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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!

Mexican Street Corn Soup topped with sliced jalepeno, crispy bacon and cotija cheese

Who else loves Mexican street corn? I know I do! I’ve taken all those delicious flavors, added a few, and made it into a delicious soup that is absolutely killer! It’s hearty, full of corn, and topped off with bacon, cheese, and jalapeno. What’s not to love?

Not only is this soup absolutely delicious, it’s also really easy to make. It’s read in under 20 minutes! I 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!

Mexican Street Corn Soup topped with sliced jalepeno, crispy bacon and cotija cheese

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.

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.

If you liked this recipe you may also be interested in my recipe for Authentic Carne Asada. It’s one of the most popular recipes on my website. If you like Mexican flavors, you can’t go wrong with Carne Asada.

Watch the video below where I walk you through every step of this recipe.

Mexican Street Corn Soup topped with sliced jalepeno, crispy bacon and cotija cheese
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!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small white onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 6 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 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 high 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. Whisk 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.


Calories: 687kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 1797mg | Potassium: 590mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1585IU | Vitamin C: 11.7mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 2.3mg
Course: Side, Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Mexican Street Corn Soup

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Morgan Rogin

5 stars
I added fresh squeezed lime juice and lime zest when I added the cream!

Karla F.

5 stars
My daughter brought this recipe home from college and made it for us over her Thanksgiving break. First, I was impressed that she was cooking. Second, this soup is absolutely AMAZING!! I couldn’t get enough!!
I’ve made it a few times since. The only change I made was adding shredded, cooked chicken to make it more of a hearty soup.


5 stars
Great recipe! Delicious & easy to make . Big hit with my husband.
I used 1 cup whole milk & 1/2 cup half & half and thought the soup was very rich. I also added one yellow squash & one zucchini after grating both, sautéing them in a little vegetable oil until all the liquid was dissipated. I added the sautéed squash (cooked down to about a cup & a half) to the sautéed onion & garlic, then followed the rest of the recipe.


Love it, and sooo easy to make. I blended one fourth of the pot in a blender and added it back in for a little extra creaminess . Definitely a keeper.

5 stars
I made it with veggie stock since we are vegetarian. It was so good.

Toni Morganthall

5 stars
This is wonderful. I blended about 3 cups of the soup and added back, as one reviewer suggested. This made it creamier. I also added shredded chicken.


5 stars
Amazing! I made this tonight with my husband’s fresh picked garden corn, and it was so delicious! Easy to make, and will definitely make agin.


5 stars
So yummy and easy! Husband loved it too!


4 stars
We loved this! Delicious flavor. Thank you for sharing.


5 stars
So easy and delicious! Made this as part of a multi-soup night for guests and this was by far the most desired! Excited to make again!


4 stars
I used half frozen corn and half canned hominy. Very good! Served with queso fresco since it’s what we had on hand. I like the idea of adding shredded chicken — next time!


I made this for myself and my fiance and it’s delicious! I topped it with some shredded parmesan (store was out of cotija cheese), tortilla strips, bacon crumbles, and a sprinkle of lime juice. I served it with some crusty bread with a bit of cheese on top. Just a note– if you’re like me and forget to get an onion at the store, it’s good without it. I meant to pick one up but forgot. I also made the rookie mistake of burning the jalapeno when I was sauteeing it, probably because I cooked it for too long and… Read more »

Karen Beth Martin

5 stars
Made this tonight and it’s SO good! I don’t eat bacon so I left that out as well as the sugar and cheese. Added a bit more jalapeno to the cooking phase. Blended half of the soup in my Vitamix and added it back while simmering. Amazing! So glad this made a lot! I’ll eat every bite!


5 stars
I used two cans of sweat corn rinsed well then pan fried (olive oil) till some of the kernels started to brown. (The kernels start getting a caramel color and get sweeter. I also just added the bacon right into the soup when I added the milk and cilantro.

I might dial back the cumin a bit.

Lastly I forgot the sugar. Next time.

A big hit. Delicious!!!! Definitely recommend it!!

Stephanie G

4 stars
This was pretty tasty. I think next time i’ll top with lime juice

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