Fiesta Corn is delicious. I always serve it when I make tacos or fajitas or anything with a Mexican flavor. It’s an easy side dish and could easily go with any main course though. I originally got the recipe from here, but modified it to suit our family’s taste buds. The source recipe is too spicy for my kids.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 small red onion, diced (1/2 cup)
- 1 small pepper, diced (green, red, orange)
- 4 1/2 cups of corn (frozen or fresh)
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 pepper
- 2 Tbsp fresh basil (julienne) or Italian parsley (minced) or chives (minced)
- Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan. Heat to medium heat and melt the butter.
- Once the butter is melted, add the red onion. Saute over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
- Add the green/red/orange (you choose) pepper and saute for 2 more minutes, just to soften. I used green pepper this time, but a red pepper or orange pepper will work well too. I wouldn’t use a yellow pepper, because the corn is yellow and that’s a ton o’ yellow in a bowl. Unless… yellow is your favorite color, then by all means use a yellow pepper. The type of pepper changes the flavor slightly and all are a good choice. Use whatever you have in the ‘frig.
- Then add the corn. Because it’s winter, I use frozen corn. I just throw it in – frozen and stir. During the summer when corn is fresh, I’ll take the corn off the cob until I have 4 1/2 cups and add that to the pan. Unless…I’m short on time, because we’ve been at the pool all day and because who wants to cook a lot when it’s summertime, then I go to frozen corn again. It works.
- Add 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes. Simple.
- In the summer, I zip out to the garden and I might add fresh basil, chives or parsley. Julienne the basil or mince the chives or parsley. Take the corn off the heat and add the herb. I didn’t have any in the refrigerator from the grocery store, so I didn’t add it to the recipe this time. I hear my sister asking “Can I use dried herbs instead?” No way Jose. Don’t do it. Don’t use dried herbs in this recipe. Yuk. It’s not the same and you don’t need it.
- Get a big serving spoon and dish it up.