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Elote - Mexican Style Corn on the Cob Recipe

Try this popular Mexican steet food at home. Elote is corn on the cob elevated to another level for sure and so easy to make!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword corn on the cob, Elote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 4 servings
Calories 146 kcal
Author Analida Braeger


  • 4 ears corn
  • ½ cup crema Mexicana optional: mix ¼ cup sour cream and ¼ cup mayonnaise together
  • 2 Tbsp chile lime seasoning
  • ¼ cup cotija cheese
  • cup cilantro chopped
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper optional: mix into the chile lime seasoning
  • 1 lime cut into wedges


Prepare the corn:

  1. Preheat your grill to about 500°F.

  2. Shuck each ear and place on aluminum foil.

  3. Brush lightly with the melted butter. Roll the foil and fold up the ends.

  4. Place the wrapped ear on the grill and turn them ¼ turn about every 4 minutes.

  5. Optional: Remove each ear from the foil and grill to your desired level of brown or char on each ear. Rotate as you continue to grill.

  6. Allow the ears to cool slightly. Tip: If you have disposable wooden chop sticks sharpen them in a pencil sharpener. Insert the stick into each ear and cut to your desired length.

Add the toppings:

  1. Brush each ear with the crema Mexicana until well coated.

  2. Sprinkle each ear with the chile lime seasoning and cotija cheese. I like to use a baking tray to roll each ear around to get them coated. Optional: Mix the cayenne pepper into the chile lime seasoning for a kick or heat!

  3. Toss on the chopped cilantro and serve.

Recipe Notes

You can find Elote seasoning at Trader Joe's.  Many stores also sell Tajin which is very similar to the chile lime seasoning.


Alternate methods for cooking corn on the cob.

Boiling and steaming method:

  1. Place about 2 inches of water in the bottom of a large pasta pot or Dutch oven and bring it to a boil covered.
  2. Once boiling, place the desired number of ears in the pot. Bring the water to a boil once again while covered.
  3. When the water boils again, time for 5 minutes and the ears will be done.

Microwave method, best for single ears:

  1. Wrap a single ear with two wraps of paper towel.
  2. Wet the paper towel while wrapped around the ear. Get it soaked well.
  3. Place the wrapped ear on a microwave safe plate or baking dish. Microwave on high for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from the microwave and let it rest and slightly cool for about 2 minutes. Unwrap and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Elote - Mexican Style Corn on the Cob Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 146 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 344mg15%
Potassium 95mg3%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1678IU34%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 112mg11%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.