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Grilled Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote) Recipe

Slightly charred and full of flavor, this Mexican corn on the cob is grilled and topped with fresh lime juice and crumbled Cotija cheese. It's easy to make and is the perfect side dish for amy backyard cookout!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Sides
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 265kcal
Author: Amanda Mason


  • Grill


  • 6 ears corn on cob, husked and silked
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ Tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¾ cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional


  • Rinse each piece of corn to get rid of all the silk from the cobs or use a corn silker brush. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, melt the butter and set aside.
  • In a separate small bowl, squeeze the juice of the limes and set aside.
  • Combine the chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper, mix well. Place in a separate small bowl.
  • Crumble the cotija cheese and place in a separate bowl.
  • Using a basting brush, baste the melted butter onto each ear of corn on all sides.
  • Generously sprinkle each cob with the dry seasoning.
  • Place each piece on a grill and grill for about 15 minutes or until the kernels start to turn a light brown color. Lightly sprinkle on some cotija cheese and let the corn grill for 2-3 more minutes,
  • When done, remove the corn from the grill. Take the basting brush and baste on more of the lime juice onto each cob, along with a bit more melted butter.
  • Top with additional cotija cheese and serve immediately.


  • Removing the silk from a fresh ear of corn can easily be done by running it under cold water and remove with your hands. However, I the best way to remove the silk is by using a corn silker brush.
  • I've made this recipe on both my gas grill and on my Traeger. While it tastes amazing on cooked on both, grilling it on a Traeger won't result in the same char you'll get from a gas grill.
  • If you want to spice things up a bit, mix ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper in with the dry ingredients.
  • Some claim that the best way to grill corn is with the husk still attached. While this is a delicious grilling method, you won't be able to make Mexican grilled corn this way and get that beautiful char. 
  • I love topping this grilled corn recipe with fresh chopped cilantro!


Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 268mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1035IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 1mg