Mexican Street Corn With Brentwood Sweet Corn from Dwelley Farm

Mexican Street Corn in a Cup

If you have been lucky enough to luxuriate in the late-night street snack, Elote, while in Mexico, you can appreciate the delicious variation of corn-on-the-cob. Elote, known as Mexican Street Corn, in English, is grilled corn that has been adorned with mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice, queso fresco or cotija cheese, and a blend of spices.

Fresh corn - Brentwood Diamonds

Fresh corn – Brentwood Diamonds

In Brentwood, and throughout the state, corn is in peak season.  Brentwood corn, specifically, is sweet, extra-crisp, and the essence of summer flavors.  To put Brentwood corn to the test, we picked some up from Dwelley Family Farms in Oakley, CA and use it to create “vasolote” a.k.a “elote en vaso” – or Mexican Street Corn in a Cup.  This allows you to nibble or feast without the mess that traditional elote brings.

This Mexican Street Corn in a Cup is the perfect accompaniment to any meal in the summer while fresh corn is in peak season.

INGREDIENTS for Mexican Street Corn

  • 6 ears of fresh corn on the cob, husked, from Dwelley Farm
  • Vegetable Oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup of crumbled queso fresco
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro


  1. Preheat your griddle, grill or pan to high heat. Brush with vegetable oil.
  2. Using the best method, cut corn off the cob.  This can be done using a specific tool designed for corn de-cobbing, or a basic knife.
  3. Grill corn kernels on griddle preheated griddle.  Corn kernels should be charred slightly.
  4. Add all grilled corn kernels to a medium-sized bowl.
  5. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice, chili powder, and cayenne to grilled and charred corn kernels.
  6. Garnish with queso fresco and chopped cilantro.

Visit Dwelley Family Farms

Dwelley Farms provides you with a large variety of local produce. From Brentwood sweet corn, zucchini, apricots, peaches, peppers, and fresh pies, Dwelley Farm is located at 515 Delta Road in Oakley, CA.  During fruit season, the stand is open Monday – Saturday 8 am – 6 pm.  Sundays they are open from 8 am – 5 pm.  The fruit stand does accept credit cards, offers ample parking, and provides shopping basket and bags for your convenience.

To learn more about Dwelley Farms, visit their website, follow them on Facebook, or look them up on the Harvest Time website.  You can also call them directly at 925-634-6508.


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