Easy Mexican Street Corn Recipe (Elotes)

I learned to love Mexican Street Corn also known as Elotes while I was living in Phoenix! A classic Mexican street food Elotes are hands down the best way to serve corn on the cob!

Two elotes or ears of easy Mexican street corn on a wooden cutting board.

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Mexican street corn is creamy, cheesy, and just a little spicy! I’m telling you this is the best way to serve corn, especially alongside this Carne Asada!

You can serve Elote, which means corn in Spanish, or Mexican Street Corn as a side dish to any Mexican-themed meal or as an appetizer or snack!

Ingredients for Mexican Street Corn

Most of these ingredients you can find in your local grocery store or Mexican grocery store. When I lived in Phoenix I could find them all in my regular grocery store, however, here in Minnesota I sometimes have to make a trip to a specialty Mexican store but I promise this Mexican street corn with tajin is worth the extra stop!

Corn on the Cob – This is easy enough to find especially around here in the Spring! Sweet corn grows amazingly in Minnesota and people line up for hours to buy from the farmers each summer, including me!

Cotija Cheese – This is a special Mexican-style cheese. It’s a hard, crumbly cheese that’s made from cow’s milk, and has a really salty, tangy flavor that’s kind of like feta or Parmesan cheese. If you can’t find it, try using Feta as it’s the best substitute.

Mexican Crema – It’s kind of like sour cream only a bit thinner in consistency and tastes less tangy. You can substitute sour cream or plain yogurt if you can’t find it. You should be able to find it in a specialty Mexican grocery store.

Mexican Elotes Ingredients

Mayonnaise – This will form the base of our sauce.

Fresh Limes – We need the juice of a fresh lime or two. Please use fresh lime juice as it really does make a difference!

Fresh Cilantro – Cilantro is a classic Mexican seasoning and adds a bright flavor.

Tajin Seasoning – This is a mix of chili powder, salt, and dehydrated lime juice, which gives it a tangy, slightly spicy flavor. It’s a unique flavor and can be sprinkled on mangos, to rim the glass of Mexican drinks like this Mangonada, or to flavor snacks. You can usually find this in your regular local grocery store.

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Cooking Your Corn

There are a dozen different ways to cook corn on the cob! Some people boil their corn on the cob, while others prefer to grill the corn.

I prefer to grill my corn as it adds a nice smokey charred flavor to my elotes. To grill corn, remove the corn husks and place the corn directly on the grill rack. They will cook fast so keep watch turning them as needed. The corn will be done just about the same time you get a touch of char!

Grilled Corn on the Cob on a tin foil lined cookie sheet.

However, if you prefer you can also boil your corn on the cob. Bring a pot of water to a boil and boil the corn for 5 minutes or until tender.

Corn on the cob in a pot of water ready to be boiled to make this easy mexican corn recipe.

Mix Up the Mexican Street Corn Sauce

The magic is in the sauce! Seriously, this is definitely the secret sauce to a delicious Mexican Street Corn recipe!

Gather up your Mexican crema, mayonnaise, and limes.

Mayonnaise, Mexican crema and a halved fresh lime to be mixed together to make the elote sauce.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the Mexican crema, mayonnaise, and lime juice. Set aside.

Chop your cilantro and set aside.

Chopped cilantro on a wooden cutting board for garnishing the Mexican street corn.

When the corn is cooked, remove it from the hat or the pot and let cool slightly.

Brush the crema mixture over the corn.

Brushing the Mexican Crema on the Corn.

Top with crumbled cotija cheese. Sprinkle with tajin seasoning and chopped cilantro!

Sprinkling the cojita cheese and tajin seasoning on the corn to make Elotes.

Serve alongside your favorite Mexican dishes like carne asada!

Mexican Street Corn Salad (Elote in a Cup)

If you’re not a fan of eating corn on the cob, don’t worry you can get all the delicious flavors of Mexican Street Corn by making Elote in a Cup!

Mix up your crema mixture and add the cotija cheese and the tajin seasoning directly to the crema mixture. Once the corn is cooked, remove the corn from the cob and transfer it to a mixing bowl. Combine the corn and the crema mixture as well as the chopped cilantro.

Serve Elote in a cup with a spoon and garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.

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Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

By: April
A classic Mexican street food Elotes are hands down the best way to serve corn on the cob!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 374 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 4 ears corn on the cob cooked
  • ½ cup cotija cheese
  • cup Mexican crema
  • ½ cup mayonaisse
  • 1 fresh lime juiced
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Tajin seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Grill or boil your corn on the cob with the husks removed.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the Mexican cream, mayonnaise, and lime juice until well blended. Set aside.
  • When the corn is cooked, remove the let cool slightly.
  • Brush the corn with the Mexican crema mixture.
  • Top with crumbled cotija cheese, finely chopped cilantro, and a sprinkling of Tajin seasoning!
  • Enjoy!

Notes

To Make Elote in a Cup:
Remove the cooked corn from the cob and transfer it to a mixing bowl. Combine the corn with the Mexican crema, mayonnaise, lime juice, crumbled cotija cheese, chopped cilantro, and Tajin seasoning. Serve in a cup or small bowl garnished with fresh lime wedges and chopped cilantro.
Nutrition 374 kcal
Keyword easy mexican corn, easy mexican corn recipe, easy mexican street corn, easy street corn, easy street corn recipe, elotes recipe, elotes recipes, mexican street corn with tajin

Mexican street corn is the perfect side dish to chili, carne asada, or any of your favorite Mexican dishes! I hope you love this easy Mexican Street corn recipe!

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