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!
Mexican Street Corn
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.
You just have to try it so you can experience it all for yourself! 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!
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.
To grill corn on the cob, just follow these easy instructions!
What Do you Put on Mexican Street Corn?
Once you have your perfectly grilled corn, now it’s time for the best part of Mexican street corn…toppings! Here’s what to add on top:
- 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!
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
- Grill the corn until all sides get a little brown.
- 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.
- Outdoor Barbecue Grill