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The Elote Bar as Seen on San Antonio Living & Daytime with Kimberly and Esteban

Updated: Feb 2, 2022


We've all heard of a build your own pizza or dessert bar, but have you ever heard of an Elote bar?! I got this idea from my roots in growing up in my beloved city of San Antonio, Texas. Elote, or Mexican Street Corn, has always been my favorite snack growing up. It is usually known as a grilled corn topped with mayonnaise, chili powder, lime juice, and Cotija cheese.

I love the combination of these ingredients. They bring so much joy and nostalgia whenever I take a bite. However, I thought it would be fun to spice it up a bit and add a variety of ingredients to my Elote bar! There are three main themes of Elote in this particular Elote bar: Traditional, BBQ, and Asian. All Elote flavors can be made vegan if desired! You can even choose your own adventure and create a fusion of all three themes. This is the beauty of a build your own Elote bar.

I hope you enjoy a build your own Elote Bar for Memorial day or any celebration coming up. Don't forget to send me pictures of your finished Elote!

Traditional Elote:

Serving Size: 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 4 ears of corn

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Salt to taste

  • Chili powder to taste

  • Tajin to taste

  • Mayonnaise to taste

  • Cotija cheese to taste

  • 1 bunch Cilantro

  • 1 jalapeño, sliced


  1. Rub each corn cob with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place on grill. Flip corn once each side is charred.

  2. Slather on a generous amount of mayonnaise to each corn cob using a pastry brush.

  3. Sprinkle chili powder and Tajin equally on each corn.

  4. top with Cotija cheese, cilantro, and sliced jalapeños

BBQ Elote

Serving Size: 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes