A close up photo of a bow tie pasta salad with avocados, peppers, grilled corn, cilantro, and cotija cheese making up an Elote Mexican Corn Pasta Salad

Elote Mexican Corn Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Bow tie pasta loaded up with avocados, peppers, cotija cheese, grilled corn and that creamy crema dressing makes for one killer Elote Mexican Corn Pasta Salad you won't want to miss out on.


  • 6 Ears of Corn husked
  • 2/3 Cup Crema *see note for substitution
  • Tablespoons  Lime Juice fresh is best
  • Teaspoon  Ground Cumin
  • 3/4  Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  Black Pepper
  • 1/2  Teaspoon Salt plus more to taste
  • 3/4 Cup Crumbled Cotija Cheese
  • 1/2 Red Onion Minced
  • 1/2 Bunch Cilantro chopped
  • 8 ounces half a box Bowtie Pasta, cooked and drained *see note
  • 2 Avocados peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 Large Red Bell Peppers chopped


  • Prepare your pasta salad by starting with your grilled corn.
  • Heat a grill to medium heat. Add the corn, turning occasionally until slightly charred on each side.
  • Remove from the grill and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Holding the corn by the small end, cut off all of the kernels.
  • Place the kernels in a big bowl to cool.
  • Heat a pot of water over medium high heat. Once boiling, add salt and pasta. Cook until just over done. NOT al dente, you want to cook past that point so that the pasta will not absorb the dressing, but instead coat the pasta.
  • Drain the pasta well and run under cold water in a colandar, tossing with your fingers occasionally to cool it completely.
  • Add pasta to the corn bowl along will all other ingredients.
  • Fold gently with a rubber spatula, seasoning with additional salt as needed. (Seasoning is key!)
  • Serve slightly warm, room temperature or cold.


Make sure that you just over cook the pasta so that it won't absorb the dressing. Mayonnaise can be used a substitute for crema.
Nutrition Facts
Elote Mexican Corn Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 /2 cup)
Calories 241
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 14.4mg5%
Sodium 167mg7%
Carbohydrates 34.2g11%
Fiber 2.8g12%
Sugar 5.2g6%
Protein 8.2g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.