7 Mexican Street Corn-Inspired Recipes
Elote means "corn cob" in Spanish, but it's also the name given to a famous Mexican street corn dish. With flavors of sweet corn, cotija cheese, lime, chili powder, mayonnaise, and cilantro, the flavors of elote have inspired many other recipes. So whether you're enjoying it on the cob, as a salad, or in a cup, there are several ways to use fresh corn all summer long in elote-inspired recipes.
Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote)
This is the iconic elote dish, the one that probably flamed your love for the flavors of the famous Mexican street food. Grilled until just tender, this corn on the cob gets the works: It's rolled in butter, smeared with a little mayonnaise, then sprinkled with cotija cheese and lime juice.
Elotes (Mexican Corn in a Cup)
Ready in just 15 minutes, this elotes — Mexican corn in a cup — makes for a delicious side or impressive appetizer. Don't skip the Tajin seasoning used here. It's worth seeking out for it's tangy and mildly spicy flavor. It can be found in the Hispanic section of most grocery stores.
Elote Bowl with Grilled Pineapple
"This recipe turns one of my favorite street foods into a delicious meal and is a strong contender for my family's favorite 'meatless Monday' dish," says recipe creator BG. "The mix of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors turn an ordinary weeknight into a fiesta."
Corn in a Cup (Elote en Vaso)
Get all the flavor of elote but in a spoonable salad form. Freshly grilled corn is tossed with a creamy chili-lime mayonnaise, scallions, and cilantro. Eat it on the side, or spoon over tacos and salads for a burst of flavor.
This twist on elote will make you wonder why you didn't try this flavor combo sooner. These simple swaps — lemon juice instead of lime, feta in place of cotija, and fresh basil replacing cilantro — give the dish a Mediterranean-inspired flair.