By Vanessa Greaves

What is elote?

Meet elote, (eh-LOW-teh) the spicy grilled corn-on-the-cob made famous by Mexican street-food vendors. And it just might become your new favorite way to spice up grilled corn this summer. I'll show you how to make elote and share top elote recipes for you to try at home.

Pictured: Mexican Grilled Corn | Photo by slw7

How to Make Elote

Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote)

Prep 10 min. | Cook 10 min. | Ready in 20 min
Take a fresh ear of corn, grill until sweet and smoky with a slight char to caramelize the kernels, then slather in melted butter and creamy mayonnaise (!!), sprinkle with cotija cheese and a big squeeze of lime. Dust with chili powder if you want to bring the heat, then stand there and eat it hot and fresh off the grill. It's a total sensory experience, and one you'll want on heavy rotation all summer.

Elote Recipes to Try

Like any dish made popular by the people, there's no one and only way to make it. Here's how others are doing up their elote.

Mexican Grilled Corn

Chef John boils the corn briefly in water, grills it, then slathers on a spicy ancho chili mayonnaise, and calls this the last grilled corn recipe he'll ever need. Check out the video:

Corn in a Cup (Elote en Vaso)

Allrecipes member Muy Bueno cuts off the corn kernels to make Mexican corn in a cup. She says, "Anytime I visit El Paso or Mexico, the craving of elote en vaso steps into high gear." The video shows you how to make it.

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