Mexican Street Corn Tots
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Recipe courtesy of Molly Yeh

Mexican Street Corn Loaded Tots

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 5 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
This is a version of tot-chos (tater tot nachos!) inspired by elote, the Mexican street corn that's covered in mayo, chili powder, Cotija and lime, that hits all the best flavor notes!


Chili Lime Cream:

Loaded Tots:

Pickled Red Onions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Place the tots on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Bake until golden and crispy, 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. For the chili lime cream: Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, chili powder, salt and lime zest. Set aside.
  4. For the loaded tots: Remove the tots from the oven, then add the corn and bake for an additional 6 minutes. Remove again and sprinkle all of the mozzarella and half of the queso fresco to cover. Bake until melty, 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with remaining queso fresco and add big dollops of the cream. Garnish with the cilantro, green onions, Pickled Red Onions, a dash of chili powder and salt. Squeeze fresh lime juice on top and enjoy!

Pickled Red Onions:

  1. Heat the vinegar, sugar, salt and 1 cup water in a small saucepan, stirring until the sugar and salt dissolve. Pour over the onions in a small jar. Let cool completely, then refrigerate.