How to make Elote Mexican Street Food Corn

 

Elote, also known as Mexican street corn, is a popular and delicious street food in Mexico. It features grilled or boiled corn on the cob slathered with a creamy and tangy sauce, then topped with various seasonings. Here's an overview of the ingredients and the cooking process for making Elote:

Ingredients:
- Fresh corn on the cob
- Mayonnaise
- Sour cream or Mexican crema
- Crumbled cotija cheese or grated Parmesan cheese
- Chili powder or Tajin seasoning
- Fresh lime wedges
- Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Instructions:
1. Start by preparing the corn. If grilling, preheat your grill to medium-high heat. If boiling, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
2. Remove the husks and silk from the corn cobs, leaving the stem intact for easy handling.
3. If grilling, lightly brush the corn cobs with oil or melted butter to prevent sticking. Place the corn directly on the grill and cook for about 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until the corn is lightly charred and cooked through. If boiling, place the corn cobs in the boiling water and cook for about 8-10 minutes until they are tender.
4. While the corn is cooking, prepare the sauce by combining equal parts mayonnaise and sour cream or Mexican crema in a bowl. Stir well to combine.
5. Once the corn is cooked, remove it from the grill or pot and let it cool slightly for easier handling.
6. Brush each corn cob generously with the mayonnaise and sour cream or crema mixture, ensuring that all sides are coated.
7. Sprinkle crumbled cotija cheese or grated Parmesan cheese over the corn, covering it evenly.
8. Sprinkle chili powder or Tajin seasoning over the cheese, adding as much or as little as you prefer, depending on your spice preference.
9. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the corn, adding a tangy kick.
10. Optionally, garnish with chopped fresh cilantro for added freshness and flavor.
11. Serve the Elote immediately while it's still warm and the cheese is slightly melted.

Note: Elote is typically eaten by holding the corn cob by the stem and biting into it directly. However, if you prefer, you can also cut the kernels off the cob and serve the seasoned corn in a bowl or as a topping for salads or other dishes.

Enjoy the mouthwatering flavors of Elote, combining the sweetness of corn with the creamy and tangy sauce and spicy seasonings!

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