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Elote en Vaso

Easy and delicious Elote en Vaso (corn in a cup). Layers of corn with cojita cheese, hot sauce and  Mexican crema.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 as a side servings
Calories: 283kcal


  • 6 ears of corn
  • ¼ cup salted butter melted
  • 1 cup Mexican crema
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup cojita cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon tajin
  • hot sauce like Tapatio
  • 2-3 limea cut into wedges
  • cilantro chopped


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



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. 


Serving: 8oz | Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 880IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 1mg