Mexican Corn, also known as Elote, is a popular street food in Mexico that has gained popularity worldwide for its rich, savory, and creamy flavor. Traditional preparation involves grilling the corn until it is charred and slathering it with mayonnaise, sour cream, chili powder, cheese, and lime.
This upgraded corn on the cob is perfect for parties or family gatherings. Whether you're planning a BBQ or looking for a simple, yet delicious side dish, Mexican Corn is a versatile and crowd-pleasing choice. Its colorful presentation and punchy flavors are sure to impress your guests.
Mexican Corn, when unopened in a can, usually has a shelf life of about 2-3 years past the printed date on the package. If you've opened the can, you can usually keep the corn refrigerated for 3-4 days before it begins to spoil. If the corn is fresh or has been added to a homemade dish, you can assume it will last in the fridge for the same amount of time--between 3 and 5 days. If you've decided to freeze the corn, it can be frozen for up to 8 months to a year.
How do you tell if Mexican Corn is bad?
There are a few signs to look out for when determining if corn has gone bad. The first sign is a change in color. Corn should be a vibrant yellow, if it starts to turn brown or even black, it's a good sign it's gone bad. If it's in a can, check for a 'pop' when you open it. A popping sound means it hadn't been opened yet, no pop could mean bacteria got in. Another key way to tell if corn has gone bad is by smell. If the corn has developed an off or sour smell, chances are high it's spoiled. Lastly, check for mold. If you see any signs of mold or discoloration, don't risk it and just toss the corn
Tips for storing Mexican Corn to extend shelf life
• Always refrigerate an open can of Mexican corn
• If you can't finish a can in a few days, consider freezing the leftovers in a freezer-safe container
• For fresh corn, always keep it in the refrigerator. Before storing, you might want to wrap it in a damp paper towel and put it in a plastic bag. This can help to retain its freshness.
• Fresh corn can also be blanched and then frozen. Just make sure to dry the corn as much as possible to prevent ice crystals from forming.
• For homemade Mexican corn dishes, store them in the fridge in an airtight container. If you've used cream or cheese in the dish, it might spoil faster, so try to consume within 2-3 days.