Elote Cream Cheese Spread

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Elote Cream Cheese Spread
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All the classic flavors of the great Mexican street snack, Elote, but jammed into a delicious cream cheese spread! Perfect for a savory bagel or on toast! Charred corn, chili, and queso fresco! Spread it on thick!


1 ear sweet corn, charred
8 ounces cream cheese
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 ounces queso fresco, crumbled
Bagels or Toast, for serving


  1. Preheat broiler to high heat. Shuck corn well. Wash and dry thoroughly.
  2. Broil corn for 1-2 minutes per side until it’s nicely charred. (You can also grill the corn but I would only bother with heating up the grill if you were going to grill something else anyway.)
  3. Remove corn from broiler and let cool. Then slice kernels off.
  4. Add kernels to a bowl with cream cheese, spices, queso fresco, and salt. Mash together well.
  5. Generously smear spread on toasted bagels or toast for a great summer breakfast!

Spread will keep well in the fridge for a week or so in an airtight container.