Cheesy Mexican Street Corn

Aside from summer tomatoes, one thing we cannot get enough of during the warm summer months is sweet corn. We eat it at least once , if not twice a week and usually always on Taco Tuesday. Because we eat it so much, I am always looking for new ways to make it. So obviously, when I saw Mexican Street Corn popping up all over Pinterest,  I just knew I had to make it.

Since I haven’t actually tried Mexican Street Corn prior to making it myself, I did a little bit of research before making my version. I read recipe after recipe to get the gist of it. It seemed relatively easy, just mix some mayo and sour cream together with some spices. Grill the corn and then slather the creamy mixture over the top.

To be honest, when I read that it was mayo that was slathered all over the corn, I was a little taken a back. It just did not seem like the first choice in my mind. Sour cream? Yes. Mayo? Maybe?

Dude. It totally works. It reminds me of that creamy mixture that makes up one of the layers in seven layer dip.

So I kept the mayo the same, but i did change one thing. Most recipes that I read called for Parmesan cheese, while a few recipes called for cotija. Now you know how much I love Parmesan. I can snack on the stuff all day. Yet, for this Meixcan street corn recipe, I decided to use cotija cheese because I totally wasn’t feeling Parmesan with this recipe. Besides, I love the salty, creaminess of cotija.

The whole thing is pretty darn delicious. The corn is perfectly charred. The sauce is the perfect amount of creamy. The cheese salty. The lime bright. It is a terrific way to jazz up your basic corn on the cob.

One thing you should know though is that it is a tad on the messy side so make sure you have your napkins handy!

This cheesy Mexican Street Corn topped creamy chili sauce, fresh cilantro, lime and crumbled cotija cheese is kinda messy but TOTALLY worth it.

Cheesy Mexican Street Corn Recipe

Serves 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 6 ears sweet yellow corn, husked
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, plus more for garnish if desired
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • lime wedges



Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.


Whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, chili powder, garlic powder and salt.


Place the corn on the grill and cook 10 - 15 minutes or until tender. Being careful to turn every few minutes so it doesn't burn.


Remove corn from grill. While still hot liberally spread the creamy mixture over the corn. Sprinkle with cotija cheese, fresh cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime. If you want it a bit spicier, add another sprinkle of chili powder. Serve immediately.



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  • Reply
    Christina Conte
    June 27, 2015 at 7:14 am

    I adore grilled corn, but always have it plain. It looks very interesting, and so different than anything I’ve had before! The photo really entices me to want to try it!

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    Nibbles By Nic
    June 26, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Nope..nothing better than this corn! Every ingredient is just right! YUM!

  • Reply
    June 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    LOVE mexican street corn! This recipe sounds killer and the pictures are gorgeous girl!

  • Reply
    Chrisy Toombs
    June 26, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Love this! And I’m the exact opposite – when I saw mayo in the ingredients, I knew I HAD to make it! Pinned :D

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    Dee Dee Eberle
    June 26, 2015 at 7:00 am

    I am in love with all things roasted corn right now. Wrapped in bacon, drizzled with crema, or just grilled with olive oil, I love this time of year for the fresh corn!

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    Michelle Nahom
    June 26, 2015 at 6:52 am

    I love corn like this…we made something similar last summer and it was a huge hit! Pinning!

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    Judy @ I'm Bored, Let's Go
    June 26, 2015 at 5:35 am

    Love corn prepared this way. Like you, I can’t get enough of tomatoes and corn in the summer…and watermelon!

  • Reply
    the wicked noodle
    June 26, 2015 at 5:26 am

    I LOVE Mexican street corn – what a gorgeous photo!! Des, you always have the best recipes!!

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    Kellie - The Suburban Soapbox
    June 26, 2015 at 5:06 am

    One of my favorite ways to eat corn….so amazingly, insanely delicious!

  • Reply
    Michelle De La Cerda-Nash
    June 26, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Drooling! I want this corn. It’s one of my most favorite parts of summer.

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