Elotes Recipe – Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Elotes Recipe – Savory Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Sweet corn and summer go hand in hand and while sweet corn tastes amazing with just a pat of butter and salt, you can mix up your corn by making Elotes, which is a Grilled Mexican Street Corn, slathered with a savory mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, chile powder and lime and crumbled feta or cotija cheese.

This is the perfect recipe to make for the sweet corn on sale at Safeway for just $.17 an ear with a new Just for U Digital Coupon.



We spent a few days in New York City this spring and this Elotes recipe is inspired by the street food we ate in New York City where you’ll find food trucks lined up on street corners throughout the city serving every ethnic delicacy you can imagine!  We loved to eat soft street tacos with a side of Elotes every chance we could.


  • 6 ears of corn
  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • fresh garlic
  • lime juice
  • chili powder
  • Cotija or feta cheese

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How Do you Make Elotes?

First, you want to remove the husks and strings from the fresh sweet corn but leave the stem attached so you have a “handle” to make it easier to eat the messy Elotes corn.

You grill the corn over medium-high heat on a grill for about 10 minutes, turning frequently with tongs so that the corn cooks evenly and gets some gorgeous grill marks.   It’s ok if the corn is slightly charred because that adds a smoky flavor to the corn.

While the corn is grilling, mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, lime juice, and chile powder.  You could even add lime zest if you like more lime flavor.  Once the corn is done grilling, top with the mayo mixture, some additional chili powder, and crumbled feta or cotija cheese.

There are some variations of Elotes, but I made mine with garlic, fresh lime juice, which added a fresh zesty flavor, salty feta cheese and I used a smoky chipotle chili powder that has a touch of heat to it to round out the creamy mayonnaise and sour cream flavors.

I topped with fresh basil since I have it growing in my herb garden, but you could also top with cilantro if that is your herb of choice.

Be sure to also check out our Mexican Street Corn Salad recipe where you take the corn off the cob and mix it with avocados, red onions, and the Cotija cheese.


Elotes Recipe - mexican Street Corn

Elotes - Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Savory grilled corn is topped with mayo, sour cream, chile powder, feta cheese and zesty lime juice to make these Elotes the perfect summer side dish for any cookout.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 6 ears of corn, husks removed
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced (1 medium clove)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile powder plus extra for sprinkling as topping
  • 1/2 cup Cotija or feta cheese, crumbled


  • Heat grill to medium/high heat
  • Place corn on the grill and cook for 10 minutes, turning frequently with tongs until the corn is cooked through and slightly charred
  • While corn is grilling, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, lime juice, and chile powder in a medium bowl and stir to combine.
  • Once corn is done, remove from grill and slather corn with mayo mixture, top with crumbled cheese, sprinkle with chile powder and top with fresh herbs like basil or cilantro (optional)


Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg

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elotes - Mexican Street Corn

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