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Instant Pot Mexican Street Corn Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

This Instant Pot Mexican Street Corn is my go-to for a quick, flavorful side. Just slather the juicy corn with creamy mayo mix, sprinkle cheese and chili, and voila! It's fiesta time!

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There's nothing quite like feasting on Mexican street corn, right in my own kitchen. Trust me, each bite explodes with an addictive mix of flavors - tang, spice, and creaminess. Armed with my trusty Instant Pot, I've discovered a fail-proof way to bring this street food favorite to the dinner table, with every kernel cooked to perfection. Join me on this culinary adventure and I bet you'll be hooked too!

Ingredients for Mexican Street Corn in the Instant Pot

  • Corn: Sweet and juicy base for the dish, adds texture and flavor, a staple ingredient in Mexican street corn recipes.
  • Mayonnaise: Creamy and rich, adds a tangy flavor and helps the other seasonings stick to the corn.
  • Sour cream: Adds a tangy and creamy element, balances the richness of the mayonnaise and cheese.
  • Cotija cheese: Salty and crumbly cheese, adds a unique flavor and texture, traditional in Mexican cuisine.
  • Chili powder: Adds a spicy kick and depth of flavor, complements the sweetness of the corn and richness of the cheese.
  • Cilantro: Fresh and herbaceous, adds a pop of color and freshness to the dish, enhances the overall flavor profile.
  • Lime: Bright and citrusy, adds a zesty freshness, can be squeezed over the corn for a burst of flavor.

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Essential Tools for Making Instant Pot Mexican Street Corn

  • Instant Pot: Cooks corn quickly under pressure, infusing flavors and retaining moisture.
  • Trivet: Elevates corn above water for steaming, ensuring even cooking without direct contact with liquid.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes


  • 4 ears of corn, husked and cleaned
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


  1. Place a trivet in the Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water.
  2. Arrange the corn on the trivet.
  3. Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  4. Quick release the pressure and carefully remove the corn.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and sour cream.
  6. Brush the mayonnaise mixture onto the cooked corn.
  7. Sprinkle cotija cheese, chili powder, and cilantro on top.
  8. Serve with lime wedges on the side.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 320 kcal | Carbohydrates: 25 g | Protein: 7 g | Total Fat: 22 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5 g | Cholesterol: 30 mg | Sodium: 320 mg | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 6 g | Calcium: 150 mg | Potassium: 350 mg | Iron: 1.5 mg | Vitamin A: 200 µg | Vitamin C: 10 mg

Tips for Preparing Instant Pot Mexican Street Corn in Advance

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the corn as directed but do not add toppings.
  • Store the corn in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • When ready to serve, reheat the corn in the microwave or on the grill and add toppings.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the corn as directed but do not add toppings.
  • Allow the corn to cool completely.
  • Wrap each ear of corn tightly in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe bag.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To serve, thaw the corn in the refrigerator overnight and reheat before adding the toppings.

One interesting fact about this instant pot mexican street corn recipe is that you can add a touch of smokiness by grilling the corn after pressure cooking it in the instant pot. Just a quick sear on the grill can elevate the flavors even more! Enjoy!

Common Questions About Making Mexican Street Corn in the Instant Pot

Can I use frozen corn for this recipe?
Yes, you can use frozen corn, but adjust the cooking time accordingly as it may cook faster than fresh corn.
Can I substitute the cotija cheese with another type of cheese?
Certainly! You can substitute cotija cheese with feta cheese or parmesan for a different flavor.
Is there a way to make this recipe dairy-free?
You can use dairy-free mayonnaise and sour cream alternatives to make this recipe dairy-free while still keeping the delicious flavors.
Can I grill the corn instead of using the instant pot?
Absolutely! Grilling the corn will add a smoky flavor to the dish, enhancing its taste.
How long can I store the leftovers in the fridge?
You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. Just reheat before serving again.

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