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Mexican Corn on the Cob — Elote

elote - vegan style

elote – vegan style

Have you ever tried Mexican corn on the cob – also called elote? It’s the perfect easy veggie side dish for today’s Cinco de Mayo fun. Traditional Mexican corn on the cob is much more intense and flavorful than “American” style corn – where we usually simply add some butter and salt. Mexican elote is slathered in butter – sometimes mayo and then drenched in spices and crumbly cheese, maybe a hint of lime or cilantro as well. It’s quite addictive. And I’ve found a way to make this tasty treat a bit healthier than you may think. Get my elote recipe..

elote spices

elote spices

Traditional Elote usually has:

* cayenne or chipotle powder – something red and spicy!
* crumbly cheese sprinkled on top and melting into the corn crevices
* butter or mayo for slathering before you drench in the dry ingredients
* salt
* lime
* additional flavorings like chopped cilantro, jalapeno and more

Now here’s my healthier version (shown in the photos)

Mexican Chile-Cheezy Corn on the Cob – Elote
vegan version, serves 2-3

2-3 ears corn, husks removed – kept whole – stem in tact
1/4 cup vegan jack cheese, shredded
1 Tbsp vegan butter – or vegan mayo
1/4 cup nutritional yeast – yellow cheezy flavor
1 tsp chipotle powder
1/2 tsp cayenne powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp sea salt

garnish: lime wedges and chopped cilantro

Directions:

1. Prep your spices dish by combining all dry ingredients and setting aside on a plate – then boil your husked corn until tender. Less is more if your corn is fresh!

2. Wipe down your corn so it is dry – but be careful because it will still be quite hot from boiling.

3. Rub the corn in butter or mayo – until slathered on all sides.

4. Now quickly roll your slathered corn in your spice mix. Do this only once – too much handling and the spices will begin to clump. Place each corn on a serving platter.

5. Dash a bit of extra chili spice over top your coated corn. Sprinkle cheese over top. Garnish and serve!

Goes great with these Cinco de Mayo recipes:

* Cinco de Mayo posts on Babble
* Citrus Daiquiri

Mex Corn

Mex Corn

corn - kicked up a notch

corn – kicked up a notch

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