Elote Recipe: A Delicious Mexican Street Food

Make the popular Mexican street food, Elote, with this easy-to-follow recipe. Grilled corn on the cob topped with spices and cheese is a summer staple.

Elote is a popular Mexican street food that is loved by many. This delicious dish is made with grilled corn on the cob that is topped with spices and cheese. It is a summer staple that is perfect for outdoor barbecues and gatherings. In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to make this traditional dish in the comfort of your own home.


  • 4 ears of corn
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, sliced for garnish


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Remove the husks from the corn and brush each ear with oil.
  3. Place the corn on the grill and cook for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, or until the corn is charred and tender.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
  5. Remove the corn from the grill and spread the mayonnaise mixture over each ear.
  6. Sprinkle each ear with crumbled cotija cheese and chopped cilantro.
  7. Serve the corn hot, with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of extra cilantro for garnish.

Tips and Tricks

  • For a smoky flavor, you can also smoke the corn on the grill instead of grilling it.
  • If you prefer your Elote to be spicier, you can add more chili powder or paprika to the recipe.
  • For a vegan version, you can replace the mayonnaise and sour cream with vegan alternatives, and the cotija cheese with vegan cheese.


  • You can also add additional toppings to the recipe, such as crumbled bacon, diced jalapeños, or a drizzle of hot sauce.

Elote is a delicious Mexican street food that is easy to make and perfect for summer barbecues and gatherings. By following this step-by-step recipe, you can create a traditional and authentic dish that is sure to impress your friends and family. With the addition of spices, cheese, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice, this dish is a flavor explosion in your mouth. Enjoy!

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