Elote, the Mexican Street corn

Corn, a spicy mixture of mayonnaise, cheese, chilli powder, cilantro, lime and salt are combined to make Mexico’s famous grilled street corn, one of the most authentic foods in Mexican cuisine.

And that is how elote manages to pack many flavorful notes, tasting sweet and savoury, tangy and spicy all at once.

The word “elote” evolved from the Nahuatl word elotitutl, which translates to “tender cob.”

Tracing the origins of Mexican street corn requires taking a look back at the history of corn in Mexico. Nowadays its presence is ubiquitous throughout the vast urban landscapes of Mexico City and Guadalajara, but corn’s prominence reaches far back into the history of Meso-America when this region was farmed by Toltec, Aztec, and Mayan civilizations.

From Aztecs to nowadays, corn has been a cornerstone of Mexican cuisine over the ages

It isn’t just the primary basis of daily meals. Corn is a symbol of Mexico itself. It’s a food that is alive with history and imbued with meaning.  

Mexican elotes are typical street food in every corner, normally eaten while still warm. At a Mexican restaurant it is often included as a side dish or snack.

It’s messy to eat but worth every bite!


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