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Corn in a Cup (Elote en Vaso)

Rated as 4.8 out of 5 Stars

"This is Mexican street food at its finest. Anytime I visit El Paso or Mexico the craving of elote en vaso steps into high gear. Now anytime I crave this I whip it up at home, except I make it fancy by serving it in a pretty glass instead of the traditional Styrofoam® cup. No matter how you serve it the taste is sweet, crunchy, fiery, and juicy. This is a very loose recipe. Feel free to adjust the proportions of lime juice, crema, cheese, and spices to taste!"
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20 m servings 564
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. Place corn in a saucepan and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and return corn to saucepan.
  2. Spoon 3/4 cup corn into 10 serving bowls; add 2 tablespoons butter to each and stir until butter is melted. Mix 1/4 cup lime juice and 1/4 cup crema Mexicana into each bowl; sprinkle a generous amount of chili powder over each. Season with salt.
  3. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons cotija cheese and hot sauce; garnish with a lime wedge.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 564 calories; 51.5 25.8 9 160 406 Full nutrition

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Corn in a cup is something we would sell out of at concessions stands for my kid's track team in El Paso. I have to say the basics are there but the crema and lime juice per cup seemed a bit muc...

The key is in the last sentence: "Feel free to adjust the proportions of lime juice, crema, cheese, and spices to taste!" The proportions listed are a far cry from what I used, and mine came ou...

the big thing that I did differently is adding the lime juice to taste. the first time I made it the lime juice was very overpowering. the time after I started adding the lime juice a little at ...

This was very good, but I recommend starting with small amounts of the crema and lime juice and tasting as you go. I only used a few tsps of lime juice and it was still overpowering. Next time I...

Love this in the summer. In Mexico street vendors sell it from little push carts but instead of crema, mayonnaise is used plus Tajin. Love it both ways.

Yum! I used frozen corn that I pushed around in a cast iron skillet over high heat. Then I sprinkled it with Tajin, lime juice, crumbled queso fresco, and a dab of plain yogurt.

I made it exactly as the recipe states. My kiddos loved it. I do think 10 ears of corn is a bit much.

I could not find crema, so I mixed equal parts mayonnaise and sour cream. I put out the mixture, the cheese, the chili powder, and the lime juice in small bowls for people to add as they wished...

I made this and my family LOVED it. I added cilantro and only used one slice of lime juice, plus I used 1/2 sourcream and 1/2 mayonnaise in place of MExican crema, but it wasn’t DELICIOUS and i...