Authentic Atol de Elote Recipe: A Delicious Guatemalan Corn Drink

Dish recipes: Atol de Elote
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Indulge in the flavors of Guatemala with our authentic Atol de Elote recipe. This traditional corn-based drink is creamy, sweet, and perfect for warming up on chilly evenings or enjoying as a refreshing treat. Let's explore how to make this comforting beverage!


4 cups fresh corn kernels (about 6 ears of corn)

4 cups water

2 cups milk

1 cinnamon stick

1/2 cup sugar (adjust to taste)

Pinch of salt

Ground cinnamon for garnish (optional)


In a blender, combine the fresh corn kernels and water. Blend until smooth. Strain the corn mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a large pot, pressing down to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids. Place the pot with the strained corn liquid over medium heat. Add the milk, cinnamon stick, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Simmer the Atol de Elote for about 15-20 minutes, or until it thickens slightly and reaches your desired consistency. Remove the cinnamon stick and discard. Serve the Atol de Elote hot, ladled into mugs or bowls. Optionally, sprinkle ground cinnamon on top for extra flavor.


Enjoy your homemade Atol de Elote as a comforting drink on its own, or pair it with traditional Guatemalan sweets like bunuelos or sweet bread for a delightful snack.

Atol de Elote is a beloved traditional beverage in Guatemala, cherished for its creamy texture and sweet corn flavor. With our simple recipe, you can recreate this classic drink at home and experience a taste of Guatemalan culinary culture.