Corn in a cup is like Mexican street corn, only not on a cob. Sweet corn is mixed with mayo, sour cream, garlic, chili powder, lime, cotija cheese, green onions and parsley, and spooned into a cup. Then it’s topped with crunchy Fritos and even more cheese, chili powder, green onions, and parsley for the ultimate summertime snack on the run.
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You’re going to love this
Fun summertime treat. If you’re having a bunch of kids over, hand them each a cup of this and they’ll be really happy about it. The grown-ups will love it, too.
Walking Mexican street corn. Here in the Midwest, we have our walking tacos, so this is the same idea, just with Mexican street corn. Same concept, just makes it easier to walk around with a cup rather than a cob of corn.
Fritos. Traditional corn in a cup recipes don’t mention a darned thing about putting Fritos on top. And I can’t figure out why. It seemed like a pretty obvious addition to me, so here you go. But if for some weird reason you don’t like Fritos, then you’ll skip this part.
Layered like a parfait. If you’re preparing these right before you serve them, you can even create layers like a corn and Frito parfait. Which I think should be a thing. Who’s with me?
So goll-darn easy. This is so easy to stir together with things you probably already have on hand, it just might become your new go-to summertime snack. I’m already thinking about how I can bring these on the boat. I can just scoop them into covered mason jars, put them in the cooler, then throw the chips in my bag, and off we go!
How to Make Corn in a Cup
Mix together the corn, mayo, sour cream, 3 tablespoons cotija (or feta), 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, juice from ½ of a lime, 2 sliced green onions, and 2 tablespoons parsley (or cilantro).
Spoon into 4 cups, layering them with Fritos -- like a parfait. Or if you are not serving them immediately, just place the Fritos on top, as the layered chips will get soggy.
Use the remaining 1 tablespoon of cheese, 1 tablespoon of parsley, 1 sliced green onion, and a sprinkle of chili powder to garnish your cups.
Corn in a Cup
- 3 cups corn, fresh or frozen
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons sour cream
- 4 tablespoons cotija cheese, or feta -- divided, save some for garnish
- 1 teaspoon chili powder, plus more for garnish
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ lime, juice
- 3 green onions, sliced -- divided, save some for garnish
- 3 tablespoons chopped parsley -- divided, save some for garnish
- Frito chips
- Mix together the corn, mayo, sour cream, 3 tablespoons cotija (or feta), 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, juice from ½ of a lime, 2 sliced green onions, and 2 tablespoons parsley (or cilantro).
- Spoon into 4 cups, layering or topping them with Fritos, if you wish. Use the remaining 1 tablespoon of cheese, 1 tablespoon of parsley, 1 sliced green onion, and a sprinkle of chili powder to garnish your cups. Serve immediately. If you layer in the chips, they will get soggy if they sit for any amount of time.
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