Street Corn Pizza

Street corn pizza (via Street corn pizza (via I’d love to have some story about the time I was in Mexico and happened upon a street fair where I had the best elotes and churro of my life. But the truth is, although I have been to Mexico, I did not have elotes (street corn) while I was there. The real reason I fell in love with this dish is because they serve a version of it at our bar, The Golden Girl Rum Club, and it’s delicious.

Elotes pizza (via, spicy corn doused in cheese, lime juice, and cilantro – yes, please! And then I thought, you know what’s really good? Why, carbs on carbs of course. So I turned the whole concept into a pizza. 🙂

Roasting cornStreet Corn Pizza, serves 4-5 as a meal or more as an appetizer

For the crust:
1/2 cup warm water
1 package, 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
big pinch of sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

For the top:
2-3 stalks of corn
a few slices of red onion (optional)
2-3 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons mayo
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup crumbled cotija
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
handful of cilantro, stems removed
hot sauce (optional)

Dissolve the sugar in the warm water. Then sprinkle the yeast over the top. Allow that to sit and activate for 5 minutes. The yeast should begin to look kind of foamy, a good sign. That means it’s doing its job. If your yeast doesn’t seem to change at all (doesn’t foam), check the expiration date on your container of yeast.

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, yeasty water mixture and olive oil until a soft dough ball forms. Sprinkle your counter with flour and knead 3-4 times. Lightly oil your bowl (you can use the same one) and return the dough ball. Cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free spot for about an hour.

Weird pizza combosIn the meantime, roast the corn. If your stalks still have their leaves on, that’s great. A few of mine had been partially uncovered, I guess in case you didn’t know what it was? Hmm. If that’s the case, just rub a little olive oil over the exposed kernels. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 400°F for 22-25 minutes. Allow to cool enough to handle, then use a sharp knife to remove the corn from the cob.

Mince the garlic. I like to use a garlic press here. In a small bowl combine the garlic with the mayo and olive oil and stir to combine. I know this might seem weird for a “pizza sauce”, but it’s what elotes sometimes get coated in before getting cheese and chili powder, so don’t be shy. 🙂

Roll our your dough and coat with the garlic sauce. Top with the corn and sliced onion if using. Sprinkle on the chili powder and cumin. Bake at 400°F for 12-15 minutes, until the edges begin to turn a dark brown.

Elotes pizza (via Remove from the oven and top with the cheese and cilantro. Slice, and just before serving, squeeze a lime over everything and add hot sauce if using. Happy pizza night! xx. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

  • This recipe looks very tasty.

    I think you meant “ears” of corn? Multiple ears of corn grow on a single stalk.

  • A corn pizza is something I am yet to try! Looks delicious though and so perfect for Summer.

  • Oh my! This pizza looks incredible. I need to make this soon 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • This looks amazing!! I’m now so hungry! x

  • This sounds and looks sooo very delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  • This looks so GOOD! I do have one quick question: I really really hate eating mayo even if I cannot taste it. Do you have an idea for a substitute or another kind of sauce that would go good with this pizza? Maybe just using olive oil?

  • I love me some street corn, and obviously pizza too… what a great way to combine them! This pizza sounds perfect for Memorial Day weekend, I will have to try it out on my friends.

  • This sounds delicious – I know what I want for dinner tonight!! Thanks for the recipe Emma 🙂

  • I’m not even a big fan of corn but this seems delicious x

  • This looks amazing! Will have to try this summer!

  • Everything about this looks so good! I love that summer is finally here and you can find sweet corn everywhere! I can’t wait to give this a try!

    xx, Caitlin

  • It looks so good! I love street corn.


  • Yum! Sometimes the kernals are exposed to make sure the corn is fresh and/or there are no bad guys like insects who got in there first!

  • I’ll have to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing! I’m huge fun of pizza;) I have even baking stone;)

  • Yum!!! Such a good idea! I love taking favors or meals and turning them into pizzas!! Don’t think I would’ve thought of this though! Thank you?

  • Agh this looks too good!!

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