Love the taste of elote but hate the dripping messiness? This delicious Mexican Street Corn Casserole is an easy-to-make twist on traditional elote. It’s creamy and zesty with a bit of spiciness.The flavor combination always has everyone asking for more. And it’s a LOT less messy than elote which is great because even your kids are going to love this dish!

Wooden spoonful of street corn casserole in a baking dish.

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Mexican Street Corn Casserole

This Mexican Corn Casserole is a super simple recipe modeled on traditional esquites. It’s all the deliciousness of elote with none of the mess. And if you have a 5-year old who loves elote too, you know exactly what kind of mess I’m talking about. And it’s so delicious and never disappoints! Everyone I make it for raves about this corn casserole. Oh!, And with Mexican corn casserole there’s no corn husking involved!

This traditional Mexican street food can be made with fresh, canned, or frozen corn. An easy recipe for weeknights, the process is mostly hands-off. It only takes 10 minutes to prep and the recipe makes a lot. Which is good because everyone always wants seconds of this. Seriously, my whole family devours this casserole every time I make it. Make this corn casserole and make delicious simple again.

Why you’ll love this Mexican Corn Casserole Recipe

You’re going to love this easy casserole inspired by Mexican street corn for a few reasons: 

  • This casserole is a fabulous side dish for Taco Tuesday or anytime you’re making Mexican food at home. 
  • With only a handful of simple ingredients, it’s easy to make in one dish. 
  • It’s creamy, full of flavor, and a totally delicious casserole.
  • It’s a fun way to have your favorite street food at home with the whole family!

What is elote?

Also known as traditional Mexican street corn, elote is a popular street food. It typically consists of charred, grilled corn on the cob that’s covered in a creamy and sometimes a little bit of spicy hot sauce, and sprinkled with herbs and spices. 

Meaning “corn cob” in Spanish, elote is served still on the cob. When taken off the cob, mixed with the other ingredients, and served in a cup, it’s called esquites. 

As such, you could also call this corn casserole Esquites Casserole! 

Mexican Corn Casserole Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to stock up on to make this easy Mexican corn casserole: 

  • mayonnaise – I suggest using regular mayonnaise instead of light, but use what you have on hand.
  • sour cream – Like mayonnaise, it’s better to use full fat instead of light sour cream.
  • chili powder
  • garlic powder
  • ground cumin
  • salt
  • frozen corn – Yellow corn and white corn will both work. You can also use fresh or canned corn. If using canned corn, be sure to drain it completely to avoid a soggy casserole. While cream style corn is delicious, I would pass on adding that in here.
  • cotija cheese – Use queso fresco cheese for a more traditional substitute. Feta cheese could also work in a pinch.
  • fresh cilantro
  • limes –You’ll need the zest and the juice, so I don’t recommend using bottled lime juice. 
Ingredients needed to make Mexican corn casserole.

Mexican street corn seasoning

Elote typically contains a spice mix of chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and salt. 

Tajín, which is chili lime seasoning, is another popular topping for elote. 

The grocery chain Trader Joe’s sells its own Everything but the Elote Seasoning, which includes cane sugar, salt, corn flour, parmesan cheese, chipotle powder, dried cilantro, and cumin, plus other flavorings and preservatives. 

The Spice Lab also makes a great blend.

How to make Mexican Corn Casserole

To make this Elote Casserole, here’s what to do, step by step: 

  1. The first thing to do is thaw the corn. This is an important step or your casserole might be soggy! Here’s a tutorial on thawing frozen corn if you are in a hurry. Be sure to drain any extra water that might come off.
  2. Then, preheat the oven to 350°F. Get out a 9×13-inch baking dish and set it aside. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine the mayo, sour cream, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt, lime zest, and lime juice. Stir until everything is well mixed. 
  4. Next, fold in the corn and cotija cheese until evenly coated and distributed.
  5. Then pour the corn mixture into the baking dish and pop it in the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  6. Before serving, you can top it with additional seasonings, cotija cheese, and chopped fresh cilantro if desired. 

Elote Casserole Substitutions & Variations

This casserole can be customized any way you like. While not exactly the traditional elote, a few fun ways to change it up include:

  • Sprinkling green onions on top
  • Adding in jalapeno pepper
  • Make it even creamier with some cream cheese in the sour cream/mayo mix
  • Use ancho chili powder in place of standard chili powder
  • Add in cheddar cheese or Mexican blend cheese to make it extra cheesy
  • Sprinkle in some black pepper
  • Add in red pepper flakes for extra spice
  • Add in roasted green chiles or extra chili powder to add a little heat

How to make this recipe work for the whole family

For picky eaters, leave the cilantro on the side if anyone in your family has the cilantro soap gene!

Mexican Corn Casserole Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • It’s important that the corn is fully thawed before you cook with it. If not, it can cause the casserole to be watery. 
  • Make sure your spices aren’t expired. It’s a good idea to check them at least once a year! 
  • If you want to make this into a one-dish meal, you can add some cooked lean ground beef that’s been seasoned with taco seasoning for a full meal.
Baking dish mexican street corn casserole with a lime wedge on top.

How to store this Mexican Street Corn Casserole Recipe

To store leftover street corn casserole, allow it to first come to room temperature. Once it has cooled completely, place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for 3-4 days.

Mexican Street Corn Casserole FAQs

Why is my corn casserole runny? 

If you made a corn casserole with frozen corn or undrained canned corn, you should have thawed the corn first. Skipping this step will result in a watery casserole. 

What goes good with Mexican street corn?

Mexican street corn can be enjoyed with other Mexican foods like tacos, enchiladas 

What powder do they use for elotes?

The seasoning for elote typically contains a spice mix of chili powder, garlic powder, cumin and salt. Chili lime seasoning is another popular topping for elote. You can also sometimes find pre-mixed elote seasoning at specialty grocery stores. 

What’s the difference between elote and street corn?

“Street corn” is the English name for the Mexican corn-on-the-cob dish known as “elote.”

Is corn casserole supposed to be wet?

Because of the water content of corn, corn casserole does have a wet quality. However, corn casserole shouldn’t be watery and soggy. Using unthawed frozen corn or undrained canned corn can cause this. 

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Elote Casserole

5 from 1 vote
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 40 minutes
Servings: 8
This creamy and delicious Mexican Street Corn Casserole is a great side dish for Taco Tuesday. It’s an easy-to-make twist on traditional elote, and less messy too! It's an easy recipe for busy weeknights.



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the mayo, sour cream, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt, lime zest, and lime juice. Mix to combine well.
  • Add the corn and cotija cheese to the mix and stir to combine.
  • Pour the corn mixture into a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Top with additional seasonings, cotija cheese, and cilantro if desired.



  • It’s important that the corn is fully thawed. If not, it can cause the casserole to be watery.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 215kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 453mg, Potassium: 371mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 260IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 132mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

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