Elote in a Cup: Quick And Easy Mexican Street Corn Recipe in 15mins

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Do you know that Mexican Street Corn at the Cozy Cone in Disney’s California Adventure? Yeah, it’s a thing. And now you can have it in a cup! This is the perfect snack, appetizer, or side dish for any Mexican-inspired meal. It’s inspired by the delicious treat that’s served at the Cozy Cone, but you can make it at home in just 15 minutes with our easy 5-step recipe.

Mexican Street Corn in a Cup

Mexican street corn, or elote en vaso, hits all of the same notes as the original treat: sweet corn mixed with tangy lime and chili seasoning, all topped with a sprinkle of queso fresco and cilantro. But this version is made in individual casserole cups instead of on a skewer—so you can enjoy it anywhere!

By making this dish at home, you can control what goes into it. You can use reduced-fat mayo or even Greek yogurt instead of regular mayonnaise. And if you’re looking for something more nutritious than cheddar cheese, try cotija, parmesan, feta, or mozzarella instead!

This recipe makes it easy to customize your Mexican Street Corn by using any toppings you like best—and since they’re all available in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores, they’ll stay fresh until you’re ready to eat them! We know you can’t get enough of sweet, delicious corn.

That’s why we’ve gathered together some of our favorite corn recipes you can try such as Corn Casserole, Crockpot Creamed Corn, Grilled Corn on the Cob and more.

Ingredients in Mexican Street Corn

Ingredients for Mexican Street Corn

Making this recipe as is, it’ll taste exactly like the Champion Corn Cups at the Cozy Cone. Here’s all you need for our recipe:

  • Sugar – just a couple of tablespoons. Trust me it’s a game changer
  • Frozen corn kernels- see below for tips if you want to use fresh corn on the cob for this recipe
  • Mayonnaise – you can use a lower fat mayo for this recipe 
  • Sour cream – can also substitute plain Greek yogurt
  • Lime salt – this is optional. But it tastes so good! If you can’t find lime salt, use fresh lime juice or stir in a crystalized lime packet
  • Cotija cheese – queso fresco or Mexican crema works great too! You can also substitute parmesan cheese too.
  • Chopped cilantro – add a tablespoon or more to taste
  • Chili powder – also to taste
  • Just a dusting of chile powder can also be used as a beautiful garnish.
  • Garnish with one lime cut into wedges

Suggestions for the Best Mexican Corn in a Cup

A lot of you have written in about delicious additions and substitutions you’ve made, so we want to share those with our readers as well. Here are some more ideas to spoon on more flavor!

  • Cotija cheese can sometimes be difficult to find, so queso fresco is a good alternative. Cotija crumbles nicely and has a nice, salty flavor. It is similar to Feta cheese, but is a little more dry and crumbly, which makes it great for sprinkling on your favorite Mexican dishes.
  • If you want to go all-out and actually grill FRESH corn for this recipe, you absolutely can. You can use THIS recipe for Grilled Mexican Street Corn or use the kernels from fresh, perfect corn on the cob recipe.
  • After grilling the corn, you can use a knife and cut the kernels into a large bowl and follow the rest of the recipe below as directed.
  • If you want to add a little more substance to this corn mixture to serve as a side dish or even as a dip with chips, you can always add some additional ingredients. You can add grilled zucchini, sliced cherry tomatoes, avocado, chopped jalapeños and/or sautéed onion.
  • Add a dash of your favorite hot sauce to give this street food a little more kick.
  • Serve over greens and some carne asada for a delicious and hearty salad meal.
  • Stir in Tajín and a hint of hickory, so it tastes like it would straight off the grill.
  • Top each cup with a small pat of butter so it melts in the corn mixture.
Can’t wait to try this recipe. It says serve 4, but what size cups?

We use 9 ounce plastic cups to get four servings from this recipe.

Can I omit the sugar?

For some, corn is sweet enough on its own, so yes you can leave out the sugar. We just find the added sweetness balances out the spices beautifully. 

How do you keep it warm? Or, do you serve at room temperature?

We serve it at room temperature! It’s delicious!

More Delicious Corn Recipes

Can’t get enough delicious corn in your life? Same here! We’ve gathered a few of our favorite recipes for you to try:

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Mexican Street Corn in clear cups on a table

Mexican Street Corn Cups

4.97 from 27 votes
Mexican Corn Cup in a Cup is inspired by the treat at the Cozy Cone in Disney's California Adventure. Such a delicious appetizer, snack or side dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
3 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Mexican/Spanish
Servings 4




  • Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and add sugar. When water is boiling, add corn and cover with lid. Simmer corn for 3-5 minutes or until corn is cooked though and tender. 
    Corn, sugar and water in pot
  • While corn in simmering, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, sriracha, Kosher salt, and lime salt in a small bowl. 
    Sriracha mayo
  • When corn is done cooking, drain well and return to pan. Allow to cool for about 3 minutes. Add sriracha-mayo mixture to the corn and until well combined. 
    Corn with sriracha mayo
  • Divide corn into 4 individual cups.
    4 equal cups of mexican street corn
  • Top with queso fresco, cilantro, a dash of chili powder, and a lime wedge. Serve immediately. 
    Mexican Street corn with toppings

Nutrition Information

Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 9gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 465mgPotassium: 467mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1215IUVitamin C: 17.5mgCalcium: 182mgIron: 1.3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this recipe for Mexican Street Corn in a Cup for my son’s wedding at the Outer Banks, North Carolina. They wanted a Taco Bar for their reception and this recipe was a perfect accompaniment to the Tacos! It was a hit! I had so many compliments and it was so easy to make a large quantity. It is so delicious that I make it often at home! Thanks favorite family recipes for this fabulous recipe!

    1. It’s regularly sour cream – like the Daisy brand or a generic sour cream brand, not crema. Our favorite brand to use is Best Foods, but you can use the brand you like the best. Thanks for asking!

    1. We haven’t tried it in the crock pot, so I’m not sure! Let us know how it turns out if you do try it!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this for Father’s Day 2022. It was a big hit and disappeared fast. Not a single kernel was left behind. It’s now a on a rotation for sides in our home. Excellent recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    Mexican Street Corn was a hit. I made the recipe for our HR at the school district and it took first place! Thank you for sharing! 🤩

  4. 5 stars
    This is a great dish !! Some of us ol’ folks can’t eat corn off the cob anymore. I’ve added a hint of hickory to the mix, used Tajine for spice…like it would taste off the grill. I’m adding this to my asked for recipes, Corn Salad & Corn Pudding. How fabulous one can put this together any time of the year !!!

  5. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! My family and I enjoyed it. My husband is Mexican and has had his fair share of corn in a cup but he said this one was amazing! We barbecued ribs and chicken and had this as a side.
    Thanks so much for this recipe, it’ll now be a staple recipe in our family.

  6. 5 stars
    This has me dreaming of Disneyland more than ever! Going to have to make this to get my fix until they reopen! So delicious!

  7. 4 stars
    This is delicious and my partner inhales it each time I make it. The only thing I omit is the sugar. Corn is sweet enough without it for my taste. Other than this, it is great. Oh, one other thought if you don’t have lime salt, use crystallized lime. It tends to be on the concentrated side to add to taste before going all in on it.

    1. We haven’t made this in advance before so I am not sure how it will affect the taste. If I were to guess I would say they will probably taste best if you make them fresh. Hope this helps!

      1. I usually make the sauce a couple hours in advance so I can let the flavors marry before adding everything else. It’s absolutely fantastic! Try it out.

  8. 5 stars
    I just tried a cup of Elote corn a few months ago at a mall – it was so good! This recipe was even better! So creamy and full of flavor.

      1. Have you tried grilled corn and then cutting it from the Cobb? Seems like a little more effort but wonder if that would work too. Thank you for the delicious recipe!

        1. Yessss! We love grilled corn! I agree, a little more effort but soooo worth it! We tried to keep this recipe true to how Disney serves it but yes, kick it up a notch if you are in the mood!