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Mexican Grilled Corn

Mexican Grilled Corn Recipe and Video


Fresh ears of corn are grilled until browned and smoky, then topped with an ancho chile and lime mayonnaise and Cotija cheese for Chef John's take on elote.


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chile pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 8 ears corn on the cob, husked
  • ¼ cup butter, melted, or as needed
  • ½ cup freshly grated Cotija cheese
  • 1 pinch salt to taste
  • 1 lime, sliced


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, lime juice, ancho chile powder, and smoked paprika in a bowl; whisk until smooth. Refrigerate until needed.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil corn in the salted water for 5 minutes. Drain the corn.
  4. Place ears of corn on hot grill and cook until the kernels begin to brown and caramelize, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the corn and continue to cook, turning ears after 1 to 2 minutes, until they are browned with slightly charred, caramelized spots.
  5. Generously brush corn with melted butter and ancho-lime mayonnaise until kernels are coated. Sprinkle ears with Cotija cheese and salt. Garnish with slices of lime.

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Nutritional Information

Mexican Grilled Corn

Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 265
% Daily Value *
protein: 10 %
carbohydrates: 6 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 12 %
fat: 31 %
saturated fat: 35 %
cholesterol: 10 %
vitamin a iu: 15 %
niacin equivalents: 18 %
vitamin b6: 11 %
vitamin c: 17 %
folate: 11 %
calcium: 7 %
iron: 4 %
magnesium: 14 %
potassium: 8 %
sodium: 10 %
thiamin: 19 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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