by Steven Doyle
Elotes is a devilish cup of corn that can quite possibly send you into cardiac arrest. It is definitely a guilty pleasure, and one that can be found at some local taquerias and Mexican grocers around the Dallas area. If you haven’t tried this dish we will show you how it is made and tell you where to find a decent version.
We made a stop to visit the elotes man at Taqueria El Si Hay which is located at 601 W Davis in Oak Cliff. The man is furious when it comes to making a quick cup for the low price of $2.50. At times his line will stretch across the gravel parking lot, with many families ordering up to a dozen at a time. The key to this elotes cup is patience. Our man is nothing but methodical; an artist if you will.
The corn is shaved quickly and evenly, not to miss a single kernel. Once the cob is sufficiently clean he will moisten the corn with daubs of margarine. Let’s not pretend it is butter.
Next he layers corn with spats of freshly grated Cotija cheese which has a mild taste similar to Parmesan or even Feta.
The margarine and Cotija isn’t adequate. Layers of crema, or sour cream are also slathered into the mix.
Once the cup is full and sufficiently built, our eltoes man tops with the optional homemade salsa. It is dark, earthy and quite potent.
This is a filling treat that will dance on your tongue.
Our favorite elotes in Dallas include El Si Hay, La Lupita (2847 Royal Lane), Fuel City (801 S Riverfront), El Tacaso (10025 Harry Hines), the vendor at the Dallas Farmers Market located just outside Shed 1 (1010 S Pearl). Velvet Taco makes a nice gringo version and they are located 3012 N Henderson. Avoid most of the Mexican markets such as Fiesta. The #10 sized canned corn is a turn off.