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Mexican Corn in a Cup

Mexican corn in a cup – now you can have this amazing street food at home! Fresh corn with mayonnaise, cheese, lime and chile. It’s creamy and insanely delicious. Try it and you won’t want to eat corn any other way!

Mexican Corn in a Cup recipe (Elotes). Now you can have this street food at home!

Mexican Corn in a Cup

One of my favorite foods in the summer is corn on the cob! I love when it’s been roasted on the grill like you get at the fair.

Mexican-style is even better with the variety of toppings you can add yourself—butter, cheese and all types of chile.

There’s only one drawback—I hate eating corn on the cob!

Ever since I was a little girl I would request my parents to cut off the kernels.

Just one of those weird food quirks I can’t explain.

Lucky for me there is what’s known as Mexican corn in a cup or elote en vaso (also called esquites).

With the corn in a cup, I can eat it by the spoonful instead of nibbling typewriter style on a cob. That’s a win in my book!

If you don’t mind the cob then you’ll definitely want to make this Elotes recipe!

Mexican Corn in a Cup recipe (Elotes). Now you can have this street food at home!

This is the perfect side dish when you’re grilling authentic carne asada this summer.

It’s sweet, salty, creamy and bursting with fresh flavor.

This is party food to me, so it would also be cute in individual Styrofoam cups as an appetizer along with guajillo chile salsa, chips, fiesta bean dip and cut fruit with salt and chile.

Mexican Corn in a Cup recipe (Elotes). Now you can have this street food at home!

This past spring I was in San Antonio, Texas during Fiesta week (so much fun!) and of course I got some corn in a cup from one of the street vendors.

To my surprise it was served piping hot.

Growing up I’ve always eaten it cold, which is refreshing on a hot summer’s day, but both ways are delicious!

Whether it’s hot or cold, there are a few ingredients you need to make corn in a cup.

The first is obvious: corn. Sweet summer corn that’s been cut from the cob is best, but you could also make this with canned or frozen corn kernels.

Mexican Corn in a Cup recipe (Elotes). Now you can have this street food at home!

Now, I may get some controversy with this next ingredient, but I’ll say it anyways: margarine.

That’s right, margarine or vegetable oil spread instead of butter.

If that ingredient makes you shiver, go ahead and use the real deal and we’ll say no more about it.

However, I know a lot of people who call margarine or other butter substitutes “butter” and do not realize the difference. My husband was one of those people.

That’s fine if it floats your boat, but I couldn’t figure out why my corn tasted different until I saw what they were actually mixing in…and it was not real butter.

Mexican Corn in a Cup recipe (Elotes). Now you can have this street food at home!

One of my favorite Mexican corn in a cup stands even uses the squeeze bottle “butter”!

What a shock to my foodie pride. But it’s insanely, out-of-this-world, mouthwateringly delicious corn.

You’ll also need mayonnaise to make it creamy. Some people use sour cream, Mexican crema or a combination.

As for the cheese, cotija is traditional, but you can also use parmesan or queso fresco.

I love how soft and velvety these cheeses are.

The saltiness is perfect for the sweet corn.

Other toppings include lime, cilantro, chili powder (I like ancho chile) and your favorite hot sauce (my husband is nuts about Cholula).

Mix everything together and serve in cups for an authentic experience!

Pin this to your side dishes board!

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Mrs. Brooks

Wednesday 1st of April 2020

Thanks so much for posting and thank you for visiting San Antonio, Texas. That's where I live and I love corn in a cup. And yes everywhere here serves it hot or warm. Many restaurants do as well. Some folks also call it cream corn. Not to be confused with creamed corn lol.

Mary

Friday 18th of January 2019

I had been buying the TJ's Mexican corn but thought it pricey for what you got even at it's under $4.00 pricing. Saw their fire roasted corn with these ingredients recommended for prep but no proportions. Found your recipe & OMG it is sensational, easy with ingredients most would have on-hand anyway and so customizable. I added black beans as I'm going to use leftovers in a quinoa salad then cilantro and green onion. I added the lime juice individually not to the bowl so it would last longer. Nice job! Going to be part of menu for Super Bowl party with Chipotle Honey Pork Tacos. Nice when something comes out restaurant quality without jumping through hurdles and is very affordable.

Rebekah

Friday 18th of January 2019

Thank you, this makes me so happy! Sounds like your house for Super Bowl is the place to be! :-)

Taylor

Wednesday 11th of July 2018

This is so good I even tryed it in my home ec. Class and I made it at home at lest five times and it tasted good I put a little change to it and tryed my own ways to it was great

Rebekah

Wednesday 11th of July 2018

Home Ec class that is so cool! Love that you put your own spin on it, there's a lot you can do!

Candess@UnsafeFoods

Monday 10th of July 2017

What a perfect dish for a summer party! Thanks for sharing!!