Fire up the grill this summer for this delicious grilled Mexican street corn recipe! An easy gluten-free side dish that pairs well with almost any meat you can throw on the grill. With it’s charred flavoring and smothered in a creamy street corn sauce, this gluten-free side dish will be a family favorite!
Grilled Mexican Street Corn
Summer grilling isn’t just for meat – fire up the grill for this tasty gluten-free vegetable side dish! If you haven’t tried grilled Mexican street corn or Mexican street corn for that matter, you are missing out. But don’t worry, I missed out for years, too!
I actually used to avoid even trying Mexican street corn because I assumed I wouldn’t like the flavor. I’m not a huge fan of creamed corn, so my fear was Mexican street corn would taste similar to that. It wasn’t until a friend of mine ordered Mexican street corn at a local taco joint that I finally gave it a shot and LOVED it!
How to make grilled Mexican street corn
Time needed: 15 minutes.
- Make the creamy street corn sauce.
Combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, salt, cumin, and lime juice in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside until ready.
- Grill the corn on the cob
Remove husks and silk from each ear of corn. Then, grill on medium heat, cooking about 2 minutes on each side – continually rotating until the corn has a uniformed color. (about 6-8 minutes)
- Spread sauce onto corn and enjoy!
Remove the corn from the grill. Using a pastry brush, heavily spread the street corn cream sauce over each ear of corn. Once covered in the sauce, squeeze one half of a lime over the corn. Then, sprinkle with chili powder, chopped cilantro, and crumbled cotija cheese.
Yes, Elotes is essentially the same as Mexican street corn. Elotes is a popular Mexican street food of corn on the cob charred on the grill then covered in a creamy sauce and cotija cheese.
Cotija cheese would be similar to Feta cheese.
You can grill the corn either way – with husks on or off. Grilling with husks on may require a few minutes longer on cooking time. If you grill with the husk and silk intact, it’s advised to soak your corn for 15 minutes to 1 hour prior to grilling to keep the husk from catching fire.
No, this step is not necessary. However, you can boil prior if preferred.
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Enjoy these other Mexican inspired recipes!
- Chipotle Shrimp Guacamole
- Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Jicama Slaw
- Southwest Potato Salad
- Chicken Enchilada Casserole
- Southwest Breakfast Tostadas
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Fire up the grill this summer for this grilled Mexican street corn – an easy gluten-free summer grilling recipe!
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. lime juice
- 5 ears of corn
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
- 1/2 lime
- 1/2 cup cotija cheese – crumbled
- In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, salt, cumin, and lime juice. Stir to combine.
- Preheat grill to medium heat. Remove the husks and silk from each ear of corn. Place corn on the grill and grill for 2 minutes on each side – continually turning until it has a uniformed color. (about 6-8 minutes)
- Remove corn from grill. Using a pastry brush, spread the cream sauce over each ear of corn heavily. Then, squeeze one half of a lime over the corn. Sprinkle with the chili powder, chopped cilantro, and cotija cheese. Serve immediately.
- You can grill with the corn husks and silk intact. If so, soak the husks in water for 15 minutes to 1 hour prior to grilling to avoid the husks catching fire.
- Nutritional Disclaimer
- Category: side dish
- Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: Mexican street corn, elotes, grilled mexican street corn, gluten-free
Jennifer is the recipe developer and food photographer behind Wanderlust and Wellness since 2016. She creates easy, approachable gluten-free recipes for the everyday home cook; because cooking gluten-free doesn’t mean food has to be complicated or tasteless.