The Mexican-style street corn recipe is easy to make in the air fryer. And tasty too.

The Mexican-style street corn recipe is easy to make in the air fryer.  And tasty too.

The best Mexican-style street corn you’ll ever have isn’t cooked in a hot air fryer. In all likelihood, it will be corn cooked over charcoal, or fire, or some other heat source that gives that delicious grilled flavor. But I’m here to tell you that this summer you can use your air fryer to make perfectly tasty elote without much work.

I made this recipe for people who may not have a grill and are tasked with cooking one side for a cookout. Or maybe your grill is completely stocked with burgers and you need to cook indoors. Or maybe you only have an air fryer. Whatever your situation, this street wheat recipe only requires a few minutes of cooking time and very little prep, which should have a delicious result. Here’s what you need to know.


  • 4 ears of corn, left on the cob

  • Rapeseed oil

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 cup finely grated cotija cheese

  • juice of a lime

Travel directions

  1. Brush the corn with oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

  2. Set your airfryer to 400 degrees and 10 minutes. Toss the spiced corn into the airfryer and let it cook for the entire ten minutes, both during preheating and for the entire ten minutes. Shake the basket every now and then.

  3. While the corn is cooking, make the elote sauce. In a long, shallow bowl or rimmed plate, whisk together the mayo, sour cream, cheese, paprika, cayenne, and lime juice. If you like spicy, like I do, add extra cayenne pepper and smoked paprika.

  4. After 10 minutes, the corn should be ready. Some grains should turn black. If not, cook a little longer.

  5. Dip and roll the cooked corn with tongs in the cheese mixture. Make sure all sides are coated. At this point you can enjoy it as it is – that’s what I did for the sake of simplicity. But if you want more cheese and herbs on top of the mixture, feel free.


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The details

There really is nothing too complicated about this dish. It is designed to be simple, fast and easy to adapt to your preferences. Cooking the corn is easy. Ten minutes worked for me when I tested the recipe a few times, but really, just let it go until some of the grains turn black. Shake the basket around and you’ll be good.

The only complication you may encounter is finding Cotija cheese. If you can find queso fresco, that would work too, although it’s milder than cotija. When rolling the corn in the mixture, do your best to get everything covered.

The mixture is made.
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corn is twisted with tongs in elote mixture

Make sure to cover your corn well.
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A note: This is not the most authentic recipe in the world. The goal is to make an easy version from elote in the airfryer and that’s what you get. In fact, if you wanted to go even a little bit Lake not authentic, you could cut the corn off the cob once it’s air fried. Then you could stir the corn and cheese mixture together and make a spoonable side dish, instead of the messier cobs. It will taste good, but you decide to serve it.

This is what my finished product looked like.

a lot of corn on the cob on a plate

Maize! Messy delicious corn.
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The final verdict for airfryer elote? It’s delicious. And messy. Very messy. But summer corn is great and sweet. Combining that with the creamy, salty cheese mixture really works. This will be a hit at any cookout and will take you no more than 15 minutes of total work. You can’t beat that.

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