Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad Recipe

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Last Updated on September 2, 2020 by Ellen Christian

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad is a summer salad that’s filled with Mexican flavor. Try this traditional Mexican macaroni salad today.

I love summer salad recipes and we often make them on Memorial Day and Labor Day. They go well with all of the meats that we love to grill outside.

If you agree, you have got to try my Crab and Broccoli salad that’s loaded with chunks of vegetables. Or, this Caprese Salad with Sardines is a healthy summer salad that’s gluten-free.

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad is a summer salad that's filled with Mexican flavor. Try this traditional Mexican macaroni salad today.

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

This Mexican Pasta Salad recipe has all of the tastes you’d expect in Mexican food. It’s loaded with black beans, street corn, avocado, and queso fresco cheese.

And, to make the ideal Mexican chicken pasta salad, we have added rotisserie chicken and the pasta of your choice. It’s an easy side dish or light main meal you can enjoy during the busy summer months or serve when entertaining.

This easy pasta salad recipe is one of our favorites because it uses mostly pantry ingredients. The only fresh vegetables you need are avocados, jalapenos, and cherry tomatoes.

Tools needed

  • Baking sheet
  • Whisk
  • Large bowl

a bowl of Mexican macaroni salad on a colorful napkin

Tips for making a traditional Mexican macaroni salad

I absolutely love Mexican street corn. I had it on a trip once and was just so impressed with the flavor. 

  • That traditional flavor is one of the keys to this salad recipe. So, be sure not to skip that step and just use plain corn.
  • The dressing used in this recipe is a combination of pre-made ranch dressing and taco seasoning. If you have a favorite homemade recipe, you can certainly use that instead.
  • For a spicy Mexican pasta salad, you can turn up the heat by adding a bit more taco seasoning and jalapenos.  Or, if you want something that is less spicy, use a bit less.

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad is a summer salad that's filled with Mexican flavor. Try this traditional Mexican macaroni salad today.

What’s the best cheese to use?

For an authentic taste, use Cotija cheese. If you cannot find it in your store (I could not), then you can use Queso Fresco cheese or even feta instead. 

An easy way to crumble cheese is to use a fork to break it into smaller pieces. This means you get a variety of different sizes which might not happen if you chop it.

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad is a summer salad that's filled with Mexican flavor. Try this traditional Mexican macaroni salad today.

How do I roast the corn?

I’ve started with a can of corn to save time. If you prefer to use fresh, you can do that as well. 

You will need to line a baking sheet with foil and spread the cooked corn in an even layer over the top. Then, you will place it under the broiler until it starts to get dark.

Can I use frozen corn?

Yes, if you want to use frozen corn in your Mexican Macaroni Salad, you can do that as well. Just allow it to thaw and drain it before roasting it.

macaroni salad with cilantro on a cutting board

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad variations

One of the best things about making this salad is that you can customize the ingredients based on what you like or what you have on hand. So, here are a few ideas.

  • Add bacon for a smoky flavor.
  • Sautee the corn in bacon grease rather than roasting it.
  • Rinse the pasta off under cold water and drain well. Don’t add it warm to the salad.
  • Make this recipe the day before and keep it in the refrigerator until you want to serve it. Just mix well and serve.
  • If you have leftovers, cover them tightly and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Yield: 5

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad Recipe

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad Recipe

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad is a summer salad that's filled with Mexican flavor. Try this traditional Mexican macaroni salad today.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-pound pasta of your choice, cooked according to box directions
  • 1 cup rotisserie chicken, cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 can sweet yellow corn, drained
  • 1 can seasoned black beans, drained, and rinsed
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 avocados, pitted and cubed
  • 1 ¼ cup fresh queso fresco cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. Place a baking mat or foil on a baking pan and spread the corn evenly over it. Place under the broiler, keeping a sharp eye, until it just begins to char. Remove and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the ranch dressing and taco seasoning together. Add water if necessary if you prefer yours to be thin.
  3. In a large bowl, add the pasta, chicken, corn, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, avocados, and 1 cup of the cheese. Toss with dressing
  4. Garnish with fresh cilantro and remaining cheese and serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 761Total Fat: 47gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 1267mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 12gSugar: 6gProtein: 31g

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