Elote (Street Corn) and Encanto

I’m going to get in on the Movies & Munchies fun early (or earlier) this month which means I won’t be posting on the deadline at the end of the month.   We had a very leisurely Fourth which means I had time to read, cook and catch up on blogging.

Amy’s Cooking Adventures is hosting this month and you can read her announcement post here.  For July, we are all dancing and tapping our feet to Encanto.It’s a cute Disney film with music by Lin-Manuel Miranda.  The family at the center of film is the Madrigals and each member of the family is blessed in one way or another with the gifts of strength, restoring health, shape-shifting, talking to animals, controlling the weather or creating roses with just a touch of the hand.  The family was gifted these miracles many years ago with a never ending candle and during an escape from certain death.  The film is set in Columbia in the magical town of Encanto, a town that sprung up to help those escaping violence.  The Madrigals are the magical people that everyone in the community looks to for help and leadership.  Their home is the town’s touchpoint.  Without them, the town would cease to exist (or so everyone thinks).  Did I mention that their casita is magical as well?

Mirabel is the only family member who did not receive a gift but she does see the “writing on the wall” that might crush the family’s dreams so she sets off to find Bruno, an uncle who could see the future but could not handle what he saw.  So, he disappeared.

I had a hard time liking Abeula and how she treated Mirabel but you know it’s a Disney film so everything comes out lovely in the end.   

I don’t know what it is about Disney films, but I always find myself tearing up at the end.

There was a lot of great Columbian food featured in the film but I caught a glimpse of one of the characters with two ears of elote in his hand. 

(I know this dude only has one ear of corn in his hand in this scene but he shows up later with two.)

I have been wanting to make elote for a long time and since it is corn season and summer and grilling time, I decided to whip up a recipe.

I perused through some recipes (some authentic and some not so much) and came up with this one.

Elote (Street Corn)


You can sprinkle whatever spice you want on top and sprinkle on your favorite fresh herbs. Parsley, cilantro, basil, chives and even tarragon would work.


  • 4 ears of fresh corn
  • 2/3 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c. finely grated Parmesan
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • chives, chopped
  • Red chili powder (I used a NM variety.)


  1. Clean the corn. Remove husks completely or pull back to use as “handles.”
  2. Light grill or heat up grill pan. Grill corn on all sides until a bit charred.
  3. While corn is grilling, combine mayonnaise, parmesan and garlic in a small bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.
  4. Remove corn from grill and place on a serving dish. Slather the corn with the mayonnaise mixture. Sprinkle with the chopped chives and the chili powder. Serve

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 mins.

Cook time: 5-10 mins.

Total time: 20 mins.

This was good and I will make it again.  There’s enough of the mayo mixture to do some pretty heavy handed slathering so you could stretch this recipe to cover six ears if you needed to.

It’s always fun to watch an animated film so thanks for hosting Encanto, Amy!

If you’re an Encanto fan, join our Facebook group (Movies & Munchies), then blog an inspired recipe from the film and drop a link!  (Just be quick about it.  The deadline is at the end of the month.)

Thinking ahead to August, grab some popcorn and watch (or rewatch) Big Night.  This film was featured during the old Food ‘n Flix days and marked my first post for that group back in the day.    I made risotto then.  Not sure what I will make for this round….

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