Healthier Elote

by Erin

I love Mexican street corn but I have discovered a way to make a slightly healthier elote by using Greek yogurt instead of mayo! So good, you might not even notice.

Healthier Elote - Mexican Street Corn.

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In my opinion, no Mexican meal is complete without elote, especially when paired with tacos, Mexican hot dogs, or even pork pozole verde. Since I have already made the tacos healthier by oven-frying the avocados I decided I needed to do the same with the corn.

All I did was swap out the mayo for Greek yogurt, but I honestly could not tell the difference. Probably because I stilled used butter and cotija cheese. Hence why they are “healthier” not “healthy”.

What you need to make healthier elote:

  • Corn on the cob
  • Unsalted butter
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cotija cheese
  • Smoked paprika
  • Lime wedges, optional
Healthier Elote made with Greek yogurt.

These ears of corn were husked and baked in the oven, but I usually prefer grilling them with the husks on. Unfortunately, at the time when I first made this recipe I did not own an outdoor grill.

If you are lucky enough to have a grill, soak them in water beforehand for at least 30 minutes or wrap in foil so the husks don’t catch on fire! I may speak from experience…

Alternatively, you could cut the corn right off the cob and instead make Mexican corn casserole – also “healthier” with Greek yogurt.

Healthier Elote

Post updated 7/20/2023, photo above is the original.

One year ago: Banana Peanut Butter Bread Pudding

Healthier Elote - Mexican Street Corn.


Yield: 2 Servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 2 ears of corn, shucked
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup finely grated cotija cheese
  • Smoked paprika
  • 2 lime wedges, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Roll ears of corn in melted butter and wrap securely in foil. Bake for 25 minutes, turning often.
  3. Remove from oven and carefully unwrap the corn.
  4. Using a spatula or basting brush, spread Greek yogurt evenly over each ear of corn. Sprinkle with cotija cheese and paprika. Serve with a lime wedge.


Easily double or triple this recipe for more servings

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Source: Adapted from Allrecipes.

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Tracey June 2, 2013 - 7:28 pm

Ok confession, I didn’t know what elote was…. Learn something new every day :) Now that I know, I want it!!

becca May 29, 2013 - 9:40 pm

I freaking love Elote. I’m definitely going to make this!!

amy @ fearless homemaker May 29, 2013 - 1:32 pm

I loooove elote and your healthier version looks SO good. Such a perfect summer side dish!

Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes May 29, 2013 - 10:48 am

Love this, Erin! And love that you healthified your elote with Greek yogurt! Fantastic!!

spiffycookie May 29, 2013 - 10:54 am

Thanks Meagan! Geek yogurt is my favorite substitute for mayo :-)

Renee @ Tortillas and Honey May 29, 2013 - 10:41 am

I love that you’ve done a healtier elote! Elote is one of my favorites and I’ve never even thought of using Greek yogurt instead of mayo! I definitely need to make this with your avocado tacos! I think a BBQ is in order! :-)


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