This Mexican Street Corn Soup has all the flavors you love from Mexican street corn all bundled up into one comfort food soup that is to die for!
Who else loves Mexican street corn? We’ve taken all the delicious flavors of Mexican Street Corn and made it into a delicious soup that is absolutely killer! It’s hearty, full of corn, and topped off with bacon, cheese, and jalapeños. What’s not to love? Not only is this soup absolutely delicious, it’s also really easy to make, and is ready in under 20 minutes! We have a feeling you’ll be making this soup over and over and over again. It’s easy for this one to become a family favorite!
What is Mexican street corn (Elote)?
Mexican street corn, also known as Elote, is grilled corn that is lathered in a mixture of mayonnaise, sour cream, cotija cheese, chili powder, garlic, and cilantro.
While we love the convenience of frozen corn kernels, you can always use canned, or even fresh corn cut off the cob. If using canned, you’ll need 4 cans of corn for this recipe. Make sure to drain corn first.
This soup is so creamy with the heavy cream. You can always use milk or half and half, but it is certainly not the same. Alternatively, if you need a plant-based option, you can substitute with your favorite plant-based milk or half and half replacement product. Make sure to choose a higher fat content dairy alternative such as oat or soy milk.
Sugar is completely optional in this recipe. If you would like to leave it out for any reason, you are welcome to do so.
Please make sure to use freshly chopped cilantro in this recipe. Dried cilantro simply will not do.
Spice Level of Mexican Street Corn Soup:
The jalapeño in this soup gives it a nice warmth, but is not overly spicy. If you prefer a spicier soup, you can always an extra jalapeño.
How much flour do you need to thicken a soup?
When you want to thicken a soup or stew, use equal parts flour and fat. The flour needs to be mixed into the fat directly for best results. This allows it to evenly disperse into the liquid once it is added. If you’ve already added your liquid and you want to add additional flour in to thicken your soup, whisk your flour into a small amount of the hot liquid in a separate bowl. Once you have a liquid slurry, pour it back into the soup over heat and stir until thickened.
Storage and Reheating Instructions:
Store leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in a saucepan on the stovetop over medium-low heat until warmed through.
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Mexican Street Corn Soup
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 small white onion chopped
- 1 jalapeno minced
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 6 cups frozen corn kernels about 30 ounces
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream half and half, or milk
- 1 cup freshly chopped cilantro
- 1/2 lb bacon cooked and crumbled
- 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese
- 1 jalapeno sliced
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add in the onions and minced jalapeno and sauté for about 5 minutes, then stir in garlic and cook an additional 1 minute.
- Stir in the flour, cumin, and chili powder and cook 1-2 minutes. Stir in the chicken stock until smooth and bring to a boil. Add in the corn, sugar, and salt. Once it returns to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.
- Stir in cream and cilantro. Serve topped with crumbled bacon, cotija, and jalapeno slices.