Spice up your corn for Cinco de Mayo

 The best, easy, crazy good, recipe for Mexican Street corn. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or your next BBQ. The best way to serve corn, ever.

 

It’s almost Cinco de Mayo (AKA drink margaritas day) and we’re going to be seeing lots of themed parties over the weekend.

 

So, in honor of all the things we’re celebrating, the beautiful weather, the coming of summer and finally breaking out the grill: I’m sharing a fabulous recipe for Mexican street corn, also called “Elotes”.

 

Elotes are a popular Mexican street food that’s so easy to make at home. If you’ve ever been to Mexico you’re probably familiar with street vendors selling this delicious grilled sweet corn slathered in a tangy creamy cheese sauce with chili and lime. Divine!

 

The best, easy, crazy good, recipe for Mexican Street corn. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or your next BBQ. The best way to serve corn, ever.

 

I’m sure there are a million different ways to make Mexican street corn. I’m not claiming that my recipe is 100% authentic. I do however claim that it is 100% delicious.

 

You’ll need to bust out the grill for this recipe as elotes are always grilled. Isn’t it amazing what grilling does to corn? As the sugars caramelize the corn tastes even sweeter with that beautiful hint of smoke.

 

Since you’re heating up the grill, check out these Bacon on the BBQ recipes – Bacon on the barbecue?  Yes, please!The two BEST recipes for irresistible must-have treats next time you fire up the grill. Asparagus and sweet onion, both wrapped in bacon and cooked on the BBQ. What’s not to love? 

 

The authentic Mexican ingredients can be purchased in the ethnic areas of the grocery store or at Carnicerias or you can use the common substitutions shown.

 

ELOTES – MEXICAN STREET CORN

 

Serves: 4 to 6  Time: 30 minutes

 

What You’ll Need:

  • 6 ears corn – on the cob
  • ¼ cup Mexican crema – or sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¾ cup cotija cheese, crumbled – divided – or feta or parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro – minced – divided
  • 2 limes 
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder – plus more for dusting
  • Cayenne pepper – optional

 

Here’s How:

  1. Remove the husk and silk from the corn. As an attractive option; tie the still attached husk with twine to make a handle.  Soak the corn in water for 20 minutes.The best, easy, crazy good, recipe for Mexican Street corn. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or your next BBQ. The best way to serve corn, ever.
  2. Preheat a clean, oiled grill to medium heat.  Grill the corn for no more than 10 minutes, rotating every 2 minutes.The best, easy, crazy good, recipe for Mexican Street corn. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or your next BBQ. The best way to serve corn, ever.
  3. To make this easier you might like one of these – Corn Grilling Basket – Non-Stick Corn Griller with 9″ Rosewood Handle – Cooks 4 Ears of Corn
  4. Meanwhile, combine mayo, crema, ½ cup cotija cheese, 1 tablespoon cilantro, chili powder and juice and zest of half a lime.  Place the remainder of the cheese on a plate.The best, easy, crazy good, recipe for Mexican Street corn. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or your next BBQ. The best way to serve corn, ever.
  5. Remove corn from the grill.The best, easy, crazy good, recipe for Mexican Street corn. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or your next BBQ. The best way to serve corn, ever.
  6. Evenly coat corn in the cheese sauce then roll in remainder of the cheese on the plate.The best, easy, crazy good, recipe for Mexican Street corn. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or your next BBQ. The best way to serve corn, ever. Drizzle with remaining sauce and sprinkle more cilantro and dust with chili powder. Oooooh! Pretty! Add some cayenne if you like it spicy.  Do eeeet!  Squeeze the other half lime over everything. Serve with extra lime quarters. You can adjust the ingredients to taste, more lime or no cilantro. It’s all good.

 

This method of preparing corn is so addictive I plan for 2 ears of corn per person. To make this more kid friendly and easier to eat you can cut the corn in half and stick it on heavy wooden skewers. This also helps roll the corn in the cheese.

 

The best, easy, crazy good, recipe for Mexican Street corn. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or your next BBQ. The best way to serve corn, ever.

 

For budget entertaining, make this the bulk of your celebration meal.  This way you can splurge on a smaller amount of a more expensive treat, like shrimp or good steak for tacos.

 

However you celebrate – Fiesta like there’s no mañana!

 

You may also like: One Ingredient Dulce de Leche     Cheese Enchiladas with Homemade Red Sauce 

 

 

 

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