Grilled Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote)

Corn season is in full swing where I live.
Although we didn't grow corn
 in our garden this year we're fortunate to live right nearby
 a number of farms which grow it every year.  
Nothing like sweet, juicy just-picked corn on the cob!
I understand this method of preparation originated in Oaxaca, Mexico, 
where it is offered by street vendors.  It's absolutely delicious ~ 
and of the ways I've served the abundance of corn this 
summer, I'm sure I've prepared it this way more than any other.
It's THAT good.

Preparation is straightforward enough ~ shuck and clean silk 
from corn, grill on a medium hot charcoal or gas grill, 
turning occasionally until corn is hot and has developed 
char marks here and there.

Remove corn from grill and roll or brush with softened 
(or melted) butter. Sprinkle cobs with salt. 
Spread an even layer of good mayonnaise like Best Foods/Hellmann's 
(not salad dressing) on the cob ~ sprinkle with crumbled or 
grated fresh cheese such as Cotija or Queso Fresco, 
(if you cannot find either of those, I have also used crumbled 
Feta cheese in a pinch,  it works ~ however, 
I prefer the Mexican-type cheeses.)

I usually place some or all of the following optional condiments 
on the table so each one can add what they like, if desired:

lime wedges 
ground Cayenne pepper or ground Chipotle Chile Pepper
a couple of tablespoons chopped cilantro
Cholula® brand hot sauce

Best served piping hot (although we've been known to 
eat them at room temperature as well.) 

Make plenty ~ everybody seems to love corn prepared this way.

If you would like a printable copy of the recipe click HERE.



  1. that looks so delishous. thanks for the recipe.

  2. Well I think I must send this to my daughters..How perfect!

  3. This looks amazing! I've always wanted to try corn this way, but always end up being lazy and just plain grilling it.

  4. I saw MS show this same way of preparing corn after she made a trip to Mexico. It looked amazing and I am seeing this cheese in our grocery stores now. It looks delicious. My uncle would be so proud that I was eating street food of Mexico. He lives in Mexico and wants me to come down for a visit. I must try this soon since it looks so amazing.


  5. Only you, Mari, could give corn such a cute hairdo. I'm going to remember this one!

  6. This is one of my favorite street food. I love the tang and spicy flavors that contrast with he sweet corn. :)

  7. Some day I would like to try this on the streets of Mexico but until then........


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