Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

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Photography Credit: Megan Keno

Please welcome my friend and fellow blogger Megan Keno from Country Cleaver who is sharing a recipe for one of my favorite things to eat—Mexican Street Corn! ~Elise

Whenever we go back to my husband’s hometown for any of the summer holidays – Flag Day, July 4th, or Labor Day – there is always a little taco cart sitting at the park with the rest of the food trucks.

This one cart always a line stretching out in front and around the corner with people waiting to get their mitts on classic street tacos, burritos, and grilled Mexican street corn (elotes) slathered in sauce.

There is absolutely no way to eat this messy corn on the cob delicately, but usually you’re not alone since half of the other people gathering for the event are equally covered in it as well. Small town events, and their street cart food, mean that summer is really here!

Grilled Mexican Street CornWhen we are far away from the lively celebrations of his hometown, my husband and I can relive the fun by grilling corn on the grill and making our own version of Mexican street corn in just a few minutes. The charred kernels and the tangy sauce really make this different from your everyday corn on the cob.

If you aren’t able to find traditional Mexican crema in your local grocery store, by all means, use regular sour cream. Crema is a little thinner than sour cream and has added salt, which makes it extra divine. It’s usually what we keep in our house now!

And if cotija isn’t available, feel free to omit it, or just use grated Parmesan instead.

Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elotes) Recipe

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings

If you aren’t able to find traditional Mexican crema in your local grocery store, by all means, use regular sour cream. You can also substitute grated Parmesan cheese for the cotija.

Ingredients

  • 6 to 8 medium ears sweet corn, husks removed
  • 1/2 cup Mexican crema, or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup minced cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest, from one lime
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice, from one lime
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • Lime wedges, to serve

Method

1 Heat a gas or charcoal grill to 400F. Clean the grates once it has heated.

2 Whisk together the sauce: In a bowl, whisk together the crema, mayonnaise, cilantro, garlic, chipotle pepper, lime zest and lime juice. Taste and season the mixture with salt if needed. (Crema has a little salt already, so add extra judiciously.) Set aside.

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3 Grill the corn: Place the husked corn directly onto grill grates. Grill the corn for about 3 minutes, undisturbed, or until kernels begin to turn golden brown and look charred. Turn over and repeat. When all sides are browned, remove from the grill onto a plate.

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4 Top the corn with sauce and cheese: Using a brush or a spoon, coat each ear of corn with the crema mixture. Sprinkle with crumbled cojita cheese. Sprinkle with additional chipotle pepper, if desired. Serve immediately with extra lime wedges.

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

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Megan Keno

Megan Keno, is the writer, recipe developer, and photographer behind the nationally recognized food blog Country Cleaver. Her work has been featured in Country Living Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, America’s Test Kitchen, The Kitchn, and on The Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen Blog.

More from Megan

Links:

Mexican Street Corn Nachos here on Simply Recipes

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4 Comments

  1. Terry Ann

    Hi Megan! What is the difference in taste between Mexican crema and sour cream? Is it worth making a special trip to try and track Mexican crema down? Thanks!

  2. [email protected]

    OMG! I am really craving corn right now but here in the Dordogne, it is very rare to find corn on the cob. How I miss it. We only find it in cans as it is not a popular food item here. Corn is seen as animal fodder for some reason. What a waste.

  3. Aya

    This was a fantastic last minute side dish. I was using the oven for an entree and put the corn in there. Probably not as good as on the grill but so easy and everybody loved it!

  4. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking

    That taco cart sounds like something I should visit! I love the way this looks, I think this would be a great variety to our regular corn from the barbecue :)

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