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A plate of macaroni noodles and corn.

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

This Mexican street corn salad starts with cooked macaroni and charred corn and gets big flavor from the jalapeno, sour cream, chili powder, and lime.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword pasta salad, summer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 237kcal


  • 1 pound macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 ears corn on the cob husks removed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  • Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Drain and add to a large mixing bowl.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over high heat and add the butter. 
  • Once butter is melted add the corn and char the outsides, turning as needed, about 10 minutes.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the corn from the cob. Add the corn to the bowl of macaroni.
  • Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, jalapeno, chili powder, cumin and salt. Squeeze the lime over the mixture. Stir to combine. 
  • Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until salad is cold.
  • Add the crumbled queso fresco and cilantro to the bowl and stir well. 
  • Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. 
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 4.7mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 0.8mg