Elotes - Grilled Mexican Street Corn {gluten-free with dairy-free option}
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Serves: 8 ears of corn
gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free options for dairy-free
  • 8 ears of corn, husked
  • ⅓ cup Mexican crema, or sour cream (see notes)
  • ½ cup avocado oil mayonnaise
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, finely minced, plus more for garnish
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, guajillo or ancho chili powder, to taste
  • lime zest from one lime
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, from one lime
For Serving:
  • ½ cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • Lime wedges
  1. Start your grill and set to high.
  2. Husk corn
  3. Make the sauce. Mix the sour cream, mayo, lime juice, cilantro, a sprinkle of salt, a sprinkle of chipotle pepper, minced garlic. Set aside or in the fridge.
  4. Brush grill grates with oil or butter. (Spray can cause the grill to flame up)
  5. Place corn on grill and cook about 3-4 minutes per side. Stay close by because you want to rotate the corn so that it gets charred.
  6. Remove corn and set on a baking sheet or serving plate.
  7. Brush the corn with the crema sauce. Make sure to get around all sides.
  8. Sprinkle with crumbled/grated cojita cheese, fresh cilantro, and chipotle pepper if you want some more spice.
  9. Place some extra lime wedges close by for an extra squeeze of lime on the corn.
  10. Enjoy!
RECIPE NOTES: you can make this without the sour cream and use mayo only, just use more.
If you are dairy-free leave out the sour cream or use a dairy-free sour cream and skip the cotija cheese and add an additional sprinkle of sea salt at the end, or try a salty dairy-free crumbled cheese that you like, vegan parmesan would be nice. For vegan you can make with my vegan mayo and a vegan cheese.

You can also make this without the mayo and just use sour cream. You can also try swapping in some Greek yogurt to the mixture. We find the mayo and sour cream combo to have the best flavor.

Spice options: If you’re sensitive to spice, choose a mild chili powder blend. For a little spicy and a little tart Tajin, which is a mix of chili powder and lime.
If you can't find cotija cheese try finely crumbled feta cheese or finely grated Parmesan instead.
Recipe by Tasty Yummies at https://tasty-yummies.com/elotes-grilled-mexican-street-corn/