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This Mexican Street Corn is flavored with Cotija cheese, chili powder, and lime, topped on grilled corn on the cob. It’s simple to make and has an out-of-this-world flavor profile!
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This Mexican Street Corn is the best corn on the cob I have EVER had. We call it “Nacho Libre” corn because it looks like the yummy corn from the movie… you know, as in “Get that corn outta my face“! If you haven’t seen Nacho Libre, we give it two thumbs up! It’s a fun family movie. Plus, it’ll give you a great reason to make this Mexican street corn! This corn has a lot going for it. It is a rich, buttery corn, topped with the slight tangy-ness of the Cotija cheese, mayo, and sour cream. The lime and chili powder tops it all and gives you the perfect combination of flavors. Make it a family night- make this corn for dinner then watch the movie! This is another great recipe from our cousin, Kristen, over at Culinary Mamas!
Ingredients in Mexican Street Corn
- Mayonnaise – you can use light mayo, but it obviously tastes best with the real, full-fat deal! I like the brand Best Foods.
- Sour cream – again, you can use light sour cream, or even sub in some Greek yogurt for extra protein if you like.
- Cotija cheese – you can find this in most grocery stores, it’s a fairly common ingredient. Just in case you can’t, you can use another cheese—it’s similar to feta cheese or even queso fresco.
- Chili powder – you can spice up your Mexican street corn as much or as little as you would like. You could even omit it fully if you aren’t a fan of spicy, or just load it up if you want to feel the burn!
- Lime – this is a recipe where it’s worth using a fresh lime instead of bottled. It will make the flavor so much better!
The Best Way to Grill Corn
One of the most important components of this Mexican street corn is, well, the corn! You don’t want to make this recipe with boiled corn on the cob—you’ll want to grill it on a bbq grill. The bbq is really the only way to get that slightly crispy caramelized corn flavor. You want the corn to caramelize a bit to balance out the flavor profile.
If you’re craving the flavors of Mexican Street Corn, but don’t want to bust out the grill, try our Mexican Street Corn in a Cup. Boil frozen corn in a pot of water with a little bit of sugar until heated through. In a large bowl combine mayonnaise, sour cream, lime, and salt. I also like to add a little garlic powder, avocados, red onion, and diced jalapeño. Add cooked and drained corn to the bowl. Serve in cups or straight out of the bowl and top with cotija cheese, chopped cilantro, lime wedges and chili powder. It also makes a great topping for chicken tacos. You can also serve it as a dip for tortilla chips. Add a little extra sour cream to make it extra creamy.
Frequently Asked Questions
In Mexico it is called elotes, pronounced like ee-LOW-tays.
You can use plain greek yogurt instead of mayo. You can also use Mexican crema, but it is really thin.
It’s best to soak your fresh corn before you grill it so that the corn kernels don’t dry out and the corn still retains the moisture and sweet flavor that everyone loves.
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What to Serve With This Corn
- Mexican Chicken Casserole
- Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Beef
- Cheesy Grilled Mexican Chicken and Rice
- Mexican Lasagna
- Shredded Beef Taquitos
- Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken
How to Make Mexican Street Corn
Grilled Mexican Street Corn
- Outdoor Barbecue Grill
- 4 corn on the cob peeled and rinsed (4 full corn on the cobs)
- 1/4 cup Best Foods mayonnaise (Hellman's)
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 cup cotija cheese or to taste
- chili powder to taste
- 1 lime
- Soak husked corn in cold water for 15 minutes. Remove corn from water and pat dry with paper towels.
- Grill on medium heat for 20 minutes, turning occasionally until lightly brown on all sides.
- Combine mayonnaise and sour cream.
- Brush the corn generously with the mayo/sour cream mixture.
- Roll in cotija cheese – kind of a mexican feta, you can sub for feta if you want.
- Season with chili powder.
- Then squeeze fresh lime juice over the top.
- Use sour cream or plain Greek yogurt instead of mayo if desired.
- For spicier corn use cayenne pepper.
- If you can’t find cotija cheese, use feta or queso fresco.
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There is nothing better in the summer!! So delicious!
We’ve tried a few recipes for this and this is by far our favorite! We’re going to make it again this weekend for a side dish to go with our steaks! Thank you!
What a great way to make corn, it’s unique and something different. It’s also super flavorful.
It doesn’t get better than this! So yummy! Nothing says summertime like Mexican Street Corn!
Delicious! Can’t wait to make this all the time for the last part of this summer
you said an “s” instead of a “c” for cups
Thanks for the heads up! Fixed it 🙂
Get that corn outta my face!
lol best line of the whole movie!
Take it easy ok??
im dying to try this. but i can’t cook…and i have no grill. what’re my options? i smell cookies.
I’ve seen some recipes out there for roasting corn in the oven, that would probably taste closer to grilling than boiling it.
Don’t you want a little taste of the glory?? See what it tastes like!!
Do you have to wrap the corn in foil as you grill it? And can shredded cheddar cheese work?
You can do it either way. We have wrapped it in foil and cooked it plain.
Seriously? Chili powder? No, wrong. Cayenne powder or powder of chile pequin.
Forgot to ad some fresh bacon crisps!
Nice idea. I will try as soon as i get the freshest corn. I am from Puerto Rico and here since we dont produce corn, we have to buy it in a place like Costco or Sams, since the supermaket grade are not the best. Anyways we do it at the grill and then we brush mayo, then rub it with parmesan grated cheese and finish it up with paprika. Beleive me is irresistible!
Do you have to boil the corn first?
Nope, you just cook it on the grill.
Thanks for posting this! My husband and i absolutely love it and make it on a weekly basis now!!!
First time we had this was 5 years ago in New York City at Cafe Habana. It still is a religious experience for me.
A few months ago the Food Network did a show about the 'best food on a stick' and this corn from Cafe Habana was one of the top recommendations.
Looks gross–but the taste is heavenly!!!
Ems– we made this tonight! Oh my gosh, you weren’t kidding! This is probably my favorite corn on the cob now too! I can’t wait to go buy more corn on the cob so we can make more! Thanks for posting this! It is totally a new favorite!