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Dairy Free Elote Dip

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Dairy-Free Elote Dip has flavors of Mexican street corn combined with cashew queso for a dip that’s creamy and dairy-free.

Overhead view of Elote Dip in a yellow bowl topped with red onions, cilantro, and tortilla chips.

This Elote dip is so creamy and ‘cheesy’, even cheese lovers will enjoy it.

I used my Vegan Cashew Queso as the base of this dip and added some roasted corn. If you have fire-roasted corn, it will add even more flavor!

What is Elote?

Elote is a popular Mexican preparation of corn on the cob and commonly sold on street carts, hence the name Mexican Street Corn

Overhead view of 2 Ears or corn on a white plate with 2 lime wedges on the side.

This version uses Mexican Crema, Mayo, and Cotija cheese for a more authentic taste.

Elotes are a great Summer side dish, but can get a little messy when eating, so this elote dip is a mess-free variation that goes perfect with chips.   

How To Make Dairy Free Elote Dip

Start by making the cashew queso. The recipe and Instructions can be found Here.

In a large skillet, I used a cast iron one, saute some diced onion in some oil until translucent.

Onions cooking in a cast iron skillet

Then add 1 can of drained corn. If using frozen, add it in frozen.  Sauté till the corn develops some color. 

Corn cooking in a cast iron skillet.

Pour in blended cashew mixture, stir constantly under low heat until it thickens. Season with some paprika, and salt. 

Cashew cream, corn, and onions cooking in a skillet.

Garnish with some cilantro and red onions. Serve hot with tortilla chips.

Mexican Street Corn Dip in a yellow bowl topped with red onions, cilantro, and tortilla chips.

How to store and reheat

This vegan elote dip is best eaten right away, but I did save leftovers and re-heated it on the stove the next day.

It still tasted good, and also tried the microwave. You’ll have to do bursts of 20 seconds and stir each time. 

Small hand holding a tortilla chip with some Mexican street corn dip on it.

If you want a sweeter version of creamed corn, I have a Thai-inspired recipe using coconut milk. Thai Coconut Corn, is a great vegan options too.

Yellow dish holding elote dip with chips on the side.

Dairy Free Elote Dip

Dairy-Free Elote Dip has flavors of Mexican street corn combined with cashew queso for a dip that's creamy and dairy-free.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6


  • Skillet and Stove


Cashew Queso


  • Place all ingredients for Cashew Queso into a high speed blender and blend until a smooth sauce is formed. It will look thin and watery.
  • In a skillet add oil and sauté onions over medium heat until they become translucent.
  • Add drained corn to skillet. If you using frozen then add from frozen. Saute until some color develops on the corn. If you are using fire roasted corn, you can just cook until corn is warmed through.
  • Add blended cashew mixture and lower heat to medium low. Keep stirring until sauce thickens then turn off heat. Add paprika, mix, and serve hot with chips or as a side dish.



The Elote dip will thicken as it cools. You can keep it warm in a dip warmer, or reheat leftovers on a skillet in the stove over low heat. Add a little water if needed to thin it out.
Leftovers will keep in the fridge 5 days max.
Recipe for Plain Cashew Queso
Serve with Cilantro Lime Chicken or Carne Asada Tacos


Serving: 1gCalories: 159kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 5gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 164mgPotassium: 258mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 262IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and depends on ingredients and amounts used. Thai Caliente makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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