Mexican Street Corn


Soaking the corn in its husk in water for up to two hours before grilling is definitely a new approach to cooking corn on the cob, but give it a try! The addition of salt, spices and cheese takes this side dish to new levels.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 50 mins
8 servings


  • 8 small ears of corn with husks

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or canola oil

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

  • teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup crumbled Cotija cheese (3 ounces)

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh cilantro

  • 1 teaspoon Lime zest

  • 1 wedge Lime wedges


  1. Peel back corn husks, but do not remove. Remove silks; rinse corn. Fold husks back around corn. Tie husk tops with 100% cotton kitchen string to secure. Soak corn in enough water to cover 1 to 2 hours; drain.

  2. Grill corn, covered, over medium 30 to 35 minutes or until kernels are tender, turning once. Remove string and pull back husks. Tie husks with string to hold open.

  3. Place corn on a platter and brush with oil. In a small bowl combine chili powder, cayenne pepper (if desired), and salt; sprinkle over corn. Top with cheese, cilantro, and, if desired, lime zest. If desired, serve with lime wedges.

    Mexican Street Corn

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

148 Calories
8g Fat
18g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 ear corn
Calories 148
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Vitamin A 424IU 8%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Folate 40mcg 10%
Sodium 208mg 9%
Calcium 89mg 7%
Iron 1mg 3%
Magnesium 38mg 9%
Potassium 268mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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