5-Ingredient Elotes (GF)

Corn is in season and I am finding some eye-catching grocery deals, with the best being 10 for $1 corn! It took a while for my eyes and mind to process such an exorbitant deal,  and of course, I couldn’t resist but to buy a batch. I enjoy eating corn with butter, but why not elevate the flavor palette and add Mexican flavors for a quick and easy elote? If you do not know, elote is Mexican grilled corn on the cob slathered with mayonnaise and cotija cheese (queso fresco may be substituted). The flavors marry extremely well together and elotes may just be one of my guilty pleasures!

This 5-ingredient elote is extremely easy to make the ingredients can easily be found in grocery stores. Similar substitutions are totally acceptable if your local grocery store does not sell the items.

5 Ingredient Elotes (GF)

yield: 4 corn


  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1/4 c. mayo
  • 1/4 c. cotija cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. Tajin seasoning (or chili powder)
  • 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp lime zest (optional)


  1. Grill corn on high for 10 minutes or microwave until cooked (approximately 5 minutes). Grilled corn will add a nice smoky flavor.
  2. Allow the corn to cool completely.
  3. Using a pastry brush, brush on the mayo until the entire ear of corn is coated. Coat the entire corn with cotija cheese and sprinkle the top with tajin, chopped cilantro, and lime zest.


  • The elote is best served immediately. You may refrigerate for up to 5 days.
  • Tajin, lime zest, and cilantro may be added into the mayo mixture although I like the look of sprinkling them after the corn has been coated in cotija cheese.
  • If microwaving corn, microwave at intervals of 2 min to prevent overcooking the corn.

Keep in mind that this recipe is flavorful and also high in sodium content because of the cotija cheese and Tajin seasoning. Do not eat this on a daily basis as it is commonly eaten on special occasions.

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