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the best Elote Mexican Street Corn recipe

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.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 86


  • 8 ears corn (shucked)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Mexican crema (can substitute with sour cream)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ cup queso fresco (grated, or cojita cheese crumbles)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon 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