Mexican Street Corn Recipe: Spice, Yummy and Delightful

Mexican Street Corn Recipe
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Mexican Street Corn Recipe
Mexican street corn, also known as elote, is a popular and delicious street food that's typically grilled and coated with a mix of flavorful ingredients. Here's a basic recipe to make Mexican street corn at home

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I recently learned about Mexican Street Corn, or elote, at a food festival I attended. It’s a popular Mexican snack featuring grilled corn on the cob, smothered in a creamy mixture of mayonnaise, cheese, lime, and chili powder. I can’t wait to make it at home for a flavorful and fun side dish.

What is Mexican Street Corn?

Mexican Street Corn, also known as “elote,” is a popular street food in Mexico and many parts of the United States. It’s typically made with whole ears of corn, which are either grilled or boiled, then coated with a mixture of mayonnaise or crema (Mexican sour cream), rolled in crumbled cheese (like cotija or feta), and sprinkled with chili powder, lime juice, and sometimes fresh cilantro.

Elote is often sold by street vendors, who serve it on a stick or in a cup, making it easy to eat while on the go. The combination of smoky, creamy, tangy, and slightly spicy flavors makes it a delicious and satisfying snack. The variations can be extensive, with different toppings and seasonings added according to personal taste.

Overview: How to Make Mexican Street Corn At Home?

Mexican Street Corn Recipe

Mexican Street Corn, or “elote,” is a classic street food dish from Mexico. It’s made by grilling or boiling corn on the cob, then slathering it with a creamy blend of mayonnaise and sour cream. The corn is then rolled in crumbled cotija cheese and sprinkled with chili powder. A squeeze of fresh lime juice adds a zesty touch. This dish is a popular street snack, known for its smoky, creamy, spicy, and tangy flavors. It’s often served on a stick or as corn in a cup, perfect for a summer barbecue or a casual gathering. You can also customize it with extra toppings like chopped cilantro or hot sauce for an extra kick.

Mexican Street Corn Recipe

Mexican Street Corn Recipe

Mexican street corn, also known as elote, is a popular and delicious street food that’s typically grilled and coated with a mix of flavorful ingredients. Here’s a basic recipe to make Mexican street corn at home
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Calories: 325kcal
Author: Jacob Allen
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • Grill or stovetop grill pan
  • Tongs
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Brush or spoon for spreading sauce
  • Serving platter or plate

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn husked and cleaned
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Mexican crema
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese crumbled (or feta cheese if cotija is not available)
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • 1 tsp chili powder optional
  • Fresh cilantro chopped (optional)
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Grill the Corn: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Grill the corn for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until it’s nicely charred and cooked through. If you don’t have a grill, you can broil the corn in the oven or use a stovetop grill pan.
  • Prepare the Sauce: In a bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and sour cream or Mexican crema. Add a pinch of salt to taste.
  • Coat the Corn: Once the corn is cooked, use a brush or a spoon to coat each ear with the mayonnaise and sour cream mixture.
  • Add the Cheese and Seasonings: Roll or sprinkle the corn in the crumbled cotija cheese to cover it evenly. Sprinkle with chili powder for a bit of heat and add chopped cilantro if desired.
  • Serve with Lime: Serve the corn with lime wedges on the side. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the corn before eating for a burst of citrus flavor.

Notes

This classic recipe is easy to customize. You can adjust the seasonings to your taste or experiment with other toppings like hot sauce, smoked paprika, or garlic powder. Enjoy your Mexican street corn!

Nutrition

Serving: 1Ear corn | Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 350mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g

Can I make Mexican street corn with canned corn?

Yes, you can. Just drain the canned corn and warm it up before mixing it with the other ingredients. It won’t have the same charred flavor as grilled corn, but it’s a quick alternative.

What cheese can I use if I can’t find cotija?

If cotija isn’t available, you can substitute with feta cheese or Parmesan. Both have a similar crumbly texture and tangy flavor.

How can I make Mexican street corn spicier?

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To make it spicier, increase the amount of chili powder or add a dash of hot sauce. You can also add finely chopped jalapeños or serrano peppers.

Can I make Mexican street corn ahead of time?

Yes, you can make it ahead of time, but it’s best served warm. If making ahead, prepare the corn but add the cheese and seasonings just before serving to keep it fresh.

What if I don’t have a grill?

If you don’t have a grill, you can broil the corn in the oven or use a stovetop grill pan. This will give the corn a similar charred flavor.

How do I store leftover Mexican street corn?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, you can use a microwave or warm it in a skillet.

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