Mexican Corn on the Cob Elote Recipe
April 21, 2021
Mexican "street" corn on the cob

Mexican Corn on the Cob Elote Recipe

Why is Mexican corn on the cob so delicious? What does it take to turn this staple crop into something magical? You're in luck, cause I'm gonna tell you exactly what you need to make this a-maize-ing {see what I did there!?😂} veggie dish at home!

Mexican corn on the cob recipe

Grill the Corn on the Cob

corn on the cob grilling on BBQ

You often see street corn with the husks still on as a handle. This is optional as we aren't steaming the corn, we're grilling it! I chose to shuck the corn completely. Just make sure you've got some good tongs to turn them after you've given a light coat of olive oil or butter. Then salt and pepper as you grill.

What is Mexican Corn on the Cob Anyway?

Fiesta dinner with grilled corn, tamales, stuffed avocado, and tostada

Mexican Corn on the cob, or “Elote” is also called “street corn” as it can be found at countless roadside stands in Mexico. Not to mention all over the Southwestern United States. It's a combination of grilled corn covered with some very distinct flavors.

You will be rolling the corn cob in a mayonnaise and Mexican crema mixture, then pressing the cob into Cotija cheese crumbles to cover. Sprinkle on Ancho chili powder and cumin and top with diced cilantro for a taste explosion.

Mexican Corn Substitutions

If you don't have access to the traditional ingredients you can use these instead:

  • Mexican crema: Sour cream or plain greek yogurt can be used if you aren't able to find crema.
  • Cotija: Cotija is a mild crumbly cow's milk cheese that is most similar to feta.
  • Ancho chili: This chili powder is made from dried poblanos and is different than a regular chili powder. Chili powder can be substituted in a pinch but the flavor will be different.
  • Cilantro: If you hate cilantro, I'm sad for you 😉, but you can use parsley for a little color.

How to Make Mexican Corn

Mexican "street" corn on the cob

Making Mexican Corn on the cob is as easy as can be. Preheat the grill to medium heat and brush the grate with a little oil to get started.

  1. Prep: Mix together the mayonnaise and crema {or sour cream} in a bowl. Crumble cotija and sprinkle it evenly on a plate.
  2. Grill: Remove husks and silk from corn on the cob. Brush with oil or butter and season with salt and pepper. Grill ears of corn until lightly browned.
  3. Combine: Brush the warm grilled corn with the mayonnaise mixture. Roll firmly in crumbled cotija cheese crumbles until coated. Sprinkle with spices, then add a squeeze of lime and some fresh cilantro. Enjoy!
Grilled corn on the cob Mexican style

If you've never tried Mexican corn on the cob it's time you do. The flavor combo might sound a little strange, but I PROMISE that it's an amazing mixture. Get the details for the rest of our yummy fiesta meal in this Cinco de Mayo post. {coming soon}

If you make some Mexican “street” corn, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below. And if you share photos, I want to see it too! Please tag us @partieswithacause on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. We love celebrating all your hard work! 


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Mexican Corn on the Cob

This flavorful corn comes from the streets of Mexico to your kitchen
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: BBQ, Fiesta, Grilled
Servings: 6 cobs


  • BBQ grill
  • Basting brush
  • Kitchen shears


  • 6 ears Fresh corn on the cob shucked
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp Melted butter or Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Mexican Corn Toppings

  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Crema or sour cream/Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Cotija cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 tsp Ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 4 stalks Fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime cut in wedges


Grill the Corn

  • Preheat grill to medium heat
  • Shuck the corn, removing husks and corn silk completely
  • Brush with melted butter or olive oil, adding salt and pepper to taste
  • Grill for 10 minutes, rotating cobs to achieve a lightly browned appearance and corn kernels are easily pierced

Add Mexican Toppings

  • Combine mayonnaise and crema in bowl
  • Brush grilled corn cobs with mayonnaise and crema mixture
  • Then roll corn into the crumbled cotija
  • Sprinkle on ancho chili powder and cumin
  • Using kitchen shears cut cilantro into pieces and add
  • Finish off with a squeeze of lime and serve with additional cilantro if desired

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