This Charred Mexican Street Corn Recipe is so easy!!! Char local summer corn on the grill and top with the most delicious fresh ingredients for an authentic sweet and spicy Mexican treat. Great appetizer or side dish that’s the talk of the party and keeps everyone coming back for seconds.
Folks – this Mexican street corn is the best thing I’ve tasted all summer. No kidding. Sweet local corn, charred, slathered in mayo, rolled in crumbled fresh cotija cheese. Sprinkled with chili powder and generously spritzed with lime juice. This is the easiest and sweetest side/app and you’re gonna love it! (Yeah yeah, you’ll be the judge of that!)
Fresh, sweet summer corn is just arriving here in New Hampshire. Finally. We’ve been waiting all summer long. Just last week at the grocery store I spied the produce man emptying jumbo bags of fresh corn in the husk into the produce bin. And I must’ve been a mile away when I saw the big sign: Fresh Local Corn. I got so excited. Seriously, I almost got goosebumps.
There’s something magical about fresh, just-picked corn in New England. So sweet and tender. I have wonderful memories growing up in Rhode Island, buying the fresh-picked corn from the nearby fields at the many local farm stands near Comstock Parkway in Cranston.
So back to the grocery store. I asked the produce man which local farm the corn was from and he said Windsor, Connecticut. WHATTT??? Windsor is 146 miles from here and a nearly three hour car ride. No offense if you’re from Windsor, I’m sure the corn there is delicious the day it’s picked, but not up here in NH, days (or weeks) later.
I wouldn’t say I’m a corn snob or anything, but to me, fresh local corn means it’s picked in a nearby field that day!!!! So I was in a big rush, didn’t have time to stop at the farm stand, went ahead and bought the corn. Well that was a big mistake. It looked good, but was starchy and tough and I won’t repeat that mistake again anytime soon.
Then yesterday, my husband, the biggest corn lover in our house, happened upon a little farm stand on his way home from the kids’ soccer practice. It was closing time and the man at the stand had just a small box of corn left. Jon asked when it was picked, and the man said THAT MORNING!!! Oh yes!
So Jon was going to buy just eight ears, but the man said, heck, take the whole box, it’s the end of the day and we’re closing up shop! Our lucky day. This corn is hands down the sweetest corn we’ve tasted in a long time.
So what to do with a whole box of fresh, sweet local corn? We steamed the first round. And it was tender and delicious, salted and dripping with butter.
But the second round got really special treatment. I’d always wanted to try making a Mexican Street Corn Recipe. And it was so easy.
First, we grilled the corn on a hot grill, ’til it was charred. Then slathered it in mayonnaise. Rolled it in crumbly cotija cheese and fresh cilantro. Sprinkled it with chili powder and spritzed it with fresh squeezed lime juice. Out of this world.
This, my friends is the most heavenly summer appetizer or side dish you’ll ever taste. You’ll go gaga, especially if you love sweet, fresh corn. Side note: “elote” is the authentic name of this delightful dish!
(If you’re not a mayo lover, I recommend you try this recipe anyway! The mayonnaise is virtually undetectable because it’s covered in that salty crumbled Mexican cotija cheese. The mayo is what “glues” the cheese, cilantro and spices to the corn, so don’t skip it.)
Charred Mexican Street Corn Recipe
- 8 ears fresh sweet corn on the cob, husked
- 10 ounce package cotija cheese crumbled
- mayonnaise I used Hellman's Light
- chopped cilantro
- chili powder
- 2-3 fresh limes cut in wedges
- Leave corn cobs whole or snap in half before cooking for more manageable eating.
- Grill corn on the cob on a hot grill 8-10 minutes, turning often.
- Corn should have char marks.
- (It's more authentic to grill the corn, but you can steam it if you don't have access to a grill.)
- While still hot, use a butter knife to spread mayonnaise thickly on corn.
- Quickly roll in crumbled cotija cheese.
- Sprinkle with chili powder and chopped cilantro.
- Spritz with lime wedges.
- Serve immediately!
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Aunt Pinkie says
Never heard of that cheese-where do you get it? It all sounds sooo yummy!
Hi Aunt Pinkie – I got the cheese in the specialty cheese refrigerated section at my local grocery store. It was near the feta. It did not come crumbled at my grocery store, I had to crumble it, but it wasn’t hard. Cotija is a salty fresh Mexican cheese similar to parmesan but a little softer. Hope you get to try this recipe.
We feel the same way about corn at our house! Can not wait for the local corn! We had some the other night and it was awful, bought at the grocery store too. Must have been from CT. Thanks for explaining. Now I’m anxious to try this recipe. I’ve heard of it but never tried it. It’s so festive too! Provecho!!!! ?
Ha ha Tracy – I had to google to see what provecho means. And thank you, I will definitely enjoy THIS meal! Hope you do too.
Gaila Perez says
Allie!! I love charred corn!! just have summer written all over it!! so sweet! and salty with the cotija cheese! lovely! 🙂
We get sweet corn from http://www.twingardenfarms.com/ – I’m telling you…you’ve not tasted anything until you’ve tasted this. They are hands down the sweetest you’ll ever taste. They pass it out raw at farmers markets around here and people can’t believe it and pick up a 6 pack immediately. Wendi went last week and carried home 3 packs (for my birthday). That said we made elote this year for the first time too with the help of some friends living here from Mexico. Wow….who knew! Now we won’t be passing the man with the little cart in the park anymore without picking some up.
Hi Leslie – belated happy birthday my friend!!! Corn for your bday?? WHY NOT???? Sounds perfect. I have got to try this Mirai sweet corn. Sheryl tried to find that brand around here, I guess she found a stand had it but they were out. Anyway – can’t wait to try it and thanks for the tips.
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
Allie, it was y’alls lucky day for sure! Wow – corn for days eh?!
All these pictures are making me drool! I haven’t ever made Mexican Street Corn myself (and I don’t think I’ve even tried it with crumbly cotija cheese) – but now I must – I’m not a huge mayo lover but I will take your advice anyways when I try this out! I ‘m debating if I should make this when my daughter isn’t home because I’m pretty sure she would eat all of it and not save me any!
Hope you are having a wonderful week – tomorrow is friYAY!!! 🙂
Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
Love charred corns and love Mexican flavors too. Sweet and salty. Does that mean I will love these too! 😉 Charred corns, slathered in mayonnaise. Then rolled in cotija cheese and fresh cilantro. Sprinkled it with chili powder. Wow! What else could I ask for. Indeed out of this world. Cotija cheese is really new to me, I will have to look for it now.
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
There is NOTHING like local, fresh picked corn! NOTHING I tell ya! While I love the corn here in NC, I miss Zellwood corn back in FL. They are so renowned for their corn there was a festival/fair every year to celebrate the season. They did away with the fair because of politics and cost years ago, but their corn is still THE BEST. Ever. Wish I still lived near there because I would overnight you some, Allie! Anyways, Elote is BOOOOOMB! We have been eating it at least once a week because I eat corn daily and ya know, at least 1 of those 7 days needs to be mexican-ized corn. hahaha. Love your version!! Makes me want to go fire up the grill and do this! 😉 Cheers, sweets – to a beautiful weekend for you and your family!! xoxoxoxo
Aww… thanks Chey – and you know I’ve got to try that amazing Zellwood corn sometime. So glad to know. It’s on the bucket list! Thanks for the tip, friend. Glad to know you love elote too. Like, how could you not? The stuff is amazing. Hope you’re having an awesome weekend! <3
Dear Allie, I’ve been craving street corn all Summer. I’ve seen it everywhere and have been meaning to make it. Yours looks fantastic…this is a must for cookouts, especially Labour day weekend coming up. xo, Catherine
Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos says
Mexican Street Corn is one of my favorite sides ever and I love how bright and vibrant yours looks! I need to make some next time I’m in Old Lyme – I miss New England produce 🙂
Hey Aly – do you have family in Old Lyme? My grandparents lived not far from there for many years and my high school roommate lives there now. It’s such a beautiful area!
Finding a great ear of fresh corn can be a little like finding a needle in a haystack, but when you do it’s so worth it!
Thanks Sylvie, I couldn’t agree more!
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says
There’s nothing better than great fresh corn! This street corn is making me hungry! I need to go find some corn now! 🙂