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Elote Loco (Crazy Corn)

Elote loco, which translates to “Crazy Corn” in English, is an amped-up version of elote.

It’s a very popular ‘street food’, and in recent years has expanded its popularity. Elote loco tends to include even more extravagant or “crazy” toppings beyond the traditional mayonnaise, cheese, and chili powder.

This might involve extra layers of flavors, such as more types of cheese, hot sauce, butter, lime juice, additional spices, or sometimes unconventional ingredients, giving it a wilder and richer taste. In some places, it may be served with Salsa Negra, a hot black sauce.


  • 6 ears of fresh corn, husked
  • ½ cup mayonnaise or Mexican crema
  • 1 cup crumbled cotija cheese or grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons chili powder or Tajin seasoning (adjust to taste)
  • 2-3 tablespoons melted butter (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Lime wedges for serving
  • A hot sauce, such as Salsa Negra (optional, for added spice)


Prepare the Corn

  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Place the husked corn on the grill and cook, turning occasionally, until the corn is cooked and lightly charred (approximately 10-15 minutes).

Assemble the Elote

  • Once the corn is grilled, you can assemble the elote.
  • Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise or Mexican crema onto each grilled corn cob using a brush or a spoon.

Add Cheese and Seasonings:

  • Sprinkle the cotija or grated Parmesan cheese generously over the mayo-covered corn, ensuring an even coating.

Season with Spices:

  • Sprinkle chili powder or Tajin seasoning over the cheese-covered corn. Adjust the amount based on your preferred level of spiciness.

Optional Enhancements

  • For an added richness, drizzle melted butter over the corn.
  • Optionally, sprinkle chopped fresh cilantro over the top for added freshness.

Serve and Enjoy

  • Serve the elote loco while hot, alongside lime wedges.
  • Squeeze fresh lime juice over the corn just before eating for a tangy kick.
  • If desired, offer hot sauce on the side for those who prefer an extra spicy flavor.


If you would prefer less spicy options then Elote is a solid choice. And if you like tamales, then why not try tamal de elote.


In essence, while elote is the traditional Mexican street corn with a specific set of toppings, Elote Loco takes the base of elote and goes “crazy” with additional or more diverse toppings, allowing for a more indulgent and sometimes inventive variation of the classic dish.

If you have any further questions about Elote, you can find further information here.