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Elote (Mexican Corn): A Popular Street Food Recipe to Make at Home

Total time: 65 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 1 person
By Cookist
4 ears
Melted butter
2 tbsp
1/2 cup
Cotija Cheese
1 1/2 cup
Chili powder
3 tsp

Elote is a favorite Mexican street corn recipe. Made with fresh sweet corn on the cob coated in a creamy and spicy sauce, this is the perfect recipe for warm weather or outdoor eating.

As delicious as this dish is, it’s surprisingly easy to make. Simply boil ears of corn until the core is very tender, slather them in butter and mayonnaise and coat them in shredded cheese and chili powder. There you have it: a fresh, crunchy and creamy snack to enjoy on a stick!

What Is Elote?

Elote is a traditional street food served in MEixoc made with fresh corn on the cob, creamy sauce and sprinkled with cheese and chili powder. It’s often sold on a stick and enjoyed on the go.

How To Make Elote: Step-by-step Instructions

First, husk the corn and remove any silk.


Cook the corn in a large pot of boiling water. The core should be very soft; about 30 minutes.


Skewer each ear of corn through the core.


Brush each piece of corn with melted butter, then cover with mayonnaise and sprinkle with cheese and chili powder.

What Does Elote Taste Like?

This dish is a tasty balance of sweet and savory. The corn is naturally sweet, but the mayo sauce and chli adds enough savory and spice to balance out the sweetness. It’s crunchy, creamy and fresh tasting: perfect for summer.

How to store and freeze elote

Elote doesn’t freeze well, as the creamy sauce may separate in the freezer. But you can store elote in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.


  • Remove the corn husks and cut the ears of corn in half if needed to fit the pot.
  • Transfer corn husks into the pot of salted boiling water and boil for 30 minutes. Remove boiled corn from the pot and let cool down for 10 minutes.
  • Skewer corn ears, brush with melted butter, smear mayonnaise all over and sprinkle with cheese evenly. Add chili powder to taste.
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