Go Back
+ servings
the best Elote Mexican Street Corn recipe
Print Recipe
5 from 8 votes

Elote Mexican Street Corn

Elote, also known as Mexican Street Corn, is a mouthwatering recipe that combines grilled corn that's covered in sauce and topped with cheese and spices.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 servings



  • 8 ears corn shucked
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Mexican crema can substitute with sour cream
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco grated, or cojita cheese crumbles
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • lime wedges


  • In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, crema, and garlic. Mix until well combined, set aside. Spread cheese crumbles on a plate, set aside. In a small bowl combine chili powder, cayenne paper, and salt, set aside.
  • Heat grill or griddle to high heat. Place corn directly on the grill. Grill corn, turning occasionally until cooked and lightly charred on all sides, about 10 minutes. I found it helpful to set a cast iron lid on top of the corn to help char and cook it faster.
  • Immediately brush the corn with mayonnaise mixture while it's still on the grill or griddle. Roll corn in cheese crumbles, sprinkle with chili powder mixture and top with cilantro. Squeeze lime over corn and serve immediately.



Serving size is one ear of corn.

Cooking tips when making this recipe:

  • If your corn has a husk, you can pull it straight down and create a built in handle to hold on to after you grill it.
  • While the corn is cooking, prepare all the ingredients you'll be serving with your Mexican street corn.
  • Have your cheese crumbles ready to go on a plate as well.


Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 427mg | Potassium: 14mg | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 56mg