Cocoloşi cooking on a grill

This is a list of maize dishes, in which maize (corn) is used as a primary ingredient. Additionally, some foods and beverages that are prepared with maize are listed.


Corn can be processed into an intermediate form to be cooked further. These processes include drying, milling, and nixtamalization.


Soups, stews, and porridge

Corn, in the form of cornmeal or kernels of fresh sweet corn, can be boiled or stewed.

Tamales and related

Tamales are a dish of nixtamalized maize that is ground, wrapped in a corn husk, and steamed. Tamales originated in Mesoamerica as early as 8000 to 5000 BC.[1] There are many regional variants and related dishes.

Breads and cakes

Baked and steamed breads and cakes can be made using corn, often as a flour.

Tortilla dishes

Main article: List of tortilla-based dishes

Corn tortillas are used to prepare many other dishes.

Fried dishes

Assorted fried snacks and other fritters are made from corn or cornmeal.



Corn can be fermented into alcoholic drinks, infused as a tisane, or ground and used to thicken drinks.

See also


  1. ^ Hoyer, Daniel and Snortum, Marty Tamales , page 8. Gibbs Smith, 2008. ISBN 1-4236-0319-2
  2. ^ Wadler, Joyce (September 8, 2009). "Chew It Up, Spit It Out, Then Brew. Cheers!". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 February 2014.