How to Make Healthy Authentic Elote

by Anjolie Flores | Sep 26, 2022 | Digestive Health, Gluten-Free, Healthy Living, Recipes, Uncategorized, Weight Loss | 0 comments

Elote is a delicious Mexican street food with corn as the star ingredient. Combined with chili powder and lime, this dish becomes a mouth-watering snack that you will want again and again. Normally, elote is served on a stick, but you can also forgo that option. Esquites are almost the exact same as elotes, but the corn is removed from the cob; a little chicken broth is added, and it is topped with the same thing that goes on the elotes: mayo, cheese, and chili powder. This recipe will help you get true Latin flavors without some of the traditional ‘unhealthy’ ingredients. I hope you enjoy my take on the classic dish with this healthy, authentic elote recipe!

Healthy Alternative Elote

Enjoy this delicious and authentic Mexican street food without the not-so-healthy traditional ingredients.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Dinner, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Gluten Free, Healthy
Servings: 4
Calories: 288kcal
Author: Anjolie Flores


  • 4 ears of Corn
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise soy-oil free (vegan optional)
  • 1/2 cup Cotija Cheese
  • 1/2 Lime
  • Hot Sauce like Cholula
  • Chili Powder
  • Wooden sticks optional


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Shuck the corn, remove the silk and stalk. Add corn to water, cover and cook for 5 minutes, then remove.
  • When corn is cool enough to touch but still warm, insert wooden stick into core as a handle.
  • Brush corn with 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese and squeeze of lime wedge. Add hot sauce and chili powder to taste.
  • Repeat with remaining ears of corn and serve.


Esquites: Corn can also be cut off the cob, into a bowl, and have the toppings added on top. Add some chicken broth and epazote (common herb in Southern Mexican cooking) to the bowl for more authentic esquites.

I hope you like this healthy authentic elote recipe! Let me know what you think in the comments or on social media.

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