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Mexican Street Corn (Elote)

Mexican Street Corn, known as "Elote," is a beloved street food in Mexico and beyond. Grilled or roasted corn on the cob is slathered with a creamy, tangy mixture of mayonnaise, Mexican crema or sour cream, cheese, and spices, then finished with a sprinkle of chili powder and a squeeze of lime. This recipe will guide you through making this irresistible and iconic street food right at home.
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Elote is a delightful fusion of flavors and textures. Sweet and smoky roasted corn pairs perfectly with the rich and creamy sauce, while the spices and lime juice add a zesty kick. Whether enjoyed as a side dish or a snack, Mexican Street Corn is a crowd-pleaser that captures the essence of Mexican cuisine.


4 ears of fresh corn, husked
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Mexican crema or sour cream
1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco or cotija cheese
1 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to taste)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)
Juice of 1 lime
Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish (optional)
4 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 10 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 20 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



Preheat your grill to medium-high heat or preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Place the husked ears of corn directly on the grill grates or on a baking sheet in the oven. Grill or roast the corn for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until it's cooked and has some charred spots. The corn should be tender but not overcooked.


In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and Mexican crema (or sour cream) until well combined.


Once the corn is cooked, remove it from the grill or oven. Use a brush or a spoon to coat each ear of corn generously with the mayo-crema mixture.


Sprinkle the crumbled queso fresco or cotija cheese evenly over the mayo-crema-coated corn. Dust the corn with chili powder, cayenne pepper (if using), and a squeeze of lime juice.


Garnish the Mexican Street Corn with fresh cilantro leaves, if desired. Serve the elote hot, with extra lime wedges for squeezing over the top.

Tips for this recipe

For an authentic touch, consider using corn on the cob holders or sticks to make it easier to hold and eat your Mexican Street Corn. These can be found at many kitchen supply stores and online retailers. Enjoy your elote!

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