Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Mexican street corn is probably the most famous street food in Mexico. It is not just tasteful but offers a unique take on simple and humble corn on the cob. This simple dish is loaded with flavors. And the best part is it is super easy to make, and you can enjoy it whenever you want. Grilled Mexican street corn takes the simple Mexican street corn to an entirely new level. The char on the corn with the smokiness makes it irresistible. Especially when you are out enjoying BBQ in summer, this dish is a must on your menu. It is quick, delicious, and will instantly become everyone’s favorite! A hasty grill makes everything so easy to make and delicious, and this Mexican street corn recipe is no different.

Ingredient breakdown

Making Mexican street corn is super easy. Here is everything that you will need:

  • Corn on the cob: The main ingredient used for this recipe is corn. Make sure you use fresh corn for this recipe. Remove them from the husk and the silk threads.
  • Mexican crema: Mexican crema is widely used for this Mexican street corn recipe. It has a creamy and slightly thin consistency with a tangy flavor, adding so much freshness to the dish.
  • Parmesan cheese: Parmesan cheese is known for its slightly salty yet nutty flavor. Use grated parmesan cheese to add tones of flavor to this dish.
  • Cilantro: Fresh cilantro has a herbaceous and slightly tangy flavor. Its freshness adds a punch to the corn.
  • Chipotle powder: Chipotle powder is known for its complex flavor. You get heat along with sweetness. Plus, chipotle powder has a smokiness to it which is the cherry on top for this grilled Mexican street corn.
  • Smoked paprika: Smoked paprika also offers slight heat, sweetness, and smokiness, which is very tasteful.
  • Mayonnaise: Mayonnaise adds creaminess and richness to the street corn. Plus, it lets the other ingredient stick to the corn, ensuring flavor in every bite.
  • Lime juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds flavor and freshness to this dish.
  • Butter: Rubbing butter on the corn before grilling not just helps in fast cooking but also aids in giving a nice char to the corn. Plus, you get a buttery flavor that is just divine.

How to make Grilled Mexican Street Corn?

Making grilled Mexican street corn is the easiest you can cook on a grill. It is super simple, and the results are just perfect. You can easily make this dish as an appetizer or a side dish for your main course. It is a fantastic addition to your BBQ menu on a grill. Here is how you can make this tasteful Mexican dish:

Step 1: Firstly, prepare the corn on the cob by removing the husk and the silk threads. Meanwhile, start the grill.

Step 2: Using a brush or the back of a spoon, apply softened butter all over the corn on the cob generously.

Step 3: Once the grill heats up, place the corn on the cob over the grill and let it cook for about 3 or 4 minutes on each side. Make sure you keep on flipping the corn to get char equally on all sides. To ensure even cooking, cover the grill with a lid.

Step 4: Once the corn is cooked through and gets a nice char, remove it from the grill onto a serving plate or a tray.

Step 5: Just as the corn is slightly cool, scoop mayonnaise and spread it generously over the corn.

Step 6: Now sprinkle grated parmesan cheese generously over the corn on the cob.

Step 7: Next, sprinkle smoked paprika, chipotle powder, Mexican crema, and finely chopped cilantro.

Step 8: Finish the dish by squeezing fresh lemon juice and serving. Enjoy!

Tips for making Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Although making grilled Mexican street corn is super easy, you still need to keep a few tips and tricks in mind for perfect results.

  • Always clean the grill before cooking anything on it.
  • Make sure the grill is very hot before you place the corn over it.
  • To ensure the corn cooks ideally, don’t just rely on the char marks. Instead, cover the corn with the hasty grill lid. This way, it will work like an oven, and the corn will not only cook evenly but also faster.
  • I have used Mexican crema for this recipe, but you can replace it with crème Fraiche or sour cream.
  • You can replace parmesan cheese with cotija cheese as well. Or you can use feta cheese crumbles as well.
  • For a healthier option, use green yogurt instead of mayonnaise.
  • Turn this recipe into a salad by removing the grilled corn kernels from the corn on the cob. Mix them with the mentioned ingredients and finely chopped vegetables like red onion, bell pepper, salsa etc.

Grilled Mexican Street Corn


  • 4 corn on the cob
  • Mexican crema
  • Grated parmesan cheese (or cotija cheese)
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • Ground chipotle powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Mayo
  • Lime juice
  • Butter

Coat corn with butter and place on 350 degree charcoal grill. Flip frequently until all sides have a golden brown char. Remove and cool slightly. Smear mayo on the corn. Shake on parmesan cheese heavily and sprinkle with paprika and chipotle powder. Sprinkle cilantro on all cobs, then squirt with lime juice and top with a drizzle of mexican crema.