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Idaho Elote

Barbecued Corn with Sour Cream, Lime & Chili
  • Prep: 10 minutes
  • Cook: 10 - 12 minutes
  • Serves: 4
  • Yield: 4 ears

Enjoy this Idaho twist on the classic Mexican street corn, perfect for a summer BBQ or any gathering where you want to bring the taste of Idaho to the table! To add a touch of regional flavor, we also use locally sourced chili powder and fresh cilantro from Idaho. The result is a flavor-packed dish that’s both easy to make and fun to eat.

kitchen tips:

Corn: For the best flavor, use fresh, locally sourced Idaho corn, when in season.
Cheese: Cotija is traditional, but feta or even a local Idaho cheese can add a unique twist.
Heat Level: Adjust the amount of chili powder or add a dash of hot sauce if you like a spicier kick.

Categorized: Side Dishes


  • 4 ears of fresh sweet corn on the cob, husked
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt (optional)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Cotija or feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika or chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried garlic
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Prepare the Grill:

    Preheat your grill to medium-high heat

  • Grill the Corn:

    Brush the corn cobs lightly with melted butter and place them on the grill. Grill for 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until the corn is charred and tender.

  • Prepare the Toppings:

    In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, sour cream (if using), and lime juice until smooth. Combine the smoked paprika or chili powder with the ground garlic in a separate small bowl.Set aside the crumbled cheese, chopped cilantro, and remaining melted butter.

  • Assemble the Elote:

    Once the corn is grilled, brush each cob generously with the mayonnaise mixture.Sprinkle the grilled corn with the paprika-garlic mix for a flavorful kick.Roll or sprinkle each cob with the crumbled Cotija or feta cheese, ensuring an even coating.Drizzle with a bit more melted butter for extra richness.Garnish with the chopped cilantro and an additional squeeze of lime juice.

  • Serve:

    Serve immediately, optionally garnished with lime wedges and a sprinkle of extra cheese.