crazy corn or elotes

CornCotijaElote

Crazy Corn

Crazy Corn

Elotes callejeros

Recipe Yield

6 servings

Cooking time

15 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.25 from 4 votes

Ingredients

  • 6 fresh ears of corn husked and rinsed
  • unsalted butter to taste
  • mayonnaise to taste
  • 1 cup crumbled queso cotija or queso fresco or to taste
  • 1 lime or to taste
  • kosher or sea salt to taste
  • Dried ground chile like piquí­n or a mix

To Prepare

  • To cook the corn, you can grill it or boil it. To grill, brush the ears of corn with a bit of oil. Place them over a grill or grill pan, set over medium heat, and let the corn cook and char slightly, turning every 3 minutes until all the corn is done, anywhere from 9 to 12 minutes total. Remove from the heat. You can also cook the corn it in boiling water until soft and cooked, less than ten minutes.
  • Once cooked, stick the corn on corn holders or a wooden stick. Choose your toppings! Traditionally in Mexico, we: spread butter, then a layer of mayonnaise, coat thoroughly with crumbled cheese, sprinkle with salt and ground chile and finally, drizzle with freshly-squeezed lime juice.

Comments

30comments inCrazy Corn

  1. Bjones9942

    Aug 19

    If you’re in México you can order elote, or esquina (aka elote en vaso, or elote in a cup) from a street vendor. Note that sweet corn is not used, so you’ll get a totally different texture and flavor. Typical toppings are mayo, butter, cheese, Méxican crema, chili powder, and lime. Very popular and it’s an item that’s pretty consistent no matter where you are. ¡Provecho!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 20

      It’s one of my favorite things to get!

  2. Linda

    Aug 24

    I love this corn. Would love ideas on what to serve with it to make a complete lunch or dinner.

    1. Pati

      Aug 26

      So many things would be great…like: https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/recipe/chicken-flautas/ or any of my enchilada or taco recipes…or a salad.

  3. Peter

    Aug 14

    Hi Pati
    Made these for my kids and they were a hit.

    Thanks

    1. Pati

      Aug 15

      That’s awesome, Peter! I hope you and your kids enjoy many more recipes.

  4. Linda Kerwin

    Aug 08

    I love this corn. It is so delicious. My husband liked it too. The combination of all the ingredients is perfetto! Thank you
    I can’t wait to serve it to other people. And its so easy, and really you could call it a meal. Try it, you’ll love it!

    1. Pati

      Aug 09

      Oh I hope everyone likes it, Linda!

  5. Lilian Carrera

    Jul 26

    Espero q se divierta y disfruten cada momento con sus hijos flicidades

    1. Pati

      Jul 30

      Mil gracias, Lilian!

  6. Rosanna

    Jul 25

    I have to admit I have never had ‘Crazy Corn’. Originally from, New England, our go to food is seafood: crunchy fish sandwiches with tartar sauce, clam cakes and fried clams (Yummy and awesome).
    Like you, one has to find the time to wind down and reflect. Therefore I will be making that corn. In addition, I have no excuse not to…living in Cali. Enjoy your summer.

    1. Pati

      Jul 26

      So happy to hear you will be making this corn, Rosanna! Have a great summer too.

  7. Carol

    Jul 24

    The best corn ever.
    Thank you for your wonderful receipes.

    1. Pati

      Jul 25

      Thank YOU Carol.

  8. Carol A. Johnson

    Jul 24

    I love these! They have become a family favorite – with all the fresh corn available in the market. I turn the mayo, cotija, and spices into a sauce. I add some heat with a hot sauce (I like Louisiana) and some chopped cilantro for color. I slather it all over the corn and go. Messy, but delish! So glad you have a new season coming up, Pati. Hola!

    1. Pati

      Aug 01

      Louisiana hot sauce is really good, Carol! And I’m so excited to bring you the new season.

  9. Lidia Sandoval

    Jul 24

    Paty, tienes una pagina en español???, tus comidas son muy ricas, pero necesito entender bien tus recetas, muchísimas gracias 😊 Dios te bendiga 😊

  10. Lisa Smith

    Jul 24

    Yum! Pati everything you make looks so delicious! Plus when I make your recipes they always turn out sooo good! Thank you Pati you’re the BEST!

    1. Pati

      Jul 25

      Aww thank you Lisa!

  11. Nazca Villarreal

    Jul 24

    In Laredo Mexico we eat the corn with mayo,Limon, parmesan,or crema instead of mayo and tarin that is for fruits. It is spicy and sweet.

    1. Pati

      Jul 26

      So yum, Nazca!

  12. Jimfoto

    Jul 23

    This is my favorite way to eat corn ; this exact recipe less the butter. Great stuff!

    1. Pati

      Jul 24

      Thank you!

  13. Carlos J. Vargas V.

    Jul 23

    Mmmmmm. me quedaron muy ricos gracias Pati

    1. Pati

      Jul 23

      Gracias, Carlos!

  14. Archie Carr III (Chuck)

    Jul 23

    Yes. From your first book. Exciting recipe. Glad you are working on a third book!!!!
    Chuck

    1. Pati

      Jul 23

      Thanks Chuck!

  15. Ruby

    Jul 23

    I love elote! I just had an ear from a vendor & was wondering about the cheese & chili. thanks!

    1. Pati

      Jul 23

      Oh I hope you have fun making these at home, Ruby!

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