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Elotes (Grilled Mexican street corn)

Discussion in 'Veggies' started by xray, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    Oh hell yeah!

    So I finally got to make this and I’m glad I did. My wife even said that I need to make this a lot more during the summer. We ate the corn as the main dish and served it with a cucumber tomato salad on the side.

    In a large bowl combine:

    1/4c Sour Cream
    1/4c Mayo
    1/2c crumbled cheese (Cotija or Feta cheese)
    1 handful of chopped cilantro
    1 garlic clove minced
    1/2 tsp Ancho chili powder
    1/2 tsp Chipotle chili powder (or smoked paprika)
    Juice of one lime wedge

    Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.

    Lightly spray corn with olive oil and place on the grill, turning often until corn is cooked and charred. This took me about 15 minutes.

    Hold an ear of corn in the bowl with the mixture. Brush mixture on hot corn on all sides and place on a serving dish, repeat with remaining corn. After corn is plated sprinkle with extra cheese, cilantro and more squeezed lime juice.

    I used feta cheese since my local Weis didn’t have Cotija but I will use it next time, I could get it pretty easily at Wally world.

    Sorry about my hack job on the cilantro garnish, I was hungry and I tried cutting it on a paper plate...so finesse goes out the window there lol!

    If you get a chance, make this. I really enjoyed it. It’s quick. I made the mixture while the grill preheated.

    Thanks for looking. Xray
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2019
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  2. looks damn fine to me, point worthy for sure!
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  3. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    Thanks for the like greatfx, it sure was good!
  4. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm not normally a fan of grilled corn on the cob, but I must say that looks wonderful.

    Point for sure
  5. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks good . Tried that last week . I think I was to heavy on my toppings .
    You're right , great flavor . I like the Cotija cheese .
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  6. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    Thanks Chris for the point. It would be just as good shaved off the cob and into a bowl. My mom wants me to make this for her but she doesn’t eat corn on the cob.

    If you wanted to take it a step further, you could shave it off the cob over some tortilla chips and top that with some queso for street corn nachos. Yum!
  7. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    Thanks Chop! Yeah I think what you see in the pic is as heavy as I’ll go with the topping. I’ll admit it doesn’t taste good eating it with a spoon, but slathered on some grilled corn it really does come together.
  8. TomKnollRFV

    TomKnollRFV Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Looks amazing!

    I've always soaked the corn in the husks and left a few over it before grilling. Didn't really know it would be safe when dehusked entirely!

    Gonna have to try this!
  9. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Oh Hell Yeah!
    Looking right tasty, damned good stuff.

    Brings back memories of growing up back in SoCal, street corn was found not only in TJ, or the barrio, but anywhere a vendor could find a crowd. There was one roach coach that'd have a line a block long at lunch, best thing on the menu... Street Corn.
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  10. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    Thanks Tom, you most definitely can peel the corn and grill. I’ve been doing this for awhile since it’s only the wife and I. It sure beats heating up a kitchen in the summer time boiling water for a few ears of corn.

    Corn on the grill has a more roasted and nuttier flavor but also a tad bit chewier. What I like to do is baste with butter while grilling and then sprinkle with salt right before pulling off.

    Thanks Chile, it was good stuff especially for my first time making it. It sounds like you had a pretty tasty childhood!
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  11. SmokinVOLfan

    SmokinVOLfan Master of the Pit

    Damn man that looks awesome! I just happen to have 5 ears at home and was going to do some chicken tonight on the grill...looks like I found my side to go with it. I actually saved your chimchurri recipe and plan to put that on the chicken. Cold beer to wash it down.
  12. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    That looks Mighty Tasty!!
    Nice Job, X !!

  13. krj

    krj Meat Mopper

    I have never had elotes, but have always wanted to try it. My current diet doesn't support me having it so it so that's currently a no go. I kind of want to find a recipe for this as like an off the cob recipe for catering gigs, just the thought of the flavors makes me think even here in the heart of Noethnicflavorsville it would be well received.
  14. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It is as easy as preparing as shown and then cutting it off the cob into a bowl.

    Or you can pan fry fresh or canned whole corn and then garnish.

    Got dentures? This is for you!
  15. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    That sounds like you’re in for a good meal! Let me know if you like it. Tonight I’m grilling marinated pork tenderloin and serving it over couscous or quinoa and topped with homemade pesto...my basil plant is growing like crazy!

    If you’re using the cilantro for the corn, you could add the rest of the cilantro to the chimichurri recipe if you want. Some recipes use 1/2 parsley 1/2 cilantro.
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  16. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    Thanks Bear! It was pretty tasty. I’ll be doing this more once the local corn starts coming in.
  17. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    Are you on the keto diet so you can’t have the corn?

    Yeah like Chile said, you could shave it off into a bowl...It all goes in the same place and comes out the same anyways right!? Lol

    Thanks for the pan fry idea. I do this with frozen corn to throw into salads but didn’t think about using for the elote recipe...I’m thinking street corn nachos. Throw this on some tortilla chips and top with white queso and jalapeño!
  18. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I just posted one of my favorite pan fried corn recipes in another forum, check it out.
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  19. I have 6 ears at home waiting on me and I think i'm going to do exactly that. Thanks for the recipe!
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  20. ab canuck

    ab canuck Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks and sounds great!!! Point for sure. Definitely want to try that. Have to be feta, don't think I will find cojita up here. Will have to try the mexican store if I ever get some days off here.