Grilled Mexican Corn with Mayo

Tangy lime juice complements the rich mayonnaise and fiery chili powder perfectly in this easy grilled Mexican corn with mayo recipe.

Mexican grilled corn with mayo

Having lived in Indiana for a 15 years now, I can confidently say that corn is the main thing. Like clockwork, roadside stands selling fresh Indiana sweet corn and other seasonal goodies pop up each summer, and our local farmers market sells ears of corn by the dozen. If you’re someone who put salt and butter on your sweet corn every time, you need to give this Mexican grilled corn with mayo a shot. Keep reading for the recipe!

Corn with mayo?

Also known as elote, Mexican grilled corn is essentially charred sweet corn that’s been slathered with tangy chili lime mayo. Authentic elote recipes use Mexican crema as the base for this spread which is a bit like sour cream. However, many recipes use mayonnaise instead. While it’s not the healthiest side dish in the world, this Mexican corn with mayo is seriously tasty and deserves a spot in your summer meal rotation. The tangy lime juice complements the rich mayo and fiery chili powder perfectly in this Mexican grilled corn recipe without making the corn taste sour.

To take this simple Mexican corn with mayo recipe up a notch, add a little garlic to the chili-lime mayo. You can also roll the corn in Cotija cheese, which is a delightfully crumbly Mexican cheese. However, Cotija can be tricky to find, so crumbled feta can be used instead for a similar effect. To be perfectly honest though, I don’t think this recipe needs anything extra. Alex and I prefer to keep our recipes as simple as possible, and the combination of slightly smoky sweet corn with the chili-lime mayo hits the spot every time.

Grilled corn with mayo | Elote

How to cook corn on the cob on the grill

If grilling corn intimidates you, don’t panic. At first, it seems like there is some kind of secret formula to grilling corn. Some people swear by the “in the husk” method, but when we tried it we experienced some fire safety issues (don’t worry, we’re both still in one piece). After much trial and error, we had been pretty satisfied with our “shucked and wrapped in aluminum foil” method. However, we were excited to find this video from Mark Bittman that shows how you can just shuck the corn and stick it right onto the grill. Yes, it’s that easy! And it goes without saying that you can use a grill pan indoors to get a similar effect if using an actual grill isn’t possible.

UPDATE: If you like this recipe, check out our updated version with a slightly modified sauce. In this new recipe, we use sour cream instead of mayo and also added in some Parmesan cheese for a more authentic flavor.

Looking for more easy corn recipes?

Outside of this Mexican corn with mayo, here are a few other corn recipes we love:

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Outside of this grilled corn on the cob, here are a few more grilling ideas for your summer grilling game:

This Mexican corn with mayo recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.


Grilled Mexican Corn with Mayo

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Tangy lime juice complements rich mayo and fiery chili powder perfectly in this Mexican grilled corn recipe.



  • 4 ears corn
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1 lime, (2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper


  1. Heat a grill to medium high. Shuck the corn.
  2. Place the corn on the grill and cook until it begins to blacken (4 to 5 minutes), then turn. Continue cooking and turning until all sides are blackened.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the mayo, lime juice, and chili powder (all to taste). Season with salt and pepper if desired.
  4. Slather chili-lime mayo on corn and enjoy.


Inspired by Mark Bittman

  • Category: Side
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Mexican grilled corn, Grilled Mexican Corn with Mayo, Corn with Mayo, Grilled Corn, Grilling Ideas

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


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    August 12, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    i love love love this recipe. i will keep trying veggie burgers if you promise to make me this corn when i find a good one :)

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    September 7, 2010 at 5:12 am

    I need to try this mayo :)

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    September 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I’ll give it a try :-) Just did some corn today, but just plain.

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