Elote en Vaso (Corn in a Cup) + Video

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Elote en Vaso / Esquites (Corn in a Cup) cups on a platter with corn drizzled with hot sauce

This is Mexico’s finest street dish, often sold in styrofoam cups. Growing up in the border city of El Paso, I saw elote en vaso sold at street corners, bazaars, and festivals.

platter with corn in a cup Mexican style street corn drizzled with hot sauce

When I moved away from home I craved these steaming corn kernels drenched in melted butter and aromatic lime juice, topped with crumbly cheese. This is a very simple recipe that produces a comforting Mexican classic.

shucked corn going in to pot to boil

Feel free to adjust the proportions of lime juice, crema, cheese, and spices to taste.

Now anytime I crave this I whip it up at home, except I make it fancy by serving it in a pretty glass instead of the traditional Styrofoam cup.

No matter how you serve it the taste is sweet, crunchy, fiery, and juicy.

holding a tray with four cups of Mexican street corn in cups

Watch my video below to see how simple this recipe can be made at home.

Elote en Vaso (Corn in a Cup)

This is Mexico’s finest street dish, often sold in styrofoam cups.
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Ingredients

  • 10 ears of corn, shucked and cut from the cob
  • 2 tablespoons butter, per serving
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, per serving
  • 1/4 cup crema mexicana, per serving
  • 2 tablespoons crumbly salty white cheese
  • chili powder
  • Valentina hot sauce
  • lime wedges for garnish
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • Husk the corn, remove the silks, and slice the kernels from the cobs with a sharp knife.
  • Place the corn in a saucepan with enough salted water to cover. Bring to a boil; let boil for two to three minutes, then drain. Turn off the heat, and return corn to saucepan.
  • Add 3/4 cup of corn in a glass, add butter, and stir to melt the butter. Mix in lime juice and crema.
  • Sprinkle with a good heavy coating of chili powder and salt if desired, though the cheese adds plenty of salt. Mix well.
  • Top with crumbled cheese.
  • If you like spicy then add a few drops of some hot sauce for that extra kick of heat.
  • Serve with a spoon and lime wedges.

Video

Notes

  • Cotija cheese would be idea but parmesan is acceptable as a substitution. 
  • This is a very loose recipe. Feel free to adjust the proportions of lime juice, crema, cheese, and spices to taste!

Nutrition

Calories: 99kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 80mg, Potassium: 208mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 233IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1mg

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