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Elotes Mexicanos on a white platter

Best Mexican Street Corn Recipe

Mexican street corn, or Elotes Mexicanos, is a traditional Mexican food that's quick to make and crave-worthy! This elote recipe is a must try for the summer.
Course Appetizer or snack, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword elote, elote recipe, elotes recipe, mexican street corn, mexican street corn recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 299kcal


  • 4 corn on the cob shucked
  • cup sour cream
  • 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).
    Mexican Crema ingredients in a dish
  • Grill 4 sweet corn without the husks on a grill, over high heat. Turn regularly for about 10 minutes until they begin to char.
    Grilled corn on a white platter for elotes Mexicanos
  • Take the corn off the grill and brush with the crema dressing all over.
    Brushing Mexican Crema on the elotes Mexicanos
  • Finally, sprinkle ½ cup cotija cheese, lime juice from 1 lime, and your remaining cilantro over the top, and serve!
    Grilled corn on the cob with Mexican Crema



    1. 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.
    2. Roast Corn in the Oven: Wrap the corn on the cob in aluminum foil and bake them in the oven at 425° for approximately 20 minutes.
    3. Make sure to let the corn cool before proceeding with the recipe as it will be very hot.


Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 630IU | Vitamin C: 11.5mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 0.7mg