You may have heard of Elote before, but did you know the very word “elote” in Spanish translates to “corn cob” in English? Elote, also known as Mexican Street Corn, is a popular snack throughout Mexico. Made with ears of cooked sweet corn that are slathered with a layer of mayo and Mexican crema then sprinkled with cotija cheese and a blend of spices, this street food is irresistibly tasty.
What is Elote made of?
A typical Mexican Elote seasoning blends together three staple spices:
Many Elote corn seasonings also include a combination of dried cilantro, sea salt, parmesan cheese, and cane sugar to elevate the flavor.
What is Cotija cheese?
Elote cheese, or Cotija cheese is used as the finishing touch on Elotes. Cotija cheese is a Mexican cheese made from cow’s milk and has a salty flavor with a crumbly texture. Although Cotija cheese is optimal, it’s not the only cheese for Elote. Feta cheese is a perfect substitute for Elotes in a pinch!