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Mexican Street Corn Frittata

A popular Mexican street food incorporated into a quick and easy frittata.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 jalapenos
  • 3/4 cup corn kernels
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil (or olive oil)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • fresh cilantro for garnish, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Place a large (10 inch wide) nonstick skillet that is oven safe on the stovetop. Heat over medium heat.
  • While the skillet is heating, remove the stem and seeds from your jalapeno peppers. Dice the peppers.
  • Add the oil to the skillet. When warm, add the jalapeno pepper and corn kernels. Cook until the vegetables are beginning to soften, approximately 5 minutes.
  • While the vegetables are cooking, prepare the eggs. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, cotija cheese, chili powder, and salt.
  • When the vegetables are ready, add the egg mixture. Stir briefly. Let the egg mixture cook until the edges begin to set, approximately 3-5 minutes.
  • Turn off the stove and place the oven safe skillet in the oven. Bake until the eggs are completely cooked through and the frittata is dry to the touch on top, approximately 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove the frittata from the oven. Run a rubber spatula around the edge of the frittata to loosen it and either slide it out or flip it onto a plate. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings like salsa, cilantro, or avocado.


I like to use frozen corn, just make sure it is thawed so the cold ice does not splatter in the oil.  You can also use canned corn that has been drained.
To ensure a completely vegetarian dish, make sure to use vegetarian cheese.
non-stick skillet is best, but you can also use a cast iron skillet.  The egg tends to stick more in cast iron, making it difficult to flip out if you choose to do so.
The smaller the skillet, the thicker your frittata will be and the longer it will need to cook.  The larger the skillet, the thinner the frittata and the faster it cooks.  I use a 10 inch skillet for this recipe.
You can find cotija cheese at your grocery store in the refrigerated hispanic section or in the special cheese section.
The heat level on this is mild.  Make it spicy by adding additional jalapeno or chili powder.