Mexican Street Grilled Corn Recipe

There’s grilled corn, and then there’s Mexican Street Corn.

You’ve got to love a good ear of corn – and this time of year they’re everywhere. But the classic boiling method, while good just doesn’t do it justice. Grilled, brushed with mayo, and lightly sprinkled with chili powder turns it on its ear, so to speak. Pardon the pun, but just wait till you have some. 

Sam the Cooking Guy

Mexican Street Grilled Corn

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Mexican Street Grilled Corn


4 ears of corn, husks & silk removed

3 Tablespoons olive oil

2 pair wooden chopsticks

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup Queso Fresco crumbled or grated Parmesan cheese

Juice of 1 lime

1 Tablespoon chili powder


  1. Heat grill to medium high.
  2. Put cheese on a plate.
  3. Brush corn with oil and grill corn until they soften and get grill marks, about 20 minutes. Remove from the grill and insert a single chopstick into the end of each ear as a handle. Brush with mayonnaise, roll in cheese, then sprinkle with a little chili powder and finish with a squeeze of lime juice.
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Sam Zien

is host of the TV show Sam the Cooking Guy, author of 3 cookbooks and a frequent guest in the Today Show kitchen. He’s also and proud of his “big in taste but small in effort” cooking style — “food that anyone can make,” he likes to say.

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Gregory Urbano August 25, 2013 at 10:56 am

Awesome,looking recipe! Easy and delicious!


Sam Zien August 25, 2013 at 11:45 am

Thanks Gregory – it is awesome & delicious. A constant favorite in our house…give it a try.


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