Monday, May 2, 2011

Cinco de Mayo: Grilled Mexican Corn

I ate a LOT of great food at Kingsford University in March.  Seriously good food.  Here is one of my favorites from that weekend and it's just in time for Cinco de Mayo* this week:  Grilled Mexican Corn.

Chris Lilly made this as his take on a Mexican street vendor favorite.  Grilled corn rocks on its own but when you add a tangy mayo/yogurt/lime coating and a spicy cheese sprinkle....get out of here!  

I'm pleased to report that when I made it, it was just as good as that Saturday night when Chris and Ken Hess made it for us.  The recipe works, but I found it makes more like 10-12 ears (and I was doing half ears, so it would be 20+ half ears). 

Grilled Mexican Corn

Photo courtesy of & Kingsford.


  • ¾ cup plain yogurt
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 5 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 cup Cotija cheese grated fine
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6-8 ears corn


In a small bowl combine the yogurt, mayonnaise and lime juice. In another small bowl combine the Cotija cheese, chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin and salt.

Build a charcoal fire for direct grilling using Kingsford® charcoal. While the grill is heating, remove the corn from the husks. Grill the corncobs directly over the hot coals (approximately 450˚F) for 6-7 minutes turning every two minutes until kernels start to soften.

Remove the corn from the grill and apply a light coat of the yogurt mixture to each cob. Sprinkle each corncob liberally with the Cotija cheese mixture, and they are ready to serve.

Recipe created by world champion pitmaster, Chris Lilly, on behalf of Kingsford® charcoal
Chris Lilly
Coal fired corn on the cob brings out the best flavor!
The tangy mayo/yogurt/lime juice base is mouth watering.
The spicy cotija cheese mixture puts it "out of this world good".

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*Yes, I know that Cinco de Mayo is mostly an Americanized holiday and it IS NOT Mexico's Independence Day.  But being a "melting pot", we like to take every other nations' holidays or events and make them our own, such as; St. Patrick's Day and Oktoberfest.  And you know what?  That is not a bad thing.  It gives us a chance to celebrate aspects of the people that make this country great.  I mean, we MADE UP Mother's Day and Father's Day, no one gets all jacked up about those holidays. 


  1. Seriously Good Food! is right!!! Yum on this one...

  2. Love, love, love Mexican grilled corn. Hadn't thought of trading out part of the mayo for yogurt though, good idea since I plan on eating lots of grilled corn this summer.

  3. Pass the corn! I've grilled it with mayo, garlic powder and parm, but not with yogurt and lime juice. I am in!

  4. mmmm corn..grilled corn. Pass the floss!

  5. Oh now, you know the truth about Cinco de Mayo is all about the fact that we all just love a reason to have a party!! It's a perfect excuse for margaritas and my favorite mojitos anyways.... I'm not a big fan of grilled corn but I have had this corn on my list of things to try for awhile now. This version sounds fantastic - thanks for sharing the recipe and the site (even tho I am mostly a gas griller and I often associate barbecue food with that dreaded slow cooker! :)

  6. Are you familiar with what I think is called corn-in-a-cup? I had it in Denver when living there and made it a couple of weeks ago. Mine wasn't very good, but it was a first try. Reply to my email if you care to:

  7. How on earth are you finding corn on the cob??? We won't have it here until July. I think this recipe sounds wonderful and I can't wait to give it a try. I'm putting it on my calendar for July 4th. :-)

  8. oh YUM. now this really makes me want to bust out the grill.

  9. Everything about this is wonderful!!! I love grilled corn but I never get it quite right. This is definitely "quite right." I need to try cotija cheese. It's just embarrassing that I haven't :)

  10. I had my first Mexican corn this year at a restaurant here and I loved it! (So long as I pretended it didn't actually have mayo on it haha). This looks delicious!

  11. Oh my word, this looks amazing! My mouth started watering as I read the ingredients. I decided I would add a few drops of my pure lime oil. I may have to blog this if/when summer finally gets here. : /

  12. OH. My. God. That looks amazing! Paired with a michelada would be heaven! if you've never had a michelada, i'd suggest trying it this thursday! I just posted the recipe this morning!

  13. You are on a roll. This looks amazing! I usually just roll my corn in butter, parmesan and cayenne pepper. However, I need to try this out.

  14. Bookmarked. This one also looks fantastic... it's making me drool.

  15. I just consider May 5th to be 'eat Mexican food day' and add it to the other "National Food Days" I follow during the year.
    This corn looks AWESOME. I'll have to remember this recipe next time the corn guy is at the farmers market.

  16. Corn looks amazing.

    My go to corn is melted butter and dill popcorn seasoning. So good. But this looks better!

  17. Um, excuse me, but "no one gets all jacked up about those holidays..." ???? Two C-Sections=Two Presents=jacked up. Amen. Oh, love the corn.

  18. Looks great! Came across your blog on Google and LOVE it, new follower!