Grilled Elote (Mexican Street Corn)

A ready to eat grilled elote ( Mexican Street Corn)

Elote is Mexican-style corn on the cob which is a popular street food where it is sold as a snack or side dish. In other areas around the world, it has become a popular barbecue side dish.

The corn is cooked in its husk over the grill then returned husk free to get a little char. Finally, it is topped with a combination of mayonnaise, seasoning, and cojita cheese or similar style Mexican cheese.

The grill can be a simple backyard gas grill, a charcoal grill, or while camping a campfire. Corn travels well making it a popular vegetable choice.

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Foil being opened on a grill to exposed cooked corn.
Once the corn is cooked the foil is opened, be careful of the steam from the beer.
Corn with the husk off cooking on the grill.
Once cooked the corn is placed on the grill to get a char.
Raw corn being wrapped in foil to be cooked.
The first step is to wrap the corn in foil with some beer which helps flavor and steam the corn.
A ready to eat grilled elote ( Mexican Street Corn)
Grilling Corn is topped with mayonaise, seasoning, and Mexican cheese.

Grilled Elote (Mexican Street Corn) Recipe

A ready to eat grilled elote ( Mexican Street Corn)
Grilled Elote, Mexican for corn on the cob, is a popular street food snack or side dish. While camping it makes a perfect side dish that is easy to cook.
Preparation 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Ready in 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseSide Dish
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  • 4 cobs corn
  • 1 can beer


  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise to taste
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning such as tajin or cajun, to taste
  • 4 tablespoon finely shreaded cojita cheese or Parmesan
  • 1 lime cut into wedges


  • grill
  • foil


  • Preheat a grill to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Place the corn with its husk on in boated foil, then pour in ¼ can of beer, then fully wrap tightly with the foil. Repeat for all four cobs of corn.
  • Place the foiled corn on the preheated grill and cook for 15 minutes, turning every 5.
  • Unwrap the cooked corn and pull back the husk or fully remove.
  • Return the corn to the hot grill to get a char on the corn.
  • Spread the mayonnaise on the corn then dust with your choice of seasoning(s). Finally, sprinkle with the cheese and serve with lime wedges.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 7gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 205mgPotassium: 314mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 357IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 138mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Hands down the best corn EVER! This is the corn you pick up and take a bite and you don’t put it down until it’s completely gone!!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Fixed this for Father’s Day it was amazing! I loved it as well as the rest of the family.