • If the pasta salad sauce is still too thick after adding ¼ cup of the pasta water, add another 1-2 tablespoons until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • We used frozen corn but we have tested this with fresh corn, too.
  • The flavor of the sauce will determine what kind of salsa you use.

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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 11g | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g