Avocado Jalapeno Elotes

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Move over, regular-old elotes. There’s a new sheriff in town, and its name is Avocado Jalapeno Elotes. This recipe takes your favorite Mexican street food and amps up the flavors with some creamy avocado and spicy jalapeno peppers. 

Easy Avocado Jalapeno Elotes

These Easy Avocado Jalapeno Elotes are a popular Mexican street food. They are corn on the cob that is smothered in tajin seasoning, lime juice, and chili powder. Then, they are topped with diced avocado, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro. Avocado Jalapeno Elotes are a delicious and easy way to enjoy corn on the cob. 

The combination of flavors is truly irresistible! If you’re looking for a fun and flavorful way to enjoy corn on the cob. Whether you’re serving them up at a summer cookout or simply enjoying them as a quick snack, these elotes are sure to be a hit!

picture of elotes corn cob with crema, cheese, jalapenos, and spices on top

How To Make Avocado Elotes

Elotes are basically seasoned corn on the cob, so you will need a few ingredients to get just the right flavors. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Corn– You can’t have elotes without corn. I use sweet corn, but you can use whatever corn you prefer. 
  • Jalapeno peppers– Be sure to seed your peppers and chop them coarsely. You’ll need to reserve one pepper for garnishing. 
  • Avocado– Peel and coarsely chop your avocados. 
  • Garlic cloves– You will need fresh garlic not minced garlic. Simply chop 2 to 3 cloves up. 
  • Cilantro– Fresh cilantro is needed for this recipe. You will want to chop it up and reserve half of it for the garnish. 
  • Olive oil– Olive oil is brushed on the corn to help hold all the spices and seasonings onto it. 
  • Spices and seasonings– You will season your corn with chili powder and salt. 
  • Garnishes– In addition to the cilantro and pepper, you will also need tajin seasoning and cotija cheese to garnish the corn. 

After you’ve gathered and chopped your ingredients, this recipe can be whipped up in no time at all. Follow the steps below. 

  1. First, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. 
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the ears of corn and cook for about 10-minutes or until tender. 
  3. Brush the corn with olive oil or melted butter and grill them on medium heat until slightly charred. Set the corn to the side to cool slightly. 
  4. While the corn is cooling, combine the jalapenos, avocados, garlic, lime, cilantro, olive oil, chili powder, and salt. Pulse in a food processor until smooth. 
  5. Finally top your corn with the crema you just made and garnish with cotija cheese, cilantro, jalapenos, and tajin. 


picture of elotes corn cob with crema, cheese, jalapenos, and spices on top

Tips and Tricks to Perfect Elotes and FAQs: 

  • Choose ripe avocados. This will ensure that the elotes are creamy and flavorful.
  • For the perfect lime to avocado ratio, use one lime for every two avocados.
  • Make sure to remove all the corn husks and silks before grilling or roasting the ears of corn.
  • If using skewers to grill the corn, soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before using them so that they don’t burn on the grill.


What are Avocado Jalapeno Elotes? 

Avocado Jalapeno Elotes is a Mexican street food dish that consists of corn on the cob, topped with avocado, mayonnaise, lime juice, jalapeno peppers, and cotija cheese.

What temperature do I cook the corn at?

For this recipe, you will technically cook the corn twice. First, you will boil it over medium-high heat, and then you will grill it over medium-high heat. 

How long does this recipe take to make?

The longest part of this recipe is chopping up your avocados, garlic, peppers, and cilantro. With prep work and cook time, these elotes should be done in about 30-minutes. 

How do I store leftover elotes?

Avocado Jalapeno Elotes are best enjoyed fresh, but they will keep in the fridge for a day or two. Be sure to place them in an airtight container before refrigerating. 

picture of elotes corn cob with crema, cheese, jalapenos, and spices on top

What To Serve With Avocado Jalapeno Elotes

For a light meal or appetizer, try pairing avocado jalapeno elotes with a simple salad. The coolness of the avocado and the heat of the jalapeno will balance out the flavors perfectly. For a heartier option, try serving them with Grilled Chicken Breasts, Grilled Jerk Shrimp, or Easy Grilled Ribs

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Avocado Jalapeno Elotes

spicy, creamy, smoky grilled corn that is out of this world delicious.
Course Side dishes
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword corn, corn on the cob, elotes, mexican corn
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 ears corn
Calories 436kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell


  • 3 jalapenõ peppers seeded and coarsely chopped reserve one for garnish
  • 2 avocados coarsely chopped
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 1 bunch cilantro chopped reserve half as garnish
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ears corn
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil if grilling corn, just enough to brush corn with
  • Tajin seasoning to garnish
  • ¼ cup cotija cheese to garnish


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the ears of corn and cook until tender, about 10 minutes (or cook them in the instant pot); or brush corn with melted butter and grill corn on medium heat until slightly charred. Set corn aside and let cool slightly until cool enough to handle.
  • Combine jalapenos, avocados, garlic, lime, cilantro, olive oil, chili powder, and salt in food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Top corn with cotija cheese, cilantro, jalapenos, avocado jalapeno crema, and tajin.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 829mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style. Courtney writes the popular creative lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs- a site devoted to delicious everyday recipes, home decor, crafts, DIY inspiration, and photography tips to help make your every day extraordinary.

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