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How To Make Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

If you are looking for a easy way to make elotes aka Mexican Street Corn, look no further! Made with fresh corn, this elote recipe is a great addition to any meal!

What is Mexican Street Corn?

Mexican Street Corn, or elotes, is a popular Mexican dish consisting of corn on the cob that is typically grilled and then covered in a variety of toppings. These toppings can include anything from mayonnaise and cheese to chili powder and lime juice. This mexican corn recipe can be made in different ways and it’s perfect for cinco de mayo and the summer months!

While the exact origins of Mexican Street Corn are unknown, it is thought to have originated in the central and southern regions of Mexico. Today, it is a popular dish throughout Mexico and the United States.It’s one of my favorite mexican recipes! An ear of corn with a creamy sauce and crumbly cheese is my favorite thing especially on the side with carne asada.

If you want to try your hand at making Mexican Street Corn, here is a simple recipe below to get you started.

Why is it called street corn?

There are a few theories as to why this dish is called street corn. One theory is that it is because the dish is typically sold by street vendors in Mexico. Another theory is that the name comes from the fact that the corn is grilled on an open flame, which is often found on the streets of Mexico.

No matter what the origin of the name is, one thing is for sure – Mexican Street Corn is a delicious dish that is perfect for any occasion! This elote corn recipe uses fresh sweet corn and it is one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.The mayonnaise mixture with the salty cotija cheese gets rave reviews and makes the perfect side dish. It’s one of those easy dinners that will become a family favorite.

This juicy corn on the cob recipe makes an easy side dish. Place corn on the on the hot grill and the charred kernels makes these ears of corn really tasty.

Where did Mexican street corn originate?

There is no definitive answer to this question, but it is believed that Mexican street corn originated in the central and southern regions of Mexico.

What do you need for this Mexican Street Corn recipe?

  • 4 corns on the cob
  • ½ cup grated cotija cheese
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise 
  • 1 lime 
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp tajin spices (or ancho chile powder)
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste

Easy ingredients that you can get at grocery stores. You won’t need any garlic mayo, feta cheese or olive oil for this particular recipe.

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How To Make Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)
Yield: 4-6 elotes

How To Make Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These delicious mexican elotes are so good and easy to make for a yummy side dish!


  • 4 corns on the cob
  • ½ cup grated cotija cheese
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp cilantro
  • 1 tsp tajin spices (or chili powder)
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste


  1. Start by heating your grill to medium heat.
  2. Juice your lime, set aside.
  3. Chop your cilantro finely.
  4. In a small bowl mix your mayonnaise, lime juice, tajin spices, cayenne pepper and salt. Mix until well combined and set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix the grated cotija cheese and cilantro and set aside.
  6. Grill your corn for about 15-20 minutes, or until it has nice grill marks on them.
  7. Take them off the grill and let them cool off for a few minutes.
  8. Rub the mayonnaise mix on each corn until covered, but not too thick.
  9. Dip each corn in the cotija cheese blend until covered.
  10. Enjoy while warm!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 259Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 21mgSodium 776mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 4gSugar 5gProtein 7g

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