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Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

This easy Mexican Street Corn Pasta salad recipe is the best summer side dish to bring to a BBQ or party. It’s packed with sweet corn kernels and dressed in a creamy sour cream and mayo based dressing with a hint of chili and a splash of lime. Can easily be made ahead of time.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Sides
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: mexican corn pasta salad, mexican macaroni salad, Mexican pasta salad with corn, mexican street corn macaroni salad, mexican street corn pasta salad
Servings: 10 -12 servings
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Valerie Skinner | Thyme and JOY


  • 1.5 cups Corn Kernels can be from frozen
  • 12 oz Rotini Pasta
  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Red Onion small dice
  • ¼ cup Fresh Cilantro chopped
  • 1 Lime juiced
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • ½ cup Cotija Cheese crumbled
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper


  • Prepare The Corn: If you’re using ears of corn, grill them over medium high heat for a few minutes on each side until slightly charred. Once cooled, use a knife to shave off the corn kernels. If you’re using frozen corn kernels, heat up as directed on the package. 
  • Cook The Pasta: Cook pasta according to instructions on the box. Make sure the pasta is al dente meaning it’s slightly under cooked. This will hold up better in pasta salad. You can achieve this by subtracting 2-3 minutes of cooking time and running it under cold water to stop the cooking process once it’s finished. 
  • Make The Creamy Pasta Salad Sauce: In a large bowl, add in mayo, sour cream, chili powder, lime juice, salt, pepper and garlic powder, whisk until everything is fully combined. 
  • Toss It All Together: To the bowl with the sauce, add in corn, cooled pasta, diced red onion and cilantro. Toss everything together until fully combined top with crumbled Mexican cheese.


See blog post for important recipe tips and variations!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 236mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g