Yum Peaceful Cooking: Elote #PicnicGame

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Elote #PicnicGame

Today we are celebrating International Picnic Day by bringing you a basket packed with goodies from A to Z, in the style of the picnic game

Drop by the Sunday Supper Movement to see the whole picnic spread out on our virtual blanket.

I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing... 
Asian Chicken Salad from Try Anything Once Culinary 
Beautiful Beet Salad from Small Wallet, Big Appetite 
Chicken Muffuletta from Marlene Baird
Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups from The Dinner-Mom 


Wait...what?! Elote?

Yes, Elote...as in Mexican Street Corn. Totally yummy grilled corn on the cob with seasonings and cheese and stuff.

The first time I tried (or even heard of) Elote was not that long ago, at a Dodger game. And I fell in love!

Its super easy. way delicious, and perfect for picnics.

Simply get your grill on

And get your cleaned corn on the grill

I grilled them on a lower heat at first, turning often until they were just about cooked, then added more coals to get a good char going.

I knew they were done when I could smell them. Oh the smell of sweet, sweet corn.

Then for the good stuff (this is enough for 4 - 6 ears of corn)

inspired by The Kitchn

4 -6 grilled corn ears
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Salt to taste
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup Cotija cheese, finely crumbled
2 limes sliced into wedges

Combine the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cinnamon and desired amount of salt.

Slather a good amount of mayonnaise all over the corn. Don't be shy. Don't be weirded out. Trust me. It's amazing.

Sprinkle (or shower, depending on how much seasoning you like) the chili powder mixture all over the the place. 

Then sprinkle on the cheese and drizzle with some lime juice. 

Grab that cobber and dig in.....

And be ready for your taste buds to be wowed! All those flavors coming together is absolutely delicious. The sweet corn, slightly spicy chili powder, smokey cumin and then the slightest hint of cinnamon all accented by the tangy Cojita cheese and lime juice. This very well could be my favorite corn. 


  1. We are obsessed with Elote in this house although we use butter instead of mayo. It has gotten to the point where we don't serve corn on the cob any other way. Love The addition of cojita cheese.

  2. I am SO glad you esplained what elote was, because I had no idea. I could totally chow down on some now that I know what it is. YUMMMM!

  3. Oh, my! I adore fresh sweet corn and now I'm dying to try your amazing recipe!

  4. I had never heard of elote until recently. Where have I been?!? This is going to happen. We love to grill at picnics so this is perfect.

  5. Your corn looks sooo good, Danielle. Grilled corn with soy sauce is grrrreat...But, I may be switching up soon to an elite thanks to you ��

  6. This corn is on my picnic table this summer!

  7. Oh yeah! I could eat this at a picnic, and nothing else, and be totally happy! Great recipe!!!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

  8. One of my favorite foods! When we lived in Egypt, there was a little lady who grilled corn over the saddest, smallest little hibachi grill at the side of the dusty road but the smell was so wonderful that she regularly had a stream of customers. One of who might have been me. Ahem. I can eat corn all day every day, especially prepared like yours, Danielle!

  9. Elotes are one of my favorite things to eat all summer long...my whole family, actually! My mouth is watering, so happy that you brought them to the picnic. :)

  10. I have never heard of this but hello! Cheese and seasonings on corn? I'll take two!

  11. I love grilled corn, but I have never seen it this epic! This needs to happen on our grill soon!

  12. I lived in So Cal for 20+ years so I love love LOVE Elote!!


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