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Maque Choux Recipe
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Maque Choux – Recipe

Maque Choux is a classic Cajun recipe of corn and peppers sautéed in bacon grease until softened and spiced with a blend of Cajun seasonings. It’s an outstanding Southern side dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun, corn, side dish
Servings: 6
Calories: 220kcal


  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 3 cups corn about 4 ears worth
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped (medium sized, about 1 cup)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasonings
  • ½ cup heavy cream or use chicken stock for a more traditional version
  • Hot Sauce for serving


  • Heat a large pan to medium heat and add the bacon. Cook the bacon until it becomes nice and crispy, about 8 minutes.
  • Stir in the corn onion, peppers and Cajun seasonings. Cook until they soften up, stirring often, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the heavy cream (or chicken stock). Let it warm for about 2 minutes, stirring a bit, then remove from heat.
  • Serve!


Serves 6
Heat Factor: Mild-Medium. This dish is traditionally made with bell peppers. I've added a jalapeno to give it a bit of heat, but the cream really offsets it. If you're looking for a hotter version, go heavy on the Cajun seasonings and introduce a hotter pepper or spicy chili flakes to finish the dish.


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1715IU | Vitamin C: 33.7mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.8mg