Growing up with a Mexican grandma, I always thought eating corn with mayo was the normal way to eat it. It wasn’t until recently when I learned it’s incredibly not normal and that I’m weird for even liking mayo in the first place.
In middle school I remember walking down the block to get food or ice cream, but the one cart that always caught my eyes was the elote man. Elote is the perfect combination of corn, mayo, cheese and chili powder that I dream about (no really… I have dreams about elote). If you love mayo, if you’re indifferent to it, or even if you’re a mayo skeptic, this recipe is 100% worth a try.
What you’ll need:
- An ear of corn
- Grated parmesan cheese
- Crumbled Mexican cheese (like a queso fresco)
- Tajin* or chili powder and lime juice
This recipe is more of a guideline than a recipe. Theres no measurements because it really depends on how much of everything you want.
First step is to clean the corn. Just tear off the husks and try to get all of the little hairs off too (not sure if “hairs” is the right term but you know what I’m talking about). Once they’re clean, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and stick them in the microwave at 30 second increments. In the words of my dad “they’re done when they’re too hot to hold for more than 4 seconds.” So, give that a try and you’ll know when they’re ready.
Once they’re nuked, take the plastic wrap off and let them cool until they’re good enough to hold. At this point, smother on as much or as little mayo as you like. (If you REALLY hate mayo I guess you could use butter. But it’s not as good). In this picture you can see that Rachel’s corn on the left has significantly less mayo than mine.
Once it’s coated the rest is easy. Sprinkle on some parm (I just use Kraft’s) and if you’re feeling fancy crumble on some extra Mexican cheese.The cheese might not stick at first but all you have to do is give it a little press.
Last but not least top it with Tajin* and enjoy! Just warning you it gets messy, but a good messy.
*Tajin is a chili powder/salt/lime mix that you can find at any grocery store. Seriously, I found it at Safeway in Eugene. Tajin is also great on fruit. Try it!