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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! |

Mexican Street Corn ( Elotes!)

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


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.


  • 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


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.


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.

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