January 10, 2021

Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potato Fries

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
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Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potato Fries are inspired by one of my favorite foods - Elotes! These Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potato Fries have a delicious crema with lime juice, topped with cotija cheese, and cilantro. It's a recipe that you will LOVE!

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Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potato Fries

Mexican Street Corn aka Elotes!! But on sweet potato fries. With a bunch of spices and fun ingredients to make this dish beyond amazing. Once you make this dish, you'll see exactly what I'm talking about. The Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potato Fries are seasoned with chili powder, garlic powder, a pinch of cayenne, and lemon zest and baked for 25-30 minutes in the oven. Then there's a lime juice crema that's made with a few more spices, sour cream, and mayo which is just so good! To top it off, I charred some corn in a skillet and layered it on top of everything. and just wow. It's such a flavor bomb. Mexican Street Corn has been imprinted in my brain ever since.

mexican street corn - elotes!

Ok, let's go into detail about how this Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potato Fries came about. Can I speak for you when I say that after the holidays, I take a good 2-3 days off from cooking? I came up with this recipe right after Christmas when I didn't feel like cooking. My grocery supply was low (from christmas dinner) and all I wanted to do was veg out on the couch and watch Netflix.

Anyway, I don't know if I mentioned this previously, but my Husband and I honeymooned in Cancun! It's one of my favorite places on Earth because it's so beautiful. While we were there, we ate Mexican Street Corn at our resort and I couldn't get enough of them. It was the grilled corn with the chili powder and crema for me! lol Something about the smoky grill flavor with the corn and the crema was just out of this world. However, that chili powder on top turned that Mexican Street Corn up to a whole other level!

Upon the first bite, we looked at each other and said "damn this is good". lol Mexican Street Corn for the win! Also while you're here, check out this Mexican Street Corn Salad and this Elotes recipe too!

Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potato Fries

...Fast forward a couple years later

Fast forward a couple years later, we're sitting on the couch. I said "Honey, I really want some Mexican Street Corn! Remember those elotes we had in Cancun?". My Husband responded and said "Why don't you try making them for your blog?" ... CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. I walked into the kitchen and all we had was sweet potatoes, frozen corn, some limes ... so I used what I had. It was AMAZING!

this is such an easy dish

This is such an easy dish to make. If you enjoy homemade french fries, this recipe is for you. From the perfectly spiced sweet potato fries to the lime juice crema on top to the charred corn, what's there not to love about this dish?! I topped the fries with chopped cilantro, a little red pepper (for a kick), and cotija - because who doesn't love cotija? If you've never had it, I hope that you try it on this recipe because it's amazing. It's sold at most supermarkets, but if you can't find it, you can substitute with parmesan, no biggie.

Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potato Fries

I REALLY enjoyed testing this recipe out. Each time, I ended up with deliciously cooked oven baked fries with a lovely lime juice crema and charred corn on top. Oh, not to mention - the lime! Which brings all of these yummy flavors together. Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potato Fries are so good and are all made from scratch. This recipe is so easy and is a really fun way to make a quick finger food! Whether you're cooking for your family on movie night or for guests for quaint gatherings, this dish is perfect anytime and all of the time!

what are elotes?

"Elote" means "Corn Cob" in Spanish. Elotes is a Mexican street food that consists of grilled corn, a crema slathered on top, and seasoned with chili powder (among other seasonings) and cotija. Cotija is a Mexican cheese made from cow's milk. It's really delicious and tastes a little bit like a mix between feta and parmesan cheese! This Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potato Fries recipe uses cotija on top and it's truly such a treat. You can find cotija at most grocery stores. I purchased mine from Safeway but have also seen it at Whole Foods!

Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potato Fries

how do you make mexican street corn sweet potatoes fries?

We start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees F. I started by cutting the sweet potatoes into the shape of french fries. I combined all of my seasonings and then sprinkled them on top of the fries with a little pepper. After that, I spread the fries out on a parchment lined baking sheet. (TIP: Do not overcrowd the baking sheet. If there's too many sweet potato fries on one baking sheet, the fries won't get crispy and they'll take forever to cook!) Then I sprinkled olive oil on top and baked the fries for 15 minutes on side, flipped them and baked them for another 10-15 minutes.

While the fries were baking, I made the crema. To make the crema, you simply combine the ingredients and whisk everything together! Set that aside and brown the corn in a skillet with a little salt and pepper! Once the sweet potato fries are done, top the fries with the charred corn, drizzle the crema on top, add the cotija, and sprinkle with fresh cilantro and a little rep pepper flakes if you'd like a little heat! If you're a visual person, check out the video below!

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Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potato Fries

Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potato Fries

Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potato Fries are inspired by one of my favorite foods - Elotes! These Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potato Fries have a delicious crema with lime juice, topped with cotija cheese, and cilantro. It's a recipe that you will LOVE!
Serving: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Calories: 180kcal

Ingredients

  • 2-3 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsps chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne powder
  • Lime zest, optional
  • 1 15 oz can corn
  • Cilantro, for garnish
  • Cotija, for garnish
  • red pepper flakes, optional

Crema

  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cut sweet potatoes into the shape of french fries. Combine garlic powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and lime zest in a small saucer and mix together. Add seasoning to sweet potato fries, ensuring every fry is coated. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add sweet potato fries to a baking sheet (you may need two baking sheets to ensure that baking sheet is not crowded). Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and flip sweet potatoes and continue to bake for another 10-15 minutes.
  • While fries are baking, drain canned corn and add to a skillet to brown, about 5-8 minutes.
  • For the crema, combine sour cream, mayo, lime juice, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and red pepper flakes. Whisk together until smooth.
  • Once fries are finished baking, top them with the corn, add crema, cotija, and sprinkle with freshly chopped cilantro and red pepper flakes (optional) on a serving dish.

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Nutrition

Calories: 180kcal
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Tex Mex

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  1. I will definitely be making this recipe again. It is an absolute keeper! As a working mother of two toddlers, this dish is simple and easy, but also spices up our weekly routine. I have started using the crema as a dipping sauce with other veggies (namely, cauliflower). I look forward to trying your other recipes!

    • Thanks Padrah! I'm so glad to hear that you loved the dipping sauce and this recipe! Can't wait for you to try more BBB recipes!

  2. 5 stars
    These were really, really terrific. I cheated a bit and used frozen prepared sweet potato fries, but I tossed them with the spice mixture halfway through baking and kept the rest of the recipe the same. Thank you for this great idea!