• Preparation
    15 minutes
  • Cook Time
    12 minutes
  • Serves
    6 people
  • Difficulty

Behind the Recipe

We were passing this alleyway cantina

It was crazy humid that day. We were searching for an air conditioned place to grab a drink, when I was hooked by the wail of flamenco guitar and the sound of dancing footsteps.

I was just there for a drink, and one my friends placed an order for grilled Mexican street corn (AKA elote). The moment I sunk my teeth in, I knew it was pointless to serve corn any other way. It was creamy and zesty, with that satisfying crunch of corn on the cob. Soooooo good!

I wore that sauce on my face proudly as we left. When we got home, I looked up tons of recipes for Elote, and this is the closest I’ve ever come to recreating the recipe I tried that day.



  • 6 ears of corn, de-husked
  • ¼ cup of mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons of sour cream
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 cup of grated Cotija cheese
  • 1 fresh lime, sliced into 6 wedges
  • 1 teaspoon of salt


  • Set your Pellet grill to the grill cooking method at a high temperature. 
  • In a microwave-safe container, microwave 3 ears of corn at one time for five minutes each time.
  • While the corn is in the microwave, mix up the mayonnaise, sour cream, salt, and cumin in a bowl.
  • Place your grated Cotija cheese on a plate next to the mayonnaise mixture.
  • By now, your corn is probably done and ready to be put on the grill.

Cooking Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay your ears of corn horizontally on the grill.

  2. 2

    Turning often, grill the corn for about 10-12 minutes.

  3. 3

    When your corn is fully grilled, stick corn holders on each ear.

  4. 4

    Using a sauce brush, smear on the mayonnaise mixture.

  5. 5

    Pull the ears off one at a time and roll the coated ears in the grated cheese. The Cotija will stick to the coating, but it will work better if the corn is warm, so don’t let it cool.

  6. 6

    Sprinkle with chili powder and set on a plate.

  7. 7

    Serve with a lime wedge per ear.

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