Pay de Elote (Sweet Corn Pie)

Pay de Elote is a delicious baked Mexican pie with a creamy sweet corn custard flavored with cinnamon.

Longtime readers of my cocina blog might remember that this blog's tagline used to be "Celebrating food, family, and life in Mexico." Well, the tagline might have disappeared, but my belief that there is always something to celebrate still holds true. And today is no exception because La Cocina de Leslie is celebrating it's 7th blog birthday/anniversary!

When I first started this blog back in 2009, I was still new to the world of blogging having started my personal blog two months prior and had just discovered the wonderful world of food blogs. (Heather's Kitchen Concoctions and Lick the Bowl Good being the first food blogs I ever read.) I loved cooking, eating, and talking about food, and was inspired to start a food blog of my own. I had no idea what I was doing, but I was having a blast cooking, taking horrible food pics with flash, sharing recipes with the few family and friends who read my blog, and making new friends online who shared my passion for all things food.

And who knew that because of this little food blog of mine I'd be presented with exciting opportunities like interviewing celebrity chef Aquiles Chavez, having my recipes featured on Woman's Day and Better Homes & Gardens magazine (a dream come true for me), writing and developing recipes for Que Rica Vida in español, and translating the Muy Bueno Cookbook to Spanish?! (Just to name a few!)

Seven years later and I'm still passionate about cooking, snapping pictures of food, and sharing recipes and family anecdotes about some of my favorite foods. I still have so much to learn and so much that I want to share and do. And even though I might have a little more on my plate that doesn't allow me as much time on my food blog as I'd like, I don't see myself quitting any time soon. I just hope you'll continue to visit my cocina.

And now, because it wouldn't be a celebration without dessert I'm sharing one of my favorite pies: Pay de Elote (sweet corn pie). Because corn is such a staple ingredient in Mexican cuisine, it's no surprise that it's also the feature ingredient in many desserts. Some of the most popular corn desserts include Helado/Nieve de Elote (corn ice cream), Flan de Elote, and Pay de Elote. With just a few ingredients from your pantry and fridge, you can have this creamy and delicious corn custard pie in the oven in just a matter of minutes. The hardest part in making this pie is waiting for it to cool. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon for a fun dessert perfect for any celebration.

Pay de Elote 
(Sweet Corn Pie)


  • 1-1/2 cups golden corn kernels, drained 
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Maria's Cookie Crumb Crust (or store-bought graham cracker crust) 
  • Whipped cream or topping (for garnish) 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare Maria's cookie crumb crust; refrigerate until ready to use.

Puree the corn kernels, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, and ground cinnamon in a blender until smooth. Pour the mixture into the Maria's cookie crumb crust. Place pie pan on a larger baking sheet (in case the filling spills over); bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown and the center has set. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Refrigerate pie for 2 to 3 hours before serving. Top with whipped cream before serving and sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Enjoy!

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