Maizitos con Tocineta (Corn al Gratin with Bacon)

by Erica Dinho on November 17, 2010

Maizitos con Tocineta

When I lived in Medellin, I often ate at a fast food restaurant with my friends called “Mario Bross”. I always ordered the same thing, Maizitos, sometimes with bacon and other times just plain. Either way was absolutely delicious.

This is the perfect snack for me. It is a bubbling dish of melted cheese and white sauce, mixed with corn, and often topped with bacon strips. I made my own version this week and I want to share it with you today!

Buen provecho!



(6 servings)

  • 6 cups frozen or fresh corn kernels
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and cut into pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • White Sauce

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups of milk
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Bring a small saucepan of salted water to a boil over medium heat and add the corn kernels. Cook for about 3 minutes. Strain and set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over medium-low heat until melted. Add the flour and stir until smooth. Over medium heat, cook until the mixture turns a light, golden color, about 6 to 7 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a separate pan. Add the hot milk to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth. Bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes, stirring constantly, then remove from heat.
  5. Add the mozzarella cheese and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg and set aside until ready to use.
  6. Place the corn into an oven proof dish or individual ramekins. Pour cheese sauce over corn and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Wrap with foil and bake in oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove foil and cook for 10 minutes uncovered. Top with bacon pieces and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mari's Cakes November 17, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Another wonderful recipe. Looks delicious.

Un saludo


2 Sarah Naveen November 17, 2010 at 10:28 AM

nice click…this looks so mouthwatering


3 Laura November 17, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Can’t wait to try this. We almost always stop for Maizitos at least once when we are in Medellin!


4 jenny November 17, 2010 at 12:33 PM

esa mescla es salsa bechamel (mantequilla, harina leche) es deliciosa en la lasagna tambien! :)


5 Kim November 17, 2010 at 12:41 PM

This recipe look gloriously creamy and delicious!


6 Belinda @zomppa November 17, 2010 at 12:47 PM

I am SO trying this one next week!


7 Ivy November 17, 2010 at 1:31 PM

A zesty recipe I surely would like to try. I can imagine it with halloumi.


8 Joan Nova November 17, 2010 at 7:18 PM

I’ve never heard of this but I bet it is delicious.


9 Melanie November 18, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Gorgeous comforting food.


10 norma November 18, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Yiu share well…’s just so creamy and delish and then you top it off with bacon…who can say no to this.


11 Simply Life November 18, 2010 at 7:28 PM

oh the presentation is just beautiful! I’m sure this tastes so full of flavor!


12 5 Star Foodie November 18, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Oh, this sounds so good with all the melted cheese and corn and bacon, yum!


13 Anna November 18, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Oh boy! That looks beautiful, melted cheese and bacon…yummmmm.


14 David November 19, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Really glad I found your blog! Cant wait to try out some recipes(starting with this!)


15 Chef E November 19, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Ummm I could take a bath in bacon, lol, well hubby would prefer not, since he does not like it (I know, crazy huh?). This dish is so comforting!


16 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen November 19, 2010 at 7:30 PM

So cheesy and delicious!


17 grace November 20, 2010 at 1:04 AM

corn, cheese, and bacon–three things that make me happy to be alive. great dish. :)


18 Olga A November 20, 2010 at 10:58 AM

desde que vi tu receta he estado con muchas ganas de prepararla :)
y ya por fin hoy la estoy haciendo de desayunito para mi esposo y para mi jajaj
muchas gracias por tu blog, llevo dos meses de casada y no soy muy buena cocinando, pero tus recetas me animan a meterme en la cocina!!


19 Chris November 20, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Words fail to express how much I just fell in love with this recipe. I am making this sooner than later! The cheesy corn goodness can’t be beat.


20 Oysterculture November 21, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Oh my, you’ve done it again – I’m making this soon – tomorrow night if I am able.


21 Maria November 21, 2010 at 8:17 PM

I love the sound of this! It all seems like it goes so well together … a great dish.


22 Esperanza November 26, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Thank you so much for this recipes, maizitos con tocineta, delicioso, my friends loved it here in California with some colombian friends from Medellin. Your website is great and I am new at it.


23 Erica November 30, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Thank you guys for the wonderful comments!


24 Yennifer February 3, 2011 at 5:02 PM

was here in mario bross and those maizitos were soooo good


25 kelly December 27, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Se ve deliciosos!


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