#WeeklyDish: Elote Pizza at Empire Pizza & Pub is Worth the Hype

Last modified on April 20th, 2017 at 9:59 am

Elote pizza at Empire Pizza & Pub (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Mexican street corn, or elotes, is one of the most beloved Mexican street foods outside of tacos.

Grilled or boiled corn is topped with a bold combination of ingredients which can include salt, chile powder, butter, cotija cheese, lime, mayonnaise, and crema, a Mexican sour cream.

In a stroke of genius, Empire Pizza & Pub has created the elote pizza.

The tomato-less pizza is topped with mozzarella, goat cheese, grilled corn, chipotle mayo, and Tajín.

Grilling the corn brings out a little more sweetness with some smokiness. Goat cheese provides a suitable creamy, tangy substitution for cotija. Chipotle mayo accentuates the earlier flavors, while Tajín and cilantro cut the richness with bright flavors.

It sounds bizarre in comparison to a slice of pepperoni pizza, but it’s magic. Stare into the eyes of skeptical eaters as they take a first bite and raise their eyebrows in delight.

Additionally, clumsy eaters can also rejoice because the slice is much less messy than traditional elotes. No more chile-mayo-cotija mustaches.

The elote pizza was introduced as the February pizza of the month, but unexpected popularity earned it a permanent spot on the menu.

Empire Pizza & Pub is located at 137 Congress St. For more information, call (520) 882-7499 or visit empire.pizza.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He enjoys neon-lit dinners and long crab walks on the beach. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.
  • TiroGrande

    That is no more a pizza than Taco Bell is Mexican food, sorry.

    • Jackie

      Hi TiroGrande,
      It’s definitely not an authentic pizza by any means. It doesn’t make it any less tasty though, so I hope you get the chance to try it out.

      • TiroGrande

        Don’t think I’d care for it, but I really do enjoy your newsletter. Keep up the good work!