Elote is hands down one of the best Mexican dishes I’ve ever had. It’s creamy and crunchy, fresh and spicy. It hits all the flavor notes for me. I created this dip recipe to bring Elote to life at my next party.
One of my favorite restaurants is Carbon in Chicago. They make a Stelote burrito that is gigantic and chock full of their delicious, marinated flank steak and their house made“elote in a cup”. That’s where my inspiration came from.
There’s is creamy, tangy and bright. I tried to capture those same flavors in my version. I’ve always loved eating it on chips so that’s why I consider it a dip. But it’s a great side dish too!
We used to live right by Carbon and we could get it any weekend we wanted. But when we moved to the ‘burbs, we were about an hour away. During this pandemic, we’ve had ample time to take the drive all the way out there to grab our favorite faire.
Still, sometimes we can’t get out that way and I start to crave their “elote in a cup”. That’s why I created this recipe of my own.
Making This Easy Elote Dip
First, you mix the corn with the mayo, sour cream, cotija cheese, cilantro, lime juice, salt and Tajin. Then you let the flavors meld together for at least 30 minutes in the fridge. The you top with more Tajin and eat it up with chips.
Tajin is a really unique spice. It’s tangy from the lime but spicy from the chilis. It give the elote, or Mexican Street Corn, it’s signature taste.
You could also use it as a taco topping or for Chipotle Barbacoa Burrito bowls. Serve it alongside my Copycat Chipotle Guac and you’re good to go! The whole party will be asking for this quick and easy elote dip recipe.
- 2 cups corn
- 1/3 cup mayo
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup cojita cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 tsp fresh lime juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2-1 tsp Tajin
- Tortilla Chips
- Mix all ingredients (except for tortilla chips) together in a medium bowl. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
- Serve with tortilla chips.
You can use canned corn that's been drained or frozen corn that's been thawed. Or you can grill 4 ears of corn and scrape off the kernels.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
Elote Dip Recipe Video
Here’s a quick rundown of how easy this dip is to make. The flavors are tangy and bright. The Tajin highlights the corn and cheese in a very unique way. It’s not too spicy or too robust, it’s mild but flavorful. Which makes it great for entertaining.
Have you ever had Mexican Street corn before? Let me know in the comments below if you have and where the best kind is!
Taran is a self-proclaimed undomestic mom. She thrives as a stay-at-home-mom by consistently carving out time for herself and practicing realistic self-care. As a busy mom of 3, she knows that if mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy! With a focus on how SAHMs can carve out time for themselves everyday, she teaches fellow SAHMs how they can do the same.