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Guilt-Free Elotes

Guilt-Free Elotes

Elotes are one of my favorite Mexican side dishes and the perfect way to use up a bunch of corn on the cob. The first time I had the dish was several years ago on a trip to Mexico during a beach BBQ that our resort threw for dinner one night. Sweet, savory and a little bit spicy, I couldn't believe I'd never had this magical combination before. Usually prepared with mayonnaise and cotija cheese, it isn't the healthiest dish, so I set out to find a way to make this a guilt-free side dish in our regular weeknight meal rotation. The recipe serves four but is easily scaled up or down for a couple or a crowd.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Shuck the corn by removing the husk and all corn hairs
  2. Grill corn on medium heat for 15 minutes, rotating occasionally to cook all sides
  3. Dice up half a medium red onion (half-cup) and chop up cilantro
  4. Place corn, one ear at a time, in a bowl and shave off kernels with knife
  5. Add all ingredients to bowl with the corn
  6. Stir and serve!
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