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Elotes Callejeros

Make this grilled Mexican corn all summer long
Elotes Mexican Grilled Corn recipe
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 Inspired by visits to my local taco joint, this Mexican grilled corn recipe is the perfect summer side. It takes a little extra time to steam then grill the corn but the results will be well worth it. 

Ready in
55 m
20 m
(prepare time)
35 m
(cook time)


  • 4 ears corn, husks on
  • 1/3 Cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salt
  • Ground red pepper
  • 1/4 Cup finely grated queso fresco
  • 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges


Step 1: Soak corn (husk and all) in a large pot of cold water, 20 minutes. Weight down with a plate, if need be.

Step 2: Meanwhile, stir together 1/3 cup mayo, 1 teaspoon lime juice and a pinch of salt in a small bowl.

Step 3: Set soaked corn (husk and all) over a medium-hot fire and grill, turning regularly, until husks are charred, 30 minutes. Pull off heat.

Step 4: Using oven mitts and caution, shuck corn, discarding silk and husk (or discard silk and fold back husks for a dramatic look). Brush lightly with mayo mixture. Set corn directly over a medium-hot fire, and grill golden brown, turning regularly, 4 minutes.

Step 5: Brush corn generously with mayo mixture. Sprinkle with cheese, and dust lightly with pepper. Serve with a wedge of lime, for spritzing.