Mexican Street Corn with chilies, cilantro, and lime. ( Aka Elotes!) Serve as an appetizer with chips or a delicious side. This lighter version can be grilled or sautéed and is vegan adaptable!

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Here’s a simple dish we often have in Mexico highlighting fresh sweet summer corn -Mexican Street Corn with chilies, cilantro and lime.

One night, in the small town of Sayulita, a little street cart, lined up with customers was serving up cups and cups of this-  also called Esquites, Elotes, or Vasito de Elotes, which means “little corn cups”.

Such a delicious late-night snack!  Street food vendors often line the avenues at night with their flavorful antojitos which literally translates to “little cravings” – some of the best food I’ve had there. Since then, I’ve been chomping at the bit to make this, waiting for sweet summer corn to come into season.

 This version can be kept vegan or feel free to add feta or Cojita cheese for authenticity and extra richness, depth of flavor. Many authentic versions also include mayo and butter, but here I’ve intentionally left optional to create a lighter, healthier version.

Serve this up with a piece of grilled fish or chicken, or add a side of heirloom beans, tomatoes and avocado and turn it into a vegetarian meal.  The leftovers can be folded into tacos the next day, added to buddha bowls, or used as a dip with corn chips. You’ll have no problem using up these leftovers, I promise.

Mexican Street Corn with chilies, cilantro and lime - also called Elotes. This lighter version can be grilled or sautéed and can easily be made vegan! | www.feastingathome.com

This version of Mexican Street Corn starts with fresh sweet summer corn, with the kernels shaved off the cobs. Or if you have a grill, grill the ears of corn, directly on the grill( see recipe notes) then cut.

A little tip: There is a tendency to hold the corn cobs straight up and vertical while slicing downward…. which inevitably gets corn kernels everywhere. Try laying the ear of corn down and slice downward for a more controlled approach.

Save the cobs and add to your next batch of veggie stock for delicious flavor.

Mexican Street Corn with chilies, cilantro and lime - also called Elotes. This lighter version can be grilled or sautéed and can easily be made vegan! | www.feastingathome.com

Here I’ve simply sautéed the corn, with shallot, chilies, garlic and spices.

Another way is to grill the corn first, especially if you are grilling anyways, and the charred bits of corn add delicious flavor!

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A very simple side dish, yet so full of flavor- and it goes perfectly with so many other Mexican inspired dishes.

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Here are some other dishes to pair this with:

Veggie Fajita Bowl with Cilantro Cauliflower Rice, 

Tlayudas de Oaxaca 

Enchilada Pie with 2 Minute Enchilada Sauce

Roasted Butternut Mole Enchiladas

Salsa Macha Bowl  ( just make the chicken or tofu)

Quick Grilled Fish Tacos w/ Cilantro Lime Cabbage Slaw ( just make the fish)

Homemade Refried Beans

 

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Mexican Street Corn with chilies, cilantro and lime - also called Elotes. This lighter version can be grilled or sautéed and can easily be made vegan! | www.feastingathome.com

Mexican Street Corn ( Elotes!)

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: saute or gill
  • Cuisine: mexican

Description

Mexican Street Corn (Elotes!). This lighter version can be kept vegan. Flavorful and healthy, serve it as a side dish with grilled meats or fish.


Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot- diced
  • ½ a jalapeno or red chili- finely minced
  • 2 garlic cloves- rough chopped
  • 4 ears corn ( 45 cups corn)- shucked and kernels sliced off
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle powder ( or sub smoked paprika or chili powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 34 tablespoons water or veggie stock
  • juice from ½ a lime
  • ¼½ cup crumbled feta ( or sub cojita cheese or queso fresco cheese)
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro, more for garnish
  • optional – a couple tablespoons of vegan mayo

Instructions

Heat oil in an extra large skillet over medium heat.

Add shallot and garlic. Saute until golden about 2 minutes, stirring often and lowering heat to med low if it seems too hot. Add chili, saute 1-2 minutes.

Add corn, spices, salt and pepper. Saute for a few minutes, stirring frequently. Add a splash of stock or water and the lime juice, stir, cover and steam for  3-4 minutes.   Fold in the optional feta ( or cojito cheese)  and half of the cilantro. Taste, adjust salt.

Serve warm in a bowl and top with more cilantro and crumbed feta.


Notes

You can also grill the corn whole ( shucked) directly on the grate, letting it a little charred in places. Let them cool, then slice the grilled kernels off the cob and add to the sautéed shallot-garlic- chili mixture in the skillet. Proceed with the recipe form there.

Cojito cheese is traditional here, but sometimes it’s hard to find- feta is a nice easy substitute.

Of course you can always add a dollop of mayo or vegan mayo to this for creaminess and more authenticity.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ¼ cup (Includes ½ cup Feta in the recipe)
  • Calories:
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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. I love this recipe – definitely one of my favorites. I found a new tool that helps getting the kernels off the cob – it’s called the Kernel Razor and here’s the link:

    1. Oh cool Steven! I’ll have to try this- the link won’t show up here, but people can google if interested. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  2. I’ve been making this for over a year now. It’s fantastic. Rarely cook corn any other way!

  3. I made this to go along with a salmon and couscous salad for guests. The corn was the highlight of dinner! It was incredibly delicious. I added just a tablespoon of light mayo. This recipe will be on my Summer rotation.

  4. This corn was delicious! And so easy to make l! We usually grill our corn in the air fryer so we did the same this time and then fried it as the recipe instructs. It was a hit with all the family . Thanks for another amazing recipe!

  5. Made this and added a couple tablespoons of vegan mayo as you said and left the cheese out. So good!

  6. There is nothing tastier than fresh corn off the cob! This recipe looks delicious. thanks