Grilled Mexican Street Corn


For the last month we have been eating corn on the cob probably 3 times per week. I’m always so excited when it’s back in season because that means I get to make Summer Corn Chowder and this seriously delicious Mexican Street Corn! If you haven’t tried this type of corn then I think this week is definitely the time it needs to be done! It is basically addictive! You get that sweet, slightly charred corn flavor topped with a light layer of rich and creamy garlicy, cilantro mayo and it’s coated with a fair does of salty Cotija cheese, then you get those deep notes from a sprinkling of chili powder and cayenne pepper and it’s finished with a just a spritz of tart, fresh lime for one last layer of flavor. Once you try it for the first time you’ll be wondering “where has this been all my life?”

Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn

I made a double batch for the recipe pictured so just keep in mind the recipe is for 6 and not quite as many as are here. Also you can sprinkle over the cotija or roll it like pictured, either way just don’t leave it off, it’s a key ingredient to Mexican Street Corn. Then add as much chili powder and cayenne pepper as you’d like, what I listed is basically just a good minimum then go from there (unless you don’t like any heat, then omit the cayenne). Happy Summer!

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Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn


  • 6 ears yellow corn , shucked (that pictured here is a double batch of this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (preferably 1/4 cup regular 1/4 cup light)
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro , plus more for garnish
  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • 1 fair pinch cayenne pepper , plus more for topping, to taste
  • 1 cup finely crumbled Cotija cheese
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder , then more to taste
  • Lime wedges , for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (to about 450).
  2. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl whisk stir together mayonnaise, cilantro, garlic, cayenne pepper. Set aside. Place cotija cheese in a shallow dish long enough to fit corn.
  3. Once grill is preheated place corn on grill, leaving space between them. Let grill until charred on all sides, turning every few minutes, about 8 - 9 minutes total.
  4. Working with one cob of corn at a time, using a spatula brush all sides with the mayonnaise mixture then lightly roll in cheese to coat with a thin layer (it should look somewhat sparse, don't overdue it or the cheese will be overwhelming and you won't have enough to coat all of them). Transfer to a serving platter or baking sheet and repeat with remaining corn. Sprinkle corn with chili powder then a little cayenne pepper if desired, then turn to opposite side and sprinkle with more chili powder. Sprinkle lightly with more cilantro and serve with lime wedges if desired.


  • HayleyDawnBlogs: I love corn on the cob! Tis really looks amazing! June 5, 2017 at 10:21pm Reply

  • Marci Hendrickson: This looks amazing, we are actually in Mexico right now!!!! Do you have an alternative suggestion for the mayonnaise mixture? We have some family members apposed to Mayo.

    Many thanks for the work you do, it is fantastic. June 6, 2017 at 8:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Mexican crema, sour cream or vegannaise would be good substitutes. Hope you love it! June 6, 2017 at 4:41pm Reply

  • Sara @ The Ravenous Housewife: Yummm! This looks amazing June 6, 2017 at 3:12pm Reply

  • Pat: Would you please tell you people to stop causing AD’S to appear in the print out of a recipe. It is very,very maddening and it happens to cause people to waste paper….that means needless trees are lost and waste is NEVER great. I do not like shoes in my corn.
    Thank you June 6, 2017 at 6:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It is supposed to go away when you print. I will contact the ad company. Thanks for letting me know! June 9, 2017 at 12:56pm Reply

    • Louie: Try not printing the recipe if you’re concerned about trees! June 9, 2017 at 7:55pm Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: Grilled corn is the best, this is so perfect for summer! June 9, 2017 at 12:19am Reply

  • No sabe lo qué haces gringa!: This is not Mexican street corn! I hate to be that person but it’s true. I have been eating this since I was a child. 1) you don’t even put the corn on the grill. It’s boiled! 2) garlic and cilantro aren’t even a thing? I’m confused on who did you dirty like that?? 3rd cayenne pepper?? Really? Pobrecito los que comen sus elotes así! ni mexicanos son! Que vergüenza! June 12, 2017 at 3:41am Reply

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