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Elote Tacos

Elote tacos offer a tantalizing variation of the traditional taco by infusing the flavors of Mexican street corn, also known as elote, within warm tortillas. These tacos promise a burst of zesty and savory flavors, blending the essence of grilled corn with a medley of spices and toppings.

Key Takeaways

  • Who this meal appeals to: Ideal for individuals seeking a unique and flavorful taco option or those craving the vibrant taste of Mexican street corn.
  • Estimated Duration: Preparation and cooking time typically takes around 25-30 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Elote tacos contain approximately 300-400 calories, offering a good source of fiber, vitamins, and essential nutrients.

About This Recipe

Elote tacos are characterized by the harmonious blend of grilled corn, creamy sauces, and flavorful spices, encapsulated within warm tortillas. This recipe delivers the essence of Mexican street corn in a portable and delightful taco form.

Equipment Required

  • Grill or grill pan
  • Skillet
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cutting board
  • Knife


  • 4 ears of corn, shucked
  • 8 small corn or flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or Mexican crema
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese or feta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Toppings: lime wedges, chopped green onions, hot sauce (optional)


  1. Grilling Corn: Grill the shucked corn over medium heat, turning occasionally, until it’s slightly charred, for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the grill and let it cool. Cut the kernels off the cob into a bowl.
  2. Mixing Sauce: In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise or Mexican crema with the chili powder and smoked paprika. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Assembly: Spread a layer of the seasoned mayonnaise or crema on each tortilla. Add a generous amount of grilled corn kernels on top. Sprinkle with crumbled cotija or feta cheese and chopped cilantro.
  4. Serve: Squeeze a lime wedge over each taco, add chopped green onions, and a dash of hot sauce, if desired.

Side Dishes

Complement your elote tacos with these appealing side options:

  • Mexican rice or black beans
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Tortilla chips with salsa or guacamole

Storage Options

For any leftover grilled corn and toppings, store them separately in airtight containers. Reheat the corn and assemble fresh tacos when ready to serve.

Ingredient Substitutes

Experiment with variations using alternative ingredients:

  • Use Greek yogurt or sour cream instead of mayonnaise or crema.
  • Substitute cotija or feta cheese with grated Parmesan or cheddar cheese.

Alternatives to This Meal

Explore other taco variations for a diverse dining experience:

  • Avocado and black bean tacos with a creamy avocado base.
  • Blackened fish tacos with seasoned fish fillets and fresh toppings.

If you’re still searching for taco ideas, then why not take a look at our Top 35 taco recipes.


Elote tacos provide a delectable and vibrant twist on the traditional taco, encapsulating the zesty flavors of Mexican street corn within warm tortillas. Enjoy the rich combination of grilled corn, creamy sauces, and flavorful spices, relishing the vibrant and delightful essence of these unique and savory tacos!