Combine the flavors of the classic Mexican street food into a comforting creamed corn dish. Super easy to make.
Over my many years of blogging, I have seen numerous food trends.
Some I ignore and some I embrace.
I am here today to totally embrace the Etole craze that is going on now. We aren’t just seeing people enjoy the dish itself but also seeing a rise in people using the seasoning. Trader Joe’s even came out with an “Everything But the Elote” seasoning blend.
It’s time for my own spin on Etole with this easy to make Elote Creamed Corn. I combine the flavors of the Mexcian street food into a bowl of delicious corn that can be made whether or not fresh corn is in season.
🌽 What Does Etole Mean?
In case you were wondering Elote means “tender cob.”
Here is what you will need from the store to make this dish.
- Ears of fresh corn
- Sour cream or Mexican creama
- Cotija cheese
- Pepper Flakes
- Stone ground corn meal
For the recipe you can use either regular sour cream or Mexican crema, which normally isn’t as thick. Mayo is standard for Elote,
Wild Violet Corn
As far as corn goes use the best corn on the cob you can find or the best frozen corn (skip the canned stuff).
When I made the dish for this post I was able to use Wild Violet sweet corn I found at my local Kroger store. Yes this is actually a sweet corn that is white corn dotted with violet colored kernels. It’s sweet and you can taste the difference.
Flat Iron Pepper Company makes the superior pepper flakes that come in a wide variety of flavors. I can’t say enough about how good they are.
For a Mexican corn dish, you gotta have a Mexican cheese. Cotija is perfect for this. Some call it the Mexican version of Parmesan. It crumbles up nicely and has a flavor that is somewhat similar to parm. Seek it out, it will make this dish.
Most major grocery stores carry it. Sometimes as a round or in a container already crumbled.
🌽 Top Tips
To make removing the corn from the cob easier:
- Place a corn holder into one side of the cob
- Put the cob into the hole of the top of a bundt pan
- Run a knife down the corn and it will all be collected in the bottom of the bundt pan.
I don’t remember where I picked up this technique but I love whoever come up with the idea.
I make the dish in my cast iron skillet. I cook the corn until it takes on some brown color, before adding all the ingredients. This will give it that roasted flavor you would find on a good stick of Mexican street corn.
Other Corny Dishes to Make
Elote Creamed Corn
The flavors of Mexican street corn in a creamed corn dish
Remove all the corn kernels from the cob.
Add a couple tablespoons of cooking oil to a pan or skillet. Turn the heat to medium high.
Add the corn. Cook until the corn has taken on some brown color, anywhere from 5 to 8 minutes.
Add in mayo, sour cream, half and half, and ground meal. Stir to combine. Add more half and half or water it it's too thick for your liking.
Top with cilantro and Cotija cheese. Season with salt and pepper flakes to taste.
If you are using frozen corn, bring it out out of the freezer to defrost first for faster cooking. Or you can throw it directly into the pan. This will increase the cook time. Also the water released from the defrosting corn may pop with the oil in the pan, so watch out.
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