The curly, crispy corn husks are sprinkled with chili powder, lime and cotija cheese for a delicious treat.

Elotes are a classic Mexican street food that is typically charred on the grill and covered with chili, Cotija cheese, garlic and lime.

This recipe offers a twist to the grilled version by cutting the corn in a way that helps them curl up in the shape of ribs. Accompany them with the lime mayonnaise for a scrumptious treat.


Corn Ribs
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  • 2 ears fresh corn, husked
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican-style hot sauce (such as Valentina®)
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled cotija cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Step 2: Place an ear of corn on a cutting board and cut in half lengthwise. Cut each half in half lengthwise. Repeat with remaining ear of corn. You should have 8 "ribs" total.

Step 3: Whisk olive oil, chili powder, garlic powder, and black pepper together in a bowl until smooth. Brush onto both sides of each rib and place in the air fryer basket.

Step 4: Air fry for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through the cook time.

Step 5: Meanwhile whisk mayonnaise, lime juice, and hot sauce together until thoroughly combined.

Step 6: Transfer corn ribs to a serving plate. Drizzle sauce over the ribs and top with cotija cheese and cilantro.

You can find the original recipe here.