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Grilled Corn with Cotija

Just before I got married I had an early mid-life crisis and flew down to South America for a few months. The traveling changed my life for the better. Besides doing without a lot of things I thought I needed, long bus rides gave me time to STOP. Working as an animation producer just prior had not helped me learn to deal with stress and a racing mind. These 8 hour bus rides gave me time to stare out the window – which was a good thing. Was there an actual physiological change that occurred? I DO think so! For the first time in years I felt calm & relaxed. I wasn’t thinking about what I “should” be doing with my free time. Sometimes at the various bus stops vendors would hop on to sell food. A plastic baggie of coconut water, chips (homemade??) or maize (what you call corn) on the cob. The corn (called “elote”) was always my first choice! A large ear of corn in foil, open the foil to find a nice hunk of white cheese and a wedge of lime. Yum yum yum!!

This summer I started making my version of elote.

I really don’t measure when I make this! You can adjust amounts to your liking.

- corn on the cob
- cotija cheese (or feta if you can’t find cotija)
- 1 lime cut into sections
- chili powder
- salt & pepper
- OPTIONAL: crema mexicana

It’s pretty simple. I shucked the corn, brushed it with olive oil & grilled for a few minutes, turning as it browned. Next time I’m going to peel back the husk & tie it with twine so that the husk can be used as a handle. Of course, you have to remove the silk regardless.

Now, this is optional: drizzle either crema Mexicana or smear with mayonnaise. Or skip this step altogether…I like this step because it is the glue that sticks all the tasty things you are about to drop onto the corn.

Dust with salt and chili powder over each ear (to your liking.)

Crumble cotija cheese over the corn. Cojita is a dry crumbly white cheese sort of like feta. Substitute feta if you can’t find cojita near you.

Serve with lime wedges. YUM!


Grilled Corn with Cotija
Recipe type: Side
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An extra special side for late summer cookouts!
  • corn on the cob, shucked
  • olive oil
  • OPTIONAL: Crema Mexicana or Mayonnaise
  • salt
  • chili powder
  • cotija cheese
  • lime wedges

  1. Brush olive oil over shucked corn.
  2. Grill till darkened on all sides.
  3. Drizzle either crema Mexicana or mayonnaise over corn.
  4. Dust with salt & chili powder.
  5. Crumble cotija cheese over corn.
  6. Serve with lime wedges!

Try this: Peel husk back withOUT removing it, tie together with twine. Remove silk threads. Brush with olive oil & grill until darkened. You can now use the husk as a handle when eating! I’m going to try this next time…


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