5 from 2 votes
This grilled Mexican street corn recipe is classic Mexican street food at it's best with lightly charred corn on the cob slathered in a creamy chili, lime sauce and topped with cilantro and cotija cheese. 
Grilled Mexican Street Corn
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

This grilled Mexican street corn recipe is classic Mexican street food at it's best with lightly charred corn on the cob slathered in a creamy chili, lime sauce and topped with cilantro and cotija cheese. 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 175 kcal
Author: Amy Nash, House of Nash Eats
Ingredients
  • 8 medium ears sweet corn, husks removed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Mexican crema
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest, from one lime
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, from one lime
  • 1 cup cotija cheese, crumbled and divided
  • Additional chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • Lime wedges, to serve
Instructions
  1. Heat a gas grill to 400 degrees F, or prepare charcoal for a charcoal grill.  Husk the corn.

  2. While the grill is heating, mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro, garlic, chipotle pepper, lime zest, lime juice, and 1/2 cup of the cotija cheese.  Taste and season with salt, if needed.

  3. Grill the corn by placing the husked corn directly onto the grill grates.  Grill for about 10 minutes total, turning every 2-3 minutes until the kernels are lightly charred on all sides of the cobs.  Remove from the grill to a large baking dish or plate.

  4. Using a brush or spoon, slather each ear of corn with the sauce, then sprinkle with remaining crumbled cojita cheese.  Sprinkle with additional chipotle pepper and chopped cilantro and serve with extra lime wedges, if desired.

Recipe Notes

While not a perfect substitute, grated Parmesan cheese or crumbled feta may be used in place of cotija cheese.  Also, if you have ancho chili powder on hand, you could replace the 1/4 teaspoon of chipotle chili powder with 1 teaspoon of ancho chili powder instead.

Adapted from Simply Recipes.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Mexican Street Corn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 313mg 13%
Potassium 37mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 4.9%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 11%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.