Quick and Easy Mexican Corn In a Cup
Authentic Mexican Corn In a Cup
Recently one of my co-workers asked me if I had ever eaten Mexican corn in a cup, or elotés. Elotés is roasted or grilled corn on the cob slathered in butter and mayonnaise, rolled in queso fresco (a crumbly Mexican cheese), and then sprinkled with cayenne pepper or ground chili powder to taste.
Corn in a cup is the same thing as described above, but the corn has been cut from the corncob and put in a cup, glass, or bowl as shown in the photos here.
I had not even heard of Mexican corn, or elotés before, and had no idea that it was such a popular street food. Here in Texas Mexican food is common and most people enjoy it whether or not they are of Mexican descent.
My friend and co-worker, Americo Martinez, described this delicious dish for me because it is one of his favorite foods, and he gave me a list of ingredients, but no specific amounts of those ingredients, and a rough description of how to prepare this treat . Once I understood how the corn was prepared I went about experimenting.
Americo told me that the corn need not be roasted or grilled, although he believes it has a better flavor when prepared that way. He said ordinary canned whole kernel corn works just fine too. So that is what I used to experiment and come up with the following recipe.
I made Mexican corn in a cup for my daughter and myself and we both loved it. My daughter said the chili powder really made the difference, and that was what my friend Americo recommended as best, too.
Mexican Corn In a Cup
Ingredients For 1 Serving
1 cup of whole kernal corn
1 Tablespoon of butter cut into smaller pieces
2 Tablespoons of lime juice
½ Cup of mayonnaise
¼ cup of Queso Fresco cheese crumbled or shredded -- or substitute Feté Cheese.
Sprinkles of cayenne pepper or ground chili powder as desired, whichever you prefer
Feel free to add or subtract from the various ingredients to make it just right for you and your family. Some people prefer more cheese while others may prefer more mayonnaise, etc. Manipulating the ingredients for corn prepared this way is pretty easy with little danger of spoiling the taste.
NOTE: For serving more than one person, just multiply the ingredients listed above times the number of people you want to serve.
Mexican Corn In a Jar
Place the corn and butter in a cereal sized microwavable bowl and heat on high for 1-2 minutes, until butter is soft enough to easily mix into the corn, and the corn is warmed through.
Mix the mayonnaise and lime juice into the corn and butter.
Sprinkle the cheese on top of the corn mixture and then sprinkle with your preference of either chili sauce or cayenne pepper. Ready to eat!
Serve in the small bowl that you microwaved it in, or in an attractive cup or mug. You can garnish with a wedge of lime if you wish to make it look prettier.
Keep the above ingredients on hand to make this recipe as a great super easy quick snack, or make it for a side dish. It would look pretty on the lunch or dinner table too, served literally in a cup with a wedge of lime on the side beside each place setting, or in a serving bowl to be passed.
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