Street Corn Pasta Salad

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Experience the fusion of elote and pasta salad in this delicious Mexican street corn pasta salad, packed with flavor and veggies to share with friends and family.

If you’re a fan of Mexican Street Corn Salad, you’ll fall in love with our Street Corn Pasta Salad! Loaded with corn, cilantro, cotija cheese, bell pepper, noodles, and a blend of tasty spices.

This Mexican-inspired street corn salad combines the best of pasta salad and elote. Together, they create an amazing Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad recipe perfect for any party or get-together.

Street Corn Pasta Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Salad
Servings 8


  • 16 oz. dried pasta such as conchiglie noodles
  • 1/2 cup reserved starchy pasta water
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 cups frozen corn canned or fresh corn works too
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1.5 teaspoons flaked sea salt separated
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt any % fat works
  • 1/3 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
  • 1/2 medium red onion minced
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro roughly chopped


  • Boil a large pot of salted water. Cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of starchy pasta water, then strain pasta and set aside.
  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add corn to the skillet with garlic. Sprinkle chili powder, cumin, paprika, pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt over the corn. Cook until corn browns (about 10 minutes), tossing periodically.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, sour cream, and 1/4 cup of starchy pasta water. Add remaining salt, cotija, lime juice, lime zest, and salsa. Stir to combine.
  • Add pasta to the sauce, then add cooked corn, red pepper, and onion. Toss until coated. Add more starchy pasta water if needed.
  • Add cilantro to the pasta salad and toss. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • If sauce is too thick, add more pasta water until desired consistency.
  • Recipe works with frozen or fresh corn.
  • Choose salsa based on preferred sauce flavor.

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