Elote is a traditional Mexican dish made of corn on the cob that is boiled or grilled and then slathered in a creamy, spicy sauce. The dish is believed to have originated in the central Mexican state of Jalisco, where it is still a popular street food.

There are many different versions of elote, but the most common ingredients are corn, mayonnaise, sour cream, cheese, chili powder, and lime juice. The dish can be served as a side or main course, and is often eaten as a snack.

Elote is thought to have been introduced to the United States by Mexican immigrants in the early 20th century. The dish has become a popular street food in many American cities, particularly in the Southwest.


When making elote, it's important to pick the right ingredients. Start by selecting fresh and ripe corn on the cob. Make sure to remove the husks before grilling or boiling the corn. To give your elote a unique flavor, consider adding spices such as chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder. If you prefer a creamy texture, consider adding mayonnaise or sour cream. When serving, sprinkle with cotija cheese, lime juice, and fresh cilantro. Finally, to take your elote to the next level, top with a drizzle of chili-lime butter. With these tips, you can create a delicious and flavorful elote that everyone will love!

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No-Grill Elote

  • cilantro
  • cotija cheese
  • garlic
  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • salt
  • ancho chile
  • lime
  • corn

Elote In a Cup (Mexican corn in a cup)

  • olive oil
  • cumin
  • jalapeño
  • bell pepper
  • cilantro
  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • chili powder
  • garlic
  • cotija cheese
  • green onion
  • smoked paprika
  • corn
  • cilantro
  • plastic picnic
  • tortilla chip
  • zest


  • lime
  • cotija cheese
  • mayonnaise
  • mexican crema
  • ears corn
  • chili powder
  • cilantro

Ingredient Breakdown

cotija cheese
chili powder
sour cream
ears corn
guajillo chile powder
ears shucked corn
sweet corn
ancho chile
olive oil
bell pepper
green onion
smoked paprika
plastic picnic
tortilla chip
mexican crema
powdered cotija cheese
chipotle mayonnaise
lime juice
cayenne pepper
corn cob ear


Staple Ingredients

  • cilantro 100%

Common Ingredients

  • mayonnaise 88%

Usual Ingredients

  • cotija cheese 75%
  • lime 75%

Rarey Ingredients

  • chili powder 63%
  • garlic 63%