Mexican-Style Grilled Corn
Corn on the cob is flavored with butter, cotjia cheese, chipotle powder and lime juice, for a flavorful summer side dish.
I’ve been obsessed with roasted and grilled corn this summer. This one is loosely based on Mexican-style corn, though it doesn’t use the traditional mayonnaise because I don’t like mayonnaise on my corn. I love how flavorful the corn becomes with a few simple ingredients. You can make the corn in the oven or on the grill.
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We finally got our grill. Yes, summer is half over, but it’s here and I’m excited to get going on some grill recipes. Of course, it ended up being a big ordeal. We invested in a natural gas grill since we have a natural gas line hookup in the back of our house. After we purchased the grill, Mr. K went about putting it together. It was then that we discovered you can’t just simply hook the BBQ grill hose to the natural gas line–you need adapters, shut off valves, etc. According to the manual and our neighbor, we were supposed to get a contractor to do it for us.
But Mr. K did some research and decided to do it himself. I was definitely a little nervous…
Well, he actually was able to set everything up quite easily. But for some reason, he just couldn’t get the grill to ignite. He checked for leaks, asked advice from our neighbor who had also had a gas grill installed, re-read the manuals, internet grill forums, etc. After five days of trying everything he could think of, he decided to contact our gas and electric company to send over a technician. We were expecting one technician, but they actually sent out two. And then the issue was fixed in about 30 seconds.
Yup, just slightly embarrassing. Mr. K had been trying to light one burner, but unbeknownst to either of us since we’ve never had a gas grill, he was supposed to turn on all the burners at once, let out the initial air, and then it lit right up. It was probably one of the shortest house calls they’ve ever made because they ended up just hanging outside our house afterwards and chatting since they had nowhere to be.
The good thing though is the grill now works. They also inspected Mr. K’s set-up for the valves and adapters and confirmed there were no leaks and that it passed inspection, which put my mind at ease.
After we got the grill working, we immediately grilled some corn. I didn’t take a picture of it on the grill. I wish I had because the grill was so shiny and clean and the corn looked so pretty perched on it. Anyway, I love the grilled corn even more than the roasted version I previously did because it takes about half the time to cook. Though if you don’t have a grill, you can definitely make an oven roasted version of this recipe.
- 4 ears of corn partially unhusked (remove the first few layers but leave about half of them on)
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tsp chipotle powder
- 1/4 cup grated cotija cheese
- juice of 1 lime
- chopped cilantro optional, for garnish
Grill corn until tender, about 15 minutes. Once the corn is cooked remove the charred husks and discard.
Brush each ear of corn with 1/2 tbsp butter. Sprinkle each with about 1/2 tsp chipotle powder, 1 tbsp of cotija cheese (or more if you desire) and a squeeze of lime juice. Garnish with cilantro if using.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.
Mexican-Style Grilled Corn
Amount Per Serving (1 ear)
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 141mg 6%
Potassium 269mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 15.7%
Vitamin C 7.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.