Mexican Street Corn Coleslaw


Explore the vibrant and flavorful world of Mexican Street Corn Coleslaw, a delightful fusion of classic coleslaw and traditional Mexican street corn. This dish brings together the creamy, tangy, and spicy elements of Elote with the crunchy freshness of coleslaw, making it a perfect side for summer BBQs and family gatherings.

Mexican Street Corn Coleslaw


For the Coleslaw:
4 cups shredded cabbage (green or purple)
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped red onion
For the Mexican Street Corn Topping:
2 cups corn kernels (fresh, canned, or frozen)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream or Greek yogurt
1/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese (or feta cheese)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 clove garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and black pepper to taste
Optional Garnish:
Additional crumbled cotija cheese
Chopped fresh cilantro
Lime wedges


In a large mixing bowl, combine shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, chopped cilantro, and chopped red onion. Toss to combine and set aside.
In a skillet over medium-high heat, add corn kernels and cook until they are lightly charred, stirring occasionally, about 5-7 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream or Greek yogurt, crumbled cotija cheese, chili powder, smoked paprika, minced garlic, lime juice, salt, and black pepper. Mix until well combined.
Add the charred corn kernels to the bowl with the dressing mixture. Stir until the corn is evenly coated with the dressing.
Pour the Mexican street corn topping over the coleslaw mixture in the large mixing bowl. Toss until the coleslaw is evenly coated with the street corn topping.
Taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt, pepper, or lime juice if needed.
Optional: Garnish with additional crumbled cotija cheese, chopped fresh cilantro, and lime wedges before serving.
Serve chilled.
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes | Kcal: 180 kcal | Servings: 6 servings

Serving Suggestions and Pairings

Mexican Street Corn Coleslaw is incredibly versatile, making it an excellent addition to various meals:

  • Serve as a standalone side dish at picnics and potlucks.
  • Pair with grilled meats or other Mexican-inspired dishes for a cohesive meal.

Storage and Make-Ahead Tips

This coleslaw is not only tasty but also practical for make-ahead situations:

  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it can stay fresh for up to three days.
  • The flavors actually deepen over time, making it a great option for preparing ahead of busy events.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Mayonnaise Substitute: Can I use something other than mayonnaise? Yes, options like sour cream or vegan mayonnaise work well.
  • Cheese Choices: What’s the difference between cotija and queso fresco? Cotija is drier and sharper, while queso fresco is softer and milder.
  • Spice Adjustments: Is this coleslaw spicy? It can be adjusted by the amount of jalapeño used, or substituted with bell peppers for a milder version.

By incorporating these elements into your cooking, you can create a Mexican Street Corn Coleslaw that is both delicious and visually appealing, perfect for any summer feast.

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