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Elotes (Grilled Mexican Street Corn)

5 from 38 votes
Published on 05/02/2024 by Umamiology
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Elotes or Grilled Mexican Street Corn is one of the best ways to eat corn! Grilled to charred perfection, slathered with creamy mayo & Mexican crema and topped with fine, crumbly Cotija cheese – it’s the way corn was designed to be eaten!

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Why are Elotes or Grilled Mexican Street Corn so popular? It’s because when you roast ripe ears of corn directly over a hot grill, it yields one of the most deliciously nutty and roasted aromas you can ever imagine.

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Pair that with a layer of creamy, rich mayo & Mexican crema and top it off with fine sprinkles of Cotija cheese with that tart tanginess of tajin and cilantro – and you’ve got one of the most delightful and dynamic flavor profiles to ever cross your tongue!

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This is an amazing elote recipe – and it’s perfect for your next taco night or even as a snack while you’re sipping on a few margaritas!

Key Elements Of This Recipe

  • Sweet Corn: I like to buy de-husked corn for this recipe
  • Tajin: This tart and slightly sour spice blend is excellent on elotes
  • Mexican Crema: The Mexican style sour cream

The Ingredients for Elote (Grilled Mexican Street Corn)

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  • 6 Ears of Corn
  • 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 1.5 cups Cotija Cheese (grated)
  • 1 cup Cilantro (minced)
  • 1/2 cup Tajin
  • 1/4 cup Paprika
  • Mayo Crema Mix
    • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
    • 2/3 cup Mexican Crema or Mexican Sour Cream
    • 1/2 Lime (squeezed)

The Equipment Needed

How To Make Elotes (Grilled Mexican Street Corn)

Making Elotes is really simple! You grill your corn, slather on the Mayo Crema mix and then dash with cotija cheese, Tajin and paprika.

Prepare Your Corn To Make Elotes

Start by standing your peeled ears of corn on one edge.

Take your bamboo skewers and drive them about 2/3 of the way into the cobs of the corn.

Pro Tip: Have your bamboo skewers soaking in water for about 15 minutes prior to smoking, to help prevent the skewers from burning while on the grill.

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Then, give the ears of corn a good basting with your softened butter. Also salt and pepper to your corn to taste.

Grill Your Elotes Corn

Fire up your smoker/grill to 500°F.

When the grill is hot, place your ears of corn directly on the grates and let them grill for about 10-14 minutes total – rotating them occasionally, until all sides develop a light char.

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Alternative: If you don’t have a grill or would rather do this in your kitchen, you can alternatively boil your ears of corn for about 10-14 minutes. Make sure you let your water come to a roaring boil before you put in your corn.

Or you can also bake them in the oven at 500°F for 10-14 mins.

Make your Mayo Crema Mix

In a bowl, combine your mayonnaise, Mexican crema (or Mexican sour cream) and your lime juice and give it all a good mix.

Set aside until ready to use.

Assemble Your Elotes (Grilled Mexican Street Corn)

Once grilled, remove your ears of corn from the grill.

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Slather your Mayo crema mix all over your ears of corn, making sure there is an even spread across the whole cob.

Then, with a spoon, apply a layer of Cotija cheese on top, coating the entire cob of corn (the mayo crema mix should serve as a good adhesive for the fine crumbles of this cheese).

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Lastly, sprinkle on some paprika, Tajin, and cilantro and serve immediately.

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Additional Toppings For Elotes

  • Flamin Hot Cheeto Dust: Take a handful of Flamin Hot Cheetos and grind them to a fine powder using your food processor. Then sprinkle liberally on top of your elotes for a spicy kick.
  • Chamoy Sauce: This spicy, fruity and sour sauce makes a perfect topping to add a little something extra to your elotes.
  • Lucas Baby Sweet Powder: For a sweet little punch – add a dash of Lucas Baby Sweet Powder
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Elotes (Grilled Mexican Street Corn)

5 from 38 votes
Elotes or Grilled Mexican Street Corn is one of the best ways to eat corn! Grilled to charred perfection, slathered with creamy mayo & Mexican crema and topped with fine, crumbly Cotija cheese – it's the way corn was designed to be eaten!
Author: Umamiology
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
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Equipment

Ingredients 

Mayo Crema Mix

Instructions 

How To Make Elotes (Grilled Mexican Street Corn)

  • Making Elotes is really simple! You grill your corn, slather on the Mayo Crema mix and then dash with cotija cheese, Tajin and paprika.

Prepare Your Corn To Make Elotes

  • Start by standing your peeled ears of corn on one edge.
  • Take your bamboo skewers and drive them about 2/3 of the way into the cobs of the corn.
  • Pro Tip: Have your bamboo skewers soaking in water for about 15 minutes prior to smoking, to help prevent the skewers from burning while on the grill.
  • Then, give the ears of corn a good basting with your softened butter. Also salt and pepper to your corn to taste.

Grill Your Elotes Corn

  • Fire up your smoker/grill to 500°F.
  • When the grill is hot, place your ears of corn directly on the grates and let them grill for about 10-14 minutes total – rotating them occasionally, until all sides develop a light char.
  • Alternative: If you don't have a grill or would rather do this in your kitchen, you can alternatively boil your ears of corn for about 10-14 minutes. Make sure you let your water come to a roaring boil before you put in your corn.
    Or you can also bake them in the oven at 500°F for 10-14 mins.

Make your Mayo Crema Mix

  • In a bowl, combine your mayonnaise, Mexican crema (or Mexican sour cream) and your lime juice and give it all a good mix.
  • Set aside until ready to use.

Assemble Your Elotes (Grilled Mexican Street Corn)

  • Once grilled, remove your ears of corn from the grill.
  • Slather your Mayo crema mix all over your ears of corn, making sure there is an even spread across the whole cob.
  • Then, with a spoon, apply a layer of Cotija cheese on top, coating the entire cob of corn (the mayo crema mix should serve as a good adhesive for the fine crumbles of this cheese).
  • Lastly, sprinkle on some paprika, Tajin, and cilantro and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 538kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 11gFat: 52gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 990mgPotassium: 231mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 4384IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 369mgIron: 2mg

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

FAQ

What are elotes?

Elotes are a popular Mexican street food (also know as Mexican Street Corn) and they are served with grilled ears of corn slathered with mayo and Mexican crema and topped with grated cotija cheese, lime and chili.

What is the red stuff in elote?

The red seasoning is typically paprika or Tajin, a Mexican seasoning spice made of salt, lime juice and chili powder.

Is elote unhealthy?

Elotes are simply seasoned, roasted corn. Corn is very healthy for you as part of a balanced diet. Corn promotes healthy eyes and heart health.

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