Mexican Street Corn is a Must Try Side Dish This Summer!

Mexican Grilled Street Corn

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 25 MINUTES

Ingredients

Directions

1

Wash and pull down the husk on the corn to remove.

2

Heat an outdoor grill to about 400 degrees and oil the grates. Grill the corn for about 10 minutes turning a couple times until evenly cooked.

3

Whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, lime zest, and chili powder.

4

Take corn off the grill and spread the cream mixture over all sides.

5

Roll corn in crumbled Cotija cheese and add extra chili powder and lime juice if desired. Enjoy!

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holding a tray of mexican grilled corn

Ever had Mexican street corn called “Elote” before?

It’s an ear of mouth-watering grilled corn on the cob topped with a yummy sour cream/mayo, lime, and cotija cheese mixture that is insanely delicious. Mexican street corn makes a perfect snack or side dish to serve at a BBQ, and is surprisingly easy to make at home!

woman holding mexican grilled corn

This summer, make your own version of Mexican grilled street corn that’s bursting with bright flavor and a tasty creamy texture. Ordinary corn on the cob is a staple recipe in the summertime, but this levels it up with rich mayo, salty cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro.

mexican street corn with lime

Tips for making the best Mexican street corn at home:

    • Cotija cheese can usually be found with other specialty cheeses, but if you can’t find it, I have used crumbled feta and parmesan cheese as alternates and those are tasty too.
    • You can leave a bit of the husk at the bottom to use as a handle, but it may be good to soak in water for a bit first before grilling since they tend to burn easily.
    • If you aren’t wanting to use an outdoor grill, you could bake the corn in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the corn is soft.
    • For those that like food extra spicy, sprinkle extra chile powder to taste before eating. It’s yum!
    • Hip2Save Reader Melanie made this recipe into a corn salad! “I made this last night with a bag of frozen corn and feta cheese instead of cotija, and used all of the remaining ingredients. I cooked the corn in a frying pan to char it up a bit and then stirred in the sauce and feta. Amazing! I loved the cilantro and lime flavors.” 

mexican corn ingredients in the counter

mexican street corn on the grill

spreading mexican street corn with mayo and sour cream

cooked corn on the cob


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Mexican Grilled Street Corn

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 25 MINUTES

Grilled sweet corn on the cob topped with a creamy tangy mixture and rolled in crumbled cheese.

Ingredients

Directions

1

Wash and pull down the husk on the corn to remove.

2

Heat an outdoor grill to about 400 degrees and oil the grates. Grill the corn for about 10 minutes turning a couple times until evenly cooked.

3

Whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, lime zest, and chili powder.

4

Take corn off the grill and spread the cream mixture over all sides.

5

Roll corn in crumbled Cotija cheese and add extra chili powder and lime juice if desired. Enjoy!

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ribs and mexican corn on a plate

Get ready to bite into HEAVEN! SO GOOD!

This corn is my husband’s favorite side dish and he usually asks me to make it when smoking ribs on his Traeger grill. I’ve made it so many times over the years and half the time I don’t even measure ingredients and just eyeball it. It’s so easy to customize and is overall a family favorite!


This taco pasta salad would pair well as another side dish with the corn!

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Comments 40

  1. Selena

    Oh my… looks fantastic!

  2. Evan

    This is one of my FAVS! I live in Texas & we do this often. I don’t like mayo so I use very little almost none & it’s still GREAT!!! Bought ears today since my store has them 8/1.00 ready for Fri night!!!

  3. Kristy

    FYI Walmart carries pre-grated cotija cheese in a shaker container. Like grated Parmesan cheese. Makes it soooo easy to make this corn.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks for sharing! I’ll look for that 👍

    • Nickelle Stoll

      Where is it found in the store?!?!?! Thanks!

      • Mendy

        Usually in the cheese refrigerated isle with the other Latin cheeses

  4. Kristi S.

    I made a dip almost exactly like this for my oldest’s cinco de mayo potluck. i cut the corn off the cob and sauteed them in butter with a jalapeno. Just put it all in a bowl instead of on the cob. My kiddos thought it was weird, but tried and loved it!

    • Mendy

      Actually this is another thing sold along with the street corn it’s called Esquites

  5. Sam

    I did this but used Feta cheese and it tasted delicious!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks for sharing! 👍

  6. ttmanuel

    Wow, what an amazing recipe. Can’t wait to try this for my next BBQ. You always make the best recipes there Martha!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Tara! ❤️

  7. Cari

    We actually do this all the time but simpler form.
    Boil the corn when done we put McCormick mayonnaise which has lime in it. Top it with Parmesan cheese and salt and chile tajin or Valentina sauce. Sooooo good

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Awesome – thanks for sharing 👍

  8. Crystal

    Oh my! This looks delicious! My mouth is watering.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Crystal!

  9. harlow

    Umm yeah yummy id like to order a slab of ribs and some Mexican grilled corn please lol!!! J/p 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      So yummy! 😬

  10. Xuan

    This looks soooo yummy! Thanks for sharing 😊

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure! Enjoy 😀

  11. Mourrene

    I just made a version of this today. Yummy!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Awesome – thanks for sharing 😀

  12. Rose

    Grilled Corn I make a very easy Dip my family loves. Just use Mayo and Grated Hard Cheese mix and brush on Tastes soo yummy

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yum! Thanks for sharing Rose 👍

    • Will In Lubbock, Tex

      Please please please ! Send more recipes

  13. Wren

    I am determined to try this this summer! Thanks 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Excellent! Enjoy 😀

  14. Hip2Save User

    Hello, my husband is Mexican just for it to be accurate to how they make it, all they use for toppings is mayonnaise, grated parmesan cheese and depending on your preference Mexican “chile” hot sauce. (Although I dont use the hot sauce, for your reference alot of Mexicans prefer “Valentina”) Very simple, you just slather mayo all over the corn then sprinkle the parmesan cheese all over.

    • Kcmiami

      Thanks! This sounds so simple now I have to try it lol

    • Tae

      Thanks so much! What kind of mayo do you recommend? I’ve found many recipes that said mix mayo with softend butter and this is the first recipe that says mix with sour cream.

    • Mendy

      True, I am Mexican and you will find a variety of ways to do this. Original way is mayo(McCormick),lime, cheese usually cotija(parm is usually used as a substitute), and your preference of hot sauce or chili powder such as tajin or Valentina.

    • El elotero

      Mexican elotes are something totally different from this TexMex stuff everybody eats/likes. But History knows best that you need a lot more than a single person to change a whole country Ideas.

  15. Tammy

    What is stuffed in pepper on the picture of corn on a paper plate? ; )

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi those are bbq or smoked ribs.

  16. Emily

    What time is dinner? 😊

  17. Melanie

    What a tasty recipe! I made this last night with a bag of frozen corn and feta cheese instead of cotija. Used all of the remaining ingredients. I cooked the corn in a frying pan to char it up a bit and then stirred in the sauce and feta. Amazing! I loved the cilantro and lime flavors 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yum! Thanks for sharing 💕

  18. Materof6

    Is this the same corn Nacho Libre’s side kick is obsessed with in the movie?😂😂😂

  19. Kate

    Trader Joe’s Everything But the Elote seasoning is a favorite on grilled corn.

  20. Pink9847

    We don’t put any of that stuff on our corn. This is gringo corn.

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