Recipe and photos by Seattle food blogger N.J. Soler:
Elote is a grilled corn recipe that humbly originated from the streets of Mexico. You get the sweet nuttiness from the charred corn, the creaminess from the crema Mexicana, saltiness from the cotija cheese, spiciness from the guajillo chile powder, and tartness from the lime. The dish is a perfect summer grilling recipe that is a suitable side for any grilled meat or barbecue parties.
If you haven’t had Elotes, you are definitely missing out. Elote is simply, a grilled corn that is dazzled and dressed with beautiful Mexican ingredients such as Crema Méxicana, Cotija cheese, and chile powder. I remember the first time I tried it at a local Mexican restaurant here in Seattle, I was hooked on the first bite.
I got ears of beautiful sweet white corn at Sosio’s Produce located in Pike Place Market. I always buy fresh corn with the husk still intact. I use the husk as the handle by pulling it back and tying it together. This also makes for a beautiful and rustic presentation after grilling.