This was way easier than I expected and I plan on making this pretty much every time my family eats corn for dinner. Once you actually make the corn, either by boiling, roasting, or grilling, all you need is a handful of ingredients you most likely already have in your fridge to make this simple elote. I only made one ear of corn since I also had Migas and guac (lol), so again, adjust ingredients accordingly. This is another recipe where you can try as you go, so the ingredient amounts are a rough estimate of what you might want and use.
- One ear of corn
- One clove of garlic, or 1/2 tablespoon of garlic paste
- 2 tablespoons of cilantro, and a pinch more for topping
- 1/4 cup of sour cream
- 4 tablespoons of mayo
- Juice from half a lime
- 2 tablespoons of cotija cheese, and more for topping
- Salt and pepper to taste
I got my corn from the farmer’s market, so I started by shucking my corn (lol). You can buy pre-shucked from the grocery store, but it really wasn’t hard especially for only one ear, plus this corn was to die for! Using fresh, juicy corn is key to making this dish. Next, you can prepare it however you prefer; I boiled mine since that was the easiest option for only one ear, but grilling or roasting brings even more flavor. I put a pot of water to boil and let it cook for roughly 10 minutes (or until kernels get soft). While the corn cooks, prepare the topping. Combine ingredients in a small dish, and taste as you add to figure out what needs more or less. My sauce/topping was incredibly bland at first and needed a lot more salt and cilantro than I expected. Mayo and sour cream are obviously very bland, so keep that in mind while adding seasoning. You can also add adobo, cayenne, or chipotle seasoning for some more spice.
Once the corn is done, top with mixture and garnish with extra cotija and cilantro. I made sure to eat with a fork and spread the mixture all around the corn, but I wanted it to look nice when I plated it :).
The hardest part of this dish was making the corn itself, which is pretty simple, so there’s no reason to not try this! Whip it out for a family dinner or impress your friends bc it’s seriously so easy to make and elevates corn to another level.