This corn dip recipe tastes just like an elote (Mexican street corn). It is the perfect combo of sweet corn and savory tart cheese. Plus it’s a lot easier to eat AND you get tortilla chips. Win!

Mexican Street Corn Dip

Originally posted June 16, 2017
My cousin Lani has been making this corn dip for every family get-together in the summer for years, and every time it disappears so fast. I make a point to eat at least 3x my share of it before even bothering to grab a hot dog from the grill (sorry family, I’m the reason you didn’t get any amazing dip…I’m in it for the win.)

Elote Corn Dip

My niece Ella requested this Mexican corn dip for her graduation party a few weeks ago. I volunteered to make it because then I knew I would be able to pin Lani down for the recipe. Lani is one of those amazing cooks who makes amazing food with seemingly no effort. I know it looks all fun and games here on the blog, but if you actually saw me working in my kitchen, I’m sweatin’. (“Wait, was is 1/4 of salt or 1/2 teaspoon??”) Lani just freestyles it and everything comes out incredible.

Mexican Corn Dip Recipe

But she’s REALLY bad at translating her “recipes” for the average lay person (me). “Lani, can I have your recipe for ___ ?” “Oh yeah, it’s so easy, you just take a little__ and a little__ and add it until it’s like ___, you know?”

Sure Lani. Thanks for NOTHING. (One of the top recipes on my site was me trying to recreate a random side dish she made for dinner one time. Obviously that one turned out okay.)

Elote Dip

I called her to get the corn dip and she started explaining how she makes it before I could find a pen. I finally found one and wrote down corn, butter, garlic, red onion, salt, pepper, paprika, mayo, cotija, cilantro. That’s all I could remember from what she said.

But she tried the dip at the party and said it’s even better than when she makes it. She’s probably just buttering me up, but I’ll take it.

Next I want to get her guacamole recipe, but I know she’ll be like Karen, just get some avocados and smash them up with lime juice and add some–and I’ll be like, BUT HOW MANY AVOCADOS LANI and she’ll be like CALM DOWN IT’S JUST GUACAMOLE. #charlatan

How to make Mexican Corn Dip

Prepping corn on the cob

Lani said to get more corn than you think you need, like 10 cobs for one bowl of dip. It sounds like overkill, I know. But do it. Later one when you can’t stop eating it, bite after bite, you’ll be glad you made the full recipe!

Cutting the corn off of each job

Lop off all that corn. It makes a big ol’ mess on your counter. It’s worth it to get that freshness! Don’t forget to sharpen your knife blade. It makes a big difference when you can easily and quickly shave the kernels off.

Dicing onions for the dip

Crumbled up cotija cheese

Have you ever had Cotija? It’s a dry Mexican cheese. It’s so good on salads, barbacoa, tacos, burrito bowls. It is a flavor you must have when making this elote dip. It usually comes in a round block. You can find it either in the cheese aisle or over with the deli cheese. You simply put a chunk in a bowl and use a fork to break it up.

Adding cilantro to the Mexican Corn Dip

Finally, you add the cilantro and mix it all together. If you’re a cilantro hater you can leave it out. But do try to convert yourself, hater. You’re missing out. Plus it adds a nice color pop.

Enjoy! I think this would be the perfect summer appetizer to bring to your 4th of July parties coming up!

If you make this recipe, share it on Instagram using the hashtag #TheFoodCharlatan so I can see it! I love that.

Other amazing dips to try:

Snowy Chili Cheese Dip << To die for!

Sausage Cream Cheese Dip Recipe (Slow Cooker)

Carol’s Legendary 7 Layer Dip

Pimiento Cheese Dip

Fresh Bruschetta Lentil Dip << Sounds weird, but it’ a favorite of mine!

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip << always a crowd pleaser!

Some of my favorite Mexican recipes:

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with Mexican Coleslaw

Traditional Tejano Carne Guisada (Braised Beef for Tacos)

Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad

Chicken Flautas (Taquitos)

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Mexican Street Corn Dip (Elote)

This corn dip recipe is just like an elote (Mexican street corn). It is the perfect combo of sweet corn and savory tart cheese. Plus it's a lot easier to eat AND you get tortilla chips. Win!


  • 10 cobs corn, fresh
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, (1 stick)
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 5-6 ounces Cotija cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • tortilla chips, for serving


  • Husk the corn and use a sharp knife to chop the corn off of the cob. Chop up 1/4 of a red onion.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and let it melt. Add the corn and onion.
  • Let the corn and onion cook for about 8-10 minutes, until the corn is starting to brown and stick to the pan.
  • Add the garlic, paprika, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Cook for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
  • Let the mixture cool slightly.
  • Chop the cilantro. Put the cheese in a bowl and use a spoon or fork to crumble it.
  • Add mayonnaise, Cotija, and cilantro and stir to combine.
  • You can serve this dip warm, room temperature, or cold, though I love it best when it is slightly warm.


Serving: 1 g, Calories: 313 kcal, Carbohydrates: 29 g, Protein: 7 g, Fat: 21 g, Saturated Fat: 11 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 48 mg, Sodium: 773 mg, Potassium: 318 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 7 g, Vitamin A: 926 IU, Vitamin C: 8 mg, Calcium: 99 mg, Iron: 1 mg