Try This Tonight: Mexican Street Corn
Simply put….if you have not tried Mexican Street Corn yet…you haven’t lived! I used to be a bit of a purist when it comes to good old fashioned summer-fresh, Canadian corn on the cob (butter, salt, pepper, the end) but after getting a taste for the Mexican version of this classic summer staple, I was totally converted.
Mexican Street Corn, or Elotes, consists of roasted corn cobs that have been slathered in crema then topped in spices. Though it’s a popular street food that’s usually sold by cart vendors in Mexico, I actually got my first taste of this delicious treat at one of my favourite Toronto eateries Chadwicks Craft Kitchen.
I was en route home recently from a trip to the Bruce Peninsula and I had the great fortune to come across a corn stand on the side of the road (we’re talkin’ farmer picked that day…FRESH…corn cobs). Eager to get another taste of Mexico City, I thought that I would try my hand at recreating this amazing dish at home. It was a complete success and now just on time to take YOUR summer-fresh corn to the next level, I’m overjoyed to get to share this delicious recipe with you all. 💕🌽💕
1/4 cup (60ml) light mayonnaise
1/4 cup (60ml) sour cream or Mexican crema
1/2 cup (110g) finely crumbled Cotija or feta cheese, plus more for serving
1/2 teaspoon Tajin seasoning
1 medium clove garlic, finely minced (about 1 teaspoon)
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves and tender stems
1/2 cup finely diced onion
4 ears shucked corn
1 tbsp of lime juice + 1 lime, cut into wedges
Preheat grill on high heat
Remove the husk and silk from the corn
Brush corn with olive oil and season with salt
Grill corn until lightly charred and tender, flipping every few minutes
*I par boiled my cobs to cut down on grilling time
Prepare white onion, cotija, cilantro and garlic
In a medium sized bowl combine cotija cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, lime juice, and garlic - mix until thoroughly combined
Use a brush (silicone works great!) to spread crema mixture on both sides of grilled corn
Sprinkle the corn with the remaining cotija cheese, cilantro and diced onion and then top with Tajin seasoning (Sidenote: not familiar with Tajin?! OH boy…you’re welcome for the introduction!)
Serve with a lime wedge.
Get ready for a flavour explosion