Corn in a Cup (Elote en Vaso)


Learn how to make elote en vaso with this easy recipe for Mexican street food at its finest. Every time I visit El Paso or Mexico, the craving for elote en vaso steps into high gear. Now when I crave this at home, I can whip it up anytime. I like to make it fancy by serving it in a pretty glass instead of the traditional styrofoam cup; the taste is sweet, crunchy, fiery, and juicy no matter how you serve it. This is a very customizable recipe; feel free to adjust the proportions of lime juice, crema, cheese, and spices to taste!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
three servings of corn in a cup, each served with a lime wedge.

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  • 10 ears corn, shucked and kernels removed

  • 1 ¼ cups butter

  • 2 ½ cups lime juice

  • 2 ½ cups crema Mexicana (Mexican cream)

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons chili powder, or to taste

  • salt to taste

  • 1 ¼ cups crumbled cotija cheese

  • 10 dashes hot pepper sauce (Optional)

  • 10 wedges fresh lime


  1. Place corn kernels 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 the saucepan to dry.

    a top down view of corn kernels in a sauce pan, covered with water.

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  2. Spoon 3/4 cup corn into each of 10 serving bowls. Stir 2 tablespoons butter into each bowl until melted. Mix 1/4 cup lime juice and 1/4 cup crema Mexicana into each bowl. Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon chili powder on top and season with salt.

    3/4 cup of corn kernels added to 10 small glass cups, topped with butter and salt

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    a close up on a cup of corn topped with butter, salt, and chili powder.

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  3. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons cotija cheese, a dash of hot sauce, and a lime wedge.

    10 cups of corn dressed with butter, salt, chili powder, and fresh crumbled Cotija cheese. each served with a lime wedge.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

564 Calories
52g Fat
26g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 564
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 52g 66%
Saturated Fat 32g 161%
Cholesterol 160mg 53%
Sodium 406mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 26mg 132%
Calcium 132mg 10%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 346mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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