The Dallas Elotes Primer

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.



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14 responses to “The Dallas Elotes Primer

  1. David Indorf

    I admire his ability to strip the corn off the cob and keep it contained. When I do this at home, more winds up on the floor or in that tiny space between the oven and the counter than on my board.

  2. David… that is so funny. Exactly right… I hate that lil space!

  3. Sherry Thompson Acuna

    The vendor’s name at the Dallas Farmer’s Market is Paul Gray. He also has really good roasted corn on the cob.

  4. Dan H

    At Gaston and Fitzhugh in front of the gas station is a good elotes stand as well. I agree that the key is finding one with fresh corn.

  5. Harley

    Definitely All Good. I could use $100 worth of chicken fried steak.

  6. Tony

    If you haven’t tried the elotes from the couple in front of the Fiesta grocery store on Jefferson in Oak Cliff, then you have missed out on the best elotes around.

  7. I have not heard of elotes, but want to try it now for sure. I used to go to a taqueria in north san diego that had excellent food, but this was not served. I am sure the fresh roasted corn tastes much better than the canned.

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  9. El Si Hay – once you go there, you’ll never go anywhere else. People drive in from Arlington to order from him! Might as well call him El Lote.

  10. Fuel city has (don’t know how long it’s been) gone to FROZEN CORN. I watched them pour bagged frozen corn into a warmer while I waited for my cup less than two months ago.

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  12. Aryn

    On the cob! It’s supposed to be on the cob, no? There’s a vendor outside El Paisano on Carroll that makes it that way. Soooo good

  13. Shelley

    Ive never heard of elotes before tonight, reading your article almost makes the flavors dance on my tongue! You have an amazing ability that that marries up the reader with the flavor. Coming from Minnesota Ive tasted very good corn and have always enjoyed my corn shaved, I look forward to tasting this.

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