Looking for the perfect veggie side dish to make for your next bbq or grill out? Try my crowd pleasing recipe for elote slaw! Since moving to Arizona I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring all aspects of southwest cuisine. I now know what a cheese crisp is, that a burro and burrito are the same thing, and know the joy of homemade tortillas!
Elote, Mexican Street Corn, is a common southwestern snack at festivals, swap meets, and at home. Many neighborhoods even have Elote carts instead of ice cream trucks, selling corn on a stick or in a cup with all the traditional toppings: mayo, cilantro, hot sauce, and cotija cheese.
This tasty treat has started to gain in popularity all over the country in the last year or so. Even Trader Joe’s jumped on board with their Everything but the Elote seasoning and Elote seasoned corn chips.
Pro Tip: Make homemade popcorn and sprinkle TJ’s Elote seasoning on it for a sweet and savory experience that reminds me of kettle corn, with a twist.
How to Serve:
Elote slaw is a fusion of southern coleslaw and mexican street corn. It uses fresh corn, shredded cabbage, and all the traditional elote toppings mixed together. It’s the perfect side dish to bring to your next potluck, bbq, or party. You could also use it to liven up your next taco or burrito night. Make it the day ahead to save time the day of your party and to let the ingredients meld more. We ate it for 3 days, including right after we made it, and it just kept getting better!
What the Husband thinks:
Each Monday I post meatless recipes that I’ve tried out on my husband, David. He rates them using the Missing the Meat rating system we came up with.
Missing the Meat Rating 5 out of 5 stars!!!!
The Elote Slaw was awesome! In my opinion, this is about as good a side as it gets. It’s sweet, spicy, creamy, crunchy, and will go with just about anything at a bbq. We have definitely found our new dish to bring to bbqs or parties to impress our friends. Because it’s NOT a meal I feel I have to view the rating a little differently. Side dishes don’t typically have meat in them, so as far as sides go this is pretty perfect. I give it 5 stars!
Elote SlawCourse: Meatless Monday’s, SidesCuisine: Mexican, American, Southern, Vegetarian, FusionDifficulty: Easy
Elote slaw is a fusion of southern coleslaw and mexican street corn. It uses fresh corn, shredded cabbage, and all the traditional elote toppings mixed together. It’s the perfect side dish to bring to your next potluck, bbq, or party.
4 ears of fresh corn, shucked
1 tbsp chili lime seasoning
1 tbsp olive oil
2-3 cups shredded cabbage
Juice of 1 lime
¾ cup mayo
⅓ cup cotija or parmesan cheese
1 tbsp hot sauce
1 handful of cilantro roughly chopped
- Rub olive oil on corn and sprinkle with chili lime seasoning, then grill until lightly charred
- Using a knife, run it down the sides of the cob to remove all corn kernels
- Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl
- Taste and add more hot sauce, mayo, lime, or cilantro if needed
- To make vegan just use your favorite vegan mayo and vegan parmesan!
- Keeps well in the fridge and is even better the next day.
- There are several chili lime seasoning available: Tajin is the most common but we currently have Trader Joe’s version
- The chili lime seasoning usually has salt in it so don’t add any extra without tasting the slaw first!
- We love Valentina or cholula hot sauce for this recipe, but any hot sauce would work.
- Use more cabbage or corn to make this stretch further if you’d like. It’s easy to make enough for a crowd!
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