Elote: Trader Joe’s Version

Hello there!

It’s been a minute since I’ve shared anything on the blog. But with kids at home on summer break, time gets away from me. Can you relate?

However, I am back and with one heck of a recipe too.

Fair warning though, it’s probably the best side dish you will make going forward. And it’s done in 10 minutes. BOOM!

Let me show you.

ELOTE: what is that?

If you are like me, you have probably seen Elote on cooking shows or restaurant menus. But have you ever tried it?

I sure did not.

That is, until recently.

The word “elote” means โ€œcorn cobโ€ in Spanish. But the Mexican Elote is actually grilled corn on the cob drenched in a mayo cream sauce, then decorated in spices and whole lot of goodness. Also known as Mexican Street Corn and this is what it typically looks like:

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(stock photo)

But, I have to admit, I am yet to try an authentic Mexican Street Corn and until I do I can not say, with 100% certainty, that this recipe is the real deal. But to me, based on research and some local taste testing, this is pretty close. Also, I think the cob gets super messy so making it in a bowl, while not traditional or authentic, is still muy delicioso!

So let’s make it and you be the judge.

(not pictured Valentina Hot Sauce)
  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 bag of Trader Joe’s frozen Roasted Corn
  • 2 tablespoons of TJ’s sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons of TJ’s Mayo
  • 1/2 cup of TJ’s cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1-2 teaspoons of TJ’s Chili Lime seasoning
  • Juice of 1/2 of lime
  • 1 tablespoon of hot sauce of your choice*
  • optional: cilantro

*I used Valentina hot sauce but you can skip it or use any TJ’s hot sauce you like


  1. On the stovetop and in a pan, add 1 tablespoon of butter and add the roasted corn too.
  2. Let that cook on high for about 3-5 minutes.
  3. While that is cooking through, crumble up your cotija cheese into a small bowl.
  4. Add your mayo, sour cream to the cheese.
  5. Turn off the corn and add the juice of half of lime, mix.
  6. Add your mayo, sour cream and cheese mix as well as your seasonings and hot sauce.
  7. Mix everything together and garnish with cilantro if you wish.
  8. Serve and enjoy.

So, what do you think? Will you try it?

The ingredients are simple but when it all comes together the flavor explodes in your mouth. I absolutely love it.

Until next time, make something good and check out my other Trader Joe’s recipes here.

x, Dijana

Hazel Eyes Mom

Here is to honest motherhood, fun family adventures and parenting challenges. I can be sassy, moody and sarcastic but all with good intentions. Stick around and let's have fun together. x, Dijana

8 thoughts on “Elote: Trader Joe’s Version

  1. I LOVE elotes! I go on a elote kick once a month and donโ€™t stop eating it for a week. I need to buy these so I can make it at home. ๐Ÿ™‚

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