This is my favorite way to eat corn. I think it was made even more popular by the movie Nacho Libre which we happen to love as well. One of the characters, Esqueleto is always eating elote.
We usually grill it inside the husks and then pull the husks back when they are charred and use the husk as a handle. It's just as good boiled though. I found two recipes online. I've tried them both and they are good.
Nacho Libre-style corn from ChowHere's a recipe from all recipes
My way is much easier I must say. Even the cooking the corn part. Here's what you need:
- 4 ears of corn
- 1/4 cup- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 teaspoon or more to taste of cayenne pepper
- 1 lime
- freshly shredded parmesan cheese
- Remove husks and silk from ears of corn. Rinse.
- In a large pot, filled 3/4 with water, bring to boil a boil on high heat. (some people put sugar in their water to boil, but we never do because our local corn is fresh and sweet).
- Once the water is boiling, lower cobs into the water. Boil rapidly for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and drain. While corn is cooling down, mix mayo with cayenne. (must use mayonnaise. No miracle whip, or reduced fat recipes. It is best withplain ol' mayonnaise.
- Place corn holders on each end of your cob and then slather mayonnaise mixture evenly over cob. Sprinkle or roll in the parmesan cheese (cotija cheese is the most commonly used cheese for elote, but I like it a little more mild. That's why I use pamesan. I also leave out the butter, salt, and garlic. It doesn't need it!).
- Serve with lime wedges. I usually squeeze the lime evenly over cob and then dig in!