Elote Mexican Grilled Corn

Elote Mexican Grilled Corn is sweet corn that’s grilled and smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese. Once you try it you’ll never go back to regular corn again!

Elote Mexican Grilled Corn is a super quick and tasty way to eat corn this Summer!pinterestElote Mexican Grilled Corn is my new favorite way to eat sweet summer corn. Just a fair warning – it’s highly addictive!
In the past few weeks I have eaten Mexican Grilled Corn, also known as elote, more than 10 times.

Elote Mexican Grilled Corn Recipe

I’m a tad obsessed.

I don’t know why I haven’t introduced this corn into my life sooner.

When I finally made it for my family, my husband casually says, “Oh, elote! Sweet, I used to eat this stuff daily when I lived in Guatemala.”


I feel it grounds for divorce that he has not shared this deliciousness with me sooner. How dare he. Lucky for him, my fingers were covered in cheese and chili powder, so I couldn’t use my phone to google divorce lawyers immediately.

Elote Mexican Grilled Corn is a super quick and tasty way to eat corn this Summer!

I’m pretty sure I can never eat a naked piece of corn on the cob again.

It would almost feel like a waste to just eat it with butter and salt from now on.

Once you have had it smeared with a mayo/sour cream mixture, riddled with parmesan cheese, and generously sprinkled with chili powder, salt and cilantro… there is no going back.

Elote Mexican Grilled Corn is a super quick and tasty way to eat corn this Summer!

Trust me… I don’t want to go back.

And I suppose I’ll keep my husband too. He’s good for things like killing spiders and mowing the lawn.

If you love this corn, wait till you try my Mexican Corn Dip too!


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Elote – Mexican Grilled Corn

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 146 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 6 ears of corn, shucked and fibers removed
  • 2 tbsp mayonaise
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 1/2 cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese, or you can use a Mexican cheese called Cotija
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, cut into 6 wedges


  • Heat grill over medium heat and spray rack with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Grill corn, turning frequently (so they don't burn), until the corn is slightly browned and heated through. (about 8-10 minutes)
  • Meanwhile combine the mayo and sour cream in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.
  • In another small bowl combine the chili powder, salt and pepper.
  • Slather the hot grilled corn with mayo/sour cream mixture (I use a pastry brush to brush it on), then sprinkle with the chili powder mixture. Coat in the parmesan cheese, and sprinkle with the chopped cilantro.
  • Serve with a lime wedge (use the lime to squirt lime juice all over the cobs).
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8.4g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 391.6mg | Sugar: 4.8g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 14mg
Keywords: corn, elote, grilled, Mexican
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
32 Responses
  1. Rosie Aleman

    The only change I would make is to use Mexican cheese like fresco instead of parmesan. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Stephanie

    I made these tonight as a side with our steaks. Oh. My. Heavens. Absolutely delicious! We will never eat plain old buttered corn again! Thank you so much for your wonderful recipe!

  3. Bree (Skinny Mommy)

    Looks great! Reminds me of how everytime we go to Mexican my best friend makes a run for elote off the street! 🙂

  4. Oksana

    This looks so good!! I am happy to find this recipe, corn season is on!! I thought there is nothing better than corn with butter and salt. You proved it, elote is better))

  5. Mimi Avocado

    And to think we drove all the way to Malibu to get corn at Cafe Habana. Now I have no excuse but to make it at home.

  6. Corie Gibson

    I made this recipe (except for the sour cream) a few weeks ago. It’s so yummy!!! Will need to try to add the sour cream next time!!!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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