Corn Fries (Mexican Street Corn Style)

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Savory with a hint of spice, these corn fries made Mexican street corn-style are just about the best thing to ever grace this blog! Gluten-free, vegetarian, with a vegan option.

french fries topped with corn, white sauce, cilantro and lime.
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❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Rich and flavorful, with the perfect blend of spices.
  • Super easy to make.
  • Simple ingredients.
  • Easily customizable.
  • It makes a great side-dish, snack, appetizer or fun meal unto itself.
  • Gluten-free, vegetarian, nut-free, soy-free and can easily be made dairy-free and vegan.
a white ceramic bowl filled with mexican street corn fries.

🗒️ Ingredient Notes

Corn: Fresh corn kernels right off the cob or frozen or canned corn will work in this recipe. Just be certain to give a good rinse and drain before cooking

Spices: The combination of garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne and cumin seeds really lends this recipe a rich, smoky, slightly spicy flavor that is something to write home about. You can use ground cumin powder instead of cumin seeds, if need be. If you do not like that hint of spicy, omit that pinch of cayenne pepper.

Salt: Salt is essential for bringing out the full potential of all of the ingredients in this recipe.

Cilantro: Fresh cilantro adds a beautiful freshness to this recipe, but if you are not a fan, you can omit it or use another fresh herb like parsley or basil.

French fries: Homemade french fries or frozen french fries both will do the trick here. I like to make this a super simple and quick recipe by throwing a bag of frozen french fries into the air fryer while I cook the corn in a pan on the stovetop.

Cheese: And kind of cheese will do here. The shredded variety is easiest, but sliced would work, too. I like to use a shredded Mexican cheese blend that contains Monterey jack, Cotija cheese and sharp cheddar. If you are vegan or dairy-free, you can sprinkle on a shredded vegan cheese blend, nutritional yeast or omit it altogether. It will still be tasty!

Lime juice: A drizzle of lime juice just really elevates all of the other flavors in this tasty dish. If you aren’t a fan of the taste of lime, you can replace it with lemon juice, omit it or use something like hot sauce or salsa, instead.

Sour cream: Sour cream adds a nice creaminess and a soft contrast the other textures in this dish. Alternatively, Mexican crema or Greek yogurt work well, too. For a vegan or dairy-free option, use a nice cream yogurt like cashew yogurt, or a vegan sour cream.

corn fries topped with fresh lime and cilantro resting on brown parchment paper.

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16 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    What a great combination that I would have never thought of. Definitely going to make these fries soon!

  2. 5 stars
    What a fun and creative twist on regular french fries!! These were delicious, easy, and a tasty snack for my whole family!

  3. 5 stars
    I never would have thought to top my fries with corn, but wow! It really works very well! Delicious recipe! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I love Mexican street corn–why did I never think of combining my other fave food–FRIES!! The flavors were delish and spot on! YUMMM!!!

  5. 5 stars
    These fries are everything! I just loved that creamy topping, and the cumin seeds added such a wonderful flavor.

  6. 5 stars
    We like to make poutine on Friday nights, but we decided to try this version instead for a change. We loved it! Will make again. Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    I love Mexican Street Corn! And combined with fries?! Sounds so good. Oh my I can’t wait to make this dish!!

  8. 5 stars
    Oh yum! So many flavors and textures piled over these fries. I love how easily it all comes together too.