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Spicy Creamed Corn Crumble

Inspired by elote (the Mexican street food dish made of grilled corn topped with mayo, chile powder, cheese and lime juice), this crumble is delightful in summer, and would go nicely with grilled chicken.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the baking dish

6 to 8 ears of corn, kernels removed (about 4 cups) and juices scraped from the cobs and reserved 

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapenos

1 tablespoon sauce from canned chipotle in adobo

1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves

Kosher salt

1 cup crushed tortilla chips (about 2 1/4 ounces; crushed to pea-size)

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 cup crumbled Cotija cheese (about 2 1/4 ounces)

Lime wedges, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart baking dish.
  2. Toss the corn kernels with their juices and heavy cream together in a large bowl and mix to combine. Transfer 1 cup of the corn mixture to a food processor and puree until very smooth, then add back to the bowl. Fold in the jalapenos, chipotle sauce, 1/4 cup cilantro, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Spread the corn mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Mix the crushed tortilla chips, flour, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Drizzle in the melted butter and toss together with a fork until clumps start to form. Sprinkle evenly over the corn filling.
  4. Bake until the top is light golden brown and the corn filling is bubbling up the sides, 35 to 40 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with the Cotija and remaining 1/4 cup cilantro. Serve with lime wedges on the side.