Another delicious treat from Mexico’s streets is the elotes preparados, sold everywhere in any city by eloteros pushing their wheeled carts.
On their carts, these hawkers carry a large pot of hot water, full of boiled ears of corn, with a small grill with embers. There, you can ask for an elote preparado or an esquite. If you choose elote preparado, they pull a maize ear from the pot and grill it until it is slightly toasted:
After roasting, the elotero either stabs the bottom with a wooden stick, or uses the husk of the cob that has been pulled down to make a handle; then coats the kernels with condiments such as chili powder, butter, cheese, lime juice, mayonnaise, and even sour cream or a few drops of Guacamaya sauce… the choices are on you!
Here in Culiacán, eloteros usually pop up during the weekends at the Malecón Viejo, a centric avenue where it gets busy with food stalls and regional munchies. And of course, among them, elotes and esquites!