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Elote In A Cup | Mexican Street Corn

Grilled Mexican Corn served in a cup with mayo, Cojita cheese, and Tajin.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
0 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: side
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 340kcal


  • 4 ears of corn (husked)
  • 2 T. unsalted butter (melted)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • cup Cotija cheese (or Queso Fresco)
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. Tajin seasoning
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • 2 T. chopped cilantro
  • 1 medium lime (quartered)
  • 2 cloves garlic (optional)


  • Brush shucked corn with melted butter and grill over high heat until slightly charred, rotating as needed. Or place corn in a grill basket and cook over the stove.
  • Cut corn off the cobs and divide between four cups. 
  • Stir mayonnaise into the corn and any remaining butter. Top with crumbled cheese.
  • Mix salt, Tajin, and chili powder and use to season the corn.
  • Serve with chopped cilantro, lime wedges, and hot sauce on the side.


  • Cutting the pointy end off the corn makes it easier to stand the corn on a cutting board while you cut the corn off the cob.
  • If you don't have a grill, you can broil the corn in a toaster oven or char it in a grill basket over a gas stove.
  • Sometimes Queso Fresco is hard to find. You can substitute Cotija cheese, Feta, or Parmesan Cheese.
  • Substitute Tajin Seasoning with a mixture of chili powder, cayenne pepper, or paprika.
  • For those who love garlic, crushed garlic is fantastic when included in this Elote In A Cup recipe.
  • If you can't get enough spice, consider adding chopped serranos or your favorite hot sauce!


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 633mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g