A mini version of Mexican Street Corn! This elote corn recipe is made with baby corn so it's a great appetizer or vegetarian party food. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo, Day of the Dead, cookouts and picnics. They're super easy and you can make the on the grill or stove. 10 mins prep time and 10 mins cooking, and only 115 calories per serving. Easy!
I've taken the popular Mexican corn on the cob and made it miniature!
Perfect as an appetizer, side dish or party food, these mini Mexican corns are tasty and so easy!
The baby corn is grilled (or you can steam it instead), then brushed with a creamy lime sauce and rolled in parmesan.
It turns little corns into something flavourful and extra special - perfect for picnics, parties and as a side dish.
This elote corn recipe is made with baby corn so it's a great appetizer or vegetarian party food.
Perfect for Cinco de Mayo, Day of the Dead, cookouts and picnics.
They're super easy and you can make them on the grill or stove. 10 mins prep time and 10 mins cooking, and only 115 calories per serving.
Mexican Street Corn
Mexican Street Corn (aka Elote) is super popular in, you guessed it, Mexico. Often sold at festivals and roadside stalls, they're usually made with full sized corn on the cob.
For my mini appetizer-sized version, I've used the same creamy lime coating, with parmesan and fresh herbs.
Cinco de Mayo Appetizers and Day of the Dead food
If you're looking for Day of the Dead food or Cinco de Mayo appetizers, you've come to the right place.
These little elote corns will get you in the party mood.
Also be sure to try these recipes:
Mexican Bean Soup (vegan)
Chipotle Mexican Salad in a Tortilla Bowl (vegan)
Air Fryer Tacos (veggie but easily vegan)
Pico de gallo (vegan)
To drink, you must make horchata.
Dessert simply must be Churros. My son had them last weekend at a market and because instantly smitten.
Xocolatl - Aztec Hot Chocolate
How to make Mini Mexican Street Corn
Follow this step-by-step photo tutorial, then scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredients list and method.
The first step is to cook the baby corn.
If the weather is good, I like to cook them outside on the barbecue/grill. Then I can add the toppings and people can add them as they like for a cookout or bbq.
If the weather isn't great, then I make them indoors on a grill pan (as in the picture above).
It still gets them lovely and charred.
If you don't have one, you can simply steam the baby corn to cook them.
After the baby corn is cook, you just need to whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro (coriander), garlic, lime zest and juice (and chilli powder, if using).
Then just brush the baby corns with the mayo mixture and roll each corn in parmesan and sprinkle with a little extra cilantro/coriander.
It's so easy!
Tips for Mini Elote
- For best results, char the corn slightly on a grill for a smokey street food taste.
- Like it spicy?: add a little extra cayenne sprinkled over the corn at the end.
- Make it vegan: use dairy free mayo, cream or a combo of both and vegan parmesan.
- Make it vegetarian: be sure to use vegetarian parmesan.
- What type of cheese for elote? Usually, Elote is sprinkled with cotija, a Mexican cheese. However it's not always easy to find, so I've used parmesan.
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Mini Mexican Street Corn
- 12 baby corns
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise (or dairy free mayo)
- 1 tablespoon sour cream (or creme fraiche or dairy free cream)
- 1 tablespoon cilantro (coriander) finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
- 2 tablespoon grated vegetarian parmesan
- cilantro (coriander)
- 1 lime cut into wedges
- Heat a griddle pan until hot. Lightly brush the baby corn with a little oil, then place onto the hot griddle pan and cook until char lines form, turning occasionally. Alternatively, steam the baby corn for a few minutes or cook on the BBQ grill (carefully so the corn doesn't fall in!).
- Whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro/coriander, garlic, lime zest and juice and cayenne.
- Brush the baby corns with the mayo mixture to coat lightly, then roll each corn in parmesan and sprinkle with a little coriander.
- Serve with a little squeeze of lime.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.
If I can’t find fresh baby corns can I use the jarred baby corn
I will be making and bringing the mini Mexican Street Corn for a large party as an appetizer.
Do these need to be made immediately before serving?
Hi, they should be fine if you make them a few hours before! Let me know how you get on with them.
I made these as an appetizer for a Mexican themed vegetarian dinner party menu. They were delicious and a big hit! Thank you!
Where do I find baby corn?
Hi, it's in most supermarkets / large grocery stores. Sometimes with the Asian vegetables (like bok choi etc..). I hope you can find it!
Trader Joe’s Carrie’s fresh baby corns
Great little recipe. I'll be using this. Many thanks.
So easy and delicious. Perfect for a party.
These are adorable!! They'd make a great party appetizer!
I absolutely love these mini corns. They look so adorable and so tasty. I already printed the recipe and will give it a try this weekend. My kiddo will love these.
These are so cute! And I just love that they have all that delicious flavor but they won't be a mess to eat when you're celebrating with friends! So yummy!
So, I've definitely got a "thing" for mini versions of favorite foods and this is just the CUTEST EVER! That's using your noggin!
What a great side dish to any Mexican dish! We love taco Tuesday at my home so I'm excited to add this tasty side!