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You haven’t lived until you try our Elotes Mexicanos! Also known as Mexican Street Corn, this is the best elote recipe ever. It is so good!
- What is Elote?
- What is Mexican Crema?
- What is Cotija Cheese?
- Cotija Cheese Substitute
- How to Grill Corn on the Cob without Husks
- How to Grill Corn on the Cob with Husks
- How to Grill Corn on the Cob in Foil
- Elote in a Cup
- What to Serve with Elote
- 📌 Pin it for later!
- What makes this the Best Elote Recipe?
- 📋 Recipe
- 💬 Reviews
What is Elote?
Mexican elote (or Elote Mexicano) is also known as Mexican street corn and is one of the best street foods in the world, period! It is super simple to make and fun to eat.
You make it by grilling corn cobs, then slathering them in Mexican crema, spices, and cotija cheese. This is a perfect summer grilled corn recipe!
The Mexican crema is rich and sweet. The spices give it a kick, and the cotija cheese is salty and crumbly. This creamy corn recipe also uses a squeeze of lime juice for a fresh zing.
You can serve it as is, shaved into a bowl for salad like an esquites recipe, or even as a Mexican Street Corn Dip! One thing is for sure, you are going to want to serve this as a side dish with everything.
Serve up this elote recipe for your family, and I guarantee they’ll be asking you for more. Elotes Mexicanos is so good, it steals the show every time! I love to serve it as a side dish for BBQ.
What is Mexican Crema?
Crema is the Mexican version of French crème fraîche. Both are slightly sour and thickened cream. It is a bit milder and thinner than American sour cream and is perfect for making Elotes Mexicanos.
I have also made Mexican Street Corn using Avocado Crema and it is a really fun twist to this recipe!
What is Cotija Cheese?
Cotija is a Mexican cheese that’s a bit salty and crumbly. It comes in two different types – fresh and aged.
Though both types are salty, the fresh version is very soft while the aged version is harder. The hard version is similar to Parmesan cheese.
Cotija Cheese Substitute
If you can’t find cotija cheese at your local grocer, look for Mexican queso fresco. It is a bit more mild, but will work well in this recipe.
Another alternative to cotija cheese is feta cheese. It has a similar saltiness and texture. All work well for making Elotes Mexicanos.
How to Grill Corn on the Cob without Husks
Grilling an ear of corn is as simple as brushing a hot grill with oil, then placing it on the grill and turning it regularly.
You don’t need to take any extra steps to grill it without husks.
After about 10 minutes, the kernels will be cooked and there will be a slight char on the outside. This char is great for adding a little extra authentic smoky flavor to your Elotes Mexicanos!
How to Grill Corn on the Cob with Husks
The steps to grill corn on the cob with husks are very similar to grilling without husks. You simply need to prepare the husks for grilling.
- Peel the husks back carefully, leaving them attached at the bottom of each cob.
- Remove the silks from the husks as best as you can. Normally, this is where you would season the cobs. Because the Mexican crema we brush on after has our seasonings, we won’t season here.
- Place the husk back over the cob. Grill, as you would normally for the time, stated in this elote recipe.
How to Grill Corn on the Cob in Foil
You can also grill corn on the cob in foil! It’s a quick and easy way to cook the most delicious Elote recipe.
Check out our guide on How to Grill Corn on the Cob in Foil!
Elote in a Cup
You can eat our Elote Mexicano right off the cob or you can make elotes recipe cups!
Using a knife, slice the kernels off the cob and add to a bowl. You can then add all your favorite toppings to make Mexican corn in a cup.
This is similar to an esquites recipe, which is a Mexican street corn salad. It’s so delicious this way!
What to Serve with Elote
Serve this Elote Mexicano with a good helping of cilantro and cotija cheese. I like to add a squeeze of lime to my Mexican street corn recipe too. It adds a nice acidic zing that cuts through the richness of the dressing and cheese!
It is normally served as a snack, so it is great served on its own or as a side in a Mexican feast. You could easily serve this elote recipe alongside dishes like:
And don’t forget dessert! Carlota de Limon (Charlotte Russe Dessert) is a classic Mexican icebox cake. You could also serve Key Lime Pie Squares or even Fresas con Crema – Mexican strawberries and cream!
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What makes this the Best Elote Recipe?
This is the best elote recipe because it is simple, delicious, and pairs well with so many foods. Take it from our readers – they are loving this Elote Mexicano on Pinterest!
It turned out amazing! We don’t have a grill so I wrapped the corn cobs in foil and baked them in the oven at 425 for 20 minutes or so. I substituted grated Parmesan and then drizzled some white queso 🤗@dizzy__kitty
So easy to make with tons of flavor.@traceylockhart1900
It’s so good 😩@justicetylorenz
So delicious and easy to make.@katieolariv
So flavorful & good! (Even though I roasted the corn in the oven instead of grilling it.) Now a family favorite 🙂 Thank you for an awesome recipe!@dalek12
Omg this was fabulous!@theoneanonlyB
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- 4 corn on the cob shucked
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- 1 clove of garlic crushed
- Zest of one lime
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika can be mild or smoky
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro not packed
- ½ cup cotija cheese
- Lime wedges to serve
- In a bowl, mix together the Mexican crema dressing ingredients. Combine ⅓ cup sour cream, ⅓ cup mayonnaise, 1 peeled and crushed garlic clove (or 1 tsp. garlic paste), lime zest from 1 lime, ½ teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon paprika, and ⅛ cup chopped cilantro (about half of your ¼ cup).
- Grill 4 sweet corn without the husks on a grill, over high heat. Turn regularly for about 10 minutes until they begin to char.
- Take the corn off the grill and brush with the crema dressing all over.
- Finally, sprinkle ½ cup cotija cheese, lime juice from 1 lime, and your remaining cilantro over the top, and serve!
- How to Grill Corn on the Cob WITHOUT Husks: If you’re not sure how to grill corn on the cob without husks, it really is as simple as brushing a hot grill with oil, then placing the corn on the grill and turning it regularly. You don’t need to take any extra steps to grill corn on the cob without husks.
- How to Grill Corn on the Cob WITH Husks: If you prefer, you can also grill corn on the cob with husks. The steps are very similar to grilling corn on the cob without husks, you simply need to prepare the husks.
- To prepare the husks for grilling follow these steps:
- Peel the husks back carefully, leaving them attached at the bottom of each cob of corn.
- Remove the corn silks from the husks as best as you can. Normally, this is where you would season the corn. Because the Mexican crema we brush on after has our seasonings, we won’t season here.
- Place the husk back over the corn. Grill as you would normally for the time stated in this recipe.
- To prepare the husks for grilling follow these steps:
Photography by Marie Roffey.