This Grilled Street Corn is a fully loaded, delicious summer side! Fresh corn is lightly charred and topped with tangy cheese, chili, cayenne, fresh cilantro, and bright lime juice. A perfect farmer’s market meal! Vegan option included.
Another farmer’s market classic for today: grilled corn on the cob, inspired by elote! Full of fresh summer ingredients, this dish is a hearty side dish that will be welcome at any BBQ or summer dinner table.
What is Elote (Mexican Grilled Street Corn)?
A delicious way to enjoy summer corn, elote is grilled and covered in salt, chili powder, butter, cotija cheese, mayo/crema, lime juice, and cilantro. The word elote evolved from the Nahuatl word elotitutl. This translates to “tender cob” . Corn has been a staple ingredient in many Latin American cultures for centuries.
It’s important to note that I am just beginning to learn more about traditional Mexican cuisine, and this is far from an authentic recipe. I am fortunate enough to live very close to Mexico and be surrounded by high-quality, traditional Mexican food. I am really enjoying learning about the culture and created this recipe out of ingredients I tend to have around my kitchen. I encourage you to visit Latinx restaurants in your area to learn more about this diverse and delicious cuisine!
How do I Make Street Corn?
There are a variety of methods that I’ve seen for effectively grilling corn. Some people choose to keep the corn in husk, which can help steam the kernels. For the sake of my readers who do not have access to a grill (and because my apartment grills are closed #COVID), I’m including a method for making this right on the stovetop. It won’t have the same smokiness you get from a gas or charcoal grill, but some hot spices help this.
The speed at which your corn cooks will really depend on which method you choose (grill or stovetop). I recommend looking for indicators of doneness (like charring) as opposed to relying on a specific number of minutes. You don’t want your cobs to turn totally black, but you also don’t want raw kernels.
Looking for more ways to enjoy corn this summer? Try one of these recipes next!Print