Chica and Jo
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Chica and Jo
...simplifying life
Chica and Jo
28
JUN
2011

Elote Mexican corn recipe with Cotija cheese

by: Chica

Elote Mexican corn recipe with Cotija cheese
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Have you guys heard of Cotija cheese before? It’s basically like a Mexican form of Parmesan, and it’s got a wonderful, crumbly texture that’s kind of creamy and kind of salty. I’ve recently discovered Cotija and it immediately became my new favorite type of cheese!

elote mexican street corn with cotija cheese

There are lots of things you can do with Cotija, but the recipe that caught my eye and made me buy some was Elote, a.k.a “Mexican street corn”. I’m told that grilled, seasoned corn is an incredibly popular street food in Mexico, and after having tasted it, I completely understand why. I’d like to share with you my version of this classic recipe.

To start off, you need some nice, fresh, corn on the cob.

elote mexican street corn with cotija cheese

You’ll also need a few other ingredients: sour cream, mayonnaise, chili powder, lime wedges, and of course the aforementioned cotija cheese.

elote mexican street corn with cotija cheese

Husk the corn and cut the cobs in half. Then stick a wooden skewer into each cob. (Soak the skewers in water first to keep them from burning on the grill.)

elote mexican street corn with cotija cheese

Wrap the corn in aluminum foil and cook it on the grill. (And yes, you could have easily grilled it with the husks on, but I find that it’s far easier to cut the cobs and put the sticks in BEFORE they are smoking hot, and that means removing the husks.)

elote mexican street corn with cotija cheese

Turn the corn frequently while cooking, until you get yummy, golden, roasted kernels.

elote mexican street corn with cotija cheese

Now grab two things you probably never thought you would put on corn — mayo and sour cream. Trust me, it’ll be good! Mix equal parts of each in a bowl (use about 1/4 cup of each for 8 half-cobs of corn).

elote mexican street corn with cotija cheese

Spread a fairly thick layer of the mixture onto the corn.

elote mexican street corn with cotija cheese

Now cover the entire thing with Cotija cheese, either by sprinkling it on or by rolling the corn in the cheese. The mayo/sour cream mixture will make the cheese stick.

elote mexican street corn with cotija cheese

Sprinkle each cob with chili powder, to taste.

elote mexican street corn with cotija cheese

Finally, squeeze a lime wedge over the top. This is the best part!

elote mexican street corn with cotija cheese

And now you have the best tasting corn you’ve ever had! The combination of flavors is amazing. The sweet roasted corn combines with the saltiness of the cheese, the spice of the chili powder, and the tang of the lime juice to form a taste explosion. Yum!

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