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This Mexican corn on the cob recipe is one of the best street foods in the world!! It’s slathered in cheese, mayo, and spices.

If you like Mexican Street Corn, you’ll LOVE this on-the-cob version! It’s a zesty Mexican-style version of the classic Corn on the Cob.

Mexican Corn on the cob served on a white platter

WE Love a Bit of Spice!

Mexican corn on the cob (aka Elote) is one of our family’s favorite Mexican side dishes that pairs perfectly with our favorite Mexican meals.

We love this Mexican corn recipe for so many reasons, but mostly because it’s delicious and quite addicting.

Why we love it:

  • A tasty classic. It’s a flavor bomb with a bit of spice.
  • A quick side or snack. With a quick prep, it’s ready in only 15 minutes!
  • Spice it up or down. The best part of this delicious side dish is that it’s completely customizable. Spice it up or cool it down to your liking.
  • Authentic taste. Enjoy the taste of Mexican street corn at home.
Corn and spices set out on a kitchen counter.


  • fresh corn on the cob
  • salted butter
  • mayonnaise
  • lime juice use store-bought or fresh lime juice
  • cumin
  • Cotija cheese or parmesan cheese
  • chile powder – sprinkle on a bit of cayenne pepper
  • fresh cilantro

Picking the Best Corn

The better the corn cobs are, the better the recipe will turn out.

  • Look for ears that have tight bright green husks. The silk should be brown or yellow and a bit sticky. 
  • Avoid peeling back the husk as it dries out the cob and exposes the cob to fungi. Use your fingers to feel for plump kernels through the silky husks.  
  • The weight of the ear should match the size.
  • Fresh is best, but when they are in season and inexpensive I like to buy several, shuck the cobs, and store them in the freezer. 

how to make Mexican Corn on the Cob

  1. PREP. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. COMBINE. Mix mayo, lime juice, and cumin while the grill is heating up. Set aside.
  3. GRILL. Grill corn on the cob for 7-9 minutes or until hot and slightly charred.
  4. SEASON + SERVE. Roll the cob in melted salted butter and then in the mayo mix, or brush it with a basting brush. Sprinkle with Cotija cheese, chili powder, and chopped cilantro. Serve immediately.
Mexican corn on the cob on grill in husks.

Pretty Presentation

I have seen people leave the end of the husks on the cob. This gives a pop of green and makes a beautiful presentation. 

  • Peel the husks away from the cob, but do not break them off.
  • Use a piece of kitchen twine to tie the husk together about 1 ½ to 2 inches above the end of the cob.  
  • Trim any longer pieces. (The corn cobs will look like they have a man bun)
  • Remove all of the silky strands.
  • Grill as directed.
Ingredients for Mexican corn on the cob on a kitchen counter.


  • Cooking alternatives. Boil it or even roast it in the oven. To roast it, preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the corn cobs, with the husks on, directly on the oven rack. Bake for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool, remove the husks and strands of silk.
  • Add spice with extra chili powder, red chili flakes, or a sprinkle of hot sauce.
  • Mayonnaise. As an alternative use Mexican crema, sour cream, or Vegannaise. 
  • For a nice heavy coating roll the cobs in the cotija. You may need extra for full coverage.
  • Cheese. Use parmesan cheese instead of cotija.
  • Esquites (Mexican corn salad) is a similar dish, but is made with corn OFF the cob and is served in a cup. This is a great alternative when corn on the cob is not in season because you can use a package of frozen corn. 
Mexican corn on the cob close up image.

Storing Info

  • STORE leftover Mexican street corn recipe wrapped with foil in the refrigerator. You can also use a knife to cut the kernels from the cobs and store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Leftover corn will last 3-4 days in the fridge.
  • REHEAT. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Wrap the cobs in foil before placing them in the oven. Cook for 7-10 minutes or until warm throughout.
Seasoned Mexican corn on the cob on a white platter.

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5 from 61 votes

Mexican Corn on the Cob

By: Lil’ Luna
This Mexican corn on the cob recipe is one of the best street foods in the world!! It's slathered in cheese, mayo, and spices.
Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 9 minutes
Total: 14 minutes


  • 4 ears of corn, shucked
  • ¼ cup salted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ cup Cotija cheese, grated
  • chili powder
  • cilantro, chopped fresh
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  • Preheat your grill to a medium-high heat.
  • Mix mayo, lime juice and cumin while grill is heating up. Set aside.
  • Grill your corn on the cob for 7-9 minutes or until hot and slightly charred.
  • As soon as you're done grilling, roll the cob in melted salted butter and then in the mayo mix.
  • Sprinkle with Cotija cheese, chili powder and chopped cilantro and serve immediately.



Calories: 249kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 400mg, Potassium: 30mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 450IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 102mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
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  1. Matt says:

    5 stars
    This Mexican corn on the cob is awesome! The prefect way to eat corn. The spices and cheese on it are so good.

  2. Jerry Coleman says:

    Corn recipe looks great can’t wait to make it and try it

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Hope you enjoy!!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    5 stars
    The balance of tart and spicy and savory is fantastic! Weirdly, I have never had Mexican corn, even though I live in an area with lots of Mexican festivals and street vendors. I can’t believe what I have been missing! And all our dinner guests were equally impressed with this dish.

  4. James S. Bonnell says:

    5 stars
    It will yield better results if you blanche the corn before you bag and freeze. That generally stops the enzymatic activity that may occur while the corn is freezing and thawing.

  5. Sammy says:

    5 stars
    This just changed my life! So yummy & easy!

  6. Kristina says:

    5 stars
    YUMMY- a bit messy so I recommend purchasing those little corn on the cob skewers.

  7. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    Another family favorite. Ordinary corn turns into this fabulous tasting grilled corn with cheese!

  8. Katie says:

    5 stars
    I’m obsessed with this! So flavorful and delicious. One of my favorite mexican sides!

  9. Joy says:

    5 stars
    I will be making these for Cinco de Mayo!! Love corn, especially when coated in cheese, sauce, & spices!!

  10. Allyssa says:

    5 stars
    This tasted so amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing this super easy to make corn on the cob recipe! Fam really loves it! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!