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The EASIEST Delicious Elotes (aka Mexican Street Corn)

Elotes is one of my favorite side dishes to enjoy. If you’ve never tried it, make it! Some links in this post are affiliate links the earn me a commission if you purchase through them.

Elotes - aka Mexican street corn - can be made quickly with this recipe, even in the middle of winter when fresh corn on the cob is a distant memory

I miss summer. And I really miss the food that comes with summer.

I can’t wait until we’re eating outside after having grilled our dinner, having freshly picked fruit and other goodies that just aren’t the same during this long, cold, dreary winter. We had a little taste of spring at least yesterday, with weather that went into the 50s for the first time in months.

Needless to say, that was all the excuse I needed to pretend like summer was here and make myself some Mexican street corn.

Street food is so much fun, and I adore the offerings we have in Chicago. Walk down any of the neighborhoods on the north side, and you’ll find people pushing carts with their offerings made fresh and cheap.

One of my favorites is the Mexican street corn, with its crunchy texture, burst of roasted corn, the tang from the lime and mayo, and of course the heat from the chilis. And oh the cotija cheese!

While these are traditionally made on the cob with the whole ear grilled and slathered with goodness, I’ve had them often enough in cups with the ears removed from the cob that I decided to fake it with frozen corn, since that’s all I have for another several months.

My husband, of course, looked at me blankly when I told him I was making Mexican street corn. It wasn’t until I made him google images for it that he gave me a disgusted look and told me that of course he knew what elotes is. All I had to do was give him the right name.

Eh, details. Elotes or Mexican street corn, it’s all good, right?

The moms of kids at Mister Man’s preschool used to make this for our Cinco de Mayo festival each year, and I helped them each year. Now I make my own version that well, it’s possible that my husband didn’t get any of that first batch because I ate the entire thing for lunch. Yep, it was tasty alright!

Elotes aka Mexican Street Corn

Heat a large heavy pan. Once it is hot, add the oil (this helps to create a nonstick surface in a regular pan).

Add the corn, and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring periodically. You can use frozen corn or fresh corn you cut off the cobs.

If you cut off fresh corn, try my favorite tool. It’s amazing how fast and easy this makes it, and it’s way safer than using a knife!

Corn before being cooked for Elote

When the corn has started to pick up a beautiful roasted color, turn off the heat.

Once the corn is roasted, it takes on a gorgeous color and adds so much flavor

Add the mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of the cotija cheese, lime juice, and the chili powder and/or hot sauce. Stir until mixed.

Add ingredients for elotes directly to the pan once the corn is roasted

Chop your cilantro, and add that once the corn has cooled for a few minutes (usually about as long as it takes to chop the cilantro fortunately). Stir to distribute it.

Serve immediately in cups or bowls, topping with the remaining cotija cheese.

You can refrigerate this and eat it cold or hot over the next two days. Ideally, you can make this during the summer, roasting the corn on your grill with it still on the cob and simply slathering it with the mayo, then sprinkling on the chili powder and cheese before juicing the lime directly over the still hot corn.

Until then, this version will suffice!

Have you ever made elotes before?

Elotes - aka Mexican street corn - can be made quickly with this recipe, even in the middle of winter when fresh corn on the cob is a distant memory. This Mexican side dish is naturally gluten free and full of flavor. It's ready in under a half hour, too! #elotes #corn #cincodemayo #mexican

Elotes (aka Mexican Street Corn)

Mexican street corn is delicious and traditionally sold on the cob from street carts. Make your own version at home with this simple recipe using frozen corn!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 248kcal
Author: Michelle

Ingredients

  • 4 cups frozen corn
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder and/or hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup cojita cheese
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro

Instructions

  • Heat a large heavy pan. Once it is hot, add the oil (this helps to create a nonstick surface in a regular pan). Add the corn, and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring periodically.
    2 tablespoons olive oil, 4 cups frozen corn
  • When the corn has started to pick up a beautiful roasted color, turn off the heat. Add the mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of the cojita cheese, lime juice, and the chili powder and/or hot sauce. Stir until mixed.
    1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/3 cup cojita cheese, 2 limes, 1 tablespoon chili powder and/or hot sauce
  • Chop your cilantro, and add that once the corn has cooled for a few minutes (usually about as long as it takes to chop the cilantro fortunately). Stir to distribute it.Serve immediately in cups or bowls, topping with the remaining cojita cheese.
    2 tablespoons cilantro

Notes

  • This can be refrigerated and eaten cold or hot over the next two days.
  • Ideally, you can make this during the summer, roasting the corn on your grill with it still on the cob and simply slathering it with the mayo, then sprinkling on the chili powder and cheese before juicing the lime directly over the still hot corn. Until then, this version will suffice!
  • For more tips and tricks, be sure to read the full article above.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 167mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g

This site uses an online source to provide nutrition estimates as a courtesy. If you need exact values, please calculate yourself.

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