Elote Crispy Rice


Prep time 2hrs
Cook time 45mins
Serves or Makes: 8-10 servings


For the Crispy Rice

  • 1 1/ 2 cups sushi rice, rinsed
  • 1 8 oz. can whole corn kernels, drained
  • 1/ 4 cup sour cream
  • 2 packets Goya Sazon Seasoning with Cilantro and Tomato
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon, optional
  • 1/ 4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • oil, for frying


  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 1/ 4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 batch of Mexican Street Corn Salad
  • carnitas
  • pico de gallo
  • guacamole
  • lime wedges


  • Step 1

    Add the rice to a large saucepan with 1 cup of water.

  • Step 2

    In a blender, puree the corn and sour cream until completely smooth. Add the corn puree to the saucepan along with the Goya seasoning and chicken bouillon.

  • Step 3

    Stir continuously over medium heat until the mixture starts to boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.

  • Step 4

    While the rice is cooking, dissolve the sugar in the lime juice. Remove the pot from heat and stir the lime juice mixture into the rice.

  • Step 5

    Pour the rice into a glass container and smooth it out. Ideally it should be about an inch tall. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

  • Step 6

    Pour about 1 inch of oil into a large frying pan or pot, the higher the sides the better. Heat the oil over medium heat.

  • Step 7

    While the oil is warming up, turn out the rice (it should plop out in one big cake). Slice the rice into rectangular pieces, about 1 inch by 2 inches. Once the oil reaches 350F or a chopstick starts bubbling, fry the rice planks in batches. Fry for about 2-3 minutes on each side until each side is golden and crispy. Drain on paper towels.

  • Step 8

    To plate, half of the crispy rice with the Mexican Street Corn Salad, and top the other half with guacamole, a little bit of the meat, and pico de gallo. Top all of them with cilantro and jalapeño slices. I recommend squeezing lime juice on top before eating and feel free to add any of your favorite salsas or hot sauces.