Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

Grilled Mexican street corn (elotes) makes for a perfect summer side dish, appetizer, or yummy snack that everyone can enjoy!

Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

What is Mexican Street Corn?

Mexican street corn or elotes Mexicanos is grilled corn on the cob covered with Mexican spices and lime juice.

A classic Mexican street food that you eat right off the cob. Perfect for a BBQ and goes great with many main dishes.

Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

Mexican street corn (elotes) ingredients

  • Yellow sweet corn
  • Limes
  • Mexican crema or sour cream if you can’t find the crema
  • Mayonnaise
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Chile/chili powder
  • Cayenne pepper (a pinch)
  • Cotija cheese – feta cheese or Mexican queso fresco will work if you can’t find cotija in your grocery store
Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

How to make elotes

Making street corn is super easy. You start by grilling the corn directly on the grates until lightly charred on all sides, but if you can’t grill the corn you can simply boil them, roast them in the oven, or cook them in a skillet with some oil.

Once the corn is grilled squeeze some lime juice over them and then add a layer of the mayo and sour cream spice mixture. Top it with cotija, serve with some limes and enjoy!

How to pick sweet corn

  1. The husks should be bright green, soft, and seem a little wet to the touch
  2. The silks should be golden or light brown
  3. Check and make sure the corn is plump by pulling the husk back a little
Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican


  • 4 corn on the cobs shucked
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream or mexican crema
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • ½ cup cotija cheese
  • limes some wedges for serving


  • Grill corn for 8-10 minutes or until lightly charred on all sides
  • In a bowl mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro, garlic, cayenne pepper, and chili powder
  • Remove the corn from the grill and squeeze lime juice on top and then spread the mixture on all sides of the corn
  • Top with crumbled cotjia, more fresh cilantro and lime wedges. Enjoy!

Pin for later!

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

More Mexican recipes:

Chicken tacos

Chicken taquitos


1 thought on “Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating