Side Dish | July 26, 2020

Elote en Vaso

Easy and delicious Elote en Vaso, layers of corn with cojita cheese, hot sauce and  Mexican crema. This is going to be your new favorite addition to taco Tuesday, I’m telling you. You will love this.

WHAT IS ELOTE EN VASO?

Elotes is a favorite traditional corn on the cob, with traditional Mexican slathering  of mayo, lime, cheese, spices. Elote en Vaso takes those same creamy spices flavor of corn, lime, cheese and spices and puts it in a cup. Elote en Vaso translated from spanish to english is corn in a cup.

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED FOR ELOTE EN VASO?

  • Corn on the cob
  • mexican crema
  • cojita cheese
  • parmesan cheese
  • limes
  • cilantro
  • butter
  • spices/hot sauce

HOW DO I COOK CORN ON THE COB?

There are two ways you can cook your fresh corn on the cob.

  1. grill
  2. boil

HOW DO I GRILL CORN ON THE COB?

Preheat grill to medium heat. Pull all husks back on corn except 1-2 thin layers, remove end husks. Grill corn about 20 minutes. Remove last layer of husks and grill for a minute or two until corn has charring. Remove from grill and let cool enough to handle.

An overhead shot of corn on the cob for making Elote en Vaso

HOW DO I BOIL CORN ON THE COB?

In a large stock pot bring water to boil. Shuck your corn and rinse off all husk and strings. Place in boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes and its ready for elote en vaso!

PROTIP: make sure the pan is large enough for the water to submerge the corn. Even though the corn will float, if there is plenty of space in the water it will move around the boiling water and cook itself. You can stir occasionally too.

HOW TO CUT CORN OFF THE COB

Here is an easy trick to help you get that corn off the cob so fast! and with the least mess.

Place your corn on an upside down bowl inside a bigger bowl and cut downward. It will catch all your corn!

TOSS THE CORN IN BUTTER

Next you will toss your hot corn in melted butter. As you toss the corn in the butter break up the bigger chunks.

CHEESE AND SPICES

I prefer to mix my cheese and spices together in a bowl so the flavor is distributed throughout the cup! SO GOOD.

I CAN’T FIND SMOKED PAPRIKA WHAT DO I USE? 

You can use regular paprika if smoked paprika is hard to find.

HOW TO LATER ELOTE EN VASO

The parts are all assembled now we layer the cups together. Are you not so excited for this cheesy goodness!!

  • You will need a clean small cup (about 12 oz)
  • Add corn
  • Add your cheese mix right on top of the hot corn
  • Drizzle a little mexican crema

  • a few drops of hot sauce

IS THIS SPICY?

If you’re nervous about the hot sauce I promise a few drops will not make it spicy, just add good flavor. If you want more spice go to town on that hot sauce! IF you really don’t want hot sauce, don’t add it. It’s totally going to be delicious still.  YOU BE YOU and be as conservative or liberal with that hot sauce as you want. I won’t judge.

REPEAT THE LAYERS

In my 12 oz cups I did 2 layers. If you do larger cups you can do more layers. If you do smaller cups I still recommend doing two layers AT LEASt.

HOW TO TOP ELOTE EN VASO

Top elote en vaso the same as the other layers with crema, hot sauce but add some chopped cilantro and lime garnishes!

WHAT SIZE IS ONE SERVING

A good size for one person is 6-8 oz. My 12 oz cup is a nice, big portion 1 person serving. If you do any larger than 12 oz it would be big enough for two+ people to share. You can make this in ramekins for smaller portions, or small clear plastic cups too! Great for parties and dinners with guests.

DO I SERVE THIS HOT OR COLD?

Serve this dish warm! If the corn is nice and hot when you place it in the cups it will be perfect to serve immediately. The cheese will start to melt and mix with the crema. Creating the best texture and flavor! If your corn has cooled, re heat OR reheat the cups in the oven or warmer while waiting to serve. (only with heat safe cups of course)

CAN I MAKE THIS AHEAD?

YES!  although, it is better fresh I have made this ahead and it worked! Layer the corn, cream and cheese together. Cover the cups with lid/plastic wrap and store in fridge. Before serving place in oven to warm, or microwave.

LOOKING FOR OTHER CORN RECIPES? TRY THESE!

BAJA CORN SAUCE

CREAMED CORN

SUMMER CORN CHOWDER

CORN SALAD

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two cups filled with corn, crema, hot sauce, cheese and spices. Hot sauce dripping down the cup
Elote en Vaso
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Easy and delicious Elote en Vaso (corn in a cup). Layers of corn with cojita cheese, hot sauce and  Mexican crema.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: corn side dish, Mexican corn
Servings: 6 as a side servings
Calories: 289 kcal
Author: Stephanie
Ingredients
  • 6 ears of corn
  • 1/4 c salted butter melted
  • 1 c Mexican crema
  • 1/2 c parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c cojita cheese
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp tajin
  • hot sauce like Tapatio
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • cilantro chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to medium heat. Pull all husks back on corn except 1-2 thin layers, remove end husks. Grill corn about 20 minutes. Remove last layer of husks and grill for a minute or two until corn has charring. Remove from grill and let cool enough to handle.
  2. Place glass upside down in the middle of a large bowl. Stand corn cob on the upside-down glass, and use a knife to cut kernels off of the cob so that they fall into the bowl (and not all over your counter!). Pour melted butter over corn, mix well. If you didn't use salted butter, lightly salt the corn now.
  3. In a bowl mix spices and cheese together. In 8 oz cups Layer corn with crema, cheese and spices mixture, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. Repeat.

  4. Microwave about 30 seconds, just enough to really warm the serving bowls. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

DO I SERVE THIS HOT OR COLD? 

Serve this dish warm! If the corn is nice and hot when you place it in the cups it will be perfect to serve immediately. The cheese will start to melt and mix with the crema. Creating the best texture and flavor! If your corn has cooled, re heat OR reheat the cups in the oven or warmer while waiting to serve. (only with heat safe cups of course)

CAN I MAKE THIS AHEAD? 

YES!  although, it is better fresh I have made this ahead and it worked! Layer the corn, cream and cheese together. Cover the cups with lid/plastic wrap and store in fridge. Before serving place in oven to warm, or microwave. 

WHAT SIZE IS ONE SERVING

A good size for one person is 6-8 oz. My 12 oz cup is a nice, big portion 1 person serving. If you do any larger than 12 oz it would be big enough for two+ people to share. You can make this in ramekins for smaller portions, or small clear plastic cups too! Great for parties and dinners with guests. 

Nutrition Facts
Elote en Vaso
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 512mg22%
Potassium 281mg8%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 934IU19%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 262mg26%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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