Atole de Elote Recipe | Enjoy Guatemala’s Traditional Corn Drink

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Atole de Elote is a traditional Guatemalan hot beverage made of corn and milk that is served across Guatemala for a warm snack. This is a great easy-to-make snack for the whole family! In Guatemala, women pulverize the fresh corn on a grinding stone or metate to achieve a silky, creamy consistency.

Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: 45 min | Serves: 8

  • 4 cups Fresh Corn or 3 cans (15.25 oz) of Whole Corn, undrained. Reserve 1/4 cup for garnish
  • 2 1/2 cups water, divided
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon or 1 stick 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cans of Whole or Evaporated Milk

Step 1: Blend corn one can at a time & 1 1/2 cups water divided evenly in a blender until smooth. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a large saucepan, pressing pulp against the mesh to release liquid. Discard solids.

Step 2: Stir in sugar, cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; stir occasionally.

Step 3: In another saucepan, bring milk & remaining water to a boil. Stir into corn mixture; remove from heat. Remove cinnamon. Pour into mugs & garnish with reserved corn kernels. Serve warm.

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