Recipe: Elotes – Mexican Grilled Corn

by Fair Fashionista - Sanne
Elotes recipe, Mexican grilled corn

Grilled corn ears are a popular street food in Mexico. They are easy to make and quite filling, so they are perfect as a snack or as part of a Mexican meal.

I got this recipe from Alejandra, the founder of LemonyMX, months ago, but I just could not find Mexican Cotija cheese anywhere, so it was not until after she managed to convince me to just substitute with feta, that I finally gave it a try. The grilled corn ears are delicious, so don’t let any cheese obstacles hold you back, you need to try these. Feta or Cotija, elotes are super delicious. 

Elotes Recipe

Ingredients (for 4 persons as a snack, or for 2 persons as lunch)

4 corn ears

Mayonnaise (use real mayonnaise, not Miracle Whip or other kinds of sandwich spread)


Mexican Cotija cheese (or feta, if you can’t find cotija)

2 Limes


Chili powder


Grill the corn with the husks on for 3-5 minutes on each side. Make sure you turn the corn frequently so they don’t get charred.

Take the corn off the grill and smother in butter.

Squeeze some fresh lime juice over the corn.

Brush generously with mayonnaise

Add plenty of crumbled cheese.

Sprinkle with salt and chili powder.

The corn is ready! Serve hot, with extra lime wedges on the side.

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