Recipe: Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elotes Locos)

Street foods from around the world are being increasingly reimagined in upscale restaurants nationwide. Our recipe of the week – Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elotes Locos) is popping up in trendy South American restaurants across the country. Fortunately, our own super-Snapchef Will McDonough grew up in El Salvador and knows the real secrets to this decadent take on grilled corn – and we’re sharing the original recipe. This corn is no longer just for street fairs and Carnivals!

Ingredients

  • 6 to 8 medium ears sweet corn, husks removed
  • 1/2 cup Mexican crema, or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup minced cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest, from one lime
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice, from one lime
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese, crumbled or Queso Fresco
  • Lime wedges, to serve

Method

1 Heat a gas or charcoal grill to 400F. Clean the grates once it has heated.

2 Whisk together the sauce: In a bowl, whisk together the crema, mayonnaise, cilantro, garlic, chipotle pepper, lime zest and lime juice. Taste and season the mixture with salt if needed.  Set aside.

3 Grill the corn: Place the husked corn directly onto grill grates. Grill the corn for about 3 minutes, undisturbed, or until kernels begin to turn golden brown and look charred. When all sides are browned, remove from the grill onto a plate.

4 Top the corn with sauce and cheese: Using a brush or a spoon, coat each ear of corn with the crema mixture. Sprinkle with crumbled cojita cheese. Sprinkle with additional chipotle pepper, if desired. Serve immediately with extra lime wedges.

2017-06-28T13:10:54+00:00 June 28th, 2017|news, Recipe|