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Mexican Corn On The Cob Pantry Recipe

Updated on January 12, 2015

Enjoy The Same Delicious Flavors Of Mexican Street Corn Using Common Ingredients Found In Your Pantry

I had a couple dozen cobs of peaches and cream corn given to me last summer and I decided I wanted to try to replicate the delicious flavors of the Mexican Corn On The Cob I bought off a food truck once, using the ingredients I had on hand in my pantry.

Mexican street corn, otherwise known as Elote, is a popular street food originating in Mexico and is more often traditionally prepared using grilled corn, Ancho chili powder, Queso or Cotija cheese and fresh wedges of lime. Using the ingredients I had on hand in my pantry and fridge, I prepared my own pantry style Mexican corn on the cob using boiled corn, grated Parmesan cheese, chopped green onions and a slice of lemon. Romano and Asiago cheese would make great substitutions too.

The weather is turning hot, bbq's are firing up and the kids are counting down the days to summer vacation. Pick up some fresh corn from the farmers market and serve a side of sweet and spicy Mexican corn on the cob slathered in creamy mayonnaise at your next summer grill out. This is the perfect side accompaniment for Cinco de Mayo and July 4th celebrations that is sure to be a hit with everyone.

When choosing fresh corn from a store or market, always choose corn that has light brown tassels that are a little sticky to the touch with moist green husks. Avoid peeling back the husks, but instead check the corn for ripe plump kernels by gently feeling around the cob.

Mexican Corn On The Cob (Elote)
Mexican Corn On The Cob (Elote) | Source
  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: 4
Ancho Chili Powder 2.0oz by Zamouri Spices
Ancho Chili Powder 2.0oz by Zamouri Spices

I like to use Ancho chili powder which is made from dried Poblano peppers. It is a beautiful deep red in color and has a sweet and fruity flavor with mild to medium heat.



  • 4 ears of shucked corn
  • 1/4 cup melted margarine or butter
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Chili powder
  • 1/2 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated parmasen cheese
  • Chopped chives or green onions
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 wedges of limes or lemons
Non-stick Corn Grilling Basket with Rosewood Handle
Non-stick Corn Grilling Basket with Rosewood Handle

If you are a grill master and love barbequing, a corn grill basket is a must have gadget. Each basket holds up to 4 ears of corn, with a non-stick coating and a wooden handle that makes turning the corn as simple as the flick of your wrist.



  1. Prepare the corn on the cob using your favorite cooking method. I like to toss the ears of corn into a pot of boiling water, bringing the water back up to a full rolling boil and then turning off the heat, allowing the corn to sit in the hot water until serving time. The corn remains juicy, plump and wrinkle-free without becoming overcooked. If you prefer the sweet and smoky flavors of traditional Mexican corn on the cob, grill the corn for 8 to 10 minutes, until all sides are evenly cooked and lightly charred.
  2. While the corn is cooking, prepare the mayo rub and melt the margarine. Combine the mayonnaise, chili powder and garlic together and set aside. Using a Pyrex cup, melt the margarine in the microwave for 15 to 25 seconds.
  3. When the corn is finished cooking, brush the cobs of corn with the melted margarine. One by one, coat the ears of corn with the mayo rub and roll through the Parmesan cheese or use a cheese shaker until they are evenly coated. Sprinkle with fresh chives or green onions and season with salt and pepper to taste. Squeeze some fresh lime or lemon juice on the corn. If you don`t have fresh lemons or limes on hand, you can use bottled lemon or lime juice.
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Corny Accessories For Serving Mexican Corn On The Cob

Farberware BBQ Interlocking Corn Holders (Set of 8)
Farberware BBQ Interlocking Corn Holders (Set of 8)

One of the best parts about eating corn on the cob is choosing a couple of colorful corn holders to poke into the ends before taking that first juicy bite that squirts the juices clear across the table and sends butter drizzling down your chin.

Corn Dish Collectible Vegetable Ceramic Glass Kitchen Platter Plate
Corn Dish Collectible Vegetable Ceramic Glass Kitchen Platter Plate

These ceramic corn dishes are a beautiful way to serve corn on the cob and adds an elegant touch to any table piece, indoors or out.


© 2013 Corrinna Johnson

Have you ever tried Mexican Corn On The Cob before?

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      It's hard to improve on a fresh ear of corn, but you might just have done it. Love this idea!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Now this is an unusual corn on the cob recipe and I will definitely be trying this one!

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      queenofduvetcover 4 years ago

      That looks really good!

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Looks soooooooooo tasty! I shall try this recipe along with a sip of tequila! : )

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      TheGardenGuys 4 years ago

      Wow - corn with a difference. Great lens :)

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      VineetBhandari 4 years ago

      i love corn & its dishes

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      topbuilderlist 4 years ago

      I have'nt tried this one but I like to try.

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      lilymom24 4 years ago

      Yum! Have never had corn on the cob with anything on it other than butter but this recipe looks and sounds delicious. =)

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Wow that looks so yummy! I should try it next time around. ^_^

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've never tried this before, but I would love to. It looks so good in your photos.

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      jura 4 years ago

      It sounds great , I think I will tryu .

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      makorip lm 4 years ago

      No but it's on the list!

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great way to change it up when corn is plentiful in the summer.

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      kathysart 4 years ago

      Ohhh LUSCIOUS! This recipe is a must try. I can almost taste it.

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      Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

      Oh this sounds so yummie - and I love a recipe where the pictures have been actually taken by the writer. I'll have to give this one a try!

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      pumpum 4 years ago

      I haven't tried it, but it looks delicious :)

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      anitabreeze 4 years ago

      These look so yummy!