When you're craving the sweet, smokey and tangy flavors of hot off the grill Mexican Grilled Corn but you are either, a) without a grill b) have a large crowd to feed or c) just need a big bowl of deliciousness that you can shovel into your mouth as fast as possible, this dish is for you!
This was a special request for two parties we attended recently. Actually, one where I was the host and others were bringing big pots of pulled pork, BBQ chicken, coleslaw and finger sandwiches and once for Father's Day cookout at my dad's. I think I mastered it the second time around. You have to let the lime juice and spices really soak into the other ingredients and add the salty Cotija cheese just before serving so it doesn't get soggy. No on likes soggy cheese.
Honestly, I'm looking for any excuse to make this Mexican Street Corn Salsa again (and again....).
It's SO crazy simple to throw together, no cooking required and the flavors are pretty much my idea of Heaven. Sweet, summer corn, lime juice, cilantro, peppers and onion and of course salty Cotija cheese which if you've never tried I implore you to get your hands on some. All tossed together in a creamy dressing just begging to be paired with grilled chicken, fish, hamburgers or ribs.
I'm thinking this will be front and center on our family's table for the Fourth of July!!!
TIME 10 MINUTES SERVES 6-8
4 cups frozen sweet corn, thawed
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 small red onion, minced
1 cup (large handful) cilantro, chopped
10 oz. Cotija Cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Mexican Creme OR sour cream
3 limes, juiced
2 teaspoons Mexican chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)
1 teaspoon cumin
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Rinse corn in a colander under cool water, let drain. Add corn and the remaining ingredients EXCEPT Cotija cheese in a large bowl and toss well to combine.
Chill at least 2 hours and up to 24 to let the flavors come together. Add the crumbled Cotija cheese just before serving (it will become soggy if you let it sit) and toss to combine.