Elotes: Mexican street corn is next level


grilled mexican corn

Where Can I Get it?  |  How Can I Make It?

What is an elote? 

An elote (pronounced eh-LOH-teh) 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 complement to the sweet corn.  This grilled Mexican street corn is commonly served on a stick or with the husk (which is used as a handle), but sometimes 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.

elote en el vaso corn in a cup

What are the different variations of elotes?

Certain places have taken elotes to the next level by adding crushed chips like DoritosTostitosTakis and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

elote flamin hot cheetos

Swirl Fiesta

A place in Tijuana, Mexico jumped into the deep end and created el “elote unicornio” (unicorn elote) made with pink mayo and colored sprinkles…

unicorn elote in tijuana mexico
La Eloteria

The owner of this pizza place in Brooklyn loved elotes so much he invented the “elote pizza.”

Where can I get it?  

Elotes are sold by many Mexican food vendors and are a popular food item at local county and street fairs.  Here are some places where you can get elotes all year round.

Chicago, IL: D Fruta La Vida

elotes grilled mexican corn in chicago
photo: D Fruita La Vida on Facebook

New York, NY: Cafe Habana

elotes grilled mexican corn new york
photo: Cafe Habana on Facebook

San Francisco, CA: Nick’s Crispy Tacos

elotes mexican grilled corn san francisco
photo:  Nick’s Crispy Tacos on Facebook

Las Vegas, NV: Dirt Dog

elotes las vegas nevada los angeles california
photo:  Swirl Fiesta on Facebook

Riverside, CA: Swirl Fiesta

flamin' hot cheetos doritos elotes
photo: Swirl Fiesta on Facebook

San Diego, CA: The Taco Stand

elotes mexican grilled corn la jolla san diego
photo:  The Taco Stand on Facebook

Looking for more places that serve elotes?  Check out our interactive map for additional suggestions.

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.

elotes on the grill recipe
grilled corn on the cob before all the fixings
elotes grilled mexican street corn recipe

elotes (Mexican street corn)


  • 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


  1. First, completely peel back the husk (keep attached to corn) and dip the husk in water to prevent burning.
  2. Place the exposed corn on the cob directly on a hot grill and rotate every few minutes (or as needed) until golden brown. 
  3. Remove the corn from the grill, then completely coat your corn with the mayonnaise and crema.
  4. Sprinkle on the Cotija cheese and cayenne pepper or Cheetos/Doritos.  Salt to taste.
  5. Finally, squeeze the lime on the corn and enjoy!

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