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Today we’re talking all about how to make this Mexican Street Corn recipe, or Elotes! One of the best Mexican side dishes, we’ll share tips for getting it on the table quickly.
I have had Mexican street corn in so many different forms…from casseroles to dips to Mexican corn salad. Every single one was is good because the corn flavors are fantastic. The flavors are versatile enough for so many different recipes, but today we’re talking about the classic version of street corn: with ears of corn.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Reader, Alyssa, says, “Made this for dinner tonight. SO GOOD!! I added one tablespoon of miracle whip just for a little extra tang and used freshly grated parm cheese bc I couldn’t find the Cotija in my grocery store. 10/10 will be making again soon!!”
Elotes Mexicanos is the same food as Mexican Street Corn. “Elote” translates to “corn cob”, so it’s obvious how this Mexican favorite got its name. It is also sometimes called “crazy corn”. It’s roasted fresh corn, coated with a mayo/sour cream mixture and then dusted with Tajín and Cotija cheese.
We had Elotes Mexicanos when we visited Mexico over 12 years ago. And since then I’ve loved visiting authentic Mexican restaurants in many different cities and trying it there.
The first step to making this crazy corn is to cook the corn.
You can also grill corn or oven roast it if you’d like.
Push a long wooden skewer into the corn cob so that you can easily hold the corn. Remember…it’s crazy corn and can be messy, so the wooden skewer helps with that.
The next step is to brush the corn with a creamy mayo and sour cream combination. For the best flavor, use mayonnaise instead of Miracle Whip. Be as generous or as light with the mayo sauce as you’d like, but cover the whole ear of corn.
Then you’ll sprinkle with spices. We used Tajín chili powder. This seasoning has a chili lime flavor that you’ll love. Note…it is STRONG. You can put as much on as you’d like…some in our family like a little and some like a lot.
And if you don’t have Tajín, use your favorite chili powder (ancho chili powder and chipotle chili powder work great).
Lastly, sprinkle the corn with Cotija cheese. This is my favorite part because…cheese!
When you buy street corn at a restaurant or from a street vendor, it can have many different toppings: sprinkle with lime juice or chopped cilantro….or get crazy and put bacon on top. Yes!!
The short answer is yes, you can replace mayonnaise with Greek yogurt for Mexican street corn. It will change the flavor slightly, but if you are used to making that substitution regularly anyway, then you should enjoy it.
Try adding a dash of cayenne pepper.
I haven’t tried this recipe with frozen corn, but if you are used to eating frozen corn, it should work.
Get creative with lime zest, red onion, feta cheese or garlic. Have other ideas? Leave them below so we can try them out!
Yes. Esquites is a street food that is all of the ingredients and flavors of street corn on the cob, but the corn kernels are cut off and served in a bowl. It’s easier to eat and much less messy.