How to Grill Mexican Street Corn

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Learn the history behind “elotes” and how to make grilled Mexican street corn to fit your tastes.

Elotes
Known fondly as “elotes,” this grilled corn delicacy was customarily sold as a street food in Mexico. The dish has been handed down through the generations, and today, it’s a favorite in Texas as well. Much like modern fair food, vendors skewer one end of the cob so that it can be held easily in hand and smear on cotija cheese, sour cream or crema, chile powder, cilantro, and lime. Hundreds of variations exist and we’ve broken them down from the tried‑and‑true to a Texan spinoff to a takeout option.

 

How to Grill Mexican Street Corn
The dish is simple to make. It starts with grilled or roasted corn cobs and a mixture of mayonnaise and sour cream. The cobs are brushed with the creamy compound, rolled in cotija cheese, and sprinkled with chili powder. Over the years, ingredients have been subbed in and out. Our traditional variation, for instance, uses Greek Yogurt in place of sour cream to be calorie conscious. Other varieties amp up the recipe with garlic powder or ancho flakes. Don’t have cotija cheese? Swap in Feta instead! 

 

Elotes to Go
While we think half the fun of elotes is eating them on a skewer, some serve the roasted corn cut off the cob into a "to-go" cup with toppings of crema, cotija cheese and chili powder. Try it for a to-go, less messy, twist on Mexican-style corn.

 

Here are a few of our favorite Grilled Street Corn Recipes:

Grilled Elote
Traditional Elotes
As the summer days get longer, we’ll look for any excuse to grill out, and the traditional fare taps the most authentic ingredients and packs a major punch. This recipe calls for Greek Yogurt in place of sour cream, but remember that you can use cream if you prefer. Looking to cut calories? Go for reduced fat mayo and cheese.

Grilled Mexican Street Corn
Grilled Mexican Street Corn
This simplified version of elotes uses ranch dressing in place of the mayo-cream mixture and in doing so, adds a nice southwest taste. If you’re looking to turn up the heat, don’t forget that you can add extra chili powder and season with herbs like cilantro to give it a nice, flavorful kick.

Texas Grill Roasted Corn
Texas Grilled Corn
This recipe nixes much of the cream and cheese and sticks to a good ole fashioned Texas marinade, making it dairy free. While you won’t find the authentic flavor in this recipe, the Texan variation still has a kick plus it cuts the fat from nine grams per serving to one gram.

Jalapeno Lime Roasted Corn
Jalapeño Lime Roasted Corn
Spice up any meal with this easy roasted corn recipe. This recipe keeps the husks on during the roasting process to hold the butter, lime and jalapeños right where you want it. Wrap in foil and roast on the grill for 15-20 minutes.

 
 
 
 

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