Elotes: next-level Mexican corn
What is an elote? An elote (pronounced eh-LOT-eh) is a popular Mexican street food made of grilled corn on the cob peeled from the husk and covered in savory condiments that traditionally include: crema (sour cream), mayonnaise, lime juice, butter, cotija cheese, chili powder and salt. These savory toppings provide a perfect compliment to the sweet corn. Elotes are commonly served on a stick or with the husk (which is used as a handle), but somtimes they are served in a cup or bowl known as “elote en el vaso” with the kernels cut from the cob and mixed with traditional ingredients.
A place in Tijuana, Mexico jumped into the deep end and created el “elote unicornio” (unicorn elote) made with pink mayo and colored sprinkles…
The owner of a pizza place in Brooklyn loved elotes so much he invented the “elote pizza” …Vinnie’s Pizzeria
Chicago, IL: D Fruta La Vida📷: D Fruita La Vida on Facebook
New York, NY: Cafe Habana📷: Cafe Habana on Facebook
San Francisco, CA: Nick’s Crispy Tacos📷: Nick’s Crispy Tacos on Facebook
Looking for more places that serve elotes? You can find them on Glutto right here.
How can I make it? Elotes are really easy to make. The most important thing is to make sure your corn is sweet and fresh. Here’s a simple recipe you can follow and save on Glutto.
- 4 sweet corn on the cob (with husk)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Mexican crema
- 1 cup crumbled Cotija cheese
- 1 teaspoon cayanne pepper (to taste); can substitute with 1 cup Flamin’ Hot Cheetos or Doritos (crushed)
- 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
- 4 lime wedges
- First, completely peel back the husk (keep attached to corn) and dip the husk in water to prevent burning.
- Place the exposed corn on the cob directly on a hot grill and rotate every few minutes (or as needed) until golden brown.
- Remove the corn from the grill, then completely coat your corn with the mayonnaise and crema.
- Sprinkle on the Cotija cheese and cayanne pepper or Cheetos/Doritos. Salt to taste.
- Finally, squeeze the lime on the corn and enjoy!