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Elote (Corn Salad) Cups

These Elote Cups are the perfect summer side! Mexican street corn is taken off the cob and served in a cup - all the flavor without the mess!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10 servings
Calories 105kcal


  • 6 ears of fresh corn husked (or 5 cups corn kernels)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup cotija cheese plus some for garnish
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro plus some for garnish
  • zest and juice of one lime
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Tortilla chips for serving If you can’t find fresh corn, roast corn kernels in olive oil in a cast iron skillet.



  • In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, chili powder, garlic powder, lime juice, lime zest and a pinch of salt.
  • Stir the corn into the mayo mixture until well coated.
  • Stir in cilantro and cotija cheese.
  • Spoon into individual serving cups and chill until ready to serve.
  • Garnish with Cotija cheese, chopped cilantro and a lime wedge.


  • For corn kernels: Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter or olive oil in the skillet and add corn, stirring to coat. Cook, stirring every few minutes, until the corn is slightly charred and golden; 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and pop in the fridge to cool for at least 10-15 minutes.
  • For corn on the cob: Heat a grill or grill pan at medium-high heat. Brush the ears with melted butter or olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Grill for 8-10 minutes, turning a quarter turn every couple of minutes until char marks form on all sides.


  • Since it is mayo-based, be sure to keep the Mexican corn cups on ice for serving at parties.
  • This esquites recipe will keep in a covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days.


Calories: 105kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 131mgPotassium: 157mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 193IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
Keyword corn salad, elote cups