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Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote)


"My Mexican friend gave me this recipe for corn on the cob. Street vendors there sell their corn made this way. Cotija cheese can be found in most grocery stores."
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20 m servings 386 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Calories:
  • 386 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 29.1 g
  • 45%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.9g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 8.4 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 53 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium:
  • 368 mg
  • 15%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
  2. Grill corn until hot and lightly charred all over, 7 to 10 minutes, depending on the temperature of the grill. Roll the ears in melted butter, then spread evenly with mayonnaise. Sprinkle with cotija cheese and serve with a lime wedge.


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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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I have been making corn this way for years. For 6 servings, use 4 tbs mayonnaise, 2 tsp fresh lime juice, 1 tsp cumin and mix together. Roll the grilled corn in butter, then the mayonnaise mix...

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Very good - I skipped the butter and added the spice - Tajin, look for it in your local grocery store - it is chili powder with lime. Otherwise I suggest using chili powder.

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I have been making corn this way for years. For 6 servings, use 4 tbs mayonnaise, 2 tsp fresh lime juice, 1 tsp cumin and mix together. Roll the grilled corn in butter, then the mayonnaise mix...

I love this recipe because I modified the following based on another recipe online: - Mixed in one bowl, 3 tbsp of mayonnaise and 2 tsp of lime juice to it. - Mixed in another bowl, 2 tbsp g...

This recipe is only the starting point: I strongly suggest that you follow the recipe that SKHOUSTO shared in her is definitely 5 star! It bears repeating: 3 tablespoons fat-fre...

This recipe works better with white corn. Plus, you need to soak it in water with the husk still on for about 30 minutes. After that, remove from water, cook until the husk is charred. Remove...

In addition to the lime, and if you like hot food, most vendors add chile guajillo and a little salt. It's a chile power - Cayenne is an OK sub. This stuff is really excellent - almost addicti...

I couldn't find cotija cheese so I used grated parmesan. It turned out great. I have also used this recipe with corn cut off the cob. It was very creamy and had a great flavor.

Growing up in East Los Angeles, this was one of my favorite after school snacks! The recipe the street vendors used was, they boiled the corn, rubbed mayo on them, sprinkled the cotija over that...

This is so good. Another variation is to grill the corn, spread with mayo,sprinkle grated parmesan cheese all over the corn and add a couple of dashes of Tabasco sauce, yummy!!

i take the corn off the cob and put in a cup then add all ingredients,and mix together. they sell this corn like hotcakes here inthe summer. totally awesome. nice that i can make it home in the ...