We tried these Mexican Corn Cups at the Cozy Cone at Disney’s California Adventure and fell in love! Such a great appetizer, snack or side dish.
Mexican street corn, or elote, in a cup is an easy mess-free way to go when you are craving Mexican street corn. Everything is layered nicely in a cup that can easily be carried around. The first time I saw someone eating Mexican corn in a cup was at Disneyland, well, California Adventure. I remember thinking that it was a genius idea and I had to find out what restaurant they got it from. Luckily I figured it out…
Mexican Street Corn at the Cozy Cone
If you have ever been to Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure, you have surely seen the GIANT orange traffic cones right as you walk in. Each of these cones has a different theme and serves a different kind of treat. If you mosey on down to cone #5 you will find the Champion Corn Cups– Disneyland’s version of a Mexican corn cup.
What cheese is best for Mexican street corn
The traditional cheese used for Mexican street corn is cotija cheese. Cotija can sometimes be difficult to find so queso fresco is a good alternative. Cotija crumbles nicely and has a nice, salty flavor. It is the similar to Feta cheese but is a little more dry and crumbly, which makes it great for sprinkling on your favorite Mexican dishes.
Grilled Mexican street corn in a cup
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 as we call it “Nacho Libre” corn). 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. Trust me, it tastes amazing. It just takes a little more effort.
Mexican corn side dish
If you want to add a little more substance to this recipe to serve as a side dish or even as a dip, you can always add some additional ingredients. You can add grilled zucchini, sliced cherry tomatoes, avocado, chopped jalapeños and/or sautéed onion.
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How to make Mexican Street Corn in a Cup:
- Bring 1 c. 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.
- While corn in simmering, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, sriracha, Kosher salt, and lime salt in a small bowl.
- 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.
- Divide corn into 4 individual cups and top with queso fresco, cilantro, a dash of chili powder, and a lime wedge.
- Serve immediately.