Elote, aka Mexican Street Corn, is a tasty handheld treat. It is popular in Southern California as street food and can easily be reproduced in your home. Eat it as a fun snack or treat or as a side for lunch or dinner. Here is a tip – always make more than you plan to eat – it is delicious as an evening snack or even the next day for lunch. It’s the perfect side dish or main meal to eat in celebration of Cinco De Mayo!
- Ears of corn, shucked – the number depends on how many people you want to serve
- Chili Powder
- Grated Cojita cheese
- Chopped cilantro
- Lime wedges or juice
Here are the directions to making delicious street corn. It’s super complicated, so pay attention.
1.Grill the corn, making sure to turn it so that it is grilled all over.
2. Once off the grill, brush mayonnaise over all side of the corn.
3. Sprinkle chili, cojita cheese and cilantro all over the corn.
4. Before eating, sprinkle with lime juice or squeeze a lime wedge per ear of corn.
Yup. That’s it. Not complicated at all – and gosh dern delicious.
Mix it Up!
One of the fun and awesome things about Mexican street corn is changing up the toppings. Consider green onions, bacon, sriracha as toppings. Switch the cojita for shredded cheese. Change up the chili pepper for chipotle pepper or paprika. Or go for authentic Mexican crema and mix that with mayonnaise to brush on the corn. Want a more garlicky taste, mix minced garlic or garlic powder into the mayonnaise.
What’s your favorite topping on Mexican Street Corn?