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5 from 3 votes

Mexican Street Corn

Perfectly grilled, charred corn on the cob with a creamy sauce, cheese and cilantro on top makes a great side dish hot off the grill!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Elote, Mexican Street Corn
Servings: 4
Calories: 712kcal
Author: Julie Evink


  • 4-6 ears of corn shucked (husks and silks removed)
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • Juice of 1 lime divided
  • ½ c. mayonnaise
  • ½ c. sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ c. Cotija cheese crumbled
  • 1 c. Chipotle chili powder
  • ¼ c. chopped fresh cilantro for garnish


  • Preheat your grill to 450 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl mix half of the lime juice with melted butter.
  • In another medium sized bowl combine mayonnaise, sour cream, heavy cream, the rest of lime juice, and salt. Mix well and set aside until corn ears are grilled.
  • Place the corn ears on the grill and brush with the butter-lime mixture, rotating the cobs, making sure to brush all sides.
  • Continue to cook the corn, rotating every 3 minutes so that they are cooked evenly. Cook until the yellow color of the kernels deepened and brightened, and the kernels have acquired some char, around 12-15 minutes.
  • Place ears on a platter and brush generous amount of the cream mixture. Top with a sprinkle of Chipotle chili powder (depending on desired spice level), crumbled Cotija cheese, and chopped cilantro.
  • Serve immediately.


How to Make it Indoors
Heat a cast iron pan over medium heat on the stove top and cook as directed.
Another option is to wrap the corn in aluminum foil after brushing with the butter-lime mixture. Place it on a sheet pan and cook in a preheated oven at 425 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. This will not get those nice charred kernels, though.


Calories: 712kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1530mg | Potassium: 1488mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 18502IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 391mg | Iron: 11mg