Mexican Street Corn

Instead of mayonnaise, this lightened-up version of Mexican street corn, uses Greek yogurt instead. The cobs are sprinkled with chili powder and cotija cheese.

Mexican Street Corn

On my list of goals this summer is to eat as much fresh corn as humanly possible.

Not to sound bossy, but I think everyone should do the same.

Corn is the vegetable that best sums up summer with tomatoes coming in a close second place.

It just doesn’t feel right to be eating corn on the cob any other time of year.

So far I’ve been doing pretty well with my corn consumption goals.  

From grilling cobs to slicing off the kernels into salads, I am on my way to checking this off my to-do list.

Mexican Street Corn

It’s hard for me not to make a salad that has grilled ingredients and not include corn.

Every time I make grilled corn, I put on a few extra cobs. The kernels make great leftovers that I add to so many things from greens to grains.

Two of my favorites are a grilled peach, corn and quinoa salad and a blueberry corn salad.

Whenever I fire up the grill, corn on the cob always gets a spot on the grates.

Mexican Street Corn

How To Make Mexican Street Corn

To make this corn, I start by peeling back the husks.

Then I remove the silk and braid the leaves creating a handle for each cob.

I loved how the braids look. It’s even better that they serve a very important function that make them easier to eat.

Once the corn has some grill marks and is bright yellow, I coat the cobs in lime-spiked yogurt. This is a lightened version of traditional Mexican street corn that uses mayo.

After slathering the corn, I sprinkle on crumbled cotija, chili powder, cilantro, salt and pepper.

Ever summer my to-do list includes finding more ways to fancy-up corn on the cob.

You can’t go wrong when you braid the husks for handles and spread on something as simple as butter or even pesto.


Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn
  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7-9 minutes
  • Total Time: 12-14 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x


4 ears of corn

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

Juice from 1 lime

1/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Salt & black pepper


Preheat a gas or charcoal to high heat.

Pull back the husks of each ear of corn. Remove the silk and braid the leaves of the husk. Tie the braid with one of the leaves.

In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt and lime juice.

Grill the corn, turning occasionally, until lightly charred, about 7-9 minutes.

Smear the corn with the yogurt mixture and sprinkle with cheese, chili powder, cilantro salt and pepper.

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