Smoky and Irresistible: Discover the Delight of Smoked Elote Corn Dip

Who can resist the allure of freshly picked corn during the peak of summertime? At your local Safeway, the produce section is brimming with vibrant, seasonal produce that beckons you as you wander the aisles. Among the delightful offerings at Safeway right now is Olathe Sweet corn, grown on the western side of Colorado. It’s as local as it gets! Inspired by the famous street corn dishes in Mexico City, we ventured to Safeway and gathered some flavorful ingredients to create the ultimate appetizer, party snack, or side dish: Smoked Elote Corn Dip on the Traeger. You don’t want to miss out on this tantalizing treat!

Finished Elote Dip

Fresh, Seasonal Produce: The Key Ingredient

Just like peaches, cherries, and tomatoes, corn on the cob is at its best during this time of year. Safeway proudly showcases Olathe Colorado corn, which has been available for a couple of weeks now. We’ve been savoring corn in various ways, but to truly highlight its amazing flavor, we decided to create a veggie-forward dish that captures the iconic flavors of elotes. This time, we’ve turned it into a delightful dip, perfect for sharing.

Discover the Essence of Elotes

In Spanish, “elotes” simply means corn on the cob. But in Mexican culture, elotes are more than that. The corn is grilled to perfection, slathered in mayonnaise, sprinkled with cotija cheese, and served with lime, cilantro, and spicy seasonings. It’s authentic street food, with the husk serving as a handle. However, you might need a pile of napkins handy because eating a traditional elote can get messy!

Dive into the Dip

For our Smoked Elote Corn Dip, we’ve retained the same distinct flavors of traditional elotes but made it easier to serve. We combine the iconic ingredients with freshly grilled corn kernels, sliced off the cob. Then, we bake it all on the grill to meld the flavors into a spectacular dish that comes together in no time. For an extra kick, we added some habanero hot sauce and chopped roasted jalapenos. Adjust the flavors to your personal preference and enjoy!

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Authentic Ingredients for Authentic Flavor

To create the best results, we recommend sticking to authentic ingredients. Instead of traditional American sour cream, Mexican crema brings the perfect creaminess and tang to the dish. It has a higher fat content and stands up well to heat, making it ideal for this recipe. As for the cheese, we use cotija. Its salty, tangy flavor adds an authentic touch. Cotija doesn’t melt, resembling feta cheese in its texture and consistency.

Dip ingredients ready for grilled corn

Safeway: Your Convenient Solution

As the parents of 1-year-old twins, my wife and I rely on simple, quick, and easy solutions. When it comes to cooking, easy and fast weeknight meals are essential. That’s why we turn to our Traeger grill – it makes cooking easy and delicious in a heartbeat. And where do we find the best and freshest ingredients? Our local Safeway store, just down the street. Their produce department is bursting with fresh fruits and vegetables at the peak of ripeness. Whether it’s tomatoes, peaches, or corn on the cob, we know we can rely on Safeway to provide fantastic ingredients for tonight’s dinner.

If a trip to the store feels like a hassle (especially with two 1-year-olds in tow), Safeway offers a fantastic curbside pickup option called Drive Up & Go. Their shoppers will gather and pack your groceries, delivering them directly to your car’s trunk. Believe me, it’s a game-changer!

And let’s not forget about Safeway’s for U program, which provides the best prices on groceries through awesome deals, rewards, and perks loaded onto your virtual card. From birthday treats to cash-back options, Safeway for U makes buying groceries for our family a breeze.

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Primary Ingredients:

  • Olathe Sweet Corn on the cob (unshucked)
  • Mexican crema
  • Cotija cheese
  • Jalapeno
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Lime
  • Habanero hot sauce
  • Signature Select chili powder
  • Signature Select ground cumin
  • Signature Select oregano leaves
  • O Organics white corn tortilla chips

Elote Corn Dip Ingredients

Why Smoked Elote Dip on the Traeger Works

Corn on the cob is the quintessential summer dish – flavorful, sweet, and delightful. For this recipe, we’ve chosen Olathe sweet corn, harvested right here in Colorado, from our local Safeway store. Knowing that the corn is fresh from Western Colorado and only a day or two off the stalk adds to the excitement.

To enhance the flavor, we decided to smoke and grill the corn on the cob on the Traeger. The initial smoking process infuses the corn with a layer of complexity. By keeping the corn in the husk, it steams slightly, retaining its vibrant color. Grilling the corn at a higher heat adds the perfect touch of golden brown color and seals in the smoky flavors. Finally, baking the dip brings out its bubbling, irresistible goodness. Whether you serve it hot, cold, or at room temperature, it’s sure to please.

Finished dip on the grill

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Preheat your Traeger Grill to 225°F with the super smoke feature.
  2. Peel a few outer layers of husk off the corn, leaving the majority intact.
  3. Submerge the corn in room temperature water for about 10 minutes while the grill heats.
  4. Once hot, place the corn (in the husks) on the grate and close the lid.
  5. Place the whole jalapeno on the grate as well.
  6. Smoke the corn and jalapeno for approximately 20 minutes, until warm to the touch.
  7. Carefully remove the corn from the grill and peel it completely using a kitchen towel.
  8. Increase the grill temperature to 350°F and return the husked corn to the grill (leave the pepper on the grill).
  9. While the corn grills, prepare the remaining ingredients.
  10. In a bowl, crumble the cotija cheese, reserving 2 tablespoons for later.
  11. Add the crema to the cheese and stir to combine.
  12. Crush the garlic and add it to the crema.
  13. Chop the cilantro, reserving 1 tablespoon, and add it to the bowl.
  14. Squeeze the lime juice into the mixture.
  15. Stir in the hot sauce, chili powder, cumin, and oregano.
  16. Once the corn has grilled for around 15 more minutes, remove it from the Traeger. The corn should be lightly charred and brightly cooked.
  17. Set up a cutting station with two metal bowls (one large, one small). Invert the smaller bowl inside the larger one.
  18. Prop the corn on the small bowl and cut down the cob, allowing the kernels to fall into the larger bowl.
  19. Roughly chop the smoked jalapeno.
  20. Stir the corn kernels and part of the chopped jalapeno into the crema mixture.
  21. Season to taste.
  22. Transfer the mixture to a grill-proof baking dish and sprinkle with the reserved cotija cheese.
  23. Place the dish in the hot Traeger and cook for another 10-15 minutes until bubbling hot.
  24. Sprinkle with reserved cilantro and serve with corn chips for dipping.
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Olathe sweet corn on the grill
Corn and jalapeño on the grill
A handy way to cut corn off the cob
Grilled Olathe Sweet Corn

Similar Recipes to Explore

If you can’t get enough of the mouthwatering flavors in our Smoked Elote Corn Dip, here are some other recipes you’ll love:

  • Seared Scallops with Corn and Chorizo
  • Taco Stuffed Poblano Peppers
  • Seafood Dips
  • Jalapeno Popper Dip
  • Korean Corn Cheese

And if you’re looking for even more corn-inspired creations, check out the corn and poblano salsa recipe in my cookbook, which you can find here.

Products Used in This Cook

For this recipe, we sourced all our ingredients from our local Safeway grocery store, your one-stop shop for the freshest produce. We cooked it up on our trusty Traeger grill and used a Messermeister knife to cut the corn off the cob.

Did you make this recipe? We’d love to hear how it turned out! Leave a review below or snap a photo, share it on Instagram, and tag me at @ThisJewCanQue.