Delicious Mexican Grilled Corn with a Spicy Twist

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Delicious Mexican Grilled Corn with a Spicy Twist
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on November 11, 2023

Spice up your summer meals with this mouthwatering Mexican blackened corn recipe. Grilled to perfection, this dish combines the sweetness of corn with a spicy and smoky kick from blackening spices. It's the perfect side dish for your next barbecue or a tasty snack on its own. Get ready to experience a burst of flavors in every bite!


  • 4 ears of corn, husked
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Brush each ear of corn with olive oil and sprinkle the blackening spice mixture evenly over the corn, making sure to coat all sides.
  4. Grill the corn for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until slightly charred and tender.
  5. While the corn is grilling, prepare the toppings. In a separate small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and sour cream.
  6. Once the corn is done, remove it from the grill and let it cool slightly.
  7. Spread the mayonnaise and sour cream mixture over each ear of corn.
  8. Sprinkle the cotija cheese and chopped cilantro over the corn, pressing lightly so it sticks to the mayonnaise mixture.
  9. Serve the Mexican blackened corn with lime wedges for squeezing over the top. Enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Mexican blackened corn, also known as elote, is a popular street food in Mexico.
  • The charring or blackening of the corn adds a smoky flavor and enhances the sweetness of the corn kernels.
  • Cotija cheese is a type of Mexican cheese that is crumbly, salty, and slightly tangy. It pairs perfectly with the flavors of the blackened corn.
  • The combination of mayonnaise, sour cream, and cotija cheese creates a creamy and tangy dressing that complements the spiciness of the blackening spices.