Southern Mom Loves: The Perfect Tournament Pairing: Modelo & Elotes (Mexican Street Corn)

The Perfect Tournament Pairing: Modelo & Elotes (Mexican Street Corn)

Monday, June 26, 2017

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With a husband who is a sports fanatic, I have a ball (womp, womp) coming up with ways to make game days more delicious. With the 2017 soccer tournaments coming up, I couldn't wait to dive into some international fare. With Modelo as the official beer of the Beautiful Game, I thought elotes would be the perfect pairing.

Dressed elotes (Corn on the Cob) are an extremely popular street vendor food in Mexico and the reason why is clear from the first bite: Sweet, juicy, fire-roasted corn is slathered with a creamy, spiced lime & mayo-based sauce, then sprinkled with crumbly, salty Cotija cheese. Guys, I could eat them all day long. YUM.

Elotes can taste different according to who is making them and their favorite ingredients, and I'm adding a few ingredients to mine, like cilantro and a sprinkling of chili powder.

I'm using sour cream in my sauce. If you can get Mexican Crema, you can sub that in instead, but it's a bit salty, so you may want to omit the extra salt in the recipe. If you like it spicy, you can add some cayenne into your sauce as well.

If you love Elotes, check out my Elotes Fries recipe, too!

You absolutely want to find Cotija cheese though. The closest thing I can liken the taste to is Feta, but not? You can get it in a crumbly wheel or in a bag already crumbled (it looks like parmesan.) It's pretty easy to find though, so no substitution should be needed. Look for it in your local grocery store near the specialty cheeses like Feta and Blue or near the international cheeses.

If you're serving Mexican fare, Modelo is the perfect cerveza.

It's the beer "brewed with a fighting spirit" and is a popular choice, especially in delicious beer cocktails like the Michelada, made with a spicy Bloody Mary-type mix. Mmmmmm. They have a proud heritage of brewing high quality, distinctive styles of beer that set the gold standard for what a great Mexican beer should taste like.

For our game day I picked up some Modelo Especial for the hubs. I love a good dark beer, so grabbed some Modelo Negra for myself.

You can get the Especial in 12 oz. bottles or cans and the Negra is available in 12 oz. bottles. Look for it wherever beer is sold. Find out more about Modelo here. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

But for now, you can celebrate game days by making these amazing elotes.

Elotes (Mexican Street Corn)
Serves: 6


  • 6 ears of fresh corn
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice, from one lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chili powder + more to garnish
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro + more to garnish
  • a pinch of salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese, crumbled

1. Start your grill (charcoal or gas) to a high temperature.

2. Prep your corn by removing the husks and silk, but leaving the shank attached. If your corn is missing the shank, insert a bamboo skewer to hold it by.

3. In a bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic, chili powder, lime juice, & cilantro. Taste and add salt if needed. Set aside.

4. Grill the corn and allow to char a little, then turn and repeat on all sides (around 10 minutes.) Place on a plate.

5. Brush the cobs on all sides with the mayo mixture and sprinkle with the crumbled cotija, chili powder, and cilantro.

Serve immediately while warm.

Mmmmm. This corn on the cob is sweet, juicy, creamy, tangy, and salty all at once and is amazing bite after bite.

It is also pretty messy so have lots of napkins handy.

You'll also want to serve it with a big bowl of lime wedges for squeezing.

And also for your Modelo. :)

I hope you enjoy this recipe and have yourself some fantastic tournament days!


Will you be watching the tournament this year? Have you ever had elotes? I love to read your comments!

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