Atole de Elote

My mother-in-law taught me this recipe. Atole de elote (also called "atole" for short) is usually served as a hot drink, although it can also be served in the form of a pudding or a soup. Here's my recipe for a simple atole in the form of a hot drink. Garnish with cinnamon if desired.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 6 ears white corn

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 cups milk

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Fill a large bowl with ice and cold water. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add corn and cook uncovered until kernels are slightly softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately immerse in ice water for several minutes to stop the cooking process. Drain.

  2. Remove kernels from the cob using a knife and transfer to a blender. Add 1 cup water, or 1/2 cup if blending in two batches, and blend until puréed. Strain the mixture into a bowl using a fine-mesh strainer; discard the solids. Run liquid once more through a clean strainer.

  3. Stir in milk; transfer mixture to a medium nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat until milk is heated through. Stir in sugar, vanilla extract, and salt; bring to a gentle simmer.

  4. Reduce heat to low and combine 1/4 cup of the hot liquid with cornstarch. Pour mixture into the skillet and stir constantly until atole begins to thicken to desired consistency, about 5 minutes. Immediately remove from heat. Pour into pudding bowls, soup bowls, or cups.

Cook's Notes:

You can view the complete recipe, along with step-by-step pictures, on my blog at Postres de La Cipota. Buen provecho!

Instead of blanching fresh corn, feel free to substitute 2 cans of whole kernel corn.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

214 Calories
3g Fat
45g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 214
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 68mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 110mg 8%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 321mg 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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