The flavors of chile and lime are used to enliven a lot of popular street snacks, including elote, or Mexican corn on the cob. Slathered with a crema-based sauce and showered with cotija cheese, ground chiles, and lime, this is not your typical corn on the cob. There are many variations served as street food, and for this version I used a sauce made with a blend of crema, homemade olive oil mayonnaise, and fresh cilantro. For the chile-lime kick I sprinkled on some Zesty Chile Lime Mix seasoning blend from Colorado Spice, a local company that sells a wide variety of spice blends, many of them gluten and and sugar free. They are providing a Colorado Spice Sampler pack to give to one lucky reader–details on that at the end of the post.
Amounts here are approximate because it depends on how much goop you like on your corn. The sauce can easily be doubled or tripled and made in advance, but the cilantro will get a little wilty. I make my own mayonnaise to avoid the oils that are in commercial mayo, and if you have an immersion blender it is really easy. The technique is described here. Crema is a form of cultured cream, which I also make at home, but there are a lot of good brands that are widely available–or just use your favorite sour cream. This is also a great treatment for steamed corn, so if you don’t grill you should still give this combo a try.
- 4-6 ears of fresh sweet corn, husked
- olive oil, to brush the corn
- 1/2 cup crema (or sour cream)
- 1/2 cup olive oil mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- crumbled cotija cheese (or grated parmesan)
- chile-lime seasoning blend
- fresh lime wedges
- Brush the corn with olive oil to lightly coat. Heat a gas grill over medium high and grill the corn, turning occasionally, until it looks charred in spots and the kernels are tender.
- In a small bowl, stir together the crema, mayonnaise, and cilantro. Slather some of this mixture on the hot corn, and then sprinkle on cotija and chile-lime seasoning, to taste. Serve with fresh lime.
I also used the Zesty Chile Lime blend on some sliced mango and jicama, pictured above, which is another popular street snack and one of my personal favorites. If you have never tried sweet mango and crunchy jicama accented with hot and sour flavors, you really must give this a try.
If you are interested in trying some of the blends from Colorado Spice, below are the details on how to enter. The sampler pack includes twelve of their more popular blends, and has a retail value of $30. Note that while I received product samples and Colorado Spice is providing the reader giveaway, I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.
Here’s how to enter:
Giveaway has ended! Congratulations to Blessie, who won the sampler pack.
1. For the required entry, leave a comment below describing your favorite street snack.
2. Visit the Colorado Spice Facebook page and give them a “like” for a second entry. Be sure to leave a second comment below to say that you have done so.
3. U.S. mailing addresses only, please.
4. Giveaway will end at 5 p.m. M.S.T. on Saturday, August 31st. I will select a winner using random.org and will contact that person via email. If I do not receive a response within 48 hours, I will select an alternative winner using the same method.
It’s just that easy! Good luck, and happy snacking.