How To Make Elotes (Mexican-Style Corn On The Cob)

Learn how to make elotes, a Mexican-style corn on the cob that is beyond delicious!

Did you know that corn is the top field crop for America? The Produce Moms home state, Indiana, is one of the major growing states. Known as being part of the “Corn Belt”, our home shares the title with Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, and Kentucky.

Corn is a great source of Vitamin C & low in fat – making it a food you can feel good about eating. We believe corn on the cob is a necessity at every backyard barbecue and cookout! Who’s with us?!

Elotes is a Mexican-style corn on the cob. If you typically serve traditional corn on the cob, switch things up a bit and try elotes at your next cookout. It’s always a crowd favorite!

Elotes: Mexican Style Corn on the Cob

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Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian, On the Grill
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 ears


  • 4 ears corn
  • butter
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • cotija cheese or parmesan
  • 1 tbsp chili powder


  • Remove silks and replace husks on corn cobs. Tie corn cobs with a string and soak in water for 30 minutes.
  • Remove corn on the cob from water and grill until husks are browned.
  • Remove from grill and pull back husks. Grill again until corn is lightly charred and then remove from grill.
  • Brush corn on the cob with melted butter and mayo. Sprinkle with cojita cheese and chili powder.

Do you always have a hard time shucking your corn? Here’s a Produce Moms hack that’ll have you shucking corn like a boss!

How to shuck corn like a boss

Don’t forget to put corn on the cob on this week’s grocery list and try making elote corn. Let us know what you think!

Love Mexican Street Corn? Try our recipe for Elote Salad too! 
Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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