ONE OF THE SIGNS OF SUMMER IS MEXICAN STREET CORN OR ELOTE. IT’S TAKEN UP A LEVEL WIT
The first time I tasted Mexican street corn was at a soccer game where they had an awesome concession stand with hot and cold street foods from around the world.
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One taste and I was hooked—I wanted to hang out there instead of watching the game!
Roasted Mexican Corn DipSave
Elote simply means “corn on the cob” but the added seasoning that marks Mexican street corn elevates the flavor in the most amazing way. Grilled or roasted, you have to say it is one of summer’s best gifts.
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And this easy recipe for a Mexican street corn appetizer makes one of the best party dips for chips you’ll ever taste.
Describe it as sweet, spicy, creamy, crunchy, or juicy. It’s all that and more. I might even say it’s one of the ultimate recipes for hot dip—it’s that good!
Although you can find variations, one of my friends made this particular Mexican street corn dip for her family reunion. She said it became topic of the day—everyone was hunting her down and asking for the recipe!
HOW TO MAKE MEXICAN STREET CORN DIP:
Stating the obvious, it begins with fresh and flavorful corn.
Before grilling, it’s seasoned with chili and garlic powders, lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
After you roast the corn and char the jalapeno, combine the jalapeno, cilantro, mayonnaise, cotija cheese, green onions, and lime juice in a bowl. Don’t omit the lime juice. It adds magic.
Cut the corn kernels from the ears, add it to the mix.
Top the bowl with additional cotija and cilantro.
Now you’re ready to pull out the chips and nosh on the best chip dip ever!
VARIATIONS ON MEXICAN STREET CORN DIP:
Although I’m totally sold on the version I’m including below, a sudden craving out of season, or unexpected company might mean you need to know some alternate ingredients and methods. I’ve got you covered.
First off, yes, you can use bagged frozen corn if fresh ears aren’t available.
Ingredients for Mexican Street Corn DipSave
Cotija is a salty cheese but you can use Parmesan, feta, or even pepper jack if you don’t have cotija.
Ingredient adjustments include:
butter instead of olive oil
sour cream or Mexican creama in place of mayonnaise
substitute taco seasoning mix or hot pepper sauce for the individual spices
add a little cumin, sugar, and chicken stock for a different flavor
instead of jalapeno, try poblano chiles; they’re not as hot
How to make Mexican Street CornSave
Of course I prefer individually wrapped ears of corn for this recipe but you can grill the corn without foil.
Just be watchful for the 10 minutes or so it takes over medium heat and be sure to turn the corn so all sides are lightly browned.
Char Grilled Mexican Street DipSave
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