This Mexican Street Corn recipe will cap off the summer BBQ season with style!

Late summer corn on the cob is on sale and ready to grill! And with this recipe for Mexican Street Corn you can up-level any BBQ, picnic, or potluck! It’s a burst of sweet, salty, and spicy in every bite, and everyone enjoys it, both young and old. Serve this authentic style, south-of-the-border recipe with all things Mexican. Try it with Chicken Taco Soup or serve it alongside burritos and a pitcher of Cherry Margaritas. Olé!

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What is Mexican Street Corn?

“Elote” is another term for Mexican grilled corn that’s brushed with mayonnaise, grilled, and then rolled in a seasoning blend and Cotija cheese. It is served on a stick or in a paper boat, street food style. No need to have chef skills to make this traditional food because it turns out absolutely, decadently delicious every time.

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Ingredients and Variations

CORN: Choose ears that are heavy, with plump, evenly colored kernels. Yellow corn and white corn can be used interchangeably because both are sweet. If fresh corn isn’t available, frozen cobs will work once they are thawed.

CHEESE: For elote, the cheese needs to be dry and crumbly, with a salty flavor that complements the sweet corn. If you can’t find cotija you can use finely crumbled feta cheese. Mayonnaise and sour cream add a full-fat flavor with just a little tang and plain Greek yogurt can be switched out for sour cream.

SEASONINGS: The spice blend pulls all the flavors together! Chili powder, cumin, and cilantro are combined with salt and pepper so you can increase or decrease amounts as desired. Short on time? Use a pre-packaged taco seasoning mix! Easy peasy!

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How to Make Mexican Street Corn

  1. Remove husks and corn silk. Grill corn that’s been brushed with olive oil and salt and pepper per recipe below.
  2. Crumble cheese in a small bowl.
  3. Whisk together mayonnaise & sour cream with seasonings and fresh chopped cilantro.
  4. Roll, dip, or brush grilled corn on the cob in the sauce mixture and then sprinkle on or roll in the cheese. Next, top with remaining cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Serve hot.

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Tips for Perfect Mexican Elote

  • For best results, use finely grated cheese because the finer the cheese the better it clings to the corn. Use a box grater or a micro plane for a super fine crumble.
  • Try an indoor version of Mexican street corn by heating oil in a heavy skillet to brown the outside of the corn. Or, wrap oiled and seasoned corn in aluminum foil and bake until the corn is tender.
  • For a dramatic look, broil elote until the cheese starts to brown.

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What Goes with Mexican Street Corn?

Set up a whole Mexican buffet with these delicious ideas!

Pork Carnitas make the ideal entree for a Mexican night, and don’t forget to serve it with some Fresh Guacamole With Tomatoes and definitely some Restaurant Style Salsa. For the perfect salad, try this tasty Cowboy Caviar and  serve it with tortilla chips. Instant Pot Pickled Jalapenos taste great as a topping on everything, and for dessert, how about some Baked Churros with Spicy Chocolate Sauce? Yes please!

Storing Leftovers

Leftover Mexican street corn can be kept in a large zippered bag in the refrigerator up to 3 days, and then reheated in the microwave or even in the air fryer. Or cut rows of kernels and layer into a tasty Mexican Lasagna. Freeze elote after removing the kernels from corn for up to 4 weeks in small, zippered bags. You can also add elote to eggs, soups, stir fries, or eat it as a side dish!

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Mexican Street Corn (Elote)

This easy homemade Mexican Street Corn recipe makes the best version of street corn, with tasty Mexican style toppings on grilled sweet corn on the cob.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Candace


  • 4 cobs corn husks and silk removed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • cup mayonnaise
  • cup sour cream or crema
  • ½ teaspoon ancho chile powder *
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2-3 Tablespoons cilantro chopped, divided
  • ½ cup cotija cheese or feta cheese
  • 4 wedges lime


  • Preheat grill to medium.
  • Brush corn with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Grill corn for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked and lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, in a shallow dish, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, chile powder, cumin, and 1 Tablespoon cilantro.
  • In a separate dish, grate or crumble cheese**.
  • Roll corn in the mayonnaise mixture (or brush it on the corn). Roll corn in cheese (or sprinkle on top). Sprinkle with remaining cilantro.
  • Serve with lime wedges. Squeeze with lime juice before eating.


*Chipotle chile powder can be substituted.
**Crumbling by hand, a box grater, and a microplane grater will all work. The microplane makes the cheese fine and easy to roll in. I love the combination of a finely grated cheese with some crumbled by hand.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 238 | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 928mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 251IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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